High Valley Transit officially rolls out transit services

Summit County transit riders are advised, some bus routes will be different as of Thursday.

Upper Valley Transit is fully rolling out its bus and shuttle service on Thursday after a smooth launch that began in May. The transit district serves the Snyderville Basin area, which was once on the Park City bus lines.

A major change will combine Route 6-Lime and Route 7-Pink into a new route, Connector 101-Spiro, which will provide service from Jeremy Ranch to Deer Valley, with buses arriving every 15 minutes. Bus and shuttle services will always be free under High Valley Transit.

Silver Springs will be the most directly affected by the service changes. However, High Valley Transit chief executive Caroline Rodriquez said neighborhood riders can use the new microtransit service, which offers free rides on demand.

“If you had a bus yesterday you will have a bus tomorrow, we worked really hard to leave no one without service,” Rodriquez said. “And in fact, we’ve significantly expanded the service.”

In the immediate future, Rodriquez said the district plans to build a transit depot on the Gillmor plot, near Silver Creek. She added that passengers can expect two new buses by the fall.

The service is being rolled out after 18 months of preparatory work. Rodriquez said the district was able to stay under its budget of $ 12 million for the year.

She said the coronavirus pandemic provided time to plan for big changes.

“It gave us an opportunity, it was definitely a silver lining, because it gave us the kind of bandwidth to see how we could make changes when the ridership had gone down and had no impact on a lot of people, ”she said.

Masks will be compulsory on the buses.

She said she hoped to provide a smooth transition from Park City’s “excellent” transit service.

“There are always things to do and to improve and to improve,” she said. “But in general we are ready for service. We have excellent drivers, I’m sure people have seen them training on the roads, all of our buses are packed and ready to go.”

For a list of complete changes to bus routes, you can download the High Valley Transit app which displays High Valley and Park City transit routes. High Valley also has a phone line to book trips at 435-246-1538.

Melvin Z. Madore