ValleyRide: What’s Happening
» New ACCESS Operations and Service Standards Plan to be implemented on March 9th
The Valley Regional Transit Board of Directors approved the new plan on January 21, 2015. This Plan will be implemented on Monday, March 9, 2015. For more information, visit the ACCESS information page.
» Temporary Bus Service Changes
Road construction, planned outdoor events, and holidays can result in changes in service, temporary route detours or the relocation of bus stops. Here's the latest information about current and upcoming changes in service:
- NEW ROUTE 18 - Construction work has closed the section of Warm Springs Boulevard between Eckert Road and Parkcenter Boulevard. Beginning Friday, March 6, 2015, a section of the Route 18 Harris Ranch will be on detour. The only bus stops that will be closed during the detour are the inbound and outbound stops at Wise Way and Warm Springs. The outbound detour (from Parkcenter): right on Bown through the Bown Village area, left on Boise Avenue, left on Eckert, left on Mill Station, and right on Caddis. (A temporary stop will be in place at Caddis and Warm Springs near the Chevron station.) The inbound detour (from Caddis): right on Warm Springs, right on Eckert, right on Boise Avenue, right on Bown, and left on Parkcenter back to the regular route. The route detours are expected to remain in place until August 2015.
- NEW ROUTE 11 - Beginning Thursday, February 26th, the route will be on detour due to construction work on Adams Street. The detour: right on 40th, left on Adams and back on route. this detour is expected to remain in place until sometime in July.
- ROUTES 51, 53 - The stop at 3rd St. S and 11th Avenue is closed. A temporary stop has been placed at 3rd St. S and 10th Avenue.
- ROUTES 4-5 - The inbound stop is closed at Main and 13th. The routes' detour: right on to Myrtle, left on to Capitol and left on Idaho to Zone 1.
- ROUTES 6, 7, 8, 11 and 40 - The outbound stop at 30th and Main is closed and a temporary stop cone has been placed far side at Main and 28th.
- ROUTES 8/8X - A temporary stop cone has been placed before the outbound stop at Emerald and Five Mile. A temporary stop cone has been placed before the inbound stop at Emerald and Five Mile. A temporary stop cone has been placed on the bus pad at the outbound stop at Five Mile and Country Squire.
- BOISE CITY ROUTES - A temporary stop cone has been place at 11th and Bannock. City routes will no longer stop at 9th and Bannock or Capitol and Bannock.
Last update: Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.
» Bicyclist safety around buses
Road respect and courtesy are a two-way street. Here are some top tips for cyclists to stay safe around buses:
- Be visible
- Have front and rear lights on your bike and use them early and often. It's the law.
- When you are passing a bus (hopefully on the left side and not on the right), please try to give at least three feet as this will help keep you out of the bus driver's blind spot.
- At a red light, either stay behind the bus or get in front so that you are clearly visible. Drivers are trained to "rock and roll" in the seat to expose blind spots on the side of the vehicle, but relying solely on that can be risky.
- Do not pass buses on the right, especially if you are approaching a bus stop.
- Remember, buses are in the business of pulling over to the curb to pick up and drop off passengers, and may unintentionally pinch a bicyclist trying to pass on the right.
- This will be especially true at Capitol and River, where the buses will have to cross the buffered bike lane to make its service stop.
- Be predictable
- Do not weave in and out of parked cars, jump on and off the sidewalk.
- If a bus ahead of you signals to make a turn or stop, merge into traffic behind the bus or pass on the left, so he driver clearly knows you will not be buzzing by on the right.
- Signal you intentions to drivers.
The Chicago Department of Transportation and the Chicago Transit Authority partnered to create a training video for bus operators and bicyclists on how to safely share the road. VIEW THE VIDEO
» Travel Trainer provides assistance to those who need help using our bus system
Our Travel Training Program provides assistance to those who need help understanding how to use our fixed-line and inter county bus system. The training can be as simple as helping someone understand printed maps and schedules to a full ride-along on the bus. Here's what Cristina Lyden had to say about the training:
"I would like to share this experience with the general public and to any and all individuals who may stumble upon this page. I had real pleasure doing my travel training with ValleyRide today! My husband and I were skeptical .... READ MORE
» Construction work on Main Street Station in downtown Boise is going well
Work on the excavation continues to move along, with shoring work mostly complete. Construction has started on the deck that will eventually support part of Main Street. The area under Main Street is expected to be completed to the point that it will allow an additional lane of traffic to open in early 2015.
The City Center Project developed by Gardner Company is located near the intersection of Main Street and Capital Boulevard in downtown Boise and includes the construction of an underground transit center for Valley Regional Transit (to be called Main Street Station), as well as additional office, retail, meeting and convention space. Construction is expected to be completed in late summer 2016. Watch a time-lapse video of the project
Five Boise City routes have moved from Zone 2 (on Idaho Street between 8th and 9th) to Capitol Boulevard in front of Boise City Hall (new Zone 3). With the change, routes 1-6 will continue to stage in Zone 1; routes 7, 8X, 9, 9x and 10 will stage on Capitol in front of Boise City Hall (Zone 3); and routes 11, 14, 16-18 will continue to stage in Zone 2 (on Idaho Street between 8th and 9th). These changes are expected to remain in effect until summer 2016. Saturday bus staging locations will remain the same.
ACCESS A MAP OF THE NEW TRANSIT MALL