Proposed Service Changes

Final proposed service changes to ValleyRide system

(Please note: Depending on the device your are accessing from, the survey link may not be readily visible for your convenience. HERE IS THE LINK TO THE ONLINE SURVEY. The deadline for comment is Saturday, Oct. 6th).

For the past several months Valley Regional Transit has been working with stakeholders and the public on refining the service changes that were proposed in June.  More than 300 people provided comments on input on those initial comments.  Here is a link to the final public comment report on those proposed changes.  In addition to the changes proposed in June, VRT solicited public input on proposed reductions to local service in Nampa to cover a budget shortfall for fiscal year 2019 (which begins Oct. 1, 2018).  We received approximately 150 comments on these changes.  Here is a link to the public comment report on those service reductions.

We are pleased to release the final proposed changes for the ValleyRide system.  The overall goals of these changes are to maximize the effectiveness of existing transit resources, improve the on-time performance of our services, connect more people to more places more often, and address the projected budget shortfall in Nampa. 

With this release of the final service change proposal we are again soliciting public comment through October 6thPublic comment is a critical step in the process.  Comments received at this point will provide important feedback to the VRT Board of Directors who will consider these changes for approval.  Any approved changes are expected to be implemented in mid-January.

Current routes pathways that will be impacted are 1 Parkcenter (combined with 18 Harris Ranch), 2 Broadway, 4 Roosevelt, 5 Emerald, 9X State Street Express, 10 Hill Road, 11 Garden City, 14 Hyde Park, 16 VA Shuttle, 17 Warm Springs and 28 Cole/Victory, 41 Happy Day Transit Center/Boise, 42 Happy Day Transit Center/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)
  • Fifteen-minute service on 3 Vista during peak hours (currently 20 minutes) and 30 minutes midday and evenings (currently 40 minutes) and extend the hours of operation to 9:15PM (currently 6:30PM)
  • Improved connections to the Boise Airport by extending the 2 Broadway and 4 Roosevelt.
  • Improved access to developing sections on Franklin Rd in Nampa and Overland Road in Meridian
  • Improved connections between downtown Boise and Chinden and Garden City
  • Improved on-time performance on local and intercounty services
  • More direct service on routes serving the North End in Boise, South East Boise, Hill Road, Warm Springs, Emerald, and Overland Road
  • Piloting first/last mile transit connections to the State Street and Fairview corridors with Lyft (a taxi-like service)
  • Close the 2019 budget shortfall in Nampa

See system map of changes HERE

More about the proposed service changes

  • 1 Parkcenter – Extended to Harris Ranch and Barber Park service is reduced to hourly all day
  • 2 Broadway – Streamlined and extended to Law Ave and continuing to the Boise Airport with 30 minute peak service
  • 3 Vista – 15 minute peak service, 30 minute mid-day service, and service until after 9PM on weekdays
  • 4 Roosevelt – Extend to serve the Boise Airport
  • 5 Emerald – Streamlined service to the Towne Square Mall
  • 9 State Street – Service increased to 15 minute peak service during the week and 30 minute service on Saturday
  • 9X State Street Express – Replace with a pilot project with Lyft (a taxi like service) to help people connect to service on State Street
  • 10 Hill Road – Service is extended to the North End and streamlined to serve Hill Rd and neighborhoods north of State Street
  • 11 Garden City – Service changed to run in peak period rather than the middle of the day
  • 14 Hyde Park – Consolidated into the 10 Hill Road and 16 VA/Hyde Park Loop
  • 16 VA/Hyde Park Loop – Extended to serve the Hyde Park
  • 17 Warm Springs – Streamlined to provide two-way service on Warm Springs with 30 minute peak service
  • 18 Harris Ranch – Consolidated with the 1 Parkcenter, all-day service to Harris Ranch
  • 28 Cole/Victory – Routed to serve Liberty & Barrister
  • 29 Overland – No change
  • 40 Nampa/Meridian Express – Improved on-time performance, serving all current destinations via a one-way loop through downtown Boise
  • 41 Happy Day Transit Center/ Boise State – Consolidated with route 42
  • 42 Happy Day Transit Center Towne Square Mall – Improved on-time performance and streamlined service to better serve destinations on Franklin, and Overland, terminating at Towne Square Mall
  • 51 East Nampa – Reduce service to peak only Monday-Friday

You can download a complete summary of all proposed changes HERE.

