Service Changes

Thank you to everyone who provided comment on ValleyRide bus service

Using information gathered from meetings and discussions with local cities and stakeholders, VRT staff developed the proposal for service enhancements in Boise approved by the VRT Board on September 23. Thank you to everyone who provided comment via emails and at two open houses/public hearings held Sept. 10-11.

Read the final public comment report.

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Thank you for helping us identify transportation priorities

Each year, in alignment with local and regional plans, such as Communities in Motion 2.0, ValleyConnect 2.0 and the Boise Transportation Action Plan, VRT staff work with local cities and stakeholders to identify transit service investment priorities. This year several cities have been exploring options to expand transit service.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our online surveys.

Learn more about the public surveys.

VRT Board approves ValleyRide bus service enhancements in Boise

The Valley Regional Transit (VRT) Board of Directors on Monday (September 23) approved enhancements to ValleyRide bus services in Boise that include extending service to the city of Eagle.

The service enhancements, to be implemented in spring 2020, include:

Weekdays
» Adding 1.25 hours of 15-minute service on 9 State Street. Also, extending 9 State Street to Ballantyne Lane Park & Ride in Eagle for three rounds trips during each peak period on weekdays.
» Maintaining 30-minute peak service on the 1 Harris Ranch via Parkcenter
» Adding 30-minute service on the 2 Broadway until 9 p.m. 

Saturday

» Increasing service on the 3 Vista, the 7A/B Fairview, and the 9 State Street to 30 minutes all day until 9 p.m. Currently, the 3 Vista and the 9 State Street operate on 60-minute frequencies and make their last outbound trips at 5:45 p.m.

Developing the service enhancements

Valley Regional Transit staff, using information gathered from meetings and discussions with local cities and stakeholders, developed the ValleyRide service enhancements approved by the VRT Board. 

The service changes are focused on building out the ValleyConnect 2.0 vision for transit.  These proposals were developed according the following principles;

  • Increase the frequency, span and reach of transit service in Ada County
  • Expanding service on Premium corridors
  • Being responsive to public input

Over the summer, VRT received more the 1,500 survey responses about the future of transit in the Treasure Valley. Those responses showed:

  • People believe transit is important to the future of the communities in Ada County
    • Of those surveyed in the City of Eagle, the average respondent said public transportation was an 80 out of 100 on the importance to the future of the City of Eagle.
    • Of those surveyed in the City of Meridian, the average respondent said public transportation was an 86 out of 100 on the importance to the future of the City of Meridian.
  • Employees see transit as a benefit
  • There is public support for and interest in transit
  • The public was particularly interested in more transit service
    • During the commute period
    • In the evening
    • On the weekend