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June 17

Route 3Construction -  Modified Service

The outbound stop at Capitol/Ann Morrison is closed. Please use temp stop 200 feet far side.

June 17

Route 1, 3Construction -  Reduced Service

9th/River and 9th/Royal are closed. No temp stops placed.

June 14

Route 1,3,5UNKNOWN -  UNKNOWN

The stop at 9th/Myrtle is closed.

June 11

Route 3Construction -  Stop Moved

Route 3 Inbound and Outbound stops on Vista and Sunrise Rim/Elder are closed temp stop placed about 200 feet near and far side.

June 11

Route 9Construction -  Modified Service

State/9th is closed. Please use State/11th.

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Service Changes

May 2021 Service Changes

Valley Regional Transit (VRT) will implement service changes to ValleyRide bus service beginning Saturday, May 1.

The changes involve timing modifications to 11 ValleyRide bus routes. Ten of the affected routes provide fixed-line service in Boise and Garden City, and one provides intercountry service between Nampa, Meridian and Boise. The timing changes are designed to improve on-time performance.

Here are links to the new timing schedules:

Route 1 Harris Ranch via Parkcenter
Route 2 Broadway
Route 3 Vista
Route 5 Emerald
Route 6 Orchard
Routes 7A/7B Fairview
Route 9 State Street
Route 12 Maple Grove
Route 29 Overland
Route 42 Happy Day to Towne Square Mall

Fiscal Year 2022 service changes

VRT is working with its funding partners to identify what service changes may take place during fiscal year 2022 (which runs from October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022).

More information about the potential changes will be made available to the public for comment as soon as possible.

Man Getting on Bus in Downtown Boise

October 2020 Service Changes

Valley Regional Transit (VRT) worked towards improving service in Ada and Canyon County in 2020. Our goal with these changes was to maximize the effectiveness of existing transit resources and connect more people to more places more often. Public transportation is important to the future of Ada County communities and there is public support for and interest in transit. The public wants more transit service during the commute period, in the evening, and on weekends. Transit is viewed as a benefit to employees.

The changes were implemented in two stages:

  • On October 1, 2020, all VRT bus routes in Boise/Garden City and intercounty routes had new schedule times. Changes to each route can be accessed by scrolling down. We also began providing new service to the city of Eagle via the #9 State Street.
  • On October 5, 2020, the existing fixed-route service in Nampa/Caldwell switched to a new on-demand service, VRT OnDemand. Routes 51, 52 and 55 were eliminated. You can now schedule a ride between any two bus stops with the on-demand service. The new bus service is named 150 VRT OnDemand.

 

On-time Performance

We wanted to improve on-time performance by reducing the number of time points to roughly 10-minute intervals. All routes have timing adjustments.

 

New Schedules

This included streamlining schedule design and highlighting the destinations accessible by each route to improve route information for passengers.

 

Summary of Changes
  • Timing updates

    All Routes
    All ValleyRide bus routes in Boise/Garden City and intercounty routes have new schedule times.

  • Route 1

    Route 1
    New route pathway on Parkcenter. No longer provides service on Apple, Bown and Boise Avenue.

  • Route 2

    Route 2
    Later service until 9:30 p.m. on weekdays. New route pathway on Front Street. Route no longer provides service on Idaho Street.

  • Route 4

    Route 4
    New route pathway on River Street. No longer travel on 13th and Shoreline Drive.

  • Route 9

    Route 9
    Limited service to Eagle (four in the morning and three in the evening). Inbound trips from Eagle have a new pathway at Saxton.

  • Routes 3, 7A, 7B, and 9

    Routes 3, 7A, 7B, 9
    Later service until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday.

  • Routes 8 and 8x

    Routes 8 and 8X
    The Chinden at HP stop has been renamed Chinden at State of Idaho Campus.

  • Routes 51, 52, 55 – 
    We have closed down these routes and switched from a fixed-route system to an on-demand service in Nampa and Caldwell.

Inside the bus and a view of route options placed on an announcement board

October 5, 2020 service changes in Canyon County

Route 51 Route 52

Revenue and ridership in Canyon County have not kept up with cost or performance expectations. Attempts to adjust service levels and routes within those resources continue to lead to low quality services and continuing poor system performance. Accordingly, VRT staff evaluated Canyon County local services to determine how those services could be redesigned to be more productive within the limited resources currently available.

VRT researched and evaluated innovative approaches to transit and determined an on-demand transit system has a high probability of achieving the desired results for the services within the existing financial constraints.

VRT staff expects to build new ridership contracts and/or funding partnerships with the expanded service area. Staff also expects to see increased efficiencies and higher ridership revenue over the term of the on-demand pilot term. If this pilot is successful, it will become the model for on demand transit within other VRT service areas.

We closed down routes 51, 52 and 55 and moved from a fixed-route system to an on-demand service in Nampa and Caldwell.