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. Additionally, the existing 2 Broadway is modified to service areas in southeast Boise that were previously served by 1 Parkcenter.

Benefits of Change

  • Consolidates duplicative routes
  • Provides all-day service to Harris Ranch
  • Moves resources from low performing 18 Harris Ranch to higher performing routes

Impacts of Change

  • Frequency would be reduced from 30-minutes in peak hours to 60 minutes all day.

Public Comment on Initial Concept

People were generally supportive of consolidating the 1 and 18 routes. They agreed that it would improve the service and make it more useful to riders in the Harris Ranch area. The primary concerns with the changes were the following:

  • Riders in the area near Boise Avenue & Law currently served by the 1 Parkcenter bus would lose 30-minute peak frequencies because the 2 Broadway route would be their primary option under the proposal.
    • Response: 30-minute peak hour frequencies will move to the 2 Broadway route, 1 Parkcenter route shifted to run on Boise Avenue between Bown Crossing & Apple to provide access to different destinations.
  • Boise State encouraged students needing access to the Yanke Research Park and the main campus to utilize the current 1 Parkcenter bus. The routing down Broadway rather than Beacon/University does not facilitate that movement well.
    • Response: The route will serve Boise State via Beacon and University Drive to make the connection between Yanke Research Park and the main campus.
  • Harris Ranch residents were concerned that they were losing two-way service. The one-way loop at the east end of the route along Parkcenter, Eckert, Boise Avenue, and Bown would add approximately 2 miles to the route for a rider boarding at Parkcenter & Wise Way.
    • Response: The loop at the end of the route has been shortened.

Route 1 Map From Main Street Station to Harris Ranch: Main Street to 6th Street Right on 6th Right on Front Left on 9th Left on University University on to Lincoln Left on Beacon Right on Parkcenter Right on Apple Left on Boise Left on Bown Right on Parkcenter Right on Warm Springs Left on Parkcenter End at Parkcenter & Warm Springs From Harris Ranch to Main Street Station: Parkcenter to Bown Left on Bown Right on Boise Right on Apple Left on Parkcenter Left on Beacon Right on Lincoln Lincoln on to University Right on Capitol End at Main Street Station

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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.  We are also extending the 2 Broadway to the Boise Airport to connect Southeast Boise with the job centers and destinations around the Boise Airport.

Benefits of Change

  • Improves service to high-ridership area of Southeast Boise
  • Creates direct, two-way service along entire route
  • Has strong anchors at both ends in Main Street Station and the Boise Airport
  • Facilitates interlining with 3 Vista

Impacts of Change

  • Route is not as direct as it could be.
  • Loss of direct service on Gekeler, Apple, and Pennsylvania.

Public Comment on Initial Concept

The public had a variety of concerns with the changes to this route:

  • Riders in the area near Boise Avenue & Law currently served by the 1 Parkcenter bus would lose 30-minute peak frequencies because the 2 Broadway route would be their primary option under the proposal.
    • Response: 30-minute peak hour frequencies will move to the 2 Broadway route, 1 Parkcenter route shifted to run on Boise Avenue between Bown Crossing & Apple to provide access to different destinations.
  • Routing on Linden would create on-time performance issues due to rush hour congestion.
    • Response: Traffic counts on Linden do not indicate major variability in the traffic volumes in peak and off-peak hours. Schedules may be adjusted if we discover issues.
  • The two-way routing would create a less direct connection between the shopping center on Federal Way and the rest of Boise and cause some residents to have to walk further.
    • Response: The proposed two-way routing through Southeast Boise should remain the same. It allows us to serve more people faster with a short walk to the nearest stop. While it does increase the travel time for individuals traveling from Broadway & Linden to Federal Way (currently about 8 minutes, proposed about 13 minutes), it significantly reduces the time in the opposite direction (25 minutes to 11 minutes).

