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Town of Jackson

Posted on: June 1, 2020


START Bus at Village Side View

The Town of Jackson and START Bus are excited to announce that CARES Act Funding will enable START to continue to address transportation needs for our community. This expected funding will allow START Bus to begin restoring bus service that was dramatically reduced in March as our community responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.  START Bus is slowly seeing demand for service increase as ridership increases.  The funding could also enable the focus to return for potential route improvement implementations sooner than later.

CARES Act Funding is available to provide support for operating, administration and maintenance expenses generally eligible under federal programs to provide public transportation services in response to COVID-19.  

This funding will allow START to continue providing right-sized core services during this time of need, and help offset some of the reduction in revenue to Town and County government funding due to an unprecedented decrease in sales and lodging tax collections.

“This federal assistance could not have come at a better time when we at the Town and County are working through major revenue shortfalls and prioritizing funding for core services,” said Town Manager Larry Pardee.

The Town of Jackson will continue to work with Teton County and the START Board, to allocate funding to address the community’s most pressing needs in transportation.  START’s primary objectives will continue to be to provide an alternative transportation option accessible to all users, while reducing emissions by taking vehicles off the roadways and helping to relieve traffic congestion.

“Having our federal government provide immediate assistance to small rural transit systems such as START will ensure we can continue to transport individuals dependent on our system for their essential needs is enormous,” said Darren Brugmann, START Bus Director.  “We are very thankful to both the federal government and the state of Wyoming for making this funding available and so quickly.”  

START Bus continues to work closely with local health organizations and will continue to follow best practices as recommended by local health officials in response to COVID-19.

Please visit the COVID-19 Information tab on our website for the latest measures being taken by START Bus in response to the pandemic.

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