JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Commuter Choice Challenge is over and winners were announced today. The cause, however, is ongoing. Reducing traffic on Teton Village Road (Highway 390) is an all-day, everyday thing.
Some 114 commuters rode the bus, biked, or carpooled over the holidays, and logged their trips for the chance to win one of four fantastic prizes donated by the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Collectively, these commuters logged 24,049 miles in 1,708 trips, including 538 active miles by bike or on foot between December 20, 2017 and January 5, 2018. This translated to nearly 2,000 fewer cars on the road, less carbon emissions in the air we all breathe, and a better quality of life for all of us.
Teton Village Association (TVA) partnered with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Friends of Pathways to sponsor the Commuter Choice Challenge holiday edition in an effort to reduce traffic during a busy time of year. During this time period, TVA added more free 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.
GRAND PRIZE: Dave Ferrier (most miles and most trips)
2 Rendezvous VIP Tickets and 2 JHMR Lift Tickets
1st PLACE: Amy Perkins (most miles)
Sego Skis and 2 JHMR Lift Tickets
2nd PLACE: Will Brown (most trips)
Marmot Sleeping Bag and 2 JHMR Lift Tickets
3rd PLACE: Virginia Dean (randomly selected)
GO PRO and 2 JHMR Lift Tickets
Grand Prize winner Dave Ferrier lives in Star Valley Ranch and commutes to Jackson five days a week, working at the village four of those days. He carpools to the Etna community center to pick up the bus, or carpools all the way to Jackson and rides the START Bus to the Village from town.
“I choose the bus and ride share to cut down on traffic and emissions. I thought it would be fun to actually see how many miles I travel in a given period and the challenge motivated me to follow through with it,” Ferrier siad.
Similarly, Will Brown, who logged the most trips, said he takes the bus every day to work “so I can save gas and not have to worry about driving in hazardous conditions.”
Challenge participant Alex Lemieux chose to reduce traffic on her trips to ski in Teton Village.
“Carpooling or taking the bus is so easy. It may take a little more time to coordinate, but I have found out that the START Bus runs so frequently that if you arrive at Stilson at any time of the day you shouldn’t have to wait more than 15-20 minutes for a ride—oftentimes it’s less,” she said. “And with carpooling, most of the time I’m planning on meeting up with friends to ski anyway, so why not meet up in town and ride together? It’s a great way to reduce traffic and save money at the same time.”