Point A to Point B on Park City buses (and how much money you’ll save)
March 2, 2012
Someone trying to figure out how to get from Point A to Point B on the Park City-area bus system may head online before they head to the bus stop.
City Hall’s website offers a feature that allows people to map out a route from where they are and where they want to go on the buses. The online form asks people where they will board a bus and where they want to get off the bus. The website then offers a suggested route.
Someone who types in ‘Main Street’ in the From field and ‘Park City Mountain Resort’ in the To field learns that they should walk to the Old Town transit center and then take a certain bus to Park City Mountain Resort. The bus is identified by a number.
The online feature also indicates the shortest route should take 14 minutes once someone starts walking from Main Street to the Old Town transit center before they arrive at PCMR. There are nine stops between the two points, it says. There are three suggested routes.
The online feature also offers an estimate of the cost savings for someone taking a bus instead of driving themselves. The cost savings would be 63 cents on the route between the transit center and PCMR, according to the Google-powered online feature.
Another route, this one between Main Street and the Park City Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center, indicates the trip should take between 23 and 25 minutes. The time includes walking to the transit center. The trip would cost $1.30 if someone was driving themselves, the site says.
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The site also offers driving directions, bicycling directions and walking directions.
Darren Davis, who leads City Hall’s transit team, said it took 1 1/2 years to design the online feature. He said staffers continue to tweak the site and test it for accuracy. Davis hopes the online feature is ready for wider marketing by early in the summer.
"They can plan their trip, plan out when buses are coming, estimated time it’s going to take to get there," Davis said.
People who find problems or errors with the online feature may call the transit tech help line. The number is 615-5310.
Park City leaders have long seen the free bus system as one of the great benefits offered by City Hall. They say keeping the system free encourages visitors to ride buses instead of renting cars while they are in Park City. That cuts traffic and emissions, the leaders say.
The bus system has expanded significantly over the years, from one that ran routes exclusively inside the Park City limits to one that now reaches into the Snyderville Basin.
The online feature is available at http://www.parkcity.org. Once at the front page of the City Hall website, select the ‘Ride the Bus’ option from the "I Want To . . . " dropdown menu at the top of the page. Then type in a departure location and a destination in the ‘From’ and ‘To’ fields. Select the ‘By Transit’ button for the information about bus routes and times.