Park City is landlocked by mountains. We can’t easily widen roads and add lanes, although even if we could an increased volume of vehicles will cause other challenges. Our City keeps growing, tourism continues to increase year-round, and there are constant major construction projects.
We need to focus on getting cars off the road and creating a safe environment for pedestrians, cyclists, etc. Some challenges to confront include:
- There are not sidewalks or multi-use paths through many neighborhoods in town and our community has experienced pedestrian accidents. We have made progress but this must continue to be addressed; any occurrence is unacceptable. Where space isn’t available we need to explore other creative solutions such as one-way traffic to leave enough room for non-vehicle traffic, diagonal parking spots on one side of the street for extra capacity, and/or analyzing potential permit parking zones.
- We need parking solutions for the cars that are coming to town no matter how easy we make it to move around without them. There could be parking hubs just like we talk about transit hubs, where visitors and locals are incentivized to leave their car and take public transit or walk/bike from that location.
- Major projects will impact current neighborhoods even beyond the core project area; non-vehicle movement needs to be a priority up front. Prospector, Old Town, and Lower Deer Valley may require upgrades blocks away from where shovels are going in the ground. We need to think about the big picture, long-term.
- We have seen an increase in private and commercial vehicles speeding through neighborhoods. Continued coordination with the police department to bring monitoring and enforcement to these areas is critical for our safety.
- The bus system does not serve all areas of our community, such as Park City Heights, Aerie, Solamere, and a large area within Park Meadows. This isn’t just a locals issue as alternative lodging methods gain popularity for tourists they are in these neighborhoods as well. Microtransit, expanding bus routes, using smaller busses, and increasing bus frequency are all possible solutions.
- Many of the rideshare drives (Uber and Lyft) are either unpermitted for the drop and load zones on Main Street or pick-up/drop-off passengers outside of these zones anyway. Enforcement outside of the zones is extremely difficult. The drop and load zones on Main Street pose challenges for our local transit businesses as they are held to a different standard. We need to be consistent in our approach to all transit services and proactively work with rideshare providers. Additionally, the City should impose transit safety rules where possible similar to traction laws that require all-wheel drive and/or snow tires in the winter months as part of licensing standards.
- Microtransit is being tested in Summit County, I would like to watch the results closely and implement a working model within Park City. The model within Park City could leverage local licensed transit businesses and get creative with a split-fee model that increases inconvenience in addition to the fully subsidized option that would take passengers to the nearest transit hub. We should leverage routing technology to its fullest. The result could be a win for everyone; locals, tourists, local transit businesses, reducing personal vehicle traffic, etc.
- Our transit discussions usually focus on getting into the City and moving around once here. Our hubs are the resorts and Main Street. We need to improve routes to serve other areas within the City, and routes that go outside the City to access things like shopping options and healthcare, making sure we serve the local neighborhoods.
- Offer carpooling incentives, especially focused on employee areas, such as a free parking pass or designated parking spaces. Also offer other transit incentives to residents and tourists that will drive mass transit adoption.