Traffic survey targets Kamas |

Traffic survey targets Kamas

Angelique McNaughton

Summit County officials are trying to understand how residents in eastern portions of the county feel about public transportation and whether they would consider using a free transit system if it was reliable and convenient.

A survey targeting Kamas residents has been posted on the county website’s homepage since last week. It asks respondents to answer three multiple-choice questions about commuting to work, work hours and willingness to use public transit.

As of Thursday, more than 80 Kamas residents had electronically responded since the survey was posted last week. Summit County Regional Transportation Director Caroline Ferris commissioned the survey.

The only purpose behind it is to keep residents talking about transportation issues, Ferris said, adding that discussions with Park City officials prompted the idea.

"I haven’t even really thought it through other than wanting to get people thinking about the issues," Ferris said. "We will definitely be sharing responses with our consultants who are working on Park City’s transit plan."

County and Park City officials have placed a priority on examining regional traffic issues to be able to provide some solutions. There are currently several plans being drafted to explore those issues, including Park City’s short-range transit-development plan and Summit County’s long-range transportation plan.

For several years, officials have been considering the idea of expanding the existing bus system to Kamas, Coalville and Heber.

"In talking with Park City, they had done a study through Kamas seeing if maybe we can get some buses out there, so I figured let’s do a survey," Ferris said. "I’m excited to see what people say and are looking for. I am just trying to get the word out that I am thinking about these issues and I want people to be thinking about them, too. I want an open dialogue and open conversations with all of our residents."

The survey will be available for the next couple of weeks because of the amount of interest, Ferris said, adding that a date has not been set for removing it.

To access the survey, go to the Summit County’s website