A VISION FOR A BETTER TRANSPORTATION FUTURE FOR JACKSON HOLE
The Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and partners are launching the Jackson Hole Passage Project to develop a clear vision for the future of our valley’s transportation system, starting with the Highway 22/390 corridors.
“This vision is fundamentally about building a community consensus to address our transportation challenges while protecting the unique character and wild values of Jackson Hole,” said Alliance Transportation Director Daniel Smith.
Smith continued, “We’ll work on transportation solutions to make dangerous intersections safer, expand transit service, dedicate funding to walk/bike/ride investments, manage parking and congestion, and build the voter-approved network of wildlife crossing structures.”
“It’s hard for both people and wildlife to get around Jackson Hole,” said Alliance Executive Director Skye Schell. “We have seasonal traffic congestion, not enough START bus service, unsafe intersections and dangerously-fast traffic, and an average of over 500 large wildlife-vehicle collisions every year. Despite decades of data showing wider roads only encourage people to drive more, we face proposals to dramatically expand the highways that bisect our community and to add new roads, ultimately increasing traffic and pollution. But it doesn’t have to be this way.”
To make a difference on this complicated issue, where we need to pull policy levers at both the local and state level, the Passage Project includes a multi-faceted strategy. First, the Alliance hired nationally-renowned transportation planning / engineering firm Nelson\Nygaard to craft a feasible community-based transportation vision by the Fall. Nelson\Nygaard planners have met with a wide range of community stakeholders through the spring and summer, and Nelson\Nygaard will host a broad stakeholder workshop in late July.
“A confluence of increased visitation, longer distance commuting, and land use growth is putting extreme pressure on Teton County roadways. National experience shows us there is no silver bullet solution; tailored strategies are needed to provide better options for the unique travel needs of each user group,” said Thomas Brennan, principal for Nelson\Nygaard.
Once Nelson\Nygaard presents a transportation vision/plan proposal in late summer, the Passage Project will work to mobilize our community and build local and state-level political support for the vision. The Alliance also intends to work with its partners in the Teton Transportation Coalition – who recently worked together to bring in federal BUILD grant funding for transit and walk/bike projects – at every step of this project.
For more information about the Passage Project, contact Alliance Transportation Director Daniel Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.