Reroute on Saturdays only. No stops will be missed. Beginning Saturday 7-17-2021 through the end of October due to the Capital City Market.
October 2021 Service Changes
Valley Regional Transit staff has been working towards further improving service as outlined in ValleyConnect 2.0.
The VRT Board of Directors has approved service changes that will be implemented on Monday, October 4 2021. These changes will impact Boise fixed-route and inter-county service.
In response to continued low ridership and the uncertainty of a resurgent COVID variant they also postponed the launch of the 30 Pine route and suspended the Eagle extension on the 9 State Street (see COVID-19 Service Impacts below).
The October 2021 changes will move VRT closer to the goals outlined in VC2.0, including improving on-time performance, increasing frequency on premium routes, as well as improving safety for operators and passengers.
These changes includes a change at where buses pick up and drop off passengers at Main Street Station. Routes 7A, 7B, 8X, 9, 40 and 43 will stage on Main Street between 9th and 8th streets. Route 1-6, 10, 16 and 17 will stage inside Main Street Station.
The October 2021 service changes will impact the following routes:
- 7A Fairview Ustick
- 7B Fairview – Towne Square Mall
- 11 Garden City
- 17 Warm Springs
- 29 Overland
- 43 Caldwell Express
7B Increase Peak Frequency
The Route 7B Fairview Towne Square Mall will see service improvements. These improvements consist of adding three morning peak direction trips from the Towne Square Mall to Main Street Station and four afternoon peak direction trips from Main Street Station to the Towne Square Mall.
Access the schedule additions to Route 7B.
7A/7B reroute at Curtis
In order to improve the on time performance and safety of the 7A and 7B, there will be a minor reroute of the Eastbound 7A and 7B between Curtis Road and Orchard Street. The reroute would utilize the City Center on-ramp on Fairview, just East of Curtis Road. This reroute would avoid the signal at the Curtis Road and Orchard Street intersection, and the unprotected left turn from Orchard Street onto to East 184. This change will close two eastbound stops, Fairview and Laurel and Fairview and Orchard.
Access a map showing the proposed route changes
Route 11 Garden City Elimination
The Route 11 Garden City will cease operations. To help accommodate riders who will be adversely effected by this change, we are adding select stops from the 11 Garden City to the 8x Five Mile Chinden route to provide additional options to the riders of the 11 Garden City. Also, the majority of the 11 Garden City route is within the Lyft Transit Connections service area. Lyft Transit Connections provides another option for those losing service on the 11. Finally, because the 8X and Route 9 will continue, this change will not impact the ACCESS paratransit service area.
Access a map showing the new proposed Route 8X stops along Chinden Boulevard
Route 17 Warm Springs
There will be a reduction of peak period service on the Route 17 Warm Springs from service every 30 minutes, to service every 60 minutes.
Access a schedule showing the proposed eliminated trips
Route 29 Overland
VRT will implement a minor reroute of the Route 29 Overland near Boise State University to improve travel times as well as safety for riders. Instead of the current path from University Drive to Boise Avenue via Chrisway Drive, the 29 will turn left onto Juanita, then travel down Potter Drive and Joyce Street before returning to University Drive to Beacon Street.
Access a map showing the proposed new pathway for Route 29
Route 43 Caldwell Express
VRT will reduce from two to one both the number of morning trips and afternoon/evening trips. After conducting a targeted survey, VRT staff selected the trips that sixty percent of survey respondents indicated was their preferred choice for trips.
Access a map showing the proposed new schedule for Route 43
COVID-19 Service Impacts
In addition, to the above changes, the Board of Directors agreed to the temporary suspension of the additional service on the 9 State Street where it travels to Eagle in the morning and afternoon, as well as the delay of the start of new Route 30 Pine in Meridian. This change was proposed due to the fact ridership has not returned to pre-pandemic levels, as well as the number of confirmed cases of the Delta variant continuing to rise. With the uncertainty about the duration of the pandemic, the start of the new Route 30 Pine and service on the 9 to Eagle will resume when the following conditions are met:
- Ridership is up and at 90% of pre-COVID levels
- COVID rates are stable/declining
- Business are open
The October 4 startup date for the 30 Pine is delayed. The delay is due in large part to the uncertainty about the Delta variant of COVID-19 and its potential impact on ridership. This service will connect Ten Mile and Franklin to the Village at Fairview Avenue and Eagle Road. The 30 Pine will run on a 30-minute frequency from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and connect to the routes 40 Nampa/Meridian Express and the 42 Happy Day to Towne Square Mall, providing commuters options to connect to Boise, Nampa and Caldwell.
Access a map showing the proposed pathway for the Route 30
Route 9 State Street – Service to Eagle suspension
The Route 9 State Street will temporarily suspend service to Eagle with the start of the service change in October. Currently the 9 travels to Eagle four times during the morning and three times in the evening. The suspension of service to Eagle is due in large part to the uncertainty about the Delta variant of COVID-19 and its potential impact on ridership.
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.
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If you are looking for information on a previous service change, you find that information on our Service Change Archives page.