Main Street to the resorts: a gondola, light rail someday?
The Park City Planning Commission on Wednesday night touched on the idea of gondola links or some other sort of connections between the city’s two mountain resorts and the Main Street area.
The panel did not spend a significant amount of time on the topic, and the discussion appeared somewhat disjointed as Planning Commissioners seemed to brainstorm ideas on the spot rather than debate the merits of a proposal from City Hall or the mountain resorts themselves.
But the comments signal the likelihood of a broad discussion eventually as Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort craft their own plans for links to Old Town and the Main Street core.
Deer Valley is considering whether to build a gondola connecting its slopes to the Brew Pub lot at the southern end of Main Street. Discussions between Deer Valley and City Hall, which owns the Brew Pub lot, are expected later.
PCMR, meanwhile, already enjoys a link to Main Street via the Town Lift. It is expected that the Town Lift will eventually be upgraded, perhaps to coincide with the Treasure development, but it is not known what sort of lift will be selected to replace the one there now. There are also talks of further expansion at the resort’s base area.
Planning Commissioners were supportive of the theory of connections between the resorts and the Main Street area. The connections would be seen as improvements that could reduce traffic, something that has wide backing.
Mick Savage, a Planning Commissioner, suggested that a link between PCMR, Main Street and Deer Valley could be explored. He said that sort of route could be considered with the assumption taxpayer money would be put into the project. He said a route could be covered by a gondola or another mode of transportation.
Savage also mentioned the possibility of a tram being built between Kimball Junction and Park City, stopping at Canyons Resort along the route. That type of route would follow S.R. 224 into the city, a busy state highway that serves as the primary entryway to Park City.
Charlie Wintzer, another member of the Planning Commission, agreed with the idea of linking the resorts to Main Street. He mentioned an idea of building a light rail system between Main Street and lower Deer Valley.
The meeting on Wednesday night was centered on the long-running process of rewriting City Hall’s General Plan, an overarching document that guides growth in the city. The meeting was lightly attended. A team from PCMR, including President and General Manager Jenni Smith, was in the room.
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