ST. GEORGE — The creation of a public transit route between St. George and the doorstep of Zion National Park continues to move forward with the recent approval of agreements between the city, Washington County and the state.
"Over 10 years ago, a study done on the idea of going to Zion with a shuttle or some kind of transit service was brought up to try and alleviate congestion at Zion National Park," Cameron Cutler, St. George public works director, told the St. George City Council last week.
Studies on the feasibility of such a transit route were conducted in 2010 and 2016, he said, both of which pointed to a need for an additional cost analysis study to be conducted.
In 2018, the Utah Department of Transportation committed $15 million toward the exploration and implementation of the route.
As St. George is anticipated to oversee operation of the transit route through its SunTran bus service, it will receive the $15 million from UDOT following the City Council's approval last Thursday of an interlocal agreement with the state agency.