PC/SLC connector hopes for starring role
January 20, 2015
For the past few years, the Park City/Salt Lake City Connector service has made traveling between the two cities easier for daily commuters. But as the Sundance Film Festival officially gets underway, transit officials say those who utilize the service should expect an influx of riders.
The Sundance Film Festival opens on Thursday and as visitors and volunteers arrive in the area this week, transit officials are expecting an increase in ridership for public transportation services, especially the PC/SLC connector.
"We’re going to start to see a bunch of suitcases, as Sundance workers and people coming into town from out-of-state start to show up," Destry Pollard, Park City Transit Operations team leader, said. "But, I think there is plenty of capacity to handle it."
The PC/SLC connector system consists of three buses making 10-round trips a day, with an average of 30 to 40 riders per trip. But Pollard predicts those numbers will increase and the buses will operate near capacity, as they have in the past.
Festival organizers recruit nearly 2,000 volunteers from all over the world, including 900 from Utah, The Park Record previously reported, who are taxed with finding a way to reach the festival.
But for the typical Utah volunteer, the PC/SLC connector operating schedule may not work since trips aren’t offered after 6 p.m. The connector operates on a set schedule seven days a week, with trips beginning as early as 5:30 a.m. and ending at approximately 5:54 p.m.
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"These are really designed for the daily commuter that is coming to work," Pollard said. "We will occasionally get a few of your day skiers or teenagers, but really the bulk of our ridership is people going to work.
"It wasn’t designed for any additional services, like Sundance," he added.
For those interested in seeing a celebrity or simply taking in all the festival has to offer, the 12-hour operating window provides a way into Park City without worrying about parking.
From downtown Salt Lake City to Deer Valley, the connector’s commute takes about an hour and 20 minutes, Pollard said, with some trips taking less than 30 minutes.
Once in Summit County, the connector travels the State Road 224 corridor, with various stops along the way, including Kimball Junction, the Canyons, the Fresh Market, Park City Mountain Resort, and Deer Valley.
"Park your car and try to use transit as much as possible, especially during the out-loads of the resorts," Pollard said. "This is a great tool if you are going to come for the day."
The cost for PC/SLC connector is $4.50 for a one-way trip. 30-day passes are also available.
PC/SLC Connector operating schedule out of Salt Lake City to Park City:
- 5:34 a.m.
- 6:12 a.m.
- 7:28 a.m.
From Park City To Salt Lake City:
- 4:45 p.m.
- 5:10 p.m.
- 5:52 p.m.
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