City of Driggs asks START for help funding new transit facility

(Jackson, Wyo.) - The City of Driggs approached the START Advisory Board last week with a request for funding to help build a transit facility in Driggs. According to a letter sent to the START Advisory Board, the City of Driggs hopes to develop a 110-space park and ride lot behind the Driggs Community Center along with a 1,500 square foot passenger waiting facility (including restrooms, seating and bus information). The letter states that, "The need for this facility is immediate and significant. Currently, START riders park in the Driggs Community Center lot, displacing tenant patrons, including seniors and families with small children." During the meeting last week, Driggs Community Development Director Doug Self presented the plan to the board. He mentioned that the city has already secured contributions from the Driggs Urban Renewal Agency ($100,000) and Grand Targhee Resort ($25,000). Self also mentioned in the letter, "Consider also that the City of Driggs has not asked for any financial participation in the cost of building the Bus Storage Facility in Driggs (a $352,000 project), which will house 3 START buses along with TRPTA and Grand Targhee shuttle vehicles. We understand that this facility is identified in the Teton County – Jackson Transportation Plan as a near term capital project. Thus, we are hopeful that the absorption of those costs by the City of Driggs would offset and allow a contribution towards the Driggs Transit Center." The START Advisory Board chose to discuss this proposal more in the next meeting. #buckrail #news