Future of microtransit in Park City (UT) up for review

  • Date: 04/03/2024

Microtransit is a free ride sharing program, similar to private services like Uber and Lyft.

Park City partnered with High Valley Transit in July 2023 to operate micro services within city limits. That contract expires April 15.

High Valley Transit also operates microtransit in the Snyderville Basin and in Wasatch County.

According to a staff report, microtransit in Park City had over 29,000 riders this winter. 90% of the ride requests originated from areas that already have high levels of fixed route bus service. Only around 9% of requests occurred in neighborhoods where there is limited or no bus service, like Quinn’s Junction and upper Park Meadows.

The average wait time for a microtransit ride in Park City is 27 minutes, which the report calls “unacceptable.”

At its meeting Thursday, the Park City Council has the choice to extend the service, potentially through a different contractor other than High Valley.

Park City Manager Matt Dias said the council will consider a number of variables including cost and promoting access to public transit.

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