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Summit County is looking toward the future of regional transit and is considering a number of solutions for the region’s growing mass transit system. “Micro transit” options, similar to the ones Park City decided against in 2017, are also being looked at.


Park City

With the winter season just around the corner and the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, Park City Transit is faced with some difficult decisions about their services this winter.


Public transit in Park City and the surrounding areas has seen a dramatic decrease in rider numbers since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The department is now considering reductions and cuts to their winter service that would equate to a 35% reduction in services.


Park City

Members of the Park City Council and the Summit County Council gathered around a table March 5th, to discuss and debate on what happens to the transit system, and their relationship, in the future.

The question comes up because the two entities are seemingly headed in different directions.   Park City officials say their transit system is stretched to capacity.    The County Council says they want to plan for a regional transit operation, though it’s not something that will happen immediately.

A meeting between Summit County and Park City is likely in the offing—given that the county’s funding in the area transit system has more than tripled in recent years, and County Council members indicate they want to help drive the system, not just ride along.

County Manager Tom Fisher refrains from characterizing the situation as a conflict. He says the county wants to talk about how they participate—fairly—in a more regional transit system.

A couple of weeks ago, county council member Roger Armstrong related the problems he had hooking onto the bus system from his home in Park Meadows.

He told fellow council members there needed to be a re-look at the transit system.

What he’s aiming at, he told KPCW this week, is getting the system to build from the advancements it’s made in recent years.

Armstrong told KPCW that his remarks weren’t motivated by an issue with Park City, the county’s partner in the area transit system.

As the Summit County Council prepares to take a vote at its Wednesday meeting on the one-quarter of one percent transit and transportation tax, they continue to make presentations about the tax impacts across the county. Two members of the Summit County council will make that presentation to the Park City Council at their special meeting on Tuesday. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.

Summit County Council Member Roger Armstrong is still wrestling with a decision about  whether the Council should set up a new transit tax—a choice the county has to make before the end of the month.

The new tax, amounting to .25 percent, was a topic this week as the Council of Governments (COG) met. East Side mayors were concerned that the new levy comes while the citizens are facing a number of proposed tax increases.

Summit County

The Summit County Council will receive an update on how they're proceeding on major goals of their strategic plan. The plan looks at items that range from transit to mental health. Rick Brough has more:

Wasatch County is in the midst of massive growth with the Mayflower project about to launch, plans to build a new county road near the Jordanelle Reservoir, an open space bond resolution for November, and transit talks with Summit County and Park City. Carolyn Murray has this update from the county manager:.

Get Ready For Sundance And Get On A Bus

Jan 15, 2018

Sundance is considered one of the busiest times of the year in Park City.  The traffic slows and snarls and sometimes locks up entirely.  For this reason, Park City Municipal is begging people to leave their cars at home and use the free public transit system.  Carolyn Murray has this:

The City and County are embarking on a number of new transportation initiatives designed to reduce traffic and congestion in the city and the basin. Carolyn Murray has more on the status of the micro transit contract.

At the launch of the new Electric Express last month, Park City and Summit County officials urged those in attendance to "ride the bus." So KPCW's Leslie Thatcher decided to ask them - if they ride the bus. Here's her report. 

New Transit Programs Coming This Summer

Jun 5, 2017

Park City and parts of Summit County have new and expanded transit services coming on line in June.  The programs all part of Park City’s carbon reduction initiative.  Carolyn Murray has more:

On today's program: Director of Summit Land Conservancy Cheryl Fox, Summit County Manager Tom Fisher and Regional Transportation Planning Director Caroline Ferris, Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson, Co-Creators of Invisible Threat, Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews.