All electric buses in the town of Jackson, Wyoming, are currently out of commission and not expected to return to service any time soon, forcing commuters to rely on the transit system’s more reliable diesel-powered fleet, Jackson Hole News & Guide reported last week.
Southern Teton Area Rapid Transit, a public transportation system provided by Jackson and Teton County, Wyoming, purchased eight electric buses from EV manufacturer Proterra, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month. All of the company’s buses are now out of commission and in need of repairs.
According to START director Bruce Abel, only five of the eight vehicles were operational at any given time.
Last month, Abel told Jackson Hole News & Guide that commuting to Teton Village by bus was challenging last year.
“Our reliability was below our desires last year,” he stated. “Many missed trips and poor on-time performance.”
The town invested in 11 new buses in 2023 to upgrade its public transit system. START aimed to convert 40% of its fleet to electric power.
However, the unreliable EV transportation forced the transit system to abandon its plans to expand services to Star Valley and Teton Valley, Idaho. Instead, the town will receive six new…