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Home > News > Valley Regional Transit releases final bus network redesign proposal for public comment

Valley Regional Transit releases final bus network redesign proposal for public comment

On August 7, the Valley Regional Transit (VRT) Board of Directors released the final Better Bus Routes proposal – the agency’s bus network redesign – for public comment. The proposed changes can be viewed at rideVRT.org/changes.

The proposal, which represents a ten percent increase in total bus service and more frequent bus arrivals, includes:

  • More buses arriving more often on highly used bus routes in Ada County, including an increase to 15-minute bus arrivals on the 7 Fairview
  • New bus routes in Caldwell and expanded on-demand service in Canyon County
  • Improved intercounty and cross-town connections (including new north-south options), with easier transfers to major destinations across the region
  • Service consolidation or reduction on less-used bus routes
  • Expanded transit connections through VRT’s partnership with Lyft to areas that would lose bus service
  • The introduction of Beyond ACCESS, a new regional service for qualifying older adults and persons with disabilities providing no-cost trips in and between Ada and Canyon counties

“Our goal has been to create a better bus system including a move toward a higher-frequency network,” said VRT’s CEO Elaine Clegg. “Thanks to valuable community feedback, we believe we have struck a balance between buses arriving more often in critical places and offering service to areas that need it.”

Significant public input this spring helped shape the proposal. VRT is taking additional public feedback on the proposal until Friday, September 15 via:

Online survey: rideVRT.org/redesign

Email: feedback@rideVRT.org

Phone message: 208-258-2702

Open houses & public hearings:

Date Location Time
Thursday, August 31 In-person: Nampa (City Council Chambers)

Virtual: meeting link (rideVRT.org/nampa-hearing-24)

5 p.m. Open House | 6 p.m. Public Hearing
Thursday, September 7 In-person: Boise (City Council Chambers)

Virtual: meeting link (rideVRT.org/boise-hearing-24)

5 p.m. Open House | 6 p.m. Public Hearing
Tuesday, September 12 In-person: Meridian (VRT Office)

Virtual: meeting link (rideVRT.org/meridian-hearing-24)

5 p.m. Open House | 6 p.m. Public Hearing
Thursday, September 14 In-person: Caldwell (CPD Community Room)

Virtual: meeting link (rideVRT.org/caldwell-hearing-24)

5 p.m. Open House | 6 p.m. Public Hearing

 

Following the public comment period, VRT staff will analyze feedback and make final changes to the proposal. VRT’s Board of Directors will meet on October 2 to review public comments and consider the final proposal. The agency plans to implement service changes by summer 2024.

Since April, VRT received significant public feedback through open houses, virtual town halls, surveys, and a variety of other community outreach events. Staff used this feedback alongside ridership data including ridership, ridership, proximity to bus stops, proximity to higher frequency routes, and frequency of bus arrivals to guide decisions in the proposal development.

“We have heard concerns about losing service with this change, and we have made adjustments to the proposal accordingly,” Clegg said. “We also heard support for gaining service in places that don’t currently have any, and we are excited to extend service to places that we think will benefit.”

Lacking taxing authority, VRT plans for transit services based on contributions of funding from cities, counties, and other partners in the region. For more information on the network redesign, please visit rideVRT.org/redesign and follow VRT on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Nextdoor.