ValleyRide Service Changes and the Opening of

Main Street Station

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Service Changes
Closing of the Transit Mall

Frequently Asked Questions

Several service changes to the ValleyRide bus system will be implemented beginning Monday, Oct. 24th. On that same day, the Main Street Station will open up in downtown Boise. Updated route maps and schedules and other pertinent information is now available. ACCESS THE NEW ROUTE SCHEDULES. Individual HTML pages will be created for each Ada County, Canyon County and Inter county routes. Here are brief summaries of the service changes:

Main Street Station

(Please note that the open house scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 21st has been rescheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13th. The open house hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. cancelled and will be rescheduled. Information about upcoming ValleyRide bus service changes will also be available at the open house).

  • The Main Street Station (MSS), is an underground transit center located underneath the Clearwater Building near the southwest intersection of Capitol Boulevard and Main Street in downtown Boise. It includes eight underground bus bays and five on-street bays located on the south side of Main Street between 9th Street and the MSS exit ramp.
  • MSS will replace the on-street Transit Mall, which includes Zones 1-2 (on Idaho Street between Capitol Boulevard and 9th Street) and Zone 3 (on Capitol Boulevard between Main and Idaho). All three zones will close once MSS opens. 
    • The following routes will stage inside Main Street Station: 1-6, 7A, 7B, 9, 9X 18
    • The following routes will stage on Main Street outside the MSS entrance: 8X, 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 40, 41, 43, 44
  •  Minor timing changes are expected to be made to most of the ValleyRide bus routes that come into downtown Boise. Staff are currently working on the bus timings in and out of both Main Street Station and the staging area just outside the Station.

Here is a map that shows where ValleyRide buses will stage both inside and just outside the Main Street Station. DOWNLOAD A MAP OF MAIN STREET STATION

There currently are two shelters located on Main Street between 9th Street and the entrance to Main Street Station. Plans now are to add additional shelters along that stretch of roadway. 

The video below provides more details about the pathways taken by ValleyRide buses both in and out of the Main Street Station:

       

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Service Changes

The opening of the Main Street Station will result in some minor timing changes to many ValleyRide bus routes that come into and leave downtown Boise. Here are some other planned ValleyRide bus service changes:  

Boise Bus Service 

  • Route 10 Hill Road will be split into two routes. Route 10 Downtown to Hill Road and Route 12 TSM/Maple Grove. The transfer point between the two routes will be the shelter on State Street just to the north of the Big Lots store in the Plantation Shopping Center.    

Nampa/Caldwell Service

  • The Route 57 Nampa/Caldwell Flex will discontinue operation.
  • The number of buses providing service for routes 51-54 will increase from two to three. This will result in more frequency. The Happy Day Transit Center will become a major transfer point between the routes.
  • Here are the changes in the city routes:
    • Route 51 South Nampa will start at the Happy Day Transit Center (HDTC), travel to the St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa and back to the transit center every hour from 6:30 a.m. and 7:17 p.m.
    • Route 52 North Caldwell will start at HDTC, travel to the Canyon County Courthouse in Caldwell, and back to the transit center every hour from 6:20 a.m. to 6:52 p.m.
    • Route 53 North Nampa will start at HDTC, travel to the College of Western Idaho (CWI), and back to the transit center every hour from 6:55 a.m. to 7:53 p.m.
    • Route 54 South Caldwell will start at HDTC, travel to West Valley Medical Center, and back to the transit center every hour from 6:55 a.m. to 7:22 p.m.
    • Route 55 CWI Shuttle will operate from 7:15 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Inter county Service
  • There will be a new route - Route 41 Happy Day/Boise State. This route will operate between the Happy Day Transit Center and Boise State. It will follow the same pathway through the city of Meridian currently taken by Route 42.
  • The Route 42 will only operate between the College of Western Idaho and the Towne Square Mall (the route currently makes two a.m. trips and one p.m. trip both inbound and outbound between Towne Square Mall, downtown Boise and Boise State). Getting from the Towne Square Mall to downtown Boise will require a transfer to ValleyRide bus routes 5, 7A or 41. Getting from Towne Square Mall to Boise State University will require transferring to ValleyRide bus routes 29 or 41.

