START bus reductions

Vikki Howell sanitizes a START bus in March at the START bus barn. START will have a limited commuter schedule over the Thanksgiving holiday due to low ridership numbers owed to the COVID-19 pandemic.

START announced it will have limited commuter service Thanksgiving Day and the following day.

On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, there will be no START commuter service at all.

On Nov. 27, only one commuter bus will run the Teton Valley to Idaho route, which includes stops at Wilson, and Victor and Driggs, Idaho. That route will have a bus leaving Driggs at 6:25 a.m. to Jackson, including the aforementioned stops. The bus will leave Jackson to return to Driggs, including stops, at 5:05 p.m.

Also on Nov. 27, START will operate just one commuter bus on its Star Valley route between Etna and Jackson with stops in Alpine and Hoback.

That bus will leave Etna at 6:25 a.m. to Jackson, including its stops, then will leave Jackson to return to Etna at 5 p.m.

The changes were made “due to ridership data that continues to reflect below-average ridership as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to a press release from town of Jackson public information officer Carl Pelletier.

Riders are reminded that they are required to wear face coverings at all times on START buses. Face masks and hand sanitizer are provided for free on all START buses.

People experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms are asked to refrain from riding START buses, and Pelletier said START officials are encouraging people to stay home for the Thanksgiving holiday and interact with people outside their households virtually.

Contact Tim Woods at 732-5911 or

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