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February 08 12:00 AM

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Inbound stop on Idaho and 5th is closed, no temp stop placed due to construction in the area.

February 02 12:00 AM

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Outbound Route 6 at Orchard and Franklin stop is closed, placed temp stop in front of Gas station.

February 05 6:00 AM

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13th St. in Downtown Boise will be closed between Front St and Main St from 2/5/2024 to 3/20/2024. Operators will take the Fairview exit (exit 3), and follow Fairview until it curves to the right and becomes Main St. No stops will be missed. Any passengers that have to be dropped off at Main & 13th on route 40, will be dropped off on the nearside of the intersection.

February 09 3:00 PM

Route 40, 43

Inbound PM routes 40 and 43 - Idaho & 5th St. closed due to construction. No temp stop placed, but passengers can use Idaho & 3rd St, or Idaho & 9th St. Detour is right on 3rd st, left on Bannock, left on 6th St, right on Idaho St.

Home > News > Valley Regional Transit extends bus network update due to extensive community feedback, improved funding outlook

Valley Regional Transit extends bus network update due to extensive community feedback, improved funding outlook

 

On June 5, the Valley Regional Transit (VRT) Executive Board voted to extend the timeline to implement Better Bus Routes — the agency’s proposed bus network redesign — due to significant community feedback and identification of adequate funding to sustain current levels of service through this year. VRT plans to implement service changes by summer 2024.

“We’re taking more time to listen and craft a network redesign proposal that moves toward more frequent buses while best reflecting our community’s needs,” said VRT’s Chief Executive Officer, Elaine Clegg. “We’ve heard from residents across the Treasure Valley about the value of public transportation and the role it plays in their daily lives, and we’ve had discussions with our funding partners on how critical our services are for the communities they serve.”

During the May comment period, VRT received more than 380 survey responses and 570 individual comments on existing or proposed routes. View the survey summary here.

The Executive Board set the following schedule at the recommendation of VRT staff to design network updates that best meet community needs:

June/July: VRT Board of Directors finalizes budgets and reviews feedback to develop the final service plan proposal based on existing hours.

August/September: VRT Board of Directors introduces the final network proposal on August 7 at the Board of Directors meeting and another public comment period opens. Public hearings on the final proposal will be held in September.

October: The VRT Executive Board and Board of Directors meet on October 2 to review proposed changes and public comments – and consider the final proposal.

“We’re grateful to our funding partners for their collaboration in helping create positive change, and, thanks to their contributions, we no longer have to plan to reduce total service hours,” Clegg added. “We now have an opportunity to explore ways to reinvest — through more frequent bus arrivals and innovative ways to provide transit access — without cutting the total amount of service available to the region.”

While public and stakeholder support for a higher-frequency network is strong, VRT hopes to strike a balance between frequency and coverage with the final proposal. Riders can expect routes to be modified or improved without significantly reduced service hours across the system.

“Our goal is to move toward a higher-frequency network while also providing service where and when it is most needed. We are exploring alternatives to intercounty options, the proposed Central Bench and Southeast Boise changes, and solutions to serve high ridership on routes that may not have strong all-day demand, such as Boise’s North End,” said Clegg.

Lacking its own taxing authority, VRT plans for transit services based on funding contributions from cities, counties, and universities in the region.

How we got here

Each year, VRT plans for transit services that align with available funding from cities, counties, and universities in the region. The agency has been working closely with funding partners, including the cities of Boise, Caldwell, Meridian, and Nampa, and anticipates enough support to proceed with service improvements without reducing the total number of service hours.

We received significant public feedback on the Better Bus concept in April and May this year, and are using this input alongside ridership data to guide decisions as we develop the final network redesign proposal.

Survey Data

During the May comment period, VRT received more than 380 survey responses and 570 individual comments on existing or proposed routes. View the survey summary here.

Ridership Data

We used a variety of metrics to compare routes and prepare service concepts presented in May, including:

  • Ridership: using the ridership metric of “boardings per hour by route,” we reviewed routes that were in the bottom 25% for ridership for change or reinvestment.
  • Proximity to bus stops: we examined the number of people and jobs that are within 1/4 mile of a bus stop to measure coverage, or the number of individuals that are likely to choose to take transit because it is close to them.
  • Proximity to higher-frequency routes: we evaluated each service concept by the number of people within 1/4 mile of a bus stop with 15-minute service or better during peak periods and 30-minute service or better throughout the day. This measures the number of people who are more likely to choose to take transit because transit is both close and convenient for their travel needs.
  • Service frequency: we evaluated the percentage of service hours dedicated to routes with service every 30 minutes or better throughout the day to determine how much of the system is dedicated to higher-frequency routes.
  • Potential systemwide ridership: based on existing route performance, we compared the proposed concepts to one another on potential systemwide ridership. The table below compares the various concepts based on these measures, illustrating the potential impact on ridership when trading coverage for frequency.

 

Population Served (1/4 mi of any service) Jobs Served (1/4 mi of any service) Population Served (1/4 mi of service every 15 min.) Population Served (1/4 mi of service 30 min.) % Frequent % Coverage Annual Ridership
Current 158,000 114,000 21,100 27,800 21% 79% 1,030,000
A 115,500   (-27%) 98,000   (-14%) 21,100   (0%) 29,100   (+5%) 34% 66% 990,000   (-4%)
B 115,500   (-27%) 98,000   (-14%) 29,100   (+38%) 62,500   (+125%) 60% 40% 1,090,000   (+6%)
C 115,500   (-27%) 98,000   (-14%) 29,100   (+38%) 29,100   (+5%) 32% 68% 1,050,000   (+5%)