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Closing of the Transit Mall                   

We are still determining the closing date of the existing downtown Transit Mall. Here are some things that you need to know:

  • No downtown bus stops will be closed as the result of the opening of Main Street Station.
  • No new bus stops will be located within the old Transit Mall along Idaho Street
  • A new outbound stop will be located on the far side (northwest corner) of the intersection of Idaho and 9th streets. This bus stop will serve routes 6, 7A, 7B, 8X, 11, 16, 40, 41, 43 and 44.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the important dates to remember?
A: Main Street Station (MSS) will open on Monday, Oct. 24th. The planned ValleyRide bus services also will be implemented on Monday, Oct. 24th. An open house for MSS scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 21st has been rescheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13th. The open house hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A dedication ceremony for the artwork installed in MSS is scheduled for noon on Thursday, Oct. 13th. 

Q: What are the hours the Main Street Station will remain open?
A: The facility will be open to the public on weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 10:15 p.m., and from 7:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Saturday.The station is closed on Sunday.

Q: How many public entrances are there into the facility?
A: There is one entrance to the station. it is located off Main Street.The physical address of MSS is 777 W. Main St.

Q: Will there be a customer service office?
A: Yes. The customer service office will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The office can provide ValleyRide bus information and sell passes.

Q: What additional services will be located in Main Street Station?
A: The facility will include a police substation, public restrooms, a small conference room, a drivers' break room and a bicycle storage room.

Q: How can I get my bicycle down into the station?
A: The stairway down to the facility includes a bike trough to use while walking up or down the stairs. There is also an elevator that will accommodate bicycles.

Q: Can you provide more information about the bike storage room?
A: The storage room is located in the rear of the station. It will have a controlled-access door and will include a bike repair station and an air compressor. The cost to use the storage room is $5 a month (with a three-month minimum) or $50 a year.

Q: How do I know where to catch my bus and whether or not is is running on time?

A: There will be signage explaining what buses will be staging down in Main Street Station and what buses will be staging on Main Street between 9th Street and the entrance to the facility. There will also be three large monitors down in Main Street Station that will show where buses are along their routes. The customer service specialist also will be able to provide route and timing information.

Q: Are bus routes assigned to particular bays?
A: Yes. The route or routes that use each Main Street Station bay (there are eight bays) will not change. There is a printed sign outside each bay that lets riders know what routes use that bay.

Q: What about bus routes that park on Main Street just outside Main Street Station?
A: The routes that use the on-the-street bus staging area will not change. However, the location of the buses along that space may change depending on when buses arrive (buses stage from front to back along that section of roadway). 

Q: What about Saturday service. Will all Saturday buses stage in Main Street Station?
A: No. Routes 2, 3, 5, 6, 7A, 7B and 9 will stage in Main Street Station. Route 14 will stage on Main Street. Route 29 will not be impacted since it travels between Boise State University and Boise Towne Square Mall. 

Q: Will Main Street Station have vending machines?
A: There are no immediate plans to add vending machines.

Q: What will be the cost of riding the Route 41 Happy Day/Boise State route? Will the cost of riding Route 42 change?
A: Local fares will be good on all local fixed-line services, including routes 41 and 42. Read more about our fare schedule

Q: You are splitting the exiting Route 10 into two routes - Route 10 and Route 12. Where is the transfer location between the two routes?
A: The transfer location is at the Plantation Shopping Center (on the south side of State Street east of the State/Glenwood intersection).

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Have a question that we have not answered? Please call RideLine customer service at (208) 345-7433 or Email mcarnopis@valleyregionaltransit.org for assistance.