Proposed Service Changes

Proposed service changes to ValleyRide system

   Valley Regional Transit is proposing changes to ValleyRide service in Boise and Garden City. Also being proposed are changes to the time schedules of fixed-line routes in Nampa/Caldwell and intercounty service between Ada County and Canyon County, and a pathway reduction for 41 Happy Day Transit Center/Boise State.

   We currently are in the public comment phase of the process. Changes to the system would have to be approved by the Valley Regional Transit Board of Directors. Any approved changes are expected be implemented in late fall 2018.

   Public comment on these proposed changes is a critical element and helps planning staff understand the transportation needs of both our riders and the community at large. Your input will help shape the final version of the proposed changes.

   Current route pathways that will be impacted are 1 Parkcenter (combined with 18 Harris Ranch), 2 Broadway, 3 Vista (combined with 14 Hyde Park), 5 Emerald, 11 Garden City, 17 Warm Springs, 29 Overland (combined with 16 VA Shuttle), and 41 Happy Day Transit Center/Boise State (combined with 42 CWI/Towne Square Mall).

   The changes would also include the following service benefits:

  • Fifteen-minute service on 9 State Street during peak hours (currently 30 minutes), and 30-minute all-day service on Saturdays (currently one hour)
  • Thirty-minute all-day weekday service on 5 Emerald (currently 30 minutes during peak hours, 60 minutes midday).
  • More frequent and direct connections to downtown Boise from the VA campus, Garden City and Harris Ranch.

Review system map of changes HERE

Learn more about how to explore the system map of changes and provide comment

Download a narrative that lists the rights and lefts the proposed new routes would make

More about the proposed service changes
(Please note that peak times are from 6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.)

1 Harris Ranch to downtown Boise via Parkcenter Boulevard - this proposal would combine current 1 Parkcenter and 18 Harris Ranch.
2 Broadway pathway will change to provide more direct two-way service and cover areas formerly served by 1 Parkcenter.
3 Vista would be combined with the 14 Hyde Park. The pathway through the North End would be streamlined to provide two-way service and it would be every 30 minutes all day.
5 Emerald pathway would change, staying on Emerald all the way to the Towne Square Mall. Service every 30 minutes all day.
9 State Street would have fewer stops. Service frequency would improve from 30 minutes all day to 15 minutes during peak times and 30 minutes midday, and increase service to 30 minutes on Saturday.
11 Garden City would provide two-way service on Adams. The service hours would change from off-peak to peak service.
17 Warm Springs would be streamlined to provide two-way service on Warm Springs.
29 Overland would extend to downtown, combine with the 16 VA Shuttle and would extend down Overland to Maple Grove
40 Nampa/Meridian Express would end at Main Street instead of Boise State.
41 Happy Day Transit Center/Boise State would end at Towne Square Mall and be combined with 42 CWI/Towne Square Mall.


1 Harris Ranch via Parkcenter



   This route combines the current 1 Parkcenter and 18 Harris Ranch. The new route 18 will provide all-day service to Harris Ranch as well as serving new areas in Southwest Boise. Additionally, the existing 2 Broadway is modified to service areas in southeast Boise that were previously served by 1 Parkcenter.
Why we are proposing these improvements
   Combining the Parkcenter and Harris Ranch routes will result in improved service in southeast Boise. Specifically, Harris Ranch would receive all-day service and this change will reduce duplication along Parkcenter Boulevard.

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2 Broadway

 
  
We are proposing to combine the 1 Parkcenter and 18 Harris Ranch routes. To make these changes and still serve Southeast Boise, we are restructuring the Broadway route to provide streamlined two-way service and serve areas formerly served by 1 Parkcenter.
Why we are proposing these improvements
We believe that by creating a strong north/south route, people will be able to move throughout the city easier and faster.

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3 Boise Airport to Hyde Park


  
We are proposing to combine the 3 Vista and 14 Hyde Park routes and modify the route through the North End.
Why we are proposing these improvements
  
We believe that by creating a strong north/south route, people will be able to move throughout the city easier and faster.

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5 Emerald

   We are proposing to run the Emerald route straight from downtown to the Towne Square Mall as well as improving the frequency of the route.
Why we are proposing these improvements
    By streamlining this route, we can move people more efficiently.

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9 State Street

  

   Route 9 is the highest performing route in the ValleyRide system and by providing more service to the route we will be able to move more people more often.
Why we are proposing these improvements
  
Buses will run every 15 minutes during peak hours. The route will also operate faster because we will be increasing the distance between bus stops.

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11 Garden City

   We are proposing to provide peak hour service rather than only midday service. We are also reducing the need to cross Chinden Boulevard by providing two-way service on Adams.
Why we are proposing these improvements
  
We are moving hours of service to times of higher ridership and providing better service along Adams Street.

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17 Warm Springs

   We are eliminating the one-way service along Broadway, Park and Walnut, and providing streamlined, two-way service on Warm Springs.
Why we are proposing these improvements
  
Route is streamlined to provide two-way service on Warm Springs. Riders will be able to utilize the same point for their origin and destination rather than having to walk a longer distance to reach one or the other.

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29 Overland to VA via Boise State

   This route combines the current 16 VA Shuttle and 29 Overland. Route 16 currently cycles between the VA campus, downtown Boise, and the East End. Route 29 travels from Boise State to Boise Towne Square Mall via Protest Road, then to Overland Road, and north on Cole Road. The new 29 will combine the anchors of the VA and Boise Towne Square Mall into a single route. Saturday service will be available between Main Street Station and the Mall.
Why we are proposing these improvements
  
This restructure will more directly connect the VA campus and St. Luke's Regional Medical Center with downtown Boise and Boise State University. It will also provide improved service to the College of Western Idaho Black Eagle campus and connect to apartments on Maple Grove to Towne Square Mall.

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40 Nampa/Meridian Express

   In an effort to maximize the efficiency of regional transit services, and improve on-time performance, we are proposing to end the Nampa/Meridian Express route at Main Street Station. From Main Street Station, riders can utilize the Boise State shuttle buses, which run through downtown (and stop in front of the station) every 15 minutes during the school year.
Why we are proposing these improvements
  
To improve the on-time performance of these services and reduce redundancy through better utilization of existing transit services between Boise State and Main Street Station.

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42 CWI/Towne Square Mall

 

   As traffic and congestion increases, we need to address on-time performance and our intercounty service. As such, we are proposing to combine routes 41 and 42 into a single route. Riders continuing on to other destinations can transfer to another route at Town Square Mall to complete their trip.

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We want to hear from you

   There are several ways to provide comment on the proposed service changes:

 » Attend one of three open houses. Here is the schedule:

3-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2018, Main Street Station, 777 W. Main Street in Boise

3-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2018, Main Street Station, 777 W. Main Street in Boise

3-7 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2018
Happy Day Transit Center, 5907 Cleveland Blvd. in Caldwell
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 » Take an online survey. TAKE ME TO THE SURVEY

Versión en español de la encuesta
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 »  Fill out a comment form and send it to: info@valleyregionaltransit.org
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» Leaving a comment on our system map of changes
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» By sending an email to mcarnopis@valleyregionaltransit.org with your comments.
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If you have any questions, have a special request or need assistance with accessible materials, you can contact Mark Carnopis, VRT Community Relations Manager, at 208-258-2702.

The deadline for providing comment is Monday, June 25, 2018.

Please note: The proposed service changes are high level in concept and do not include specific time point (schedule) information. This information will be added at a later date.