Route 2 Map From Main Street Station to Boise Airport: Main Street to Broadway Right on Broadway Left on Linden Right on Boise Avenue Right on Law Right on Bergeson Right on Federal Way Left on Broadway Broadway on to Commerce Right on Development Development on to Airport End at Boise Airport From Boise Airport to Main Street Station: Airport toward Vista, Right on Airport Airport on to Development Left on Commerce Commerce on to Broadway Right on Federal Way Left on Bergeson Left on Law Left on Boise Left on Linden Right on Broadway Left on Idaho End at Main Street Station

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3 Vista
We are proposing to increase the frequency of the 3 Vista and extend the hours of operation Monday through Friday.
Benefits of Change

  • Improves peak period span to be 15 minutes in the peak period
  • Increases span of service to 9:15 PM.
  • Moves toward Best-in-Class levels of service
  • Improves ease and speed of transfers by moving headways from 20-minute peak/40-minute midday to 30 minutes all day
  • Improves on-time performance

Impacts of Change

  • Riders will have to learn a new schedule.
  • Service may overlap Elder Street P&R Shuttle.

Public Comment on Initial Concept

The public had very mixed feelings regarding the combination of the 3 and 14 routes, with the following being the primary sentiments:

  • Online survey respondents from the 83702 zip code (North Boise/Downtown Boise) overwhelmingly supported the change.
    • Response: We are proposing to provide streamlined between downtown and North Boise (see changes to the 10) and minimizing transfer times to the 3 Vista.
  • The route should serve Main Street Station directly, rather than staying on the street.
    • Response: The bus will serve Main Street Station.
  • The combined route would make transfers difficult, would have trouble staying on time, and inconvenience drivers.
    • Response: The routes are no longer proposed to be combined.
  • The current 20-minute peak/40-minute midday service on the 3 Vista makes transfers difficult.
    • Response: We are proposing 30-minute all day service.

Route 3 Map From Main Street Station to Boise Airport: Main Street to 6th Street Right on 6th Right on Front Left on 9th 9th on to Vista Vista on to Airport End at Boise Airport From Boise Airport to Main Street Station: Airport to Vista Vista on to Capitol End at Main Street Station

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4 Roosevelt

We are proposing to re-route the 4 Roosevelt to serve the Boise Airport.

Benefits of Change

  • Has strong anchors at both ends in Main Street Station and the Boise Airport
  • Facilitates interlining with 3 Vista

Impacts of Change

  • Residents of Targee & Columbus area no longer directly served.

Public Comment on Initial Concept

  • No changes to the 4 Roosevelt were proposed in the first round of public comment.
  • There was a demand for 30-minute service on the 2 Broadway route and to align the 3 Vista service with the rest of the service schedules. To facilitate this, we need to make some changes to the 4 Roosevelt route.
    • Response: In order to bring the 3 Vista bus to 30 minute headways all day, we are proposing to run the 4 Roosevelt bus to the Boise Airport. This change will allow for more efficient use of vehicles and make better connections to the Airport and the surrounding neighborhoods. A small area near Vista and Canal will lose direct service due to this change, but they can still utilize the 3 bus fairly easily, and would gain the ability to transfer at the airport.

Route 4 Map From Main Street Station to Boise Airport: Main Street to 6th Street Right on 6th Right on Front Left on 13th Right on Shoreline Left on Americana Left on Latah Right on Rose Hill Left on Roosevelt Left on Nez Perce Right on Owyhee Left on Elder Right on Vista Vista on to Airport End at Boise Airport   From Boise Airport to Main Street Station: Airport to Vista Left on Elder Right on Owyhee Left on Nez Perce Right on Roosevelt Right on Rose Hill Left on Latah Right on Americana Right on Shoreline Left on 13th Right on Main End at Main Street Station

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5 Emerald
We are proposing to run the Emerald route straight from downtown to the Towne Square Mall.

Benefits of Change

  • Direct, simple, consistent, easy to understand route
  • Facilitates future improvements to Fairview service by establishing consistent, direct all day service from Boise Towne Square Mall to Main Street Station

Impacts of Change

  • Area near Barrister & Allumbaugh served by 28 Cole/Victory.
  • Loss of direct service near Liberty & Denton.

