Report: START ridership up in 2018

January 22, 2019

START again shattered its 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, 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 is important to them.”

Brugmann noted that national 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 passengers in 2018 boarded a route to or from Teton Village; almost half of them during the winter months. All routes — including the Town Shuttle and commuter routes to Star Valley and Teton Valley, Idaho — saw increased ridership.

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