Main Street Station - Information
- Main Street Station (MSS) is an underground transit center located underneath the Clearwater Building near the southwest corner of Capitol Boulevard and Main Street in downtown Boise. It includes eight underground bus bays and on-street bus parking on the south side of Main Street between 9th and 8th streets.
- Main Street Station replaced the on-street Downtown Transit Mall, which included three parking zones on Capitol and Idaho.
- The following routes stage inside MSS: 1-6, 7A, 7B 9, 9X, 18
- The following routes will stage on Main Street outside Main Street Station: 8X, 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 40, 41, 43, 44
- The Station is open to the public from 5:00 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. on weekdays, and from 7:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Saturday. The facility is closed on Sunday.
Main Street Station - A History
Valley Regional Transit (VRT) developed Main Street Station (MSS), located at 777 W. Main Street in downtown Boise, to provide a central hub for local transit services, including buses, bicyclists and pedestrians. The underground Station includes a customer service office, beautiful artwork, an office for Boise Police, public restrooms and an eight-bay staging area for buses..
The former ValleyRide downtown transit mall, built in 1990, was located along a four-block plus area along Main and Idaho Streets. It was 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 transit mall could be as long as four blocks.
Gardner Company, a real estate development company, and VRT designed and built Main Street Station as part of the City Center Plaza project, near the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Main Street. The project includes space for restaurants, Clearwater Analytics, the Boise State Computer Science Department, and additional convention space for the Boise Greater Auditorium District. Construction began in the summer of 2014 and was completed in fall 2016.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded Valley Regional Transit $9.5 million in federal funds to build Main Street Station. Boise's Capital City Development Corporation is providing an additional $2.4 million in local funds for the approximately $11.9 million project.
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Main Street Station (MSS) provides a central hub for buses, bicyclists, pedestrians and other future modes of public transportation. MSS will allow commuters to catch ValleyRide buses. There is 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.
Main Street Station is fundamental to the success of our regional transportation system and will improve public transportation services throughout the Treasure Valley. The facility makes it easier and more convenient for employees to get to work and for everyone to use public transportation.
Main Street Station brings many benefits and prepares the Treasure Valley for the future
- To function well and offer a variety of transportation options, the Station is located in an easily accessible and highly developed area where it is easy for people to get in and out.
- The Station includes convenient access to ValleyRide buses, restrooms for the public and bus operators (along with a break room), and a staffed customer service counter to sell passes and provide travel information.
- Main Street Station can accommodate future growth of the ValleyRide transit 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 2016, Valley Regional Transit (VRT) provided 1.4 million trips in the Treasure Valley.
- Commuters, students, people with disabilities, older adults and visitors are the majority of public transportation users.
Main Street Station is fundamental to the success of our regional transportation system
- Main Street Station has made commuting between Caldwell, Nampa, Meridian and Boise 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 Station, when combined with four other existing 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 newest transit centers are located at the College of Western Idaho main campus in Nampa and at Happy Day Transit Center, 5907 Cleveland Blvd. in Caldwell.
Main Street Station will bring economic benefits
- The station provides 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.