Several new transit services will come online this summer
Voter-approved taxes will fund commuter links
June 6, 2017
Several new commuter services, including extending Park City Transit service into the Kamas Valley and a Kimball Junction circulator, are scheduled to come online this summer.
In November, Summit County voters overwhelming agreed to pay an additional .50 percent sales tax or two pennies for every $4 spent on normal purchases, excluding unprepared food items and gas, to fund transportation-related projects.
Revenues from the tax increases will support specific transportation-related improvements for infrastructure and transit service. An estimated $250,000 will be earmarked for the five East Side municipalities.
The first projects that were identified — electric express service on State Road 224, additional runs on the Park City-Salt Lake City connect, the Kamas commuter route, downtown demand response service, Kimball Junction circulator, and a bike-share program – will begin launching later this month, according to Caroline Rodriguez, Summit County's transportation planning director.
Rodriguez said the revenues from the new taxes have started to trickle in, but officials won't have a firm grasp on the amount until later this month. It is anticipated that the county will collect about $1.1 million from each tax for the rest of 2017, although early estimates expected more than $4 million would be generated.
"We are pretty confident that we have enough revenues to go forward right now with those first few projects, though," Rodriguez said.
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According to Rodriguez, the following projects will be implemented first:
- Electric Express service on State Road 224- will provide service along S.R. 224 between the Kimball Junction and Old Town Transit Centers between 7 a.m. and midnight, every 10 minutes, seven days a week.
- Additional runs on the PC-SLC Connect- including a mid-day run and a guaranteed ride home in case of emergency. The schedule is available at: https://www.rideuta.com/Rider-Tools/Schedules-and-Maps/902-PC-SLC-Connect.
- Kamas Commuter route- Kamas Valley residents will be able to access the service at Volkers Bakery in Kamas and it will provide runs to Quinn's Junction, Kimball Junction and Park City, with three morning and three evening runs, including a guaranteed ride home.
- Park City demand-response service- will operate similar to a ride-sharing service, such as Uber or Lyft, to bring residents to a designated bus stop location.
- Kimball Junction Circulator- a shuttle service operating in bi-directional loops, serving the Kimball Junction Transit Center, Tanger Outlets, Newpark and Redstone. It will operate 13 hours a day, seven days a week, with runs every 15 minutes.
- Bike-share program- Nearly 90 bikes will be docked at nine stations located in the Kimball Junction area, at Canyons Village at Park City Mountain Resort, Prospector Square and throughout Park City.
Wednesday, Rodriguez is scheduled to go before the Summit County Council and give them a live demonstration of the http://www.letsgosummit.com/ website, which includes detailed information about the summer services. She said the website, which is already live, will be used to update citizens on the projects that were funded specifically under the tax initiatives.
Users will soon be able to access the incoming tax revenues, performance measures, such as ridership, and the status of upcoming projects, Rodriguez said.
"It's a way to keep residents informed on how we are using their tax dollars. There is an interactive map that shows the projects that will be funded and where those are at," Rodriguez said. "It's just all really exciting that we will finally start to see the first of these projects being implemented."
To view the website and more information about the summer services, go to http://www.letsgosummit.com/
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