Help 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. We have prepared a short survey that will provide us with valuable information to help shape the transportation priorities over the next two years.
Please consider taking a few minutes to complete this online survey.
Valley Regional Transit is proposing changes to its ValleyRide bus services in Boise/Garden City. The changes are designed to:
- Improve on-time performance
- Expand service on premium services, specifically State Street, and Vista and Fairview avenues
- Expand fixed-route service in Meridian (see information below)
- Improve transit accessibility to and from Eagle
Here are more specifics on the proposed changes:
- Provide 15-minute mid-day (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) bus service on routes that currently run every 30 minutes
- Provide 30-minute mid-day (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) service on routes that currently run every 60 minutes
- Provide 30-minute bus service all day on Saturday on the #9 State Street, #7 Fairview and #3 Vista routes
- Expand emerging mobility options such as the Lyft/Uber partnership and Boise GreenBike, among others
- Maintain the #11 Garden City regional bus service
- Extend routes on State Street and/or Fairview during rush hours to Eagle and/or to Meridian
- Extend Saturday bus service hours to 9 p.m. or later on the #9 State Street, #7 Fairview and #3 Vista routes
- Create a new route between Ten Mile Road and The Village in Meridian
We have a short survey about these concepts and will hold open houses later in the year to collect comment on more specific service change proposals. We will also be scheduling more outreach events.
Thank you to all who attended our May 20 public open house to comment about the possibility of expanding public transportation services. Those who did not attend the open house and learn more about a proposed new bus route in Meridian and provide general comment via an online survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MeridianPublicTransportationSurvey). The deadline for providing input is Sunday, June 16, 2019.
VRT planners and city staff have been meeting to explore ways to achieve public transportation improvements as presented in ValleyConnect 2.0, a plan for transit expansion in the region. One proposal on the drawing board is a bus route that would provide weekday connecting service between Fairview Avenue near Eagle Road, downtown Meridian, and Ten Mile Road near Interstate 84.
“Meridian is one of the fastest growing cities in the fastest growing state in the nation and we are hearing from the public about the need for more transit service,” said Stephen Hunt, VRT principal planner. “We are very excited to be working with the City of Meridian on expanding transit service in the heart of the Treasure Valley.”
The city of Meridian currently provides local funding to help operate two ValleyRide intercountry bus routes, as well as Harvest Transit, a six days a week dial-a-ride service within Meridian primarily geared for seniors and persons with disabilities.
What: ValleyRide Route 44, which connects Caldwell, Middleton, Star, Eagle and downtown Boise, will end service after Friday, June 28, 2019. We are working with ACHD Commuteride to organize a replacement vanpool. VRT is soliciting public input on interest in forming a vanpool. The public can comment by taking this online survey or sending comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all who provided input at an open house/public hearing held March 26 in Star, and a public hearing held April 1 at the VRT administrative offices in Meridian. After reviewing public comment, the VRT Board decided to eliminate Route 44 at its April 15 meeting.
Why: The elimination of Route 44 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).