Service Changes

Information about the proposed elimination of the Route 44 Highway 44 Express

What: ValleyRide Route 44, which connects Caldwell, Middleton, Star, Eagle and downtown Boise, is proposed for elimination in July 2019.  We are working with ACHD Commuteride to organize a replacement vanpool.  VRT is soliciting public input on this proposal and interest in forming a vanpool. The public can comment taking this online survey or sending comments to mcarnopis@valleyregionaltransit.org. Other options:

  • We have scheduled an open house and public hearing on Tuesday March 26 at Star City Hall. The open house will begin at 6 p.m. and the public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. 
  • The Valley Regional Transit Board of Directors also will conduct a public hearing at its next meeting, scheduled for noon on Monday, April 1, at the VRT administrative offices, 700 NE 2nd St. in Meridian.

Why: This change is due to low ridership and a loss of support from funding partners.

Route characteristics: Route 44 makes one trip in the morning and one in the evening.  It carries on average between seven and 10 people a day, and we estimate that there are between 10-25 individuals who use the service.  A majority of the riders use the service between Star and downtown Boise.

Potential alternatives: The route characteristics (one trip a day, limited stops, core group of riders) makes it an ideal candidate for conversion to a vanpool. The Park & Ride lots currently along the corridor can serve as meeting points for carpools which can be coordinated through Share the Ride Idaho.

Vanpool details: ACHD Commuteride offers vanpool service throughout the Treasure Valley.  A vanpool is like a large carpool, with a group of 10-13 commuters sharing a similar commuting route and schedule. In exchange for a monthly fare, Commuteride covers all the operating costs associated with the vanpool including the van, maintenance, gas, and insurance. There is currently one vanpool serving downtown using State Street (7 am to 4:30 work hours).  Commuteride can start new vanpools with as little as four people. In addition Commuteride is now offering reduced monthly fares for part-time riders. For more information on vanpool options,  go to commuteride.com/vanpool or call 208-345-POOL (7665).

For more information or to get your questions answered, contact Mark Carnopis at mcarnopis@valleyregionaltransit.org or call 208-258-2702.