The VRT Late Night program began operating on January 2, 2019 in Boise. In partnership with Lyft, the program provides $3 rides to and from work and training for qualifying riders.
Kaite Justice, VRT Mobility Collaborative Program Director, said the lack of access to transportation creates barriers for those trying to access employment opportunities.
“Many of the available jobs are second- and third-shift jobs, and those later hours are not serviced by the traditional bus system,” Justice explained. “To address this issue, Valley Regional Transit launched VRT Late Night. Because the program has been incredibly beneficial to our Boise riders, we have decided to expand the program to Nampa to provide more people, with more opportunities to reach economic self-sufficiency in our community.”
Molly Valceschini, Senior Career Pathways Specialist for the local office of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), said the Late Night program has been important in her agency’s ability to support clients in getting to job training opportunities. She cites the example of two students enrolled in the Environmental Services Pre-Apprentice class at St. Alphonsus in Boise.
“Two students used VRT's Late Night program in our last cohort, and wouldn't have been able to enroll in the class without Late Night,” Valceschini said. “Both students were hired on at Saint Alphonsus this month and will begin careers in healthcare, earning a higher wage in a field with many opportunities for advancement.”
The Late Night program operates from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information about Late Night and how to qualify, you can call the VRT Help Desk at 208-345-7433 or visit the webpage.