Utah Senate President Stuart Adams toured Summit and Wasatch County officials on Tuesday. The senator was able to see the High Valley Transit facilities and the MIDA Mayflower project.
Adams was joined by Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers, Sen. Ron Winterton and Sen. Jerry Stevenson. They joined Summit County Council, Acting Summit County Executive Janna Young and High Valley Transit Executive Director Caroline Rodriquez on a bus to check on the status of public transportation in Wasatch Back.
They started at Ecker Hill Park and Ride, where High Valley’s temporary headquarters are located. Adams said he was a fan of the micro-transit service.
“Very, very impressed with the interplay between micro-transit and getting people to deliver the final part of this journey,” Adams said.
“I wondered why it hadn’t been done before, and we have Uber, all kinds of other technologies that people use to get around. For a transportation company to take advantage of that, it was about time.”
The group stopped at the site where the High Valley permanent residence will be built off US-40 in Silver Summit. Rodriquez said High Valley will move to a nearby location in November while the building is being constructed, which means the white Ecker Hill tent will go away this fall.
After the High Valley tour, the group headed to Wasatch County to see the progress of the Mayflower resort town. Adams is also chairman of the board of the military authority that oversees the development of the Mayflower ski resort called MIDA.
MIDA’s Board of Directors has approved up to $260 million in bonds that will be repaid over 30 years through a tax increase program developed with Wasatch County. Part of the funds will be used for infrastructure and hotels.
Once complete, select rooms at one of the new hotels will be reserved exclusively for serving and retired members of the military, with tiered rates accessible to all levels of personnel.
Kurt Krieg is executive vice president of Extell, which develops the Mayflower. Krieg said Tuesday the resort was still in talks with Deer Valley about a partnership to link the two resorts. He said if the two resorts connect the terrain, snowboarding probably won’t be allowed at Mayflower in the near future.
The president of the senate welcomed the progress made on the new seaside resort.
“Every time I go up I’m so impressed and amazed,” Adams said.
“It’s going to be one of the great facilities not just for the state, but for, I think, one of the largest in the world. And to be able to make this facility available to people who live here, for children, grandchildren or others, and to be able to have that type of leisure ability.
“We know the lifts are always getting busier, we know we have more demand for that type of experience. We haven’t developed a ski resort for a long time, so I think that’s really exciting. “
Mayflower is expected to open for the 24-25 winter season.