TREASURE VALLEY IN TRANSIT PLAN

» What is the plan?

The Treasure Valley In Transit Plan is a six-year vision to develop a comprehensive and robust regional public transportation system for Ada and Canyon counties. Approved by the VRT Board in 2005, the plan has since been updated and is now known as valleyconnect. Read more about the valleyconnect plan.

 Treasure Valley in Transit develops a system that:

  • provides bus service to all cities and communities in both counties.
  • offers much more frequent service that will operate later in the day.
  • will one day include a high capacity transit corridor along the existing railway.
  • provides a viable transportation alternative to lone-occupant vehicles.
  • helps preserve the high quality of life that Treasure Valley residents now enjoy.

» How did the plan develop?

VRT staff, working with a consultant, completed planning for both phases of its Regional Operations and Capitol Improvement Plan in 2005. This plan proposes improvements in the use of existing resources and offers and exciting vision for a true regional systems for all parts of Ada and Canyon counties.

Phase 1 involved the reorganization of existing transit resources in Nampa/Caldwell, Boise/Garden City and intercounty service. That reorganization was completed by fall 2005.

Phase 2 involved the development of a comprehensive transit system in the Treasure Valley that meets the needs of young and old alike. This plan provides details for both a modest and more extensive regional public transportation system. With these two "bookends" defined, it will be easy to select elements from the two scenarios to hit any other financial target between them or shift priorities within the scenarios.

After much discussion, the VRT Board of Directors in September 2006 approved the more comprehensive option, which would provide about 500 percent more service, and extend the service area to include all cities in the two-county region. This proposal would cost about $44.5 million a year to implement and operate. This plan is now called Treasure Valley In Transit.

MAP OF EXISTING SERVICES

TREASURE VALLEY IN TRANSIT SERVICES MAP

TREASURE VALLEY IN TRANSIT SERVICE DESCRIPTION