The shuttle system that takes visitors into and out of Zion Canyon at Zion National Park long has been singled out for its success. But even a good thing can have problems.
And with that possibility in mind, park officials will hold a public meeting later this month to discuss the operation of the shuttle and needs that have arisen.
During the meeting, set for November 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale, Utah, park officials will discuss the preliminary results of the technical analysis of the shuttle operations.
The meeting format will include an informal open house from 6:00-6:15, a formal presentation from 6:15-7:00, and community input and brainstorming from 7:00-8:00.
The formal presentation will cover the process of the Zion Canyon Transportation Technical Analysis, a financial analysis overview, potential scenarios for the future of the shuttle system, and partnership opportunities.
Specific improvement needs and strategies being considered include visitor communications and wayfinding, pedestrian and bicycle connectivity, south entrance area congestion management, shuttle system facilities and streetscape maintenance, shuttle service adjustments, vehicle rehabilitation/replacement options, and parking options.
The community input and brainstorming session will include time for public comments, group discussion, and brainstorming on potential solutions and strategies.
An executive summary covering some of the basic recommendations from the technical analysis will be posted on the park’s website next week.