People pack Park City as Sundance Film Festival begins

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PARK CITY, Utah -- An estimated 45,000 people descend on Park City each year for the annual Sundance Film Festival, and this year officials are urging people to take steps to reduce traffic.

Park City officials said public buses have extended their hours of operation and will be running from 6 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. during the festival, which runs until Jan. 26.

Shuttles to the various venues will also be available. The buses are free to use.

More information about bus and trolley schedules and routes are available here.

Officials also said buses will be allowed to drive on the shoulder of the road on portions of S.R. 224 in order to get around traffic.

The film festival is celebrating its 30th year. Robert Redford, president and founder of Sundance Institute, is quoted on the festival's website:

"That the Festival has evolved and grown as it has over the past 30 years is a credit to both our audiences and our artists, who continue to find ways to take risks and open our minds to the power of story.”

FOX 13 News' Carly Figueroa was live at the festival as it began Thursday, see the video above for her report.

Special ticket prices and packages are available for Utah locals. Click here for more information.

For information about the festival, including schedules and updates, visit the festival's website.

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