airport shuttle to continue through summer

By Jim Stanford on March 28, 2014

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Jackson Hole Airport is the only commercial airport inside a national park, and parking is limited. The shuttle costs $8 each way, compared to $10 per night for parking at the airport. To reserve a seat, call 307-733-3135.

Those on spring break or planning an off-season getaway will continue to have a cheap, easy way to get to and from Jackson Hole Airport.

The Ride2Fly shuttle has been extended through the spring and summer, serving every departing and incoming flight. The shuttle picks up and drops off at the town parking garage and costs $8 each way.

Since launching before Thanksgiving, the service has been a resounding success, with an average of more than 300 riders a month (total for both directions). The shuttle was particularly valuable over the holidays in December, when the airport ran out of parking.

With only two airlines serving Jackson Hole for April, the shuttle will pick up less frequently. But once the full flight schedule resumes in late May, shuttles will run accordingly. The off-season schedule follows after the jump.

The service is a joint venture by the town, county and airport board and is operated by Alltrans, which has a contract to meet flights. Due to the success, officials are exploring ways to expand the service to the west bank and possibly the Deloney Street parking lot, if the garage fills.

Riders may park for free on the third level of the garage for up to 30 days. An elevator takes travelers to a heated waiting area at street level. Pick-up is on the Simpson Street side of the garage. Call 307-733-3135 to reserve a seat.

Parking at the airport costs $10 per night. Authorities have stepped up enforcement in recent months. Violators face a $100 fine.

April shuttle schedule. Click to enlarge.

Using the existing contractor, Alltrans, is much cheaper than expanding START bus service to the airport. Officials also are exploring ways to offer shuttles for airport employees, whose shifts often stretch beyond the flight schedule.

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9 Comments so far

  1. Scott March 31, 2014 11:20 am

    Sorry to be an economic curmudgeon on this topic, but … 300 total riders (either to/from airport) = about 10/day. It cannot possibly make money. We ought to acknowledge this service is not being done for the positive economics involved for AllTrans.

  2. Jim Stanford March 31, 2014 11:28 am

    Most of these seats are on hotel shuttles Alltrans already is operating (and filling with tourists), so the costs are low. The shuttle is about better serving residents, reducing traffic in Grand Teton park and freeing up parking at the airport.

  3. Chad April 1, 2014 3:55 pm

    Scott – apology accepted.

  4. Scott April 3, 2014 10:03 am

    None offered, Chad.

    Were it an entirely private operation, I will withdraw my curmudgeon comments.

  5. Jim Stanford April 3, 2014 10:33 am

    There is no public subsidy for this service, other than advertising and use of the parking garage.

  6. paul April 6, 2014 8:36 am

    There should be regular START bus service throughout the day. Run a START van – not big bus – and its yearly cost will be less than the cost of one of those Airport Board trips to Hawaii. 40K at most for labor, gas, insurance, maintenance, etc. Charge $10 for one way ticket.

    Regular service will serve tourists and locals. Visitors heading to the village can grab a taxi from town or take the START bus.

  7. Patrick April 7, 2014 4:17 pm

    Well Jim, advertising in the news and guide and about a 1/4 of available space in the parking garage isn’t free now is it? Couple hundo a week in advertising, and what did the parking garage cost? All for a whopping 10 riders a day. So worth it.

  8. Chad April 8, 2014 11:05 am

    “Profit is the only measure of success”
    -Myopic people

  9. Jim Stanford May 1, 2014 1:12 pm

    April was the busiest month yet, with total ridership of 437 passengers. That makes 2,183 rides in either direction since the service’s inception. Because most outbound riders would require someone to drive to the airport and back, that’s more than 3,000 vehicle trips eliminated in Grand Teton National Park. Quantify the benefit of that.

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