Targhee Regional Public Transportation Authority (TRPTA) is a regional public transit authority established in accordance with Idaho Code Title 40, Chapter 21. The Board of Directors is composed of elected officials and/or their duly appointed representatives. It is the duty of the Board of Directors to fulfill its responsibilities as mandated by the State of Idaho Code.
Targhee Regional Public Transportation Authority seeks to provide the highest level of transit and customer service in the safest, most efficient manner possible to the greatest number of citizens at the lowest possible cost.
To this end, the Board of Directors and all employees shall conduct themselves in a professional manner; shall at all times endeavor to provide the highest level of safety and security for the public, passengers, and staff; seek new opportunities to improve and/or expand services; and shall endeavor to coordinate public transit services with other agencies, organizations, and transit providers.
TRPTA is a legal, governmental entity as established by Idaho Code. It was voted into existence by the voters of Bonneville County in 1994. During the first years of its existence, it contracted for urban transit services with a non-profit transportation provider.
On July 1, 2002, it started operating its own buses as the P.T.A. or Public Transit Authority transit service, with four new routes and no bus facility. In October 2002, its four buses had a total of 800 passenger boardings. In October 2003, there were 2,500 passenger boardings. In July 2003, a transit facility located at 1810 W. Broadway, Idaho Falls, ID was purchased. The service is growing at a steady rate and gaining greater public awareness and acceptance. This growth and changing public attitude toward transit are the result of hard work on the part of all the employees and their desire to provide the best possible service to their customers.
July 3, 2006 was a momentous day for public transportation, not only in Idaho Falls but for the counties of Bonneville, Lemhi, Butte, Clark, Custer, Jefferson, Madison, Fremont, and Teton. On that date, TRPTA purchased the assets of CART, Inc., hired its staff, and assumed all of the transportation services previously provided by CART, Inc.