In 2017 members of the TCSD Board of Trustees, Jackson Town Council and the Teton County Board of Commissioners discussed the concept of constructing bus shelters near Jackson Hole High School, Colter Elementary School, Summit Innovations School and Jackson Hole Middle School.
With general support for the project expressed, then Jackson Hole High School students Alex Coosaia and Evan McHugh developed the initial designs for three bus shelters as a project for their FabLab class. After several months of student design work the students presented the project to the TCSD #1 Board of Trustees who approved placing the shelters on school district property. With district approval, the students requested funding from the START board who submitted a grant request to the Wyoming Rural Public Transit Program.
Once grant funding was secured additional design and engineering work was conducted by Nelson Engineering. West Fork Construction was hired to build the shelters on school district property with one shelter located in front of Colter Elementary, one on South Park Loop Road, near Jackson Hole Middle School and the third near the intersection of Blair Drive and Middle School Road.
With finishing touches being installed, the shelters are providing a comfortable place for students and community members to wait for START Bus transportation. In celebrating the near completion of this project, Assistant Superintendent of Operational Services Jeff Daugherty stated, “This project is an excellent example of bringing learning to life for students and demonstrates the valuable partnership between TCSD, the Town of Jackson and Teton County and START Bus. This partnership and the work of TCSD students is now providing a functional and usable community asset.