Park City offers one of the most convenient and accessible mountain town transportation systems. The free bus shuttle system travels throughout Summit County, delivering passengers to numerous neighborhoods including Old Town, Deer Valley, Canyons Resort, Trailside, Kimball Junction, Pinebrook and Jeremy Ranch with a fleet of fuel-efficient biodiesel buses.
Already popular with residents and visitors alike, the Park City Transit System may have received a major boost last week when the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission approved a new 2,400 square foot transit center to be built on Landmark Drive (near Walmart).
During holiday periods such as Christmas, President’s Day, the Sundance Film Festival and the Park City Arts Festival – Park City’s bus shuttle system is essential and the most efficient mode of traveling to activities, dining, shopping and recreation.
While the routes in the heart of town (Prospector, Thaynes, Park Meadows, Park Avenue and Deer Valley) run from approximately 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. during the winter season and 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. during the summer, routes heading out to Canyons and Kimball Junction wrap up service much earlier.
Years ago, most of Park City’s entertainment was located within walking distance of Historic Main Street. However, with addition of popular new restaurants in Canyons Resort Village and the Redstone Center as well as the summer concert series at Redstone and public events at the Utah Olympic Park, we’ve got a growing demand for increased service to Kimball Junction.
Once the new transit center is completed, a commercial bus connector will be added to circulate exclusively through the area’s shopping centers, including Redstone and the Tanger Outlets. As well, two additional buses have been proposed with direct transportation from Park City to Kimball Junction.
Summit County will find out in August if a $2 million federal grant will be awarded to pay for the center. This would push the timeline on completion up, as a contractor would be put in place in the fall with the project starting in the spring. Should the grant not be awarded, the project would be put on hold until funds were raised locally.
What does this mean for a Park City real estate owner? Investors in both Old Town and in Kimball Junction would benefit from the additional transportation year round – and in particularly during peak occupancy times such as the Kimball Arts Festival and Sundance Film Festival when parking spaces are difficult to find.
For additional information on properties in Old Town Park City and Kimball Junction, contact me at 435-901-4309.
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