May in Motion is a monthlong celebration of exploring alternate forms of transportation to driving alone. We urge people to ride buses, vanpool, carpool, bike, walk, canoe (we actually had someone years ago paddle to work via the Boise River) during the month. Using an alternate form of transportation to driving solo can have many benefits – you can save money, reduce stress, find time to exercise, make new friends, reduce negative impacts on the environment … you get the picture.
We partner with ACHD Commuteride and participate in numerous outreach events as part of May in Motion. Commuteride staff do a great job of scheduling these outreach events at local businesses and agencies. A lot of information about transportation alternatives is available at these outreach events and we enjoy the opportunity to educate the public about our bus and shared ride services.
We will not be offering free bus rides for the month as we did in 2018, but we have some exciting news that will make buying bus passes easier and save you some money. During May in Motion we will roll out our new Mobile ticketing app called “Valley Connect.” This app will make it possible for riders to buy passes in advance using their smart phones.
Valley Connect will allow you to purchase single ride, all day and 31-day local and universal passes. You activate your electronic ticket before you board and show your phone screen to the driver rather than putting money into the fare box. No more fumbling for money or worrying about having exact change on hand.
And yes we did say you can save money during the Valley Connect rollout. During the month of May you will be able to use the Valley Connect app to buy any single ride or day pass for half-price.
We have more good news. As was the case last year, Boise GreenBike rides will be free during MIM (limited to four hours a day per customer). We saw record membership growth and rider usage of the bike-sharing service last year when the free rides were offered. Weatherwise, May is an excellent time of year to take a GreenBike out for a spin (more information about Boise Greenbikes can be found at https://boise.greenbikes.com).
We want to thank our GreenBike title sponsors - SelectHealth and St. Luke's, for making the free rides month possible.
Finally, thanks to everyone who attended our block party on Saturday, May 18 on the Idaho Transportation campus, 3311 W. State Street. More than 800 people enjoyed food trucks, live music, a bicycle rodeo, information booths, including a travelling trolley exhibit, and other fun activities.
We at Valley Regional Transit have worked hard to improve our transportation services this year. We have increased bus service frequency on State Street and Vista Avenue. We launched a new pilot project with Lyft to transit riders get to and from select bus stops on State Street, and Fairview. We will soon have bus annunciators on our buses that will provide audio and visual information about upcoming bus stops along the route.