Public Comment on Initial Concept

  • Many riders were supportive of straightening this route. However, the stops on Barrister provide a critical service for the Sherriff’s Office and Intermountain Hospital.
    • Response: in order to provide efficient service to the Emerald riders, while still meeting the needs of the community, we are keeping this proposed route as is, and modifying the 28 Cole Victory route to serve Barrister.
    • To reduce duplication and improve the operational efficiency of the route, we are also proposing to utilize River Street to get in and out of downtown Boise.

Route 5 Map From Main Street Station to Towne Square Mall: Main Street to 6th Street Right on 6th Right on Front Left on 9th Right on River Left on Americana Americana on to Emerald Left on Cole Right at Towne Square Mall entrance End at Towne Square Mall   From Towne Square Mall to Main Street Station: Left on Cole Right on Emerald Emerald on to Americana Right on River Left on Capitol End at Main Street Station

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9 State Street
The 9 State Street 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. 

Benefits of Change

  • 15-minute headways in peak hours
  • Improved on-time performance and faster service by thinning stops

Impacts of Change

  • Some riders may have to walk further to their stop.

Public Comment on Initial Concept

  • Unsurprisingly, the public was supportive of the increased frequencies on this route. The suggested stop locations were generally well received, with the exception of continuing to have a stop at State & 11th to serve the downtown YMCA and Boise High.
    • Response: A stop at State & 11th has been included with this proposal and we will continue to work with City staff to ensure the appropriate stop spacing.

Route 9 Map From Main Street Station to Saxton & State: Main to 5th Left on 5th Left on State Right on Gary Left on Saxton End at Saxton & State From Saxton & State to Main Street Station: Saxton to State Left on State Right on 9th Left on Main End at Main Street Station

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9X State Street Express
The productivity of the 9X has been less than half what the 9 has been.  The increased frequency on the 9 State Street will make the service on the 9X redundant. We are proposing to replace the 9X State Street Express with a “first and last mile” pilot with Lyft (a taxi-like service) to help people get to the service on the 9 State Street. 

Benefits of Change

  • Resources currently used on 9x can be reallocated to providing later service on the 3 Vista and all day 30-minute service on the 5 Emerald

Impacts of Change

  • No service at Carlton Bay & Horseshoe Bend stop

Public Comment on Initial Concept

  • No changes to the 9x State Street Express were proposed in the first round of public comment.
  • With the improved service to the local 9 route, the existing 9x route becomes less useful and somewhat duplicative.
    • Response: we are proposing to eliminate this route.

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10 Hill Road
We are proposing to route the 10 Hill Road out 15th St rather than 28th St to serve the North End of Boise on its way to Hill Road.  We are also proposing to shorten the 10 to only go as far as Pierce Park help it run more on time.

Benefits of Change

  • Route is much more direct, simple, consistent, and easy to understand
  • Reduces duplication on State Street
  • Combines resources of two underperforming routes
  • Separating 10 Hill Road from 12 Maple Grove should improve the on-time performance of both

Impacts of Change

  • Smaller service area in Northwest Boise.
  • Some riders will have to walk further to stop.
  • Smaller service area in North End.
  • Hyde Park riders would now be served by the 16 VA/Hyde Park Loop.
  • No weekend service in the North End

Public Comment on Initial Concept

The concerns raised about the proposal to combine the 3 Vista and 14 Hyde Park encouraged VRT staff to look for other ways to improve the 14 Hyde Park. In the process a variety of issues with routes 10 and 14 were discussed:

  • No changes to the 10 Hill Road were proposed in the first round of public comment.
  • The 14 bus needs to go somewhere further than between downtown and Bogus Basin Road.
    • Response: we are proposing to combine the Hill Road and Hyde Park services to create a more appropriate route length.
  • The looping nature of the 14 made it two-way service inconvenient for riders.
    • Response: the route is proposed to be direct and two-way.
  • The current routing created several operational and safety issues on both the 10 and 14 services.
    • Response: by reducing turning movements, we should improve safety and comfort.

Route 10 Map

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11 Garden City
We are proposing to provide peak hour service rather than only midday service. This change will also make it easier to access jobs along Chinden.

