JACKSON HOLE, WYO – For the second year, Teton Village Association partnered with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Friends of Pathways to reduce holiday traffic by organizing a friendly competition.
The Commuter Choice Challenge holiday edition invited participants to track their trips using alternative transportation, such as riding the START Bus or carpooling. Participants were then entered to win prizes donated by the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The community as a whole wins, of course, when there are fewer single occupancy vehicles on our roads—we benefit from less traffic, fewer emissions, and reduced vehicle-wildlife conflicts.
Sixty-four commuters who rode the bus, biked or carpooled over the holidays collectively logged 14,890 miles in 867 trips between December 22, 2018 and January 6, 2019. This means nearly 1,000 fewer cars on our roads and a better quality of life for all of us.
“I think it [the Commuter Choice Challenge] raises awareness of alternative commuting options for folks in and outside of Teton County. We are very fortunate to have these amazing options in a community of this size,” said Dave Ferrier, who logged the most miles in this year’s challenge. Last year, Ferrier won the grand prize for traveling the most miles and the most trips for his commute between Star Valley Ranch and Teton Village by carpool and START Bus.
During the Challenge, TVA added more express shuttles between Stilson and Teton Village to make it easier to ride the bus, and increased the cost of parking in Teton Village while continuing to offer free parking for carpools to discourage single-occupancy vehicles. At the same time, ridership on the free Express Stilson shuttle increased by 63% over last year, with 16% more vehicles parked at the Stilson transit center.
START Bus ridership also increased over last year, and more vehicles entering the Teton Village lots carried carpools than usual, accounting for nearly 70% of the vehicles in the Ranch parking lot on one day.
Teton Village Association, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Friends of Pathways would like to thank all of the commuters who participated, and congratulate the winners of the 2018-19 Commuter Choice Challenge holiday edition:
- 1st Place: Barclay Moore (most miles & most trips)
Yeti Tundra Cooler 65 and 2 JHMR Lift Tickets
- 2nd Place: Dave Ferrier (most miles)
Yeti Roadie Cooler 20 and 2 JHMR Lift Tickets
- 3rd Place: David Strawser (most trips)
Yeti Panga Duffle Bag 75 and 2 JHMR Lift Tickets