Transit adds express bus to Kimball |

Transit adds express bus to Kimball

In less than a month, the Park City-Summit County transit service will add a new bus and a new express route to Kimball Junction, enhancing a program that serves a third of Park City Transit’s total service hours.

At Park City Council’s meeting Thursday evening, Deputy Public Works Director Kent Cashel will ask council to amend the Summit County-Park City Interlocal Transit Agreement, confirming a five-year agreement to operate public transportation in the greater Park City Area.

"There’s nothing that’s significant, they’re just technical corrections. It’s just formally spelling out how we do business, so it doesn’t change anything we’re doing, it just formalizes it," Cashel explains.

County service will continue to contract with Park City for the provision of transit services in the Snyderville Basin, according to Cashel, operating four routes. The service accounts for 20 percent of total ridership.

Park City Fleet and Transit Manager Eric Nesset reports that ridership may increase with the added service to Kimball Junction and Snyderville Basin, however.

"We’re adding an express bus on [State Route] 224, and in addition to the three buses on the county service, we’re increasing that by one additional bus," he reports.

The express bus will offer a 15-minute ride from the Park City Transit Center to New Park, near the Kimball Junction area, and will run once an hour, Nesset said.

The fourth bus will increase service to East-West routes between the Tanger Outlet Center and Pinebrook from an hourly frequency to a half-hourly frequency, he said.

Both buses will be integrated into the schedule on Dec. 17, Nesset explained.

The county has increased its budget 35 to 40 percent to make the extra service possible, he said.

But "the change in service has nothing to do with the change in the agreement," he explained. "What’s on the agenda are just some clean-up items in our contract."

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