START Bus

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START Bus
START Bus Logo.jpg
Slogan Transit with a view
Parent Town of Jackson
Founded 1987
Locale Teton County, Wyoming
Service area Teton County, Wyoming, Teton County, Idaho, Lincoln County, Wyoming
Service type Transit bus
Routes 10
Stops 74
Fleet 30
Daily ridership 2,450 (2013 average)[1]
Fuel type Diesel, Diesel-electric hybrid
Operator Town of Jackson
Chief executive Michael Wackerly, Transit Director
Website [1]

START Bus (Southern Teton Area Rapid Transit) is a public bus system serving Jackson, Wyoming, and nearby areas including Teton Village, Star Valley and Teton Valley, Idaho. It is owned and operated by the Town of Jackson with funding from local, county, and federal governments.

START Bus was founded in 1987 to provide transportation for skiers between downtown Jackson and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village. Today, in addition to transporting skiers to the ski resort, it serves commuters and provides bus service within the town of Jackson.[2]

START does not currently serve the Jackson Hole Airport. The Town of Jackson instead offers free parking in its downtown parking garage and an $8 shuttle operated by Alltrans through a partnership called Ride2Fly. This program ended December 1st, 2015, leaving no public transportation option to and from the Jackson Hole Airport.

In November 2013, START Bus was awarded $8 million from the United States Department of Transportation to build an indoor bus storage and maintenance facility.[3]

Bus service[edit]

START Gillig Low Floor in Teton Village

Routes[edit]

START operates 8 bus routes during the peak winter season including 4 routes between the Town of Jackson and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village. In the spring, summer and fall, START operates 4 routes with only one route to Teton Village.

  • Town Shuttle A – Service within Jackson city limits. Operates every half-hour year-round.
  • Town Shuttle B – Service in the core of Jackson along Snow King Avenue. Operates every half-hour year-round.
  • Town Shuttle L – Late night service from the Town Square to residential neighborhoods. Operates half-hourly weekend nights during peak seasons.
  • Green Line – Early morning and late night service between Jackson and Teton Village in the winter and all day service in the spring, summer and fall.
  • Blue Line – Winter daytime service between Jackson and Teton Village.
  • Red Line – Winter daytime service between East Jackson and Teton Village.
  • Yellow Line – Winter daytime service between Jackson and Teton Village.
  • North Route – Winter and summer daytime service between Jackson and the National Museum of Wildlife Art
  • Teton Valley – Year-round weekday commuter service over Teton Pass between Jackson and Driggs with stops at Wilson and Victor
  • Star Valley – Year-round weekday commuter service between Jackson and Etna with stops at Hoback and Alpine

Fares[edit]

START Buses are free within Jackson City Limits and between the Teton Village Transit Center at Stilson Ranch and Teton Village. From Jackson to Teton Village the fare is $3 each way, reduced to $1 for travel exclusively on Moose Wilson Road. The commuter routes are $8 each way. Multi-ride and monthly passes are available and many employers provide free or reduced passes to their employees.[4]

Current fleet[edit]

START's fleet consists of 35 buses.[5]

Number in Fleet Year Manufacturer Model Passenger Capacity Propulsion Fleet Series Notes
8 2009-2015 Gillig 40 ft. Low Floor 39 Diesel 201-207, 210 Equipped with Wi-Fi
4 2009, 2011 Gillig 29 ft Low Floor 26 Hybrid 272-273, 276-277 First hybrid buses in Wyoming. Equipped with Wi-Fi
4 Gillig 40 ft Phantom 39 Diesel 251-254 Purchased used in 2015 from ECO Transit. Equipped with Wi-Fi
10 2003-2006 Blue Bird 35 ft Xcel 102 37 Diesel 274-275, 289-295 Equipped with Wi-Fi
3 2005, 2008 Blue Bird 40 ft Xcel 102 44 Diesel 297-299 Equipped with Wi-Fi
1 2008 Arboc Mobility 8 Diesel 321 ADA Service
2 2003 Ford El Dorado 20 Diesel 323-324
1 2001 Ford El Dorado 18 Diesel 326
1 2003 Ford El Dorado 10 Gasoline 285
1 2007 Motor Coach Industries D4500 57 Diesel 1600 Operates commuter routes
1 2009 Motor Coach Industries D4500 55 Diesel 1700 Operates commuter routes

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