The Park City Planning Commission recommended a long-term transportation plan that would focus on reducing traffic in the community and provide people with car-free ways to get around when they are in town.
Planning commissioners recently voted unanimously in favor of Park City Forward, a 30-year plan that would complement the overall city plan. The plan was forwarded to the Park City Council with a positive recommendation for consideration at a September 15 meeting.
The projects master plan would be implemented in phases through 2050. The plan, which lists 84 transportation initiatives, calls for collaboration with regional partners on some of the long-term efforts.
“This plan is not a plan that is going to sit on the shelf,” said Julia Collins, Park City’s transportation planning manager. “We thought a lot about how this could be complementary to the general plan. It establishes the objectives and principles that the city wants to pursue in the short and long term.
The plan lists priorities identified in public outreach efforts and funds would be allocated for those projects, Collins said.
Priorities include freeway improvement projects, new park-and-ride facilities, expanding high-frequency transit service, updating parking rates, commuting incentive programs , improvements to Main Street and Old Town, and a network of sidewalks designed to make walking the default choice. for short trips to Park City.
Alex Roy, Park City’s senior transportation planner, noted that the city has developed a general guiding principle of “park once.” Drivers are encouraged to park upon arrival at their destination and use off-road modes, such as public transit, to get to other locations in the city.
“We heard loud and clear from the Planning Commission that cycling and walking are essential to the nature of the community, so we want to expand our world-class cycling and walking infrastructure and then proactively review and analyze the disruptive ideas and innovations in transportation,” Roy said. .
He said the plan is designed to serve all types of people who travel to and within Park City – residents; year-round employees and business owners; cultural and event visitors; recreational excursionists; seasonal employees; and long-term visitors and holiday home owners.
The plan’s recommendation was approved with an amendment proposed by Planning Commissioner John Kenworthy that adds the development of transportation systems within Park City’s boundaries as a guiding principle.
Kenworthy said he would like Park City to have a collection area where buses and shuttles pick up and drop off passengers, which would help increase average vehicle occupancy, or AVO. The city would have control over the area and could make it a priority, unlike a project outside of municipal boundaries, such as freeway improvements or remote parking lots in other jurisdictions, which are beyond its control, a- he said.
“I want this collection area,” Kenworthy said. “I want it because then we will have a chance to have higher AVOs inside the city.”
The plan estimates that project costs would total $722.33 million and the funding gap would be $385.86 million. The money could come from federal grants, state grants, county contributions, a local transportation fund, and a local municipal fund.
Work on Park City Forward began in 2018. Planning department staff members developed the plan with the assistance of a technical advisory committee made up of representatives from the resorts, Park City Chamber/Bureau, the Park City Historic Alliance, Summit County, Park City School District, Utah. Department of Transportation, Ski Utah and High Valley Transit. Other local businesses, employees and residents also participated.