Park City Transit provides free transportation
There’s something to be said for a public bus speeding off in the distance while you’re wondering if the driver simply didn’t see you or if he just wanted to send you into a pit of despair.
My first experience with the Park City transit system was a little disappointing. Waiting for 15 minutes at a bus stop servicing Prospector Square, only for it to zoom past, a chilling feeling of abandonment swept over.
After the pity party had settled, there was only one logical course of action left: wait for the next bus and hope it would stop this time. One part humiliated two parts determined; a patch of grass in the shade was home until the next chariot arrived to whisk travelers through a busy Park City summer’s day.
the time the second bus had arrived, the punctuality of the time listed on the bus sign matched exactly when the bus pulled over to the curb, an impressive feat considering the major construction taking place on Kearns Blvd.
On board I was greeted by a host of different personalities each with a different story as to why he or she chose the transit system as their mode of travel for the day.
One such family was visiting from Riverton in Salt Lake City for their yearly excursion to Park City. Sherri MacGillivray has brought her family to town every year to enjoy the public bus system saying her grandchildren find the entire process an "adventure."
"We do this trip about once a year during the summer," she said. "We come up and go all over Park City to shop and see the sights."
MacGillivray said she was grateful for the ease and convenience of the transit system. Back home there was something left to be desired. Not only were the bus routes not as in depth as Park City’s but she added, "it’s not free either."
Recent high school graduate Cameron Jarvis, came from Georgia and is now attending school at the University of Utah. For the summer he is staying with relatives in Park City and uses the bus system to get around town.
"Yeah, I really like the transit, it’s nice and convenient," he said. "Back home there was nothing like this so it’s great."
While Jarvis is practicing basketball or working out, he uses the bus to get to and from his social activities and even to his job. On this particular day he was just finishing basketball and on his way back home to Park Meadows.
The transit system operates throughout Park City and has a shuttle to Kimball Junction, something that city and county leaders hope will direct the flow of customers to businesses.
Local teenagers seem to know how to work the system during summer vacation as well. Sariah VanderVeur, age 13, says she rides the buses almost every day to get to a variety of destinations and to hangout with friends. A great way to keep up socializing before she can drive herself, she likes the freedom that comes with the ease of use. "When my parents aren’t available to drive me, it really helps a lot," VanderVeur said.
During the summer months the transit sees thousands of people use their free services. Operations Supervisor, Destry Pollard, said, "July we’re looking at 100,000 people and in August 150,000. It peaks because of the arts festival that goeson during that time."
To find out bus stop locations and scheduled pickup times go to: http://www.parkcity.org/index.aspx?page=422
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