2020-2025 Route Plan

START BUS 2020-2025 ROUTE PLAN

START Bus has recently started an important project called the 2020-2025 Route Plan that will determine the future of how START’s routes can operate more effectively with maximum service effectiveness. The long-term strategic transit plan for START is established in the Jackson/Teton County Integrated Transportation Plan (the ITP is available at www.jacksontetonplan.com/239). The purpose of this START Routing Plan is to evaluate routing alternatives that will increase ridership and reduce vehicle miles traveled, the central tenant of the ITP.


PROJECT PROGRESS

Since the project kickoff in summer of 2019, there have been several reports and presentations available for review

  • Interim Report #1 (click to view)

    • The first major report of the project presented community conditions, route performance, asset inventory, and financial analysis. This report helps inform future aspects of the project moving forward toward initial route concepts and final alternatives.

  • Presentation on survey results and preliminary system concepts (click to view)

    • The next piece of work was a presentation of: the onboard rider survey and online community survey results, current trends in public transportation and mobility, transit planning concepts and trade-offs, and preliminary system concepts for discussion of how a new system could operate.

  • Presentation on Preferred Alternatives

  • Draft Final Report (click to view)

  • Final Plan Presentation

PROJECT BACKGROUND

This Route Plan study is critical to improving ridership, making transit more competitive with driving, and maximizing existing resources of the current START bus hours. Given that the 2020-2025 Route Plan alternatives will be limited by the existing resources, some of the routing actions or potential changes contemplated may not happen immediately. This Route Plan will consider, among other things: routing options, service delivery modes, and supporting infrastructure needs (park and ride lots, bus stop improvements, hubs). This will be accomplished through a series of steps that include:

  • Analysis of existing routes

  • Development of route alternatives

  • Technical analysis of the alternatives

  • Public input and review of the alternatives

  • Recommended alternative and final plan

Throughout the planning process, community input is critical.