As the flurry of color and excitement that will be the 2014 Arts Fest arrives, so will an influx of tourists headed to Park City for the two-day event. To transport the thousands that hope to attend the art show Park City will rely heavily on its free bus system.
"Right now there might be 20 people going to Park City Mountain Resort. During Arts Festival there might be 70 on my bus," grinned Park City bus driver Katy Gealta.
With her third year working the arts festival approaching fast, Gealta is excited for what she describes as "crazy fun."
"Everybody seems to be happy and in a positive mood and we just try to make the transportation work smoothly the best that we can."
During the festival bus hours will be extended until midnight at the transit center and 11:55 at Kimball Junction.
"We extend the hours for the festival as we do for most major events just to help people get around safely."
Although the Festival will require extra hours and effort from the entire transit team, Gealta is excited to serve the city she loves through the job she loves.
"Without the Park City transit, Sundance and Arts Fest, all these major events would be chaotic trying to park the cars because there's just not enough room for everybody. We keep it organized."
According to Operations Team Leader Destry Pollard, the number of people typically supported by the bus system will triple from around 9,000 a day to close to 27,000.
"For the amount of staff we have and the amount of hours we do, the drivers will be putting in around 12-hour days so it's really taxing for them but they all step up and do a really good job. We're thankful to have the Arts Festival here and relieved when it's over."
Preparations for the festival began on Thursday and clean up won't end until Monday
The best places to catch busses will be the Transit Center on Main Street, Park City Mountain Resort, Park City High School, and Deer Valley where busses will arrive every 10 minutes. Passengers will have the option of leaving their cars parked all day at the high school, Canyons, and PCMR, or at Deer Valley through 1 p.m., while they enjoy the festivities on Main Street.