Park City details Lyft operations at Sundance
December 20, 2017
The Sundance Film Festival on Thursday could grab a lift from Park City leaders.
The Park City Council is scheduled to return to the discussions about plans for the ride-sharing firm Lyft to operate during the January festival. Lyft is an official Sundance sponsor, allowing festival organizers to negotiate with City Hall on its behalf.
The City Council in early December approved a package of modifications to festival operations, but the elected officials wanted more details about the Lyft setup before it was allowed.
City Hall drafted a report providing numerous details about the planned Lyft operation in anticipation of a City Council meeting scheduled on Thursday. Staffers recommend the elected officials approve the plan for the Lyft operations.
The agreement allows Lyft to occupy space in a building at 1665 Bonanza Drive that City Hall plans to finalize acquiring prior to the festival. Officials also provided 10 parking spaces on Swede Alley to pick up and drop off customers. The report indicates vehicles must display a Lyft sticker to park at 1665 Bonanza Drive or in the 10 parking spaces on Swede Alley during the festival.
The report provides other details about the location on Bonanza Drive, describing that Lyft will encourage drivers to make right turns out of the parking lot to keep traffic flowing. It says signs prohibiting left turns will be posted in the parking lot.
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The elected officials at the earlier meeting received testimony questioning the planned Lyft operations. There was concern about customers getting to businesses in the vicinity of the Lyft location and that the firm did not provide a detailed plan prior to the earlier meeting. The leaders also heard a claim that drivers for ride-sharing companies like Lyft do not always have vehicles outfitted with four-wheel-drive systems designed for Park City's wintry weather.
Park City officials at the earlier meeting countered that an agreement between City Hall and Lyft would be beneficial since it would create opportunities for the municipal government to better regulate the operations.
The City Council is slated to discuss the Lyft operations at a meeting starting at 6 p.m. at the Marsac Building. A hearing is planned.