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City Hall asks do you walk, drive or take a bus around Park City?

Park City officials have posted an online survey inquiring about a range of topics related to development and traffic, continuing the broad efforts to craft transportation plans for Bonanza Park and the lower Park Avenue corridor,

The survey was posted on City Hall’s website as leaders focus on the growth prospects of the lower Park Avenue corridor and Bonanza Park. There is significant development potential in both places and they are located close to each other. Park City officials see both places as having importance as an overall plan is considered.

Some of the busiest roads in Park City are involved in the planning efforts. The lower Park Avenue corridor, roughly running between the Kearns Boulevard intersection and the Main Street district, is heavily traveled by people heading to Old Town. Kearns Boulevard runs along the edge of Bonanza Park and is used by commuters, skiers and Parkites, Bonanza Drive, meanwhile, connects Kearns Boulevard and Deer Valley Drive, providing a route to Old Town and Deer Valley.

Details about the transportation plans have not been finalized, and the survey is part of the municipal government’s research as the plans are made. It is not clear when any of the plans would be implemented. It seems likely that some of ideas would require at least several years of planning while others could be introduced on a significantly shorter timeline.

Brooks Robinson, the senior transportation planner at City Hall, said officials also conducted surveys in person during the Park City stage of the Tour of Utah bicycling race

as well as during the Park Silly Sunday Market. The survey is not scientific. It is being conducted alongside studies that are underway looking at transportation and parking issues on the lower Park Avenue corridor, Bonanza Park and the Park City Mountain Resort base area.

"We can look at the traffic counts, which we do, but we’re trying to (reach) different user groups," Robinson said.

He said officials would like to learn, as an example, whether it is likely City Hall could influence people to board a bus at a point farther out than is typical. Doing so would be expected to reduce traffic at points closer to places like PCMR.

The 20-question survey will be posted until the end of August. Robinson said he anticipates the results will be made public as Mayor Jack Thomas and the Park City Council continue to address the topics. The results could be released in late September, Robinson said. The elected officials see transportation as one of City Hall’s priorities. Consultants drafted the questions with suggestions and edits made by City Hall staffers.

"The goal of the plan is to reduce vehicle congestion throughout Park City while making local travel more convenient for people walking, biking, and taking transit," the survey’s introduction says. "The plan will also evaluate a potential mix of new development, services, and parking facilities within Bonanza Park that can effectively support any new transportation investments."

In one of the survey questions, officials ask how someone moves about Park City if the trip is shorter than one mile. Options include driving alone, taking a bus, walking, bicycling or taking a taxi. Robinson said studies have shown people will not walk if the distance they must travel is longer than a quarter of a mile. He anticipates driving alone will be the most popular answer to the question.

Another question inquires about how often someone uses the City Hall bus system in a month. Answers range from never to frequently, meaning more than 10 times per month. Robinson predicts the most popular answer submitted by Park City residents will be rarely, signifying they ride the bus between one and five times in a month.

Some the other questions deal with development, the environment and the economy. The survey is available on the City Hall website, http://www.parkcity.org , in the ‘News’ section. The direct address to the survey page is: http://www.parkcity.org/index.aspx?recordid=1018&page=23.

Survey questions include:

  • how strongly someone agrees or disagrees with a series of statements about Park City, such as whether to "increase the intensity" of commercial districts to complement Main Street. Other topics covered in that section of the survey is the interest in prioritizing the environment, housing and growth patterns.
  • how strongly someone agrees or disagrees with statements focused on Bonanza Park and the lower Park Avenue corridor, such as whether park-and-ride lots should be offered, whether the road grid should be maintained and whether work force or otherwise affordable housing should be developed. Other topics covered in the question include whether hotel accommodations should be offered and whether parking lots should be redeveloped with other sorts of uses.
  • how strongly someone supports or does not support a range of possible transportation upgrades in Bonanza Park and the lower Park Avenue corridor. The answers include a range of options. Some of them will likely draw attention, including a gondola, a streetcar and a tram. Others appear to be simpler to accomplish, such as sidewalk improvements and upgrades to bicycle and pedestrian pathways. There are other possibilities listed in the survey like building an unspecified parking facility in Bonanza Park, building a transit center in Bonanza Park or building widened roads and intersections.