Downtown Boise Multimodal Center
The multimodal transportation center will be a central downtown hub for ValleyRide buses and other future modes of transit. It will have space to stage buses and other future modes of transit. It will have space to stage buses, taxicabs and Commuteride (vanpool) vehicles. It will also offer lockers for bicycle storage.
The existing ValleyRide dowtntown 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.
The proposed multimodal center also would be able to accommodate future growth of the ValleyRide system - which may include additional bus lines, bus rapid transit, and rail.
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The purpose of a multimodal center is to provide a central hub for buses, bicyclists, pedestrians and other future modes of public transportation. The downtown Boise multimodal center will allow commuters to park, ride ValleyRide buses, meet up with vanpool riders, access carpool services, park and place bicycles in lockers, access shuttles and taxis, purchase bus passes and obtain information about public transportation services - all in one location.
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.
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 multimodal center will bring many benefits and prepare the Treasure Valley for the future
- When complete, the downtown Boise multimodal center will offer access to connecting buses, Park & Ride service, meet-up areas for vanpool riders, car-sharing and carpooling services, and bicycle lockers.
- The core elements of the multimodal center will be housed in a minimum four-story facility with approximately 11,000 square feet of mixed-use space and at least two levels of public parking.
- 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.
The multimodal center will be an attractive and secure transportation center that our community will want to use
- The multimodal center will be a visually attractive and architecturally significant building that contributes to the positive image of downtown Boise. The multimodal center will be a clean public space that people will want to use and our community will be proud of.
- The multimodal center will be well designed by an architectural/engineering firm that has extensive experience with these types of facilities. The design will be compatible and respectful of the historic nature of the downtown area.
- The multimodal center will include an outdoor passenger plaza, a staffed service counter to sell passes and provide route information, and around-the-clock security. A Boise Police Department substation will also be located in the multimodal center.
Use of public transportation in the Treasure Valley is growing
- In 2012, Valley Regional Transit (VRT) provided 1.4 million trips in the Treasure Valley, a 29 percent increase since 2005.
- Most notable, inter-county express service has grown by 156 percent since VRT began to operate it in 2005. This 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 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 Town Square Mall have been operating for several years. A new transit center at the College of Western Idaho in Nampa will be open by December 2013.
- VRT recently purchase property in Caldwell at the intersection of Happy Day Boulevard and Caldwell Boulevard. VRT is in the process of remodeling the existing facility into a dual use. The location will house an operations and maintenance facility, along with a transit center. The facility is scheduled to be in operation by December 2013.
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.
- 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.
- Depending on the private developer, the multimodal center can grow to 100,000 square feet of mixed-use space, including additional office space, retail space, a pharmacy, daycare, condominiums, and easy access to food and beverage services.
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 Capitol City Development Corporation is providing an additional $2.4 million in local funds.