Collaboration ain’t easy, but it gets results! BUILD Grant Big Win: $20M!
Collaboration ain’t easy, but it gets results! In Spring of 2020, a group of businesses, nonprofits, and local governments in Teton Valley and Jackson Hole came together and applied for a $20 million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant from the US Department of Transportation (USDOT). BUILD grants are extremely competitive, but with a broad, regional collaborative, the partners felt we had a shot. In record time, we pulled the grant application together in time for the May 2020 deadline.
Yesterday, USDOT announced the award of the grant, which will fund the Teton Mobility Corridor Improvements (TCMI) project. Key features include the following:
Stilson Park Transit Center. Construction of transit center, access road, park ‘n ride, pedestrian and bicycle interconnections, covered bike parking and transit priority signal at WY-390.
- START Commuter Buses Purchase of four Commuter coaches, with bike racks,serving the Teton Valley route connecting Teton Valley to Jackson. This may allow for eight daily runs between our two valleys.
- Greater Yellowstone Trail (GYT) Segment: Construction of next phase shared use pathway from Trail Creek Campground to Coal Creek.This will be paired with the segment from Moose Creek to Trail Creek (which is already funded), and is part of the envisioned 180-mile GYT from West Yellowstone to Jenny Lake.
- Driggs Downtown Transit Center Park-and-Ride. This will serve START & Targhee Shuttle by Doubling capacity by adding 52 park & ride spaces and a 2nd bathroom in the passenger facility.
- ID-33 Baseline Rd Intersection & Underpass Upgrade. Construction of turning lanes on SH33 Baseline Road Intersection, and replaced pedestrian underpass to comply with ADA.