Opinions of bus users solicited during the public transport open house on March 16

The short-term transit plan spans five years. Senior Transportation Planner Alex Roy says a new plan is needed since the city split the transit system last year when it launched High Valley Transit.

“It’s really about which routes work well,” Roy said. “What could we do to improve existing routes and is there new technology that would accommodate all kinds of travel, transit travel within the city itself? One important thing to note about this project, as you know, it’s really located within the limits of Park City. So it’s not regional transport or transport to Kimball Junction – that’s now more in the purview of High Valley Transit.

City staff identified three service alternatives, based on a survey conducted last fall.

These are not set in stone,” Roy said. “They are really working on fleshing out some different transit details. The pilot project for micro transit would be, you know, kind of integrated into whatever we end up deciding to do. But we just want to get community feedback on whether they think things like, you know, faster service or greater coverage are important to their transit system.

Other considerations are shorter, more direct bus routes, but Roy says there is a trade-off.

“If we do a more direct route, we reach fewer areas,” Roy explained. “So that’s something that we’re also weighing, you know, do we want to reach more locations, or do we want faster service to bigger locations? And that makes sense, when you think about it, we can’t really do both effectively. And what’s the best way to give some degree of coverage and frequency?”

An open house will be held Wednesday, March 16 at the Park City Library from 4-7 p.m. People can come by anytime. Maps will be posted with each of the different scenarios being considered and where the transit system could evolve.

A plan could be sketched out by late spring and receive board approval this summer. According to Roy, changes to the transit system could be rolled out fairly quickly thereafter.

Earnest L. Veasey