Summit County and Park City leaders attend Kimball Junction Transit Ceremony dedication
Winter season routes now include a stop at second transit hub
More than 50 people crowded into the new Kimball Junction Transit Center building hoping to escape from the snow on Tuesday during the official ribbon cutting and dedication of the county’s long-awaited second transit hub.
Members of the Park City and Summit County Councils attended the event, along with city and county staffers, representatives of the Utah Transit Authority, and the team responsible for designing and constructing the new space.
The transit center, located on the west side of State Road 224 behind the Sheldon Richins Building on Landmark Drive, is intended to shorten bus trips and improve connectivity throughout the Kimball Junction area. Park City Transit began routing buses through the new transit center when it was complete last month.
“My very first meeting with any kind of organization related to the Summit County Council was the Joint Transportation Advisory Board almost 4 years ago,” said County Council Chair Roger Armstrong. “During that very first meeting, Kent Cashel started talking about this facility and it didn’t make sense to me then. But it makes full and complete sense to me now as a connector … It is really an important link.”
The majority of the $2.5 million project was funded through a grant awarded to Park City Transit by the Federal Transit Administration. Park City contributed $450,000 and the county added another $750,000 for construction. A second phase of construction will produce a plaza and additional parking.
“This facility is really a joint effort between Park City and Summit County,” said Blake Fonnesbeck, Park City’s public works director. “We are very excited about it. This transit center has the importance of being able to really connect the county and city together in a really seamless way and creating an opportunity for us to take on more.
“We are excited that the leaders have seen this as so important for the system,” Fonnesbeck said.
Park City Mayor Jack Thomas referred to the event as a “momentous occasion,” marking the future of transportation throughout the region.
After the ribbon cutting ceremony, Park City Transit unveiled the new wrap designs for the 12 clean-diesel buses, which will feature iconic images related to Summit County history, with references to mining and athletics, and events, including Autumn Aloft.
The winter season routes now include a stop at the Kimball Junction Transit Center. As part of the new system, an additional bus on the brown route has been added every 30 minutes with travel into Park City. There is also a bus traveling into Park City from the transit center every 15 minutes now.
“It’s the key to adding additional service in that area over the next few years,” Fonnesbeck said. “That was a big part about trying to do that transit center.”
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