SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — Dedicated bus lanes are coming to Park City and Summit County. The Bus Rapid Transit project will add a 7-mile long dedicated lane in each direction of S.R. 224 exclusively for transit vehicle use.
“The BRT project is specifically intended to enable the existing route 10 White Electric Xpress bus service (one of Park City Transit’s busiest routes in its service area) to operate as a true BRT system by providing frequent, fast, and reliable transit service in dedicated lanes,” said a Facebook post from Summit County.
“The BRT Project uniquely serves the needs of rural residents while ensuring that economic prosperity and sustainability continue for Summit County, Park City and our partners by providing dedicated transit lanes as well as a full shoulder along the corridor,” Caroline Rodriguez, High Valley Transit executive director, said in a press release. “This project will undoubtedly improve and advance the transportation system in Summit County.”
Today Park City and Summit County announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), in cooperation with project partners, has completed a Categorical Exclusion (CatEx) under the National Environmental Policy Act for the BRT project.
A CatEx is a class of actions that a federal agency has determined will not have a significant effect on the human environment and therefore does not require an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement to move forward.
According to the BRT project timeline, the project’s final design will be completed in 2023, construction will take place throughout 2024-2025, and the new transit lanes are expected to be open for use sometime in 2025.
An open house on the project will be held on December 12 from 5-7 p.m. at the Summit County Sheldon Richins Building, and project team members will be available to answer questions.