Downtown Boise Multimodal Center
Valley Regional Transit (VRT) is developing the Downtown Boise Multimodal Center to provide a central hub for local transit services, including buses, bicyclists and pedestrians. Plans for the multimodal center include a police substation, public restrooms and a center to obtain information about public transportation services and purchase bus passes.
The existing ValleyRide downtown transit center, built in 1990, is located along a four-block plus area along Main and Idaho Streets. It is lacking in services - i.e. there are no customer service offices and bathrooms (for drivers and passengers). The walking distance when transferring from one bus route to another at the existing transit mall can be as long as two blocks.
Gardner Company, a real estate development firm with offices in Boise and Salt Lake City, has come forward to work with VRT as a potential developer partner for the Downtown Boise Multimodal Center.
Gardner Company and VRT propose to build the multimodal center as part of a new office/convention/retail development center on the west side of the U.S. Bank Building near the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Main Street. VRT is currently completing an assessment of potential environmental impacts of the proposed project area. The Downtown Boise Multimodal Center is expected to be complete, operational and open to the public in 2016.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded Valley Regional Transit $9.5 million in federal funds to build the downtown Boise multimodal center. 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.
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The Downtown Boise Multimodal Center multimodal will provide a central hub for buses, bicyclists, pedestrians and other future modes of public transportation. The downtown Boise multimodal center will allow commuters to catch ValleyRide buses. There will be space nearby to meet up with vanpool and carpool riders, park and secure bicycles, access shuttles and taxis, purchase bus passes and obtain information about public transportation services.
The downtown Boise multimodal center is fundamental to the success of our regional transportation system and will improve public transportation services throughout the Treasure Valley. The center will make it easier and more convenient for employees to get to work and for everyone to use public transportation.
The multimodal center will bring many benefits and prepare the Treasure Valley for the future
- To function well and offer a variety of transportation options, the multimodal center will be located in an easily accessible and highly developed area where it is easy for people to get in and out.
- The underground multimodal transportation center will include convenient access to ValleyRide buses, a Boise Police Department substation, restrooms for the public and bus operators, and a staffed customer service counter to sell passes and provide travel information.
- The multimodal center will accommodate future growth of the ValleyRide system and changing trends of new generations, which may include additional bus lines, bus rapid transit, and rail service.
Use of public transportation in the Treasure Valley is growing
- In fiscal year 2013, Valley Regional Transit (VRT) provided 1.46 million trips in the Treasure Valley, a 34 percent increase since 2005.
- Most notable, inter-county bus service between Ada County and Canyon County has grown by 106 percent since 2006, its first full year of operation. The inter-county service brings commuters into Boise from Caldwell, Nampa, Meridian, Middleton, Star and Eagle.
- Commuters, students, people with disabilities, older adults and visitors are the majority of public transportation users
The downtown Boise multimodal center is fundamental to the success of our regional transportation system
- The downtown Boise multimodal center will make commuting between Caldwell, Nampa, Meridian and Boise much easier. It will also make public transportation easier to use in downtown Boise because passengers will be able to transfer from one bus to another in one location.
- The multimodal center, when combined with four other existing and planned regional transit and transfer centers, will complete VRT's current network.
- Transit centers at Boise State University and the Boise Towne Square Mall have been operating for several years. Two new transit centers recently opened at the College of Western Idaho campus in Nampa and at 5907 Cleveland Blvd. in Caldwell.
The multimodal center will bring economic benefits
- The multimodal center will provide ease and convenience for people who use public transportation to commute across the Treasure Valley for work and school.
- Building a multi-use facility will increase economic activity in downtown Boise. Economic activity equates to increased income tax and sales tax revenue that gets redistributed throughout the state.