PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT FOR NEW VRT ACCESS PARATRANSIT OPERATIONS AND STANDARDS PLAN

Valley Regional Transit staff are completed an update to the ACCESS paratransit operations and standards plan. The project has included a detailed review of service standards and practices, outreach with regional and operations staff supporting ACCESS functions, and a focus group with customers and advocates of customers.

VRT is currently seeking comment on the proposed plan and service standards. An on-line survey is available at: http://valleyride.com/special-services/paratransit/ . The survey is also available at: https://wwwsurveymonkey.com/s/ACCESSPlan.        This webpage also contains summary information about the service standards (in a Q & A format) and an executive summary of an ACCESS participant handbook.
 
The deadline for submitting comments is Friday, December 12, 2014.


COMPASS REQUESTS COMMENTS ON THE FY 2015-19 REGIONAL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (TIP) AMENDMENT
  
   Comments are now being accepted on a proposed amendment to the FY 2015-19 Regional Public Transportation Improvement Program to add three additional projects:
  • A pavement restriping project on Interstate 84 in Ada and Canyon counties.
  • Minor improvements at the intersection of U.S. 20/26 and Farmway Road in Canyon County
  • Major improvements at the intersection of state Highway 55 and Farmway Road in Canyon County

Details of the proposed changes can be found at: www.compaddidaho.org/prodserv/transimprovement.htm or by contacting COMPASS at 208-475-2238. Comments must be submitted in writing (via email or letter) and received no later than 11:59 p.m. Monday, December 1, 2014. Direct comments and questions to: Toni Tisdale, Principal planner, COMPASS, 700 NE 2nd St, Ste. 200, Meridian, ID  83642; ttisdale@compassidaho.org; or fax to 208-855-2559.

 


MMC construction photo

UPDATE ON THE VRT MAIN STREET STATION CONSTRUCTION 

   Work on the excavation continues to move along, with shoring and foundation work to continue through the winter. Main Street is expected to be covered sufficiently to allow and additional lane of traffic to open in early 2015. This photo was taken in November 2014.
  
The Gardner Company development project, located near the intersection of Main Street and Capitol Boulevard, includes the construction of an underground multimodal transit center for ValleyRide buses, and additional office, retail, meeting and convention space. Construction is expected to be completed in summer 2016.

HISTORY OF THE MULTIMODAL CENTER

   The Valley Regional Transit Board of Directors on May 8th approved the final agreements needed before construction can begin on the planned downtown Boise multimodal center. The documents approved by the Board were:

  • the cooperative agreement with the Ada County Highway District for transfer and conveyance of property and easements.
  • an agreement with the Capital City Development Corporation to provide the local funding match and the donation of subsurface property.

   VRT has partnered with Gardner Company to develop the downtown Boise multimodal center as part of a mixed-use project near the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Main Street to the west and south of the U.S. Bank Building. The multimodal center, which will be built underground, will provide a hub for buses, bicyclists and pedestrians; access to shuttles and taxis; and a place to purchase bus passes and find information about public transportation services..

   The Boise Design Review Committee on May 7th approved Gardner Company's plans for the proposed City Center Plaza.

   The VRT Board action came two weeks after the Federal Transit Administration issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) after reviewing the environmental assessment submitted for the proposed downtown Boise multimodal center.

   VRT is working with Gardner Company to develop the downtown Boise multimodal center as part of a mixed-use project near the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Main Street on the west side of the U.S. Bank Building. The center, which will be built underground, will provide a hub for buses, bicyclists and pedestrians; access to shuttles and taxis; and a place to purchase bus passes and find information about public transportation services.

   The downtown Boise Transit Mall covers a five-block area on Main and Idaho Street. The Main Street section of the transit mall was closed in May 2014 due to the construction of the City Center Plaza.
  
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded Valley Regional Transit $9.5 million in federal funds to build the downtown Boise multimodal center in 2006. VRT anticipates the multimodal center will cost $11.9 million to build. Boise's Capital City Development Corporation is providing an additional $2.4 million in local funds.

To learn more about the multimodal center project, visit our Downtown Boise Multimodal Center information page.



ABOUT VALLEY REGIONAL TRANSIT

   Valley Regional Transit (VRT) is the regional public transportation authority for Ada and Canyon counties in southwest Idaho. Its main responsibilities are the delivery of safe, effective and efficient services, coordination of regional providers and services and to encourage the private sector in service delivery.
   VRT owns the public bus system that provides service in Boise/Garden City, and contracts with a private firm to manage its operations. VRT also contracts for transit services in Nampa/Caldwell and between Ada County and Canyon County. All of these bus services are operated under the name ValleyRide.
      This website provides information about VRT's history, governance structure, and completed and ongoing studies, projects and reports. It also has press releases, employment opportunities and procurement opportunities.

Information about ValleyRide bus services, including maps and schedules, can be found at: www.valleyride.org 

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MEETING CALENDAR

DECEMBER 1
The VRT Executive Board will meet at 11 a.m. in the first-floor conference at the VRT administrative offices, 700 NE 2nd St. in Meridian.   read more...



Meridian Saturday Fun Bus is now rolling


The bus provides service to various locations in the city of Meridian between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday. Two buses will run the route in opposite directions to ensure quicker pickup times and shorter bus rides. Valley Regional Transit worked with the City of Meridian to develop the route. The City of Meridian is providing $60,000 in funding for the service. There is no cost to ride the bus.

To learn more about the upcoming bus service, you can  
VISIT OUR INFORMATION PAGE or access the information page from the Project/Studies pull-down menu above.



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What is Bank On Treasure Valley?

Bank On Treasure Valley, a nonprofit program of United Way of Treasure Valley, recognizes and addresses one of the most critical problems in our community - without a checking account, the most basic financial tool, unbanked families are hard-pressed to build savings and assets, and to respond to emergencies. Through Bank On, it's a simple process for Treasure Valley individuals to get connected to low-cost, starter checking and savings accounts. For Bank On certification and the opportunity to set up a checking account, program participants must complete five financial education classes totaling five to eight hours. LEARN MORE ABOUT BANK ON