Starting Thursday, December 16, Grand Targhee Resort will offer shuttle service from Driggs, ID to the Resort. The shuttle will run from approximately 6:30 AM to 10 PM Thursday thru Sunday and will make stops at the Resort’s employee housing complex at the Buffalo Valley Condos (behind Kings and to the North), at the Driggs Community Center (pick-up under the building’s awning), and at the Teepee parking lot in Alta, WY. Public parking in Driggs is located behind the Driggs Community Center, behind the Colter Building, and behind Phoenix Video.
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The “walk-on” cost will be $3/ride (cash and exact change only). However, punch passes will be available to the public at a discount of $25 for a ten-punch pass, equaling $2.50/ride. Children 5 and under ride free. All fares are collected on the uphill ride and are good for round-trip. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
“This shuttle will save riders money,” said Christina Thomure, Director of Sustainable Operations. “It’s a 24-mile round-trip drive to the Resort from Driggs. A vehicle that gets 20 MPG spends approximately $3.60/round-trip (assuming $3/gallon for gas). Skiers/riders will save $1.10/trip if they purchase a punch pass…and that savings excludes the additional maintenance costs of a personal vehicle.”
Punch passes will be available for purchase starting December 6 at Habitat in Driggs and the Activities Center at the Resort. The final bus schedule will also be released December 6.
“We really hope that the community supports this shuttle by using it as much as possible,” says Thomure. “Transit is very costly so this year’s operation will be a pilot to see if people will get out of their cars and onto the bus. We hope that by opening up the shuttle to guests and charging a fee that is less than the cost of driving individually, we’ll be able to achieve the rider numbers needed to make the shuttle economically feasible for future seasons. As a long-term solution to transit, the Resort and local community representatives are working to identify a public transit provider to partner with Teton Valley to provide services. So, good rider numbers this season will improve the potential for future partnerships with regional transit providers to take over the service and provide expanded routes for the entire community; such as a fixed-route system between Victor, Driggs, and Tetonia that connects with Jackson, WY and Rexburg and Idaho Falls, ID.”