Routes 2, 3, 4: The stop at the airport has moved to the general public traffic lanes on the lower loop of Airport Way. The stop is located from pillar 14 to pillar 17 at the end of the arrivals pick up lanes
October 2022 Service Changes
VRT modified 5 routes, changed timing on 7 routes, and added one new route, effective October 3, 2022.
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 approved service changes that were implemented on October 4, 2021. These changes 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 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 include 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 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 added 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.
7A/7B reroute at Curtis
In order to improve the on-time performance and safety of the 7A and 7B, there is 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 I-184. This change resulted in the closure of two eastbound stops – Fairview and Laurel and Fairview and Orchard.
Route 11 Garden City Elimination
The Route 11 Garden City ceased operations. To help accommodate riders who are adversely effected by this change, we added 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 was 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.
To learn more about other transportation options, you can visit the Share the Ride Idaho website
Route 17 Warm Springs
There is a reduction of peak period service on the Route 17 Warm Springs from service every 30 minutes, to service every 60 minutes.
Route 29 Overland
VRT implemented a minor reroute of the Route 29 Overland near Boise State University to improve travel times as well as safety for riders. Instead of traveling from University Drive to Boise Avenue via Chrisway Drive, the 29 bus now turns left onto Juanita, then travels down Potter Drive and Joyce Street before returning to University Drive to Beacon Street.
Route 43 Caldwell Express
VRT reduced 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.
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
- Businesses 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.
Route 9 State Street – Service to Eagle suspension
The Route 9 State Street has temporarily suspended service to Eagle. Before the changes, the 9 traveled 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.
May 2021 Service Changes
Valley Regional Transit (VRT) implemented service changes to ValleyRide bus service on Saturday, May 1, 2021.
The changes involved 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.