Valley Regional Transit



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.

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 voted Monday to increase bus fares by 50%. It’s VRT’s first fare increase in 16 years, and they predict ridership numbers will decline by up to 10%.


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. 

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  • Valley Regional Transit gets more Late Night Lyft.
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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.


Molly Wampler, Boise State Public Radio

Last week, the Boise City Council voted to approve a new long-term financial deal with Valley Regional Transit. Starting next year, VRT will get an extra $1.8 million to fund service, maintenance and capital improvements.



Valley Regional Transit

Valley Regional Transit is unveiling a mobile app that allows people to purchase bus tickets anytime, anywhere. This is one of the many programs launching this month as VRT begins "May in Motion." We talk with VRT Principal Planner Stephan Hunt and Kaite Justice, Program Director with the Downtown Mobility Collaborative.

On The Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

May 7, 2019

  • Valley Regional Transit projects will improve accessibility to public transportation.
  • The Idaho Military Legal Alliance provides legal aide to military veterans.
  • The Traveling Trolley Time Capsule remembers the early days of mass transit in Boise.

Roam Yocham

The bus system in the Treasure Valley is partnering with a rideshare company in an effort to get more riders.


Plans To Expand Mass Transit In The Treasure Valley

Jun 14, 2018

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

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.