Service Changes

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 survey.

 

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Service changes proposed for ValleyRide bus routes in Boise/Garden City

Timing changes for eight ValleyRide bus routes to be implemented July 1, 2019

Increasing public transportation services in Eagle

Increasing public transportation services in Meridian

Information about the elimination of Route 44 Highway 44 Express

 

Service changes proposed for ValleyRide bus routes in Boise/Garden City

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

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Timing changes for eight ValleyRide Bus routes to be implemented July 1, 2019

Valley Regional Transit will implement timing changes to eight ValleyRide bus routes beginning Monday, July 1, 2019. The changes are designed to improve on-time performance. Learn more about the timing changes.

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Increasing public transportation options in Eagle

VRT has been working with the City of Eagle staff and other stakeholders to consider extending the three morning and three afternoon trips of the current route 9 from Glenwood and State to Ballantyne Lane West of Downtown Eagle. This connection would provide service every 30 to 45 minutes during the typical rush hour period and help Eagle residents traveling to work in Boise and connect Treasure Valley residents to job opportunities in Eagle.

This is a corridor with a growing number of apartments buildings and businesses which will be able to take advantage of new bus stops close to them.  It is also a critical transportation corridor with people traveling from many surrounding communities.  To accommodate some of these travelers, there are two Park and Rides, one near Ballantyne Lane and West State Street and another at Highway 44 and South Edgewood Lane.

VRT held an open house on Thursday, June 6th at Eagle City Hall from 4 to 6 p.m. to hear from the public about this concept. We also want to thank everyone who completed an online survey.

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Increasing public transportation options in Meridian

Thanks to all who attended our May 20 public open house to comment about the possibility of expanding public transportation services. We also want to thank those who completed an online survey.

 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.

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Information about the elimination of Route 44 Highway 44 Express

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.

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).

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