ValleyRide Service Change Proposals
 
Valley Regional Transit (VRT) has been working with a transit consultant to review and analyze the Canyon County and inter county transit routes.The project is focusing on what can be done to make the service more sustainable and reliable for customers, based on existing financial resources. In addition, minor service changes are proposed for Boise fixed-route service. The concepts and scenarios below were developed with the guidance of two technical steering committees/workgroups and by ValleyRide Boise Operations staff.

Valley Regional Transit began seeking public input to consider in the development of final recommendations for service changes in early February. More than 220 people provided comment, primarily via three open houses/public hearings and an online survey. The deadline for providing comment was Sunday, March 13th. We will post a final report on the public input ASAP.

VRT staff, working with stakeholders, will review all comments and develop recommendations for any changes. The VRT Board will review the public comment and the staff recommendations and the board will make a final decision at its April 4th meeting. Any approved changes will be implemented on August 15th, 2016.

Please note that the proposed service alternatives are high-level concepts, and do not, at this time, include schedules/timepoints and all proposed stops. This specific information will be developed after a final decision on route changes. We may gather additional public comment/input at that time.

Inter County Proposals

Download a map of the current inter county system

Download a map of Alternative 1

Current Routes 40, 42, 43, and 45 are consolidated and stay within the I-84 corridor.  Route 44 continues in its current form but with possible timing adjustments. Major time points continue to be served. Vanpooling and Park & Ride lots continue to support commute travel. Mobility programs continue to be implemented to address gaps. Local transit service feeds the inter county routes. Bus transfers may be necessary, but will be timed to minimalize wait times.

Download a map of Alternative 2

A direct inter county route operates from Happy Day Transit Center to BSU during the commuter peaks. During the midday, the direct intercounty route operates between Nampa and downtown Boise.  Underlying the direct route is a route that provides more local access; this local access intercounty route is effectively the current Route 42, with potential timing adjustments.  Route 44 continues in its current form but with potential timing adjustments. Major time points continue to be served. Vanpooling and park-and-ride lots continue to support commute travel. Mobility programs continue to be implemented to address gaps.  Local transit service feeds the inter county routes. Bus transfers may be necessary, but will be timed to minimalize wait times.

LINK TO THE ONLINE SURVEY

LINK TO PROS/CONS OF ALL PROPOSALS

Nampa Caldwell Local Routes

Please note that one of the three alternatives will be implemented in August. Also, in all three alternatives, the Route 57 Nampa/Caldwell Flex would stop operating.

 Download a map of alternative 1

Three local circulators replace Routes 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, and 57 and operate in and between the denser communities of Nampa and Caldwell, providing for connections to/from intercounty service and service within and between Nampa and Caldwell. One route is a loop focused on Nampa, one route is a loop focused on Caldwell, and one route is a loop focused on connecting Happy Day Transit Center, Southwest District Health, Treasure Valley Marketplace, and proximate destinations. Major destinations continue to be served. Mobility programs continue to be implemented to address gaps. Intercounty service can be accessed from the local circulators at two points (Happy Day Transit Center and CWI). Bus transfers will be coordinated to the extent possible.

Download a map of alternative 2

Three local circulators replace Routes 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, and 57 and operate in the denser communities of Nampa (two circulators) and Caldwell (one circulator), providing for connections to/from intercounty service and service within and between Nampa and Caldwell. All three routes connect at Happy Day Transit Center. Major destinations continue to be served. Mobility programs continue to be implemented to address gaps. Intercounty service can be accessed from the local circulators at two points (Happy Day Transit Center and CWI). Transfers will be coordinated to the extent possible.

Download a map of alternative 3


Three local circulators replace Routes 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, and 57 and operate and between the denser communities of Nampa and Caldwell, providing for connections to/from intercounty service and service within and between Nampa and Caldwell. One route is a loop focused on Nampa, one route is a loop focused on Caldwell, and one route runs between Nampa and Caldwell on the Boulevard. Major destinations continue to be served. Mobility programs continue to be implemented to address gaps. Intercounty service can be accessed from the local circulators at two points (Happy Day Transit Center and CWI). Transfers will be coordinated to the extent possible.

LINK TO THE ONLINE SURVEY

LINK TO PROS/CONS OF ALL PROPOSALS

Boise Local Routes                    
 Download a map of the proposed Route 10 changes

In order to make the Route 10 Hill Road/Maple Grove reliable, this proposal would keep all of the routing, hours, trips, and stops the same. the difference would be that the route would be split at State Street and Gary Lane. One bus (10A) would go from downtown Boise to State and Gary Lane on the normal route. Instead of continuing on Glenwood, the bus would head back to downtown Boise on the existing route. Another bus (10B) would go from the Boise Towne Square Mall along the existing route to State and Gary Lane, and then turn around and travel back to the mall. Passengers that normally travel from north to south and vice versa would need to transfer to a bus at Gary Lane and State. the two routes would share a connecting bus stop.

Download a map of the proposed merger of Route 16 VA Shuttle
and Route 17 Warm Springs

Valley Regional Transit is proposing combining routes 16-17 into one route. The combined route is designed to reduce pathway redundancies under the current two-route configuration, improve on-time performance and provide for better timings to catch buses at the Downtown Transit Mall.

LINK TO THE ONLINE SURVEY

LINK TO PROS/CONS OF ALL PROPOSALS