Mayor Wilson speaks out against proposed gondola for Little Cottonwood Canyon

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LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah (ABC4) – Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson is preparing to give her recommendations, concerns, and hopes for the future of Little Cottonwood Canyon’s transportation options.

The Utah Department of Transportation recently proposed two options for an alternate mode of transportation to get into Little Cottonwood Canyon – a gondola and enhanced bus service. During a Wednesday press conference, Mayor Wilson says she supports neither.

Instead, Mayor Wilson says officials should invest in “common-sense solutions.” She recommends the following options, saying they are less costly and less permanent.

  • Investing in user-friendly transit hubs
  • More comfortable buses that are user-friendly
  • Implement tolling and carpooling
  • Using technology to offer more information

“We’ve been chasing the wrong things,” Mayor Wilson adds. “A shiny, big object like a gondola, when we should be looking at how we go up the canyon, when we go up the canyon, what is the pricing to go up the canyon. Is there a way we can learn before we go how much it might cost, and make a choice.”

She continues, calling it fiscally irresponsible to spend the millions of dollars estimated for either proposed project without first exhausting the lower-cost options. Mayor Wilson explains that while she thinks a gondola is “kind of cool,” it is wrong for Little Cottonwood Canyon because of its size and the limited parking that would be available for those looking to ride it.

During Wednesday’s press conference, Mayor Wilson encouraged everyone invested in Little Cottonwood Canyon to review the options at hand. You can view UDOT’s full report here.

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