Benefits of Change

  • Service hours are during higher ridership times
  • Improved rider safety as they will be less likely to need to cross Chinden Boulevard
  • Has strong anchors at both ends in Main Street Station and the Fairgrounds and Fred Meyer

Impacts of Change

  • Creates some duplication of service with 8x.
  • Loss of midday service to Garden City

Public Comment on Initial Concept

  • The public comment was almost entirely supportive of these changes. The primary requests regarding Garden City services were to provide more of it.

Route 11 map From Main & 8th to Adams & Kent (AM): Main to 5th Left on 5th Left on Idaho Left on 16th Right on Main Main on to Chinden Right at Kent Right at Adams End at Adams & Kent From Main & 8th to Adams & Kent (PM): Main to 5th Left on 5th Left on Idaho Left on 16th Right on Main Main on to Chinden Right on 36th Left on Clay Right on 37th Left on Adams End at Adams & Kent From Adams & Kent to Main & 8th (AM): Adams to 37th Right on 37th Left on Clay Right on 36th Left on Chinden Left on Fairview Fairview on to Main End at Main & 8th  From Adams & Kent to Main & 8th (PM): Adams to Kent Left on Kent Left on Chinden Left on Fairview Fairview on to Main End at Main & 8th

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16 VA/Hyde Park
We are proposing to extend service to the VA to Hyde Park to provide more streamlined service to the North End of Boise.

Benefits of Change

  • More direct connections between downtown and VA
  • Short route facilitates easy interlining
  • More direct, two-way service for North End and Hyde Park.

Impacts of Change

  • Smaller service area in East Boise. Some riders would need to walk out to Warm Springs.

Public Comment on Initial Concept

  • The majority of the feedback on the combination of the 16 and 29 routes was positive. The negative feedback was primarily concerned with the frequency of service on the Warm Springs section. Unfortunately, as VRT did further analysis on the proposed 29, it was determined to be too costly to pursue at this time.
    • Response: we are modifying this proposal to keep the 16 and 29 as separate routes, but we are moving forward with the proposal streamline the routing of the 16. This change will result in the more efficient use of vehicles than the initial proposal.

16 VA/Hyde Park Loop   From Main & 8th to Hyde Park: Main to 1st Left on 1st Left on Fort Right on Robbins Left on Collins Collins on to VA Hospital Loop Left on 5th Right on Hays Right on 8th Left on Union Right on 9th Left on Brumback Right on 13th End at 13th & Ridenbaugh   From Hyde Park to Main & 8th: 13th to Ridenbaugh Right on Ridenbaugh Right on 9th Left on Main End at Main & 8th

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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.
Benefits of Change

  • Direct, simple, consistent, easy to understand route
  • Short route facilitates easy interlining

Impacts of Change

  • Smaller service area in East Boise. Some riders would need to walk to Warm Springs from Walnut.

Public Comment on Initial Concept

  • The public was generally supportive of the changes being proposed. The primary concern that we heard from East End residents was that service was being reduced from 30 to 60-minute headways for the stops on Warm Springs to the west of Coston due to the elimination of the 16 VA Shuttle.
    • Response: as the 16 is one of our lowest performing routes, and the proposal provides significantly faster service to the area, we are not making any changes to our proposal.

 17 Warm Springs    From Main & 8th to Botanical Gardens: Main on to Warm Springs Left on Old Penitentiary End at Old Penitentiary @ Botanical Gardens   From Main & 8th to Warm Springs & Coston: Main on to Warm Springs Left on Coston End at Warm Springs & Coston    From Botanical Gardens to Main & 8th: Old Penitentiary to Warm Springs Right on Warm Springs Warm Springs on to Idaho Left on 9th Left on Main End at Main & 8th From Warm Springs & Coston to Main & 8th: Coston to Bannock Left on Bannock Left on Haines Right on Warm Springs Warm Springs on to Idaho Left on 9th Left on Main End at Main & 8th

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28 Cole/Victory

We are proposing to re-route this service to cover Barrister and Allumbaugh, areas that would no longer be served by the 5 Emerald.
Benefits of Change

  • Continued service to Ada County Sherriff’s Office and the Intermountain Hospital
  • Decreases time spent in layover at Towne Square Mall

Impacts of Change

  • Less linear route.

