The START system is funded partially by the Town of Jackson, Teton County, and the federal government. It has been in operation since 1987, and was first implemented to be the skier's transportation from the town to Teton Village.
Today the START bus serves school-age kids, visitors, and the locals in Jackson who enjoy comfortable, reliable public transportation year-round.
START also provides commuter service Monday through Friday from Star Valley, Wyoming and Teton Valley, Idaho to Jackson. The commuter service is a convenient, affordable and safe way for employees who live outside of Jackson to get to work. Learn more about the cost benefit of riding one of START's commuter buses.
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Increased awareness of the need for energy conservation and unprecedented growth in our community have contributed to START ridership currently over 900,000 annually.
START/Public Works critically needs a new maintenance facility for adequate space for maintaining the existing fleet as well as the additional buses START will need.
The space available for maintenance of buses at public works is filled, to overflowing, with the current START Bus fleet. START cannot add buses to the fleet until a larger maintenance facility is available.
The current START Bus fleet represents an investment of over $7.5 million in federal, town and county funds.
START Bus service helps take cars off the road. Vehicle miles are reduced by over 3 million per year which translates into approximately 100,000 less gallons of fuel used. This reduction of fuel consumption results in a reduction of over 1.8 million pounds of carbon emissions each year.
The new facility (when fully completed) will be used to maintain vehicles operated by START Bus, Town Public Works, Police Department, Sheriff’s Department and Fire Department.