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DARIN OSWALD / IDAHO STATESMAN

 

With the state under a “stay at home” order, there are fewer cars on the road. In the Treasure Valley, public transportation is an essential service and remains an important mode of transportation for many people working essential jobs. 

Roam Yocham

Riding the bus for free and not being able to sit near other passengers are just two of the many changes to Valley Regional Transit (VRT) in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a totally different world,” said VRT Community Relations Manager Mark Carnopis.

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Three-quarters of Treasure Valley residents say they want better public transportation, according to a Boise State survey. But with low funding, limited routes and challenges with sprawl, most commuters have to rely on their cars to get around. So where do we go from here?

Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

Demand for improvements and expansions to the Treasure Valley’s transportation system have been growing as the population continues to climb. Although the Treasure Valley bus system has seen growth over the past few years, residents are still looking for improvements.

Valley Regional Transit

In January, the Valley Regional Transit Late Night Program started up in Boise. It lets qualified riders get a low-cost Lyft ride to to work and training after the buses stop running. VRT calls the program "incredibly beneficial," so much so that it's expanding the program into Nampa. 

Darin Oswald/ Idaho Statesman

Valley Regional Transit, or VRT, is looking to increase bus fare by 50% this summer. That will raise the price of a ride from $1.00 to $1.50.

 

Courtesy Mountain Rides Transit

Public transit funding in Blaine County will get a boost next year, thanks to a federal transportation administration grant.

 

Mountain Rides Transportation Authority

Mountain Rides Transportation Authority provides bus service in Sun Valley, Ketchum, Hailey, Bellevue and Carey – and vanpool service to more rural communities like Fairfield, Jerome and Gooding.

Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

Valley Regional Transit just wrapped up three open houses to get public input on 10 different proposals to change bus routes in Boise. There’s still time to weigh in on the city’s mass transit system.

Plans To Expand Mass Transit In The Treasure Valley

Jun 14, 2018
t4america.org

The explosive population growth in the Treasure Valley necessitates expansion of mass transit services. We talk about the options being discussed to help tie the valley together from Caldwell to Boise with transit services.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

The Treasure Valley’s bus system serves more than one million passengers every year. But with the region’s population growing rapidly, transit planners want to quadruple the system in the next 20 years.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Treasure Valley bus riders are now able to cruise the web at the same time they cruise around town.

ValleyRide buses are offering free wireless internet to their users. The WiFi is another step toward modernization of the bus system; in Oct. 2016, the system opened a brand new underground transit center in downtown.

According to a press release from Valley Regional Transit, the service will come with filters to block access to websites deemed inappropriate. Many cities across the world have offered free internet on buses for years.

Seth Perlman / AP

School officials in southwest Idaho say a bus driver slammed on the brakes when several kids were fighting, and a parent says her second-grade daughter suffered a concussion as a result.

West Ada School District spokesman Eric Exline tells KBOI-TV that surveillance video shows the bus driver did slam on the brakes Wednesday, but it's not clear why.

Kids flew forward because the bus doesn't have seatbelts. A parent says a doctor on Thursday examined her second-grade daughter and diagnosed the concussion.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Monday marks the opening of a much-anticipated new transit center in downtown Boise. Transit officials with Valley Regional Transit, the inter-county agency that runs the bus system in the Treasure Valley, is betting the facility will make riding the bus more comfortable.

But will Main Street Station attract new riders? To answer that question, KBSX got on a bus with Kim Wegener one morning in early October. Wegener lives in Eagle and commutes most mornings to downtown Boise to her job at Ballet Idaho.