Express Transit survey gets thumbs up
It is just a tentative small step, but Park City Municipal Corp.’s decision to survey citizens about a potential shuttle service to and from Salt Lake could be a giant leap for local public transit. A Park City Transit/Utah Transit Authority shuttle could potentially open a spectrum of opportunities to residents, visitors, employers and employees of both communities. Currently only a handful of Park City employers can afford to provide a Salt Lake shuttle which greatly expands their viable workforce. A public shuttle would mean that small businesses could also tap into a larger urban labor pool. Tourists vacationing in Park City might look more favorably on a car-free vacation if they knew Park City was connected to the major attractions of downtown Salt Lake via public transit. That, in turn, could help alleviate the parking and traffic pressure currently nagging Old Town and Kimball Junction. Conversely, folks visiting Salt Lake — and perhaps nervous about tackling a mountain drive might see a day trip via shuttle bus to Park City as a grand adventure. But a safe, affordable transit link between residents of both communities could only be a benefit to each. Imagine the educational opportunities that would be available to Park City students if they could hop on a shuttle to the city. And, imagine the Salt Lakers who might jump at the chance to ride a bus to the ski slopes without having to worry about snow tires, chains or parking. If any of these opportunities sound exciting to you, be sure to fill out the city’s survey form which was mailed to local postal patrons this week. Regardless of the vagaries of rising and falling gas prices, public transit is the future. Park City Municipal is on the right track by opening negotiations with UTA. Bus service between Park City and Salt Lake City would be a smart move economically, environmentally and culturally.
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Buses, trains and gondolas doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, but they make up the transit alternatives for the mountain transportation system the Central Wasatch Commission is trying to create, mostly in the Cottonwood canyons.