Another Record to START the Year

Jackson, WY – START Bus broke another ridership record by carrying 712,562 people in 2007 and continues to be a convenient and green solution for the Jackson Hole community.

"We are really thrilled to be able to celebrate another record breaking year at START Bus and we look forward to continued success,” said Michael Wackerly. Mr. Wackerly is START Bus administrator through a management contract with First Transit. “It is interesting how the numbers are matching up each year. In 2003 we carried over 300,000 riders, in 2004 over 400,000, in 2005 over 500,000, in 2006 over 600,000 and our numbers this year keep us on the same pace. We are on track to carry over a million riders in 2010 if resources allow us to increase service. START has always been committed to meeting the needs of the community and each year the numbers indicate that we are accomplishing that goal.”

“I want to thank our drivers, mechanics and all the employees in the Transit and Public Works departments with the Town of Jackson,” said Wackerly, “without their hard work and innovation it would not be possible for us to reach this level. I would also like to thank our partners in the community, particularly the Town of Jackson, Teton County, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and the Teton Village Association whose ongoing support is integral to the success of START Bus.”

“I believe the community sees the environmental benefits of choosing to ride the bus over driving their cars,” Wackerly said. “Our community is conscious of its impacts and makes choices to reduce them. We all understand the unique environment in which we live and are striving to preserve it.”

START operates a fixed route transit system and also provides ADA required paratransit transportation service. It has been in operation since 1987, and was first implemented to be the skier's transportation from the town to Teton Village. Today the START bus serves school age kids, visitors, and the community in Jackson. 

First Transit has managed the START system since September 2002.  First Transit has more than 51 years of experience and is a leading provider of passenger transportation contract and management services in the United States, now providing operation, management and consulting for over 235 locations in 45 states, Canada and Puerto Rico for transit authorities, state departments of transportation, federal agencies, municipal organizations, and private companies. First Transit employs more than 13,000 dedicated transit professionals. 

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