JACKSON, Wyo.—As residents of Jackson and Teton County talk about a possible sales tax increase to pay for affordable housing, Steve Duerr has a different idea. Writing in the Jackson Hole News&Guide, Duerr, a real estate agent, proposes to revisit an old idea to bore a tunnel under Teton Pass.
The tunnel would dismantle the barrier between Wyoming’s Teton County, where private land is scarce and real estate prices are sky-high, and Idaho’s Teton County, where there’s more private land, prices are less and, for that matter, there’s just a lot less nightlife.
A good many workers in Jackson Hole already commute over Teton Pass, although it’s steep and sometimes scary during winter. The drive from Victor and Driggs, the Idaho towns, to Jackson takes about 30 minutes in good weather.