Keep START/Mountain Resort/ Teton Village Association Partnership
Agreement promotes START ridership with Season Ski Pass START Pass
A non-profit planning advocacy group is urging local agencies to cooperate and avoid an interruption in transit services next ski season.
Jackson Hole Working supports the partnership between Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) and START for the winter ski pass program. This voluntary partnership has been instrumental in increasing START ridership while reducing traffic on Highway 390 and providing a valued transportation benefit to Jackson Hole skiers.
JHMR, for the last 15 years, has been out in front of this key transportation issue incentivizing START transportation by voluntarily purchasing START bus passes for season pass holders.
The ski season pass benefit has been proven to reduce traffic levels on Highways 390 and 22 – providing safe, efficient transportation to locals and visitors alike. The Ski Pass/START program, for which JHMR paid $102,000 to START for this season, has provided needed funding to START and is viewed by many in our community as one of the great successes of this transportation service in our valley.
Reducing the number of skier vehicles is critical to meeting our citizens transportation goals – reducing traffic on both the Village Road (Highway 390) and Highway 22. Our community needs more of these effective partnerships to be part of today’s solution, as is so fondly aspired to.
Jackson Hole Working strongly supports Town and County elected officials to continue the effective partnership between JHMR and START. Shouldn’t we incentivize partnerships that uphold community values and praise leadership of organizations and businesses that seek to provide solutions?