Bus routes to Kamas, Coalville and Heber possible someday
July 8, 2011
Representatives from City Hall and the County Courthouse have organized open houses on consecutive nights to gather opinions about bus routes and others issues related to the transit system.
The first open house is slated at the Richins Building from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12. It is scheduled in the conference room on the lower level. The next day, an open house is set for Miners Hospital from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Kent Cashel, City Hall’s transit and transportation manager, said the open houses will be centered on a document known as the short-range transit plan, which he describes as a five-year business plan for transit.
He said topics that will be covered at the open houses will include the prospects of new bus routes, including those that could someday link the Park City-area bus system to Heber, Kamas and Coalville.
A large bloc of the Park City-area work force lives in or close to those outlying cities, but there is not public transit available to or from them. Bus lines to places like Heber, Kamas and Coalville would be expected to cut traffic on congested roads like S.R. 248 and U.S. 40.
Meanwhile, Cashel said, the open houses will address the possibility of further expanding the existing bus service in the Snyderville Basin. He said the idea of running a route to Bear Hollow and the Silver Creek commercial area could be discussed.
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He said, however, the open houses will not be focused on the Park City-Salt Lake City bus service that was widely publicized recently.
City Hall and County Courthouse officials are expected to attend the open houses alongside representatives of a consulting firm hired by leaders of the two governments.
Cashel said he anticipates the Park City Council and the Summit County Council will each consider the short-range transit plan later this summer. The two panels will be asked to adopt the plan at that point.
There has been a major expansion of the bus system in the last decade as routes were launched in the Snyderville Basin. The system had traditionally operated inside the Park City limits.
Leaders see a robust bus system as being critical to reducing traffic and the related pollution.