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)
Ben Varner – Interim Executive Director
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.
Mike Knudson – Operations Manager
Stuart Gray – Operations Supervisor
Stuart is our new Operations Supervisor. He just started his 10th year with the company & considers it an excellent & unusual achievement at the end of a weird & diverse professional life ! His focus is human interface; drivers & public. ” Please – less cars driving up & down the Valley ! If you are into espresso, the Konditorei can’t be beat, & a special ‘mench’ to the whipped cream @ Java.”
Kim MacPherson – Community and Customer Relations Supervisor
Kim joined Mountain Rides in December 2011 as the Administrative Support Coordinator. Kim really likes finding ways for people to use the bus. 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.
Michael David – Bicycle Pedestrian Program Coordinator
Michael joined Mt. Rides as Bike-Ped Program Coordinator in 2017. Michael has lived in the Wood River Valley since 1993 and has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years. He also serves as a council member in the City of Ketchum. Michael loves to ride bicycles, walk and ride the bus, and he is committed to help increase the amount of residents and visitors who choose alternative modes of transportation. As Program Coordinator, he works with cities, counties, schools and other organizations to help make our streets safe for all users. Michael believes that many of the issues we face, including traffic, parking scarcity and pollution, are related to our dependence on the automobile, especially the single-occupancy vehicle trips. The less people in cars, the healthier our communities will be.
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.
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.
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.
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-January 2018
Executive Director– Mountain Rides is seeking an Executive Director: ExecutiveDirectorRecruitingBrochure update-MRTA
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:
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.
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