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 changes below 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. The October 1, 2021 service changes will impact the following routes:
- 7A Fairview Ustick
- 7B Fairview – Towne Square Mall
- 11 Garden City
- 17 Warm Springs
- 29 Overland
- 30 Pine
- 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. In 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 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
The October 1 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 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
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
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.
We wanted to improve on-time performance by reducing the number of time points to roughly 10-minute intervals. All routes have timing adjustments.
This included streamlining schedule design and highlighting the destinations accessible by each route to improve route information for passengers.
SUMMARY OF CHANGES
New Route Timing Schedules
All ValleyRide bus routes in Boise/Garden City and intercounty routes had new schedule times beginning October 1, 2020. You can access the new timings for each route below:
BOISE/GARDEN CITY ROUTES:
INTER COUNTY ROUTES
October 5, 2020 service changes in Canyon County
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.