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
- Valley Route connecting Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum, and Sun Valley
- Van routes for communities of Twin Falls, Shoshone, Gooding, Jerome, and Fairfield
- 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)
Jason Miller – Executive Director
Jason Miller got started in transportation accidentally when he started a weekend business taking clients skiing and rafting that developed into a high quality passenger shuttle and charter company. After selling that business, Jason moved to Idaho and started working on community transportation solutions in the Sun Valley area in 2006, starting out as Executive Director of Wood River Rideshare, a non-profit focused on promoting and providing ridesharing, bicycling and walking transportation solutions. Jason has been Executive Director of Mountain Rides since 2007. Throughout his career at Mountain Rides, Jason has been instrumental in creating and growing transportation options for our area. Jason is leading the implementation of a new strategic plan for Mountain Rides that focuses on increased service levels, seamless integration of transportation modes, efficient use of resources, and building key partnerships. A dedicated cyclist and user of public transportation, Jason brings tremendous passion to his work – it is not uncommon to find Jason riding a Mountain Rides bus, biking the Wood River Trail, or walking around town.
Ben Varner – Maintenance and Facilities Manager
Ben joined Mountain Rides as the Maintenance and Facilities Manager in 2015 to oversee the team that keeps the buses running and facilities in tip-top shape.He is looking forward to making sure our riders have the best experience possible while using our system to move around the region. Ben is a volunteer Engineer/EMT with the Ketchum Fire Department and lives with his wife, Kate, in Hailey.
Jim Finch – Operations Manager
Jim is the Operations Manager for Mountain Rides, overseeing drivers, scheduling and all of the routes. He loves the opportunity to help provide transportation solutions to the residents of the Greater Wood River Valley! In his spare time, Jim is an avid outdoor recreationalist, hiking in Utah, biking and skiing are just a few of his passions. His wife Kathie is a world class athlete, author and backpacker!
Kim MacPherson – Support Specialist
Kim joined Mountain Rides in December 2011 as the Administrative Support Coordinator and is now a Support Specialist assisting all departments. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a business administration degree. She loves living with her daughter here in the Wood River Valley.
Tucker Van Law – Business Manager
Carlos Tellez – Mechanic
Carlos Tellez – Mechanic
Carlos is our full-time ace mechanic in the shop, fixing all of our mechanical problems with a huge smile on his face! He adds a fresh outlook to our staff while working extremely hard to solve the toughest problems. He also loves to grow peppers and restore his old Ford pick-up truck.
Mark F. Johnson – Bus & Facility Maintenance
Born & raised in Minnesota, Mark started at KART part time in the winter of 1996. He later became a full-time employee of Mountain Rides in the winter of 2006. In his spare time, Mark is also an athlete and loves to play hockey as often as he can.
Carlos Tellez – Mechanic
Colleen is an Idaho native, and currently lives in Ketchum. Colleen has worked as a driver and driver trainer for Kart and now Mountain Rides since 1980. The Pioneer Saloon, Despo’s, and Perry’s are her favorite places to eat. The 2 coolest vacations she has ever been on include a month in India and 3 weeks traveling in China.
A seasonal driver that truly enjoys driving riders to their destination, she has a first-class safety record and a helpful personality. In her off time, Hortencia loves to spend time with her family.
Maira brings a South American flavor to our staff, coming from Ecuador as a Certified Nurse. Maira is a excellent driver and Spanish-speaking representative for Mountain Rides. She recently became involved with marketing efforts in Spanish-speaking communities to encourage ridership. Maira also has a son that recently joined the Army.
Stuart came to the Valley in 2002 and started with Mountain Rides over 8 years ago. He is a full time driver and also a driver trainer/coordinator. Stuart hopes people will leave their cars at home and utilize the bus more. His favorite places for espresso are Java and the Konditorei. Stuart loves the summer here because it’s short and sweetly intense. Stuart is an avid cyclist and an artist who is always working on his portfolio.
Bill has worked for Mountain Rides for over 10 years and now works full time for Mountain Rides. He loves skiing and single track bike riding, making Sun Valley a perfect place for him to live.
Jose has worked at Mountain Rides for 4 years. He would like to see Mountain Rides succeed and grow and become a very important part of the community. His favorite places to eat in Ketchum are Perry’s for lunch and the Pioneer Saloon for dinner.
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.
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.
Policies and Plans
- 2013 Audited Financial Statements
- Mountain Rides Financial Statements FY2014
- Mountain Rides Financial Statements FY2015
- FY2017 Budget
- Capital Improvement Plan adopted Sept 2015
- Capital Improvement Plan Project List adopted Sept 2015
- Joint Powers Agreement updated October 2015
- Strategic Business Plan Initiative Matrix
- Organizational Chart
- Statement of Purpose and Goals
- ADA Policy and form
- Civil Rights Title 6 plan and complaint form
- Mountain Rides 5 year Strategic Plan
- Bike Ped Master Transportation Plan updated April 2016