County OKs bus line
July 29, 2011
An inter-local agreement to provide a bus line from Park City to Salt Lake City was unanimously approved by the Summit County Council Wednesday night, providing the final step for the plan to move forward.
According to Summit County Public Works coordinator Kevin Callahan, the County will provide a maximum subsidy of $235,000 per year, the same amount as Park City Municipal Corp. The Utah Transit Authority will provide the equipment and service as well as a maximum subsidy of $180,000 per year. The plan among the three partners is to make the project revenue neutral.
"The maximum subsidies we calculated are based on only 50-percent occupancy, so that’s worst-case scenario," said Callahan. "We are hoping to start going out and getting businesses to sign up ahead of time."
Callahan said they estimate occupancy at 90 percent and that all three Park City resorts have already expressed interest in the bus service for their employees.
The bus schedule is being designed for commuters in both Salt Lake and Summit County, but the County Council said they hope expansion in the future can be considered to accommodate day-trippers.
The bus line is expected to begin in early October. Stops on the proposed bus route include Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, Canyons, Kimball Junction, UTA’s intermodal center near 200 South in Salt Lake City, the University of Utah, and a park-and-ride near Parley’s Way.
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According to Callahan a monthly, unlimited, bus pass will cost $242 and a one-way ticket will be $5.50.