MMC construction photo

UPDATE ON THE MULTIMODAL CENTER CONSTRUCTION 

Work is under way on the new City Center Plaza, which will include the Main Street Station, a new underground multimodal transit center. In this photo from Sept. 22, construction crews are preparing to begin the digging work so that support pillars for the center can be installed.  

LET THE DIGGING BEGIN! GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR CITY CENTER PLAZA HELD JULY 1


  Several hundred people braved the hot summer weather on Tuesday, July 1 to help celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for the new City Center Plaza. The Gardner Company project, located near the intersection of Main Street and Capitol Boulevard, includes the construction of an underground multimodal transit center for ValleyRide buses, and additional office, retail, meeting and convention space. Construction is expected to be completed in summer 2016.

HISTORY OF THE MULTIMODAL CENTER

   The Valley Regional Transit Board of Directors on May 8th approved the final agreements needed before construction can begin on the planned downtown Boise multimodal center. The documents approved by the Board were:

  • the cooperative agreement with the Ada County Highway District for transfer and conveyance of property and easements.
  • an agreement with the Capital City Development Corporation to provide the local funding match and the donation of subsurface property.

   VRT has partnered with Gardner Company to develop the downtown Boise multimodal center as part of a mixed-use project near the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Main Street to the west and south of the U.S. Bank Building. The multimodal center, which will be built underground, will provide a hub for buses, bicyclists and pedestrians; access to shuttles and taxis; and a place to purchase bus passes and find information about public transportation services..

   The Boise Design Review Committee on May 7th approved Gardner Company's plans for the proposed City Center Plaza.

   The VRT Board action came two weeks after the Federal Transit Administration issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) after reviewing the environmental assessment submitted for the proposed downtown Boise multimodal center.

   VRT is working with Gardner Company to develop the downtown Boise multimodal center as part of a mixed-use project near the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Main Street on the west side of the U.S. Bank Building. The center, which will be built underground, will provide a hub for buses, bicyclists and pedestrians; access to shuttles and taxis; and a place to purchase bus passes and find information about public transportation services.

   The downtown Boise Transit Mall covers a five-block area on Main and Idaho Street. The Main Street section of the transit mall was closed in May 2014 due to the construction of the City Center Plaza.
  
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded Valley Regional Transit $9.5 million in federal funds to build the downtown Boise multimodal center in 2006. VRT anticipates the multimodal center will cost $11.9 million to build. Boise's Capital City Development Corporation is providing an additional $2.4 million in local funds.

To learn more about the multimodal center project, visit our Downtown Boise Multimodal Center information page.



ABOUT VALLEY REGIONAL TRANSIT

   Valley Regional Transit (VRT) is the regional public transportation authority for Ada and Canyon counties in southwest Idaho. Its main responsibilities are the delivery of safe, effective and efficient services, coordination of regional providers and services and to encourage the private sector in service delivery.
   VRT owns the public bus system that provides service in Boise/Garden City, and contracts with a private firm to manage its operations. VRT also contracts for transit services in Nampa/Caldwell and between Ada County and Canyon County. All of these bus services are operated under the name ValleyRide.
      This website provides information about VRT's history, governance structure, and completed and ongoing studies, projects and reports. It also has press releases, employment opportunities and procurement opportunities.

Information about ValleyRide bus services, including maps and schedules, can be found at: www.valleyride.org 

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MEETING CALENDAR



Meridian Saturday Fun Bus is now rolling


The bus provides service to various locations in the city of Meridian between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday. Two buses will run the route in opposite directions to ensure quicker pickup times and shorter bus rides. Valley Regional Transit worked with the City of Meridian to develop the route. The City of Meridian is providing $60,000 in funding for the service. There is no cost to ride the bus.

To learn more about the upcoming bus service, you can  
VISIT OUR INFORMATION PAGE or access the information page from the Project/Studies pull-down menu above.



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