REGIONAL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION HISTORY

2017 - VALLEYCONNECT 2.0

   
Work on this update to valleyconnect is ongoing. A final report is expected to be completed in Fall 2017. Here are more details about the plan:

  • The plan will be organized by mode: fixed-route, ADA paratransit, rideshare (vanpool, carpool), circulator, commuter exress, specialized transportation, car and bike sharing, ride hailing.
  • The plan's foundation is in VRT's strategic vision and mission.
  • Valleyconnect 2.0 will will provide scenario-based six-year operating plans:
    1). No change (static funding)
    2). Maintaining existing services (minimal increase)
    3). Communities in Motion 2022 (investments aligned with Communities in Motion horizon)
The service concepts prototypes of the plan include:
  • Large urban/suburban - city of Boise
  • Small urban/surburban - Nampa Caldwell loca
  • Urbanizing rural: city of Kuna
  • Rural - Western Canyon County
  • Inter-county connector - Boise State and the College of Western Idaho

2011 - VALLEYCONNECT (the predecessor to Valleyconnect 2.0)

   The purpose of valleyconnect is to establish a vision of the comprehensive alternative transportation system needed, given the growth projections and regional and local land use and road plans. The plan will serve as a guide to the region as individual components are implemented to ensure that each piece builds logically toward the complete system.

   Valleyconnect started with existing transportation plans as a base. These specific plans, completed over the past several years, were consolidated and duplications were eliminated. Next, area growth projections and local jurisdictions land use plans were used to bring information up-to-date.

    Valleyconnect identifies transportation options, other than driving alone, that are currently available in Ada and Canyon counties, and future transportation options. It also documents the information network to help customers use these services.

     The valleyconnect plan was approved by the VRT Board of Directors at its Aug. 17, 2011 meeting. The plan was then taken to the individual jurisdictions for review and consideration.

READ THE PLAN

VIEW THE PLAN MAP


2005 - TREASURE VALLEY IN TRANSIT  (the predecessor to valleyconnect)

In 2003, Valley Regional Transit began working on the development of a regional public transportation plan that would provide transit services to alll incorporated areas of Ada and Canyon counties. This plan, called Treasure Valley in Transit (TVIT), was approved by the VRT Board of Directors in the summer of 2005.
   TVIT was a comprehensive plan to to expand bus and rapid transit services in the Treasure Valley. There were four types of improvements in the plan:

» more routes and more frequent service within cities;
» more express bus service between cities;
» the initiation of rapid transit service;
» new transit centers and stops.

 Why was the Treasure Valley in Transit Plan updated?
1). To update and integrate all of VRT's plans to date, including:

  • incorporating more detail regarding the services planned for rural communities;
  • incorporating and updating assumptions regarding local land use planning that has occurred since the Treasure Valley in Transit plan was adopted;
  • Integrate VRT's mobility plan into the Southwest idaho (District 3) local network planning process.

2). To identify a governance and public involvement approach for the region that will support effective decision-making and assure effective advocacy for constituents. Elements of this will include:

  • formation of a Community Resource Group;
  • formation of a Technical Resource Group;
  • developing clear definitions as to the roles of the Regional Coordination Council as an advisory panel to the VRT Board. 

Treasure Valley in Transit plan map

Mobility Development Plan Map

Mobility Plan Service Checklist


2003 - RAIL CORRIDOR EVALUATION

   The rail corridor evaluation was completed in April 2003. URS/BRW evaluated the rail corridor between Boise and Caldwell. The evaluation included cost estimates and other variables to pursue rail service.

 Read the executive summary

 Read the full report


2001 - VALLEY INTER-AREA TRANSPORTATION TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT PLAN

   A technical study by Weslin Research Inc. was completed in 2001. Weslin helped Valley Regional Transit staff develop a vision for public transportation in the Treasure Valley.

Read the Technical Memorandum