ValleyRide: What’s Happening
» REDUCED BOISE FIXED-LINE BUS SERVICE ON DECEMBER 24TH
Here are details of the holiday bus schedule:
- On Wednesday, December 24th, Boise routes 1, 4, 9X, 11, 16, 17 and 28 will not run. Boise routes 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 14 and 29 will operate on a Saturday schedule. Boise routes 8 and 8X will operate on a normal weekday schedule; and the 5:45 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. outbound runs and the 6:40 a.m. inbound runs of Boise route 10 are cancelled.
- All Nampa/Caldwell fixed line routes and inter county routes will operate on regular schedules on December 24th.
- There will be no bus service on Thursday, December 25, 2014 and Thursday, January 1, 2015. All ValleyRide bus services will operate normal schedules on December 26, 2014 and January 2, 2015.
» PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT ON NEW ACCESS PARATRANSIT SERVICE STANDARDS
Valley Regional Transit staff are completing an update to the ACCESS paratransit operations and standards manual. The project has included a detailed review of service standards and practices, outreach with regional and operations staff supporting ACCESS functions, and a focus group with customers and advocates of customers. We are seeking public comment on the proposed ACCESS service standards. The deadline for comments is Friday, December 19, 2014. READ MORE
» STUFF THE BUS TOY DRIVE A HUGE SUCCESS!
The 2014 Stuff the Bus toy drive collected a whopping 8,500 toys on Saturday (December 6). The event took place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. outside the seven Fred Meyer stores in Ada and Canyon counties. The goal of the event was to fill ValleyRide buses with new, unwrapped toys (or gift cards) for children of all ages. The Salvation Army will distribute the items to families in need throughout the community in time for Christmas. A big thanks to everyone who donated toys and who helped make this event a big success!
» CHANGES TO DOWNTOWN BOISE TRANSIT MALL ARE NOW IN EFFECT
Five Boise City routes have moved from Zone 2 (on Idaho Street between 8th and 9th) to Capitol Boulevard in front of Boise City Hall (new Zone 3). With the change, routes 1-6 will continue to stage in Zone 1; routes 7, 8X, 9, 9x and 10 will stage on Capitol in front of Boise City Hall (Zone 3); and routes 11, 14, 16-18 will continue to stage in Zone 2 (on Idaho Street between 8th and 9th). Saturday bus staging locations will remain the same.
ACCESS A MAP OF THE NEW TRANSIT MALL
Road construction, planned outdoor events, and holidays can result in changes in service, temporary route detours or the relocation of bus stops. Here's the latest information about current and upcoming changes in service:
- NEW! ROUTES 51, 53 - The stop at 3rd St. S and 11th Avenue is closed. A temporary stop has been placed at 3rd St. S and 10th Avenue.
- ROUTES 4-5 - The inbound stop is closed at Main and 13th. The routes' detour: right on to Myrtle, left on to Capitol and left on Idaho to Zone 1.
- ROUTES 6, 7, 8, 11 and 40 - The outbound stop at 30th and Main is closed and a temporary stop cone has been placed far side at Main and 28th.
- ROUTES 8/8X - A temporary stop cone has been placed before the outbound stop at Emerald and Five Mile. A temporary stop cone has been placed before the inbound stop at Emerald and Five Mile. A temporary stop cone has been placed on the bus pad at the outbound stop at Five Mile and Country Squire.
- BOISE CITY ROUTES - A temporary stop cone has been place at 11th and Bannock. City routes will no longer stop at 9th and Bannock or Capitol and Bannock.
Last update: Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.
» Bicyclist safety around buses
Road respect and courtesy are a two-way street. Here are some top tips for cyclists to stay safe around buses:
- Be visible
- Have front and rear lights on your bike and use them early and often. It's the law.
- When you are passing a bus (hopefully on the left side and not on the right), please try to give at least three feet as this will help keep you out of the bus driver's blind spot.
- At a red light, either stay behind the bus or get in front so that you are clearly visible. Drivers are trained to "rock and roll" in the seat to expose blind spots on the side of the vehicle, but relying solely on that can be risky.
- Do not pass buses on the right, especially if you are approaching a bus stop.
- Remember, buses are in the business of pulling over to the curb to pick up and drop off passengers, and may unintentionally pinch a bicyclist trying to pass on the right.
- This will be especially true at Capitol and River, where the buses will have to cross the buffered bike lane to make its service stop.
- Be predictable
- Do not weave in and out of parked cars, jump on and off the sidewalk.
- If a bus ahead of you signals to make a turn or stop, merge into traffic behind the bus or pass on the left, so he driver clearly knows you will not be buzzing by on the right.
- Signal you intentions to drivers.
The Chicago Department of Transportation and the Chicago Transit Authority partnered to create a training video for bus operators and bicyclists on how to safely share the road. VIEW THE VIDEO
» Travel Trainer provides assistance to those who need help using our bus system
Our Travel Training Program provides assistance to those who need help understanding how to use our fixed-line and inter county bus system. The training can be as simple as helping someone understand printed maps and schedules to a full ride-along on the bus. Here's what Cristina Lyden had to say about the training:
"I would like to share this experience with the general public and to any and all individuals who may stumble upon this page. I had real pleasure doing my travel