Park City Transit adds new midday run to Salt Lake City
When Park City Transit introduced a 10-minute express route between the Kimball Junction Transit Center and Park City’s Old Town Transit Center, it allowed for an expansion of services between Summit County and Salt Lake City.
This winter, the additional services include a midday run between Park City and Salt Lake City – a service that has never been offered before.
“It basically doubled the service that we were providing from four runs a day to eight runs a day and provided a link during the day and evening, which is new,” said Destry Pollard, Park City Transit’s operation’s team leader.
Last winter, Pollard said, the SLC Connector would travel to the Old Town Transit Center and park in Park City until the end of the day, essentially stranding commuters in Summit County. In June, the SLC Connector, the bus running between Salt Lake City and Park City, began stopping at the Kimball Junction Center instead of traveling to the Old Town Transit Center.
“Since we don’t bring those into town, they turn around and go back in service to Salt Lake City,” he said.
Park City Transit’s winter bus schedules went into effect on Nov. 19. The SLC Connector is now available seven days a week, with eight daily runs Monday through Friday and six daily runs on the weekends. It is double what was offered last winter.
“It was just a duplication of the service that was already being offered,” Pollard said. “Now people do have to transfer twice, but we don’t have all that extra mileage from the bus traveling to Main Street. Instead, we are gaining that mileage and time from going back to Salt Lake. The city and county felt like they could justify the additional runs.”
A midday run is something that commuters have requested in the past, Pollard said. When it was implemented in June, ridership was low. However, he said it started to grow in July, August and September.
“Every month it would seem to go up,” he said. “I think it is a really good thing and we will see good ridership because some people may want to go home early so they can get up here and get back during the day.”
Pollard said ridership numbers are not yet available for the last few weeks, but he anticipates they will be encouraging.
“We are excited that we have added a service so people can spend a day with family or going shopping and still have plenty of options for people getting back home,” he said. “The hope and certainly the model is we want people to rethink their commute.”
To view the new routes and schedules, go to http://parkcity.org/departments/transit-bus/routes-schedules.
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