Way outside the box and inside the valley’s transportation challenges

JACKSON HOLE, WYO — Maybe, sometimes, city planners and traffic analysts might just want to step aside and let a fresh viewpoint and new ideas emerge from an unlikely source: the art community.

Caution monster makes an appearance at the RGC tent for EcoFair. (Courtesy RGC)

A monorail from the airport to Teton Village, a Greater Yellowstone Aerial Transit System and a light rail are just a few of the ways artists imagined the future of Jackson Hole’s transportation infrastructure at a May 11 EcoFair tent sponsored by Responsible Growth Coalition (RGC).

The tent—wrapped with Google Earth imagery of the valley as a platform to imagine ways to relieve gridlock—turned the concept of booth inside out for a live art demonstration with local artists.

Plein Air painter and Architect Eliot Goss drew pylons to support a aerial transit system that would transfer people and luggage from the Stilson Lot the airport in 5 minutes and take people throughout Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park.

Cartoonist Ryan Stolp imagined an affordable micro-pod hotel for locals in Teton Village so die-hard skiers don’t need to transit back and forth to town during those special powder cycles at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort or after having one too many at the Mangy Moose.

Muralist Greta Gretzinger works out her vision of extra space for wildlife and housing by creating an elevated highway and a hot air balloon. (Courtesy RGC)

Muralist Greta Gretzinger imagined more space for wildlife and housing by creating an elevated highway and a hot air balloon.

And photographer Chris Wilde drew a monorail that follows all the existing roadways.

“Drawing from current military technologies, a stealth mode would be activated anywhere it would obstruct scenic views to essentially make it invisible” Wilde assured. “It also features safety meeting platforms and safe space for snowflakes.”

The attraction was very well attended with people from throughout Jackson Hole who were excited by the spirit of the event—supporting RGC’s message and volunteering to get involved in the movement while recognizing the urgency to do so.

RGC’s Julie Kling spends some time with kids at the EcoFair on May 11. (Courtesy RGC)

 More about the Responsible Growth Coalition

Responsible Growth Coalition, a nonprofit organization established in 2015, created the immersive experience to promote its goal of encouraging Teton County to develop a transportation system with long-term intention while considering child safety, wildlife habitat, migration protection, the livable environment and our important visitor-based economy.

All of the designs were influenced by the law of induced demand, an economic supply and demand theory that proves more roads for single occupancy vehicles lead to more traffic and urban sprawl.

Since existing Teton County land use regulations encourage a doubling of our current population, RGC thinks it is important to invigorate conversation today that leads to innovative solutions designed to accommodate growing transportation demand.

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