START Bus staffers are seeking feedback from riders on their current ridership patterns and what would entice them to take the bus more often.

START’s new commuter bus to Teton Valley, Idaho, begins Monday, offering a fourth option for out-of-towners to work in Jackson without driving every day.

The expansion of one of START’s two commuter routes is in line with local officials’ goal of making it easier for residents of neighboring towns to work in Teton County, despite being unable to afford living here. About 40 percent of the people who work in Jackson live elsewhere.

“This additional commuter route is very important to our community,” START Director Darren Brugmann said, “and provides an opportunity for those employees in the valley working 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to now be able to ride the bus to and from work in the valley.”

The bus will depart from the Driggs Community Center at 7:40 a.m., arriving in Jackson by about 8:30. The return bus will leave the Snow King Center at 7:30 p.m. and drop commuters back in Victor by 8:30 and Driggs by 8:45.

The schedule for the first Teton Valley bus will also change. It will leave Driggs 20 minutes earlier, at 5:40 a.m., and return from Jackson 15 minutes earlier, at 4:00 p.m.

Half the funding for the new route comes from Idaho’s Department of Transportation, and the town and county also contributed.

Brugmann said there are no plans as of now for establishing a fourth commuter line to Star Valley.

Contact Cody Cottier at 732-5911, or @JHNGtown.

Cody Cottier covers town and state government. He grew up with a view of the Olympic Mountains, and after graduating Washington State University he traded it for a view of the Tetons. Odds are the mountains are where you’ll find him when not on deadline.

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John Sinson

Why don't you just run lots of these to Victor and Star Valley instead of trying to build public housing in a world class ski resort? Bet it's cheaper. That's what they do in Malibu.

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