Public Comment on Initial Concept

  • No changes to the 28 Cole/Victory were proposed in the first round of public comment.
  • There are important destinations, including the Ada County Sherriff’s Office, and the Intermountain Hospital which VRT staff determined would be useful to continue serving as some people traveling to and from these facilities may have a higher need for transit services than others.
    • Response: the 28 bus will serve the area near Liberty & Barrister. Riders can transfer at Towne Square Mall to other routes.

 28 Cole/Victory   From Towne Square Mall to Frank Church High School: Right on Cole Left on Barrister Right on Allumbaugh Left on Franklin Left on Cole Left on Overland Right on Vinnell Vinnell on to Hackamore Left on Maple Grove Left on Victory Right on Milwaukee End at Frank Church High School   From Frank Church High School to Towne Square Mall: Milwaukee to Salt Creek Left on Salt Creek Right on Trabuco Left on Victory Right on Maple Grove Right on Hackamore Right on Vinnell Left on Overland Left on Cole Right on Franklin Left on Allumbaugh Left on Barrister Right on Cole Left at Towne Square Mall entrance End at Towne Square Mall

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29 Overland to VA via Boise State
We are postponing plans of extending this route.

Public Comment on Initial Concept

  • The majority of the feedback on the combination of the 16 and 29 routes was positive. The negative feedback was primarily concerned with the frequency of service on the Warm Springs section. Unfortunately, as VRT did further analysis on the proposed 29, it was determined to be too costly to pursue at this time.
  • Response: Although we received a good amount of positive feedback, we are not able to dedicate as many resources as we need to make this route run on time. The feedback has been noted and we will pursue this concept as additional funding becomes available. No changes to the current route are being proposed at this time.

Route 29 Map

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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 serve downtown Boise in a one-way loop from Main to Broadway to Boise State University to Capitol to Front.

Benefits of Change

  • Improved on time performance
  • Faster service through downtown Boise

Impacts of Change

  • Riders will have to change where they catch the bus downtown.

Public Comment on Initial Concept

  • The public was opposed to shortening the route to end and Main Street Station. They felt that the Boise State Shuttle would be too unreliable in the summer and crowded during the school year.  Directly serving Saint Luke’s and Boise State were important destinations that should remain.
    • Response: The 40 – Nampa/Meridian Express will continue to serve St Luke’s and Boise State by making a one-way loop though downtown Boise.

40 Nampa Meridian Express   From Happy Day Transit Center to Boise State: Happy Day to Nampa-Caldwell Boulevard Left on Nampa Caldwell Boulevard Left on Northside Right on to Interstate 84 Right at Garrity Boulevard Exit Left on Idaho Center Boulevard Right on Achievement Left on Selland Right on Opportunity Turn around at CWI Main Campus Left on Selland Left on Terra Linda Turn around at CWI Park & Ride Left on Idaho Center Boulevard Left on to Interstate 84 Right at 10 Mile Exit Right on 10 Mile Left on Overald Left on Main Right on to Interstate 84 Interstate 84 on to Interstate 184 Interstate 184 on to Myrtle Left on 13th Right on Main Right on Broadway Left on Beacon Right on Lincoln End at University @ BSU Transit Center  From Boise State to Happy Day Transit Center: University to Capitol Right on Capitol Left on Front Front on to Interstate 184 Interstate 184 on to Interstate 84 Right at Meridian Road Exit Left on Meridian Road Right on Overland Right on 10 Mile Left on to Interstate 84 Right at Garrity Road Exit Right on Idaho Center Boulevard Right on Achievement Left on Selland Right on Opportunity Turn around at CWI Main Campus Left on Selland Left on Terra Linda Turn around at CWI Park & Ride Left on Idaho Center Boulevard Left on Interstate 84 Right at Northside Exit Left on Northside Left on Nampa-Caldwell Boulevard Right on Happy Day End at Happy Day Transit Center

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41 Happy Day Transit Center/Boise State
42 Happy Day Transit Center/Towne Square Mall
As traffic and congestion increases, we need address on-time performance of our intercounty services. 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.  We are also looking to improve connections that can be made on this route and will serving new sections of Cherry Lane, Franklin and Overland.

Benefits of Change

  • By streamlining the routing, the route can serve new developing areas in approximately the same amount of time, and generally be more consistent throughout the day.
  • Providing service down Overland Road will make the 40 bus more useful for Meridian riders because riders can make it to the Black Marlin and 10 Mile stops in the middle of the day if needed.
  • This route will now serve the Nampa Saint Luke’s and the 10 Mile Crossing, among other locations in west Ada County and east Canyon County

Impacts of Change

  • Areas north of I-84 in Meridian would lose all transit service.

Public Comment on Initial Concept

  • The public was not supportive of shortening the 41, they public was supportive of improving the on-time performance of the route. Their primary concern was that the same number of trips would be provided as is currently provided by the 41 and 42 routes. We are planning to do this.

In the initial proposal we did not propose making these changes to the routing for route 42.  As we were exploring ways to help this route run on-time we wanted to also look at how to shorten the route length. This route is five miles shorter than the existing route.

42 Happy Day to Towne Square Mall   From Happy Day to Towne Square Mall: Happy Day to Nampa-Caldwell Boulevard Left on Nampa Caldwell Boulevard Left on Midland Right on Cherry Right on Franklin Left on Birch Birch on to Terra Linda Turn around at CWI Park & Ride Right on Selland Right on Opportunity Turn around at CWI Main Campus Left on Selland Left on Achievement Left on Idaho Center Boulevard Left on Franklin Right on 10 Mile Left on Overland Left on Maple Grove Right on Emerald Right on Cole Left at Towne Square Mall Entrance End at Towne Square Mall From Towne Square Mall to Happy Day Transit Center: Left on Cole Left on Emerald Left on Maple Grove Right on Overland Right on 10 Mile Left on Franklin Right on Idaho Center Boulevard Right on Terra Linda Left on Selland Right on Opportunity Turn around at CWI Main Campus Left on Selland Left on Terra Linda Turn Around at CWI Park & Ride Terra Linda on to Birch Right on Franklin Left on Cherry Left on Midland Left on Nampa-Caldwell Boulevard Right on Happy Day End at Happy Day Transit Center

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51 East Nampa
We are proposing to reduce service on the 51 East Nampa to run hourly in the peak period only.

Reason for Change

  • There is a local budget shortfall that will require a reduction in local transit service levels in Nampa
  • The 51 East Nampa is the lower performing route between the 51 and 52.
  • The midday reduction is intended to impact the fewest riders possible.

Impacts of Change

  • Riders will no longer be able to travel out Garrity and connections to CWI from South Nampa will be much longer.

Public Comment on Initial Concept

  • We solicited comments online and on the bus for these reductions and have received more than 130 comments. There appears to be a slight preference for service to be prioritized during the peak times because of the intercounty connections that can be made during the peak period .
  • Midday service is still a need and there was some interest in exploring the possibility of trading service on a weekday for Saturday service.

 Route 51 Map

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We want to hear from you

We have scheduled two open houses/public hearings to gather comment about the proposed service changes, including the planned service cuts to Route 51 East Nampa. Here is more information:

» Tuesday, Sept. 25, Main Street Station, 777 W. Main Street in downtown Boise.

» Wednesday, Sept. 26, Happy Day Transit Center, 5107 W. Cleveland Blvd. in Caldwell.

The open houses are from 4-6 p.m. The public hearings begin at 6 p.m.

We will also be streaming these meetings live on the VRT Facebook page. HERE is the link.

If you cannot attend one of these open houses or public hearings, you can still provide comment by completing our online survey any time before October 6th or you can pick up, complete and return a written survey from customer service at either Main Street Station or Happy Day Transit Center any time before October 6th.

Take me to the survey

Versión en español de la encuesta

You can also provide comment by sending an email to mcarnopis@valleyregionaltransit.org

Read the August public comment summary report
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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, or the email above.

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Next Steps

VRT will collect public comment through the open houses, public hearings and other venues through October 6.

VRT Board of Directors will consider the final proposal and public comment at the October 22nd Board Meeting

Service changes would be implemented in January of 2019