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Park City lauded for transit hub

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PARK CITY — Park City's new transit center is one of three recipients of a 2001-02 Ahwahnee Award, given annually by the Sacramento-based Local Government Commission.

The awards recognize programs that promote livable communities in the western United States.

The two-story, 5,000-square-foot Old Town Transit Center opened last March on Swede Alley, with a pedestrian walkway to the 500 block of Main Street.

"The new transit hub helped reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, cleaned up a toxic Superfund area in this former mining town, restored a valuable historic asset and created an exciting place to display public art," according to the commission.

The transit center serves as the hub for the city's bus system. It provided streamlined and more effective transportation this month during the Sundance Film Festival. And city buses will carry an estimated 5,000 riders per hour during the 2002 Winter Games.

The city obtained about $9 million in Federal Transit Administration grants to construct the facility.