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About Mountain Rides

Statement of Purpose: 

Mountain Rides provides and supports a full range of transportation alternatives* for Blaine County and adjacent communities that are safe, user oriented, environmentally friendly,economically sustainable and supportive of a strong local economy.

Goals :

1. Provide and advocate for a well-funded transportation system that reduces the number of single occupancy vehicle trips and meet the needs of our communities.
2. Promote knowledge and increase awareness of the social, financial, environmental and community benefits of transportation alternatives*.
3. Promote regional cooperation on transportation issues.

*Alternatives include, but are not limited to, walking, biking, rideshare, vanpool, carshare, bikeshare, fixed route bus, paratransit demand response, custom bus, commuter bus, transportation planning and transportation counseling.

Mountain Rides is the full-service public transportation provider for Blaine County Idaho, which includes the communities of Sun Valley, Ketchum, Hailey, Bellevue, and Carey. Mountain Rides is the one-stop shop for ways to get around without driving solo including:

Free Town bus

  • 3 year round routes and 2 peak season routes for Ketchum and Sun Valley
  • Deviated fixed route service for Hailey

Commuter bus

  • Valley Route connecting Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum, and Sun Valley

Commuter vanpool

  • Van routes for communities of Twin Falls, Shoshone, Gooding, Jerome, and Fairfield

Ridematch services

  • Idaho Rideshare for online carpool matches

Safe Routes to School

  • Biking and Walking program for the elementary and middle schools

Special Needs Demand Response

  • For those that qualify under Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Doing Business with Mountain Rides


Working for Mountain Rides
Thank you for your interest in employment with Mountain Rides Transportation Authority. Every day Mountain Rides’ employees make a difference in their public service to the Wood River Valley. We’re seeking high-caliber team players who share our values and our drive to be the “Best in the West.” Mountain Rides is committed to providing excellent employment opportunities for talented, passionate individuals that enjoy being part of an innovative, results-oriented organization that is growing and expanding. Mountain Rides is an equal opportunity employer that encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

Current Job Openings-November 2016

Bus Drivers-Mountain Rides is seeking energetic, customer service and safety oriented professionals for bus driving positions. Positive attitude,clean driving record, and interest in serving your community are a must. CDL CLASS B preferred but we will train the right candidate. Starting pay DOE. Training and pay rewards available. Please email info@mountainrides.org to request an application or pick up at Mountain Rides office, 800 1st Ave N,Ketchum. EOE

Fill out an application and drop off at our offices at 800 1st Ave N, Ketchum. EOE

Each job opening is listed with a job description that describes the duties, responsibilities and qualifications for the position. If you are interested in a job that is not currently open, you may send an application for the position and it will be held for up to one year. You will be notified via email when the job opens for recruitment.
Applicants are advised that Mountain Rides is a drug-free workplace and pre-employment drug tests and background checks are required by the Department of Transportation.

For driving positions, applicants must be 21 years of age or older, and possess a valid, unrestricted Idaho Drivers License and a clean driving record. If you do not currently have a Class B license Commercial Drivers License (CDL), Mountain Rides does provide training for applicants who qualify. Driving positions are usually part time to start. Full-time employees are eligible for benefits.

Resumes, Cover Letters, and/or Applications can be sent to:
Email: info@mountainrides.org 
Fax: 866-554-1103
Mail: Mountain Rides Transportation Authority
PO Box 3091
Ketchum, ID 83340

Equal Opportunity Statement
Mountain Rides is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws. Mountain Rides will make reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities or for religious reasons. Please advise Mountain Rides of any special needs in advance of employment.

Mountain Rides Transportation Authority is committed to compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related regulations and directives. Mountain Rides Transportation Authority assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any ITD service, program, or activity. The department also assures that every effort will be made to prevent discrimination through the impacts of its programs, policies, and activities on minority and low-income populations. In addition, the department will take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to services for persons with Limited English Proficiency.  For questions, please call 208-788-7433 for meaningful access to services for persons with Limited English Proficiency.

Advertising with Mountain Rides

Testimonial from Steve at Far & Away Adventures…
“The bus is the best local advertising I’ve ever had.”
Get “ON” the bus

Are you looking for a way for your business to be seen day after day by tens of thousands of people — locals, tourists, and part-timers? Something that is highly visible and attractive? A truly unique advertising opportunity?

Consider advertising on Mountain Rides buses or vans. Interior ads are seen by our ridership of over 500,000 people annually, a ridership that is increasing every year. Exterior ads are seen by all those who live, work, or visit the Wood River Valley. We have buses that run throughout Ketchum, Sun Valley, Hailey, and Bellevue, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Click here for the 2016-17 Advertising agreement

Interior Advertising
Interior ad contracts include placement in every large bus in our fleet — 12 buses in total that run throughout the year. These ads can be used to promote a business, an event, a campaign, or a public service. Ad production cost is not included in the cost of the ad placement. Guidelines for interior ads include:

  1. Ads must be submitted according to standards set by Mountain rides.
  2. Discounts available for multiple placements on exterior ads: 5% for 2-4 placements; 10% for 5 or more placements.
  3. Non-profit entities will receive a 10% discount with 501C verification.
  4. Public Service announcements from non-profits will be accepted on a space available basis for interior ad space.
  5. Interior Poster pricing does not include graphic design. Twenty (20) laminated posters, 11″x 17″, should be delivered to Mountain Rides. Posters will be installed within the week.

