Park City Transit (PCT) is a department under the Park City Municipal Corporation located in Summit County, Utah, approximately 30 miles east of Salt Lake City. PCT is the primary public transit system, providing Bus and Paratransit services to more than 3 million people annually. There are 12 routes in the system, 150 bus operators (including seasonal) and 50 vehicles. More than 10 of the buses in the fleet are electric vehicles. The City’s leadership is committed to run on 100% renewable electricity for city operations by 2022, and for the whole community by 2032. More electric buses are in the plans for the city. This commitment is leading Utah to a clean energy future. PCT also has other industry-leading technology: WiFi on buses, Automatic Passenger Counters, Real-Time Bus Tracker app, and Automatic Vehicle Location.
This transit system serves the growing local population and is essential for visitors and tourists. Park City is dominated by resorts and destination based areas as well as a historic downtown. The service area population varies significantly by season. The winter season is far busier than other seasons and requires additional transit service from December to mid-April. Service also sees a significant increase during prime vacation days and the Sundance Film Festival every January. The summer season from June to September sees a significant number of overnight visitors. Shoulder seasons, Mid-April until June and September to December, have the lowest overnight visitor population.
PCT service began in 1974 with the mission “to provide clean, timely, friendly, helpful service within Park City to both residents and tourists and to discourage the continued use of automobiles.” PCT is one of the few transit systems that provide a Transit Housing facility for Bus Operators. Within the Transit district, there are three transit centers: Old Town, Kimball Junction and Canyons Hub.
1974: First bus service, which serviced resort traffic, only ran in the winter, and was paid for by the local hotels.
1975: Park City Municipal contracts with Lewis Stages to run the first free bus service
1976: Park City signs a contract with Gray Lines and the Salt Lake Transportation Company to provide bus service after Lewis operation runs out of funding.
1977: First Senior (ADA) Bus. Transit Tax allowance passed in the state legislature.
1978: Transit Tax passed by City residents. Full winter service begins, carrying 165,000 passengers during the season.
1979: Official Transit name change to “Park City Mountain Metro.”
1981: Senior bus service is integrated with Park City Mountain Metro
1982: First full-size buses arrive, and the practice of regular passenger counting goes into effect.
1983: First UDOT federal grant money is received, and the system is officially renamed “Park City Transit.”
1984: A statement of purpose is adopted: “To provide clean, timely, friendly, helpful service within Park City to both residents and tourists and to discourage the continued use of automobiles.”
1985: The first Main Street Trolley arrives and begins running in December
1986: The Resort Center creates a pullout for City and tour buses
1987: First bus service to Silver Lake
1988: Grant approved that provided the money to build six additional bays on the bus barn.
1989: In March, the 5,000,000th passenger boards.
1990: Lewis Stages begins running bus service between Park City and Salt Lake, twice in the morning and twice in the evening
1991: The Federal Americans with Disabilities Act is passed, and all bus systems are required to become wheelchair accessible. The purchase of new Gillig buses allows Park City Transit to be compliant within two years.
1994: Trolley is converted to 50/50 CNG (Compressed Natural Gas)/diesel
1995: Bus garage expansion started
1996: New Trolley purchased, and a large marketing campaign was undertaken to increase Main Street employee ridership
1998: New ridership level achieved, 1,070,000 for the year
2000: Construction begins on the Old Town Transit Center and Deer Valley Roundabout
2002: Olympic Games. City-run Kimball Junction routes begin
2004: Introduction of time-point plaques at bus stops.
2005: New Trolley placed in operation
2006: Park City and Summit County enter into an agreement that forms a new Transit District, the division between City/County is established at the Meadows Drive stop light.
2007: First year to reach 2,000,000 passengers
2011: UTA started PC/SLC Connect
2013: Transit Housing facility built at Public Works
2015: Real-Time Bus Tracker and Trip Planner officially rolled out