East Jackson START Bus riders be aware: The bus service that used to get you from your normal bus stop to the Miller Park transit hub or elsewhere won’t automatically be there to pick you up beginning Nov. 27.
Two days after the Thanksgiving holiday START will begin its “microtransit” service in East Jackson, replacing the town's circulator route. The Town Shuttle, which has serviced the area for years, will continue to operate on its normal schedule and route. The transition is part of the new route plan being implemented by START, designed to “operate fixed routes more efficiently and provide better service in the dispersed areas of East Jackson,” Community Engagement Specialist Susan Scarlata wrote in an email.
Called “START On Demand,” the microtransit service is intended to take the large buses off of small neighborhood streets while still providing everyone in Jackson the ability to get where they need to go quickly and seamlessly.
The free START On Demand service will use “smaller vehicles between the western boundary of Karns Meadow” and the far reaches of East Jackson, Scarlata said.
Riders simply need to download an app to schedule rides from their location to “any destination in East Jackson, including START’s transit hub at Miller Park for connection to commuter and local and Teton Village routes,” Scarlata wrote. “Skiers in East Jackson, be aware that rides to the Village will now be via an On Demand car to transfer to a bus at Miller Park.”
The reservation app will be available for download shortly, Scarlata said, and no more circulator route buses will serve their former stops in East Jackson starting Nov. 27.