Exterior Advertising
For maximum exposure in the Sun Valley area, consider placing an exterior ad on one or more of our buses. For the price of a few newspaper ads, you can have year round exposure for your business or organization to an audience that consists of anyone who happens to be driving, walking, or biking near one of our buses (a HUGE amount of exposure in terms of viewings), not to mention all who ride our buses.

  1. Pricing does not include production and installation costs. Ads must be produced and installed in accordance with Mountain Rides’ sizing and placement guides.
  2. Pricing does not include graphic design — ads must be submitted according to standards set by Mountain Rides in a format that meets production requirements.
  3. Discounts available for multiple placements on exterior ads: 5% for 3-4 placements; 10% for 5 or more placements.
  4. 15 buses are available for exterior placements with 3 placements per bus — passenger side, driver side, and rear.
  5. 6 month or 1 year contract terms available.
  6. Commuter Van windows are also available for exterior ad placement.

Bus Pass Advertising

Put your advertisement on the back of any of our business card size color passes for the Valley and Hailey Routes. If you want an advertising campaign that hits the hands of over 180,000 riders a year, put your advertisement in the hands of our riders.

Advertising Contact Nicole Brown 208-720-7188 or email: nicolesv75@hotmail.com
or call our office at 208-788-7433

Current Procurement’s and Vendor opportunities

Board of Directors, Public Meeting Info

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Meetings and Notices

Mountain Rides holds regular monthly meetings that are open to the public. Notices, agendas and relative documents will be posted and archived on this page as they become available.
January 2016 Public Notice of Meeting Dates

Public Notices

Mountain Rides Board of Directors and Committee Public Meetings
Public Board Meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month at 12:30pm at Ketchum City Hall. Board Packets and Minutes will be made available below after transcription is completed. A copy of the minutes will be made available to individuals that request in person at 800 1st Avenue North in Ketchum during normal business hours. Other public Mountain Rides meetings held on the first Wednesday of every month at Ketchum City Hall, include the Planning & Marketing Committee Meeting at 1:00pm and the Finance & Performance Committee Meeting at 2:30pm.

Meeting Schedule

  • Planning & Marketing Committee: 1st Wednesday of each month 1:00PM at Ketchum City Hall, 480 East Avenue North, Ketchum, ID
  • Finance & Performance Committee: 1st Wednesday of each month 2:30PM at Ketchum City Hall, 480 East Avenue North, Ketchum, ID
  • Board Meeting: 3rd Wednesday of each month 12:30PM at Ketchum City Hall, 480 East Avenue North, Ketchum, ID


Board Meeting Agenda/Signed Minutes 2023
January 18, 2023 Agenda
February 15, 2023
Board Meeting Agenda/Signed Minutes 2022
January 19, 2022 Agenda Minutes Board Packet
February 16, 2022 Note: This meeting was cancelled
March 16, 2022 Agenda Minutes Board Packet
April 20, 2022 Agenda Minutes Board Packet
May 18, 2022 Agenda Minutes Board Packet
June 15, 2022 Agenda Minutes Board Packet
July 20, 2022 Agenda Minutes Board Packet
August 17, 2022 Agenda Minutes Board Packet
September 21, 2022 Agenda Minutes Board Packet
October 19, 2022 Agenda Minutes Board Packet
November 16, 2022 Agenda Board Packet
December 21, 2022 Agenda Board Packet
Planning & Marketing committee Meeting Agenda/Minutes 2022
January 2022 Note: No meeting this month
February 2022 Note: No meeting this month
March 2, 2022 Agenda Note: This meeting has been cancelled.
April 6, 2022 Agenda Minutes
May 4, 2022 Agenda Minutes
June 1, 2022 Agenda Minutes
July 6, 2022 Agenda Minutes
August 3, 2022 Note: this meeting was cancelled
September 7, 2022 Agenda Minutes
October 5, 2022 Agenda Minutes
November 2, 2022 Note: this meeting has been cancelled
December 7, 2022 Agenda
Finance & Performance Committee Meeting Agenda/Minutes 2022
January 5, 2022 Agenda Minutes
February 2022 No Meeting this month.
March 2, 2022 Agenda Minutes
April 6, 2022 Agenda Minutes
May 4, 2022 Agenda Minutes
June 1, 2022 Agenda Minutes
July 6, 2022 Agenda Minutes
August 3, 2022 Note: this meeting was cancelled
September 7, 2022 Agenda Minutes
October 5, 2022 Agenda Minutes
November 2, 2022 Note: this meeting has been cancelled
December 7, 2022 Agenda
Special Board meeting Agenda/Signed Minutes 2022
January 20, 2022 Agenda

Dates and materials from older board meetings and public meetings are available on the Archived Meetings & Notices page.