START ridership

START again shattered its previous ridership record in 2018, reaching 1,071,652 passenger boardings for the fiscal year, a preliminary report says.

That's up almost 6 percent over 2017 total ridership, when START reached 1 million riders for the first time in its history.

"It points out there is a large population here in Jackson that relies on our service," START Director Darren Brugmann said, "and without any additional or expanded service, we continue to see growth. It shows transit is working for individuals here in this community and important to them."

Brugmann noted nationally, transit ridership has suffered a slight decrease of about 2.5 percent.

"But not here," Brugmann said," showing the need in our region for alternative modes of transport versus a motor vehicle."

Almost 48 percent of those total passengers in 2018 boarded a route to or from Teton Village, and almost half of those passenger boardings occurred during the winter months.

All routes — including Town Shuttle and commuter routes to Star Valley and Teton Valley, Idaho — saw increased ridership over 2017.

Contact Allie Gross at 732-7063, or @JHNGcounty.

Allie Gross covers Teton County government. Originally from the Chicago area, she joined the News&Guide in 2017 after studying politics and Spanish at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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