Park City Transit

On today's Local News Hour

(05:56) - Park City Area Restaurant Association Cocktail Contest Winner Robbie Remmes with High West introduces the Devils Addition (20:00) - Park City Transit Manager Kim Fjeldsted and Scott Buringham, Transit Service Analyst, talk about changes for winter service and the public's opportunity to weigh in. (38:54) - Executive Director of Summit Coummunity Gardens Sloan Johnson has an update on some upcoming events.  

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Transportation planners for Park City and Summit County have seen ridership figures sink in recent months, and a large portion of the last meeting of the Joint Transportation Advisory Board trying to figure how to plan for the upcoming winter season.


And on Wednesday, the Summit County Council will discuss some further cuts in this year’s budget.

While COVID-19 dominates the headlines, Summit County Council Member Glenn Wright notes that they’re still working on items like transit.    We talked to Wright about his take, after the recent Transit Summit with Park City.

As we’ve reported, the recent meeting of the Park City Council and Summit County Council brought out remarks from a City Council member, contending that a Regional Transit Authority would infringe on the city’s land-use authority.

In response, Wright said that was not a well-founded fear.      

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The Park City Transit system will move to its spring schedule a month early, as part of a public health order from the Summit County government in response to COVID-19.

The bus system was scheduled to keep its expanded winter service running until April 12, after the peak season ends, but Park City Manager Matt Dias says the system will fully transition to spring service schedules and routing on Wednesday, March 18.

Some changes to the system from peak winter service include:

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The Park City and Summit County Councils met Wednesday for a long-anticipated discussion on the two parties’ goals for a transit system. 

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Park City Manager Matt Dias confirmed to KPCW that, after his arrest nearly a month ago, Transportation Director Alfred Knotts is not on administrative leave and still works for the city.

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Park City Transit and the municipal transportation department has conducted an analysis of bus stops throughout the transit system.   

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The Park City Council discussed the future of the municipal transit system for two hours at Thursday’s council meeting. 

Park City Transportation Director Alfred Knotts says, after 40 years of operation, the Park City Transit system has reached its limit—in every way.

“Park City Transit is at capacity," Knotts said. "In terms of employees, in terms of facility space, in terms of equipment and in terms of fleet maintenance and everything that comes along with operating this system.”

Before the Park City and Summit County Councils work to sort out their differences around transit at a Feb. 5 meeting, the Park City Council will try to answer a few questions, such as who does Park City transit serve; what is the city’s responsibility in accommodating regional transit demand; and what governance structure serves the city and county’s needs.


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The Park City Council received an update from this week’s Joint Transit Advisory Board meeting, after members of the city council and Summit County Council exchanged some fiery sentiments. 

The Join Transit Advisory Board, or JTAB, features representatives from both the Park City Council and Summit County Council—Park City Mayor Andy Beerman and Councilmember Tim Henney; and County Councilmembers Kim Carson and Doug Clyde.

Matt Dias, who’s just been announced by Park City as their new permanent City Manager, sat through this week’s meeting of the Joint Transit Advisory Board.   

That discussion showed there are issues of communication, and  even some friction, between the city and Summit County.

KPCW asked Dias what’s next for him in tackling that issue.

Dias told KPCW that he aims to work on the sometimes-difficult issues of transit, and do it in the public eye.      

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The Dec. 17th meeting of the Joint Transit Advisory Board focused on Summit County and Park City setting a vision for transit and transportation in the area.

But one City Council member says it sounds to him like the county’s vision has little confidence in the city as a partner.  

Park City Council Member Tim Henney said the city and the county should be working together on common goals.   But instead, he noted, the county is caught up in the mechanics and planning to get a federal grant for a possible Bus Rapid Transit system along 224.    

At the Dec. 17th meeting of the Joint Transit Advisory Board, Park City Mayor Andy Beerman said the city and Summit County should move ahead together to plan for transit.

But he also protested that the city has been the object of some unfair comments from County Council members.  

During some brief comments at the session, Mayor Beerman talked about a Highway 224 study, financed by the Mountain Accord.

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Representatives of Park City and Summit County got into some lively conversations during a Dec. 17th meeting of the Joint Transit Advisory Board.

The major topic was the planned Bonanza Park Arts and Culture District.   The two groups are struggling to get to a common understanding about Bonanza’s role as a transit location.

At a meeting last month, County representatives said they were concerned about Bonanza being a transit center.    Park City officials said that was news to them.

Summit County

The Summit County Council met in a special meeting Tuesday morning to discuss their vision for county-wide transit. 

Summit County Regional Transportation Planning Director Caroline Rodriguez led the meeting. Rodriguez says the county is working with Park City Transit to frame the mission for the transit system and determine their goals for the future.