Proposed Service Changes

Proposed service changes to the ValleyRide transit system

Valley Regional Transit (VRT) staff are active with two separate projects that will impact ValleyRide bus services - a proposed service reduction in Canyon County and a restructuring of existing transit services in both Ada and Canyon counties. Here are some more details:

Service reduction

VRT is planning for cuts to its Nampa fixed-route bus service and is seeking public input.

Beginning in fiscal year 2019 (which begins Oct. 1, 2018), Valley Regional Transit is facing an operating budget shortfall in Canyon County. Unless that shortfall is eliminated, VRT will have to make cuts to fixed-route service in Canyon County in order to maintain a balanced budget. To minimize the impacts on current ridership, the cuts will focus on the services that carry the fewest number of riders.

Although these cuts will balance the 2019 budget, VRT staff are forecasting an additional funding shortfall in 2020.  Over the next year, VRT will engage with its funding partners and the public to identify a solution to the on-going budget shortfalls.

The overall goals of the proposed service changes are to maximize the effectiveness of existing transit resources, connect more people to more places more often, and address the projected budget shortfall in Nampa.  Any changes to existing ValleyRide bus service would be implemented in early 2019.

An open house has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 29th (see column to the right for more information).

Formal public hearings about all the changes including the intercounty and Ada County services will be scheduled for September.

Service restructuring

Recently, we asked for your input on proposed changes to the ValleyRide transit system. Thank you to everyone who provided us with comment. More than 300 people provided input via an online survey and three open houses among other outreach efforts. The first phase of public comment ended June 25th.

Here is the final public comment report that provides a detailed look at what you had to say in regards to the service change proposals.

Next steps

VRT planners revised the proposal service changes based on public input. On August 6th, the VRT Executive Board made the decision to postpone two open houses/public hearings scheduled for late August to allow for further review of the proposed changes.

VRT planners are still developing the revised service changes proposal. Once the latest review process is completed, we will post this updated information on this webpage as soon as possible.

Two formal open houses/public hearings on the service changes and reductions will be scheduled for September.

We want to assure you that we will continue to listen to what you have to say about the proposals. Our ultimate goal in implementing any changes to the system is to maximize existing resources and provide riders the opportunity to get to more places more often.

The overall goals of the proposed service changes are to maximize the effectiveness of existing transit resources, connect more people to more places more often, and address the projected budget shortfall in Nampa.  Any changes to existing ValleyRide bus service would be implemented in early 2019.

 

 

 

We want to hear from you

We have scheduled an open house to collect comments on planned service reductions in Canyon County. The open house is scheduled for:

» 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at the Nampa Public Library, 212 12th Ave. S in Nampa.
The meeting will be held in Multipurpose Room B, located on the first floor (to the right of the main entrance).

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 » If you cannot attend the open house, we ask you to take a few minutes and complete an online survey.

TAKE ME TO THE SURVEY

Spanish language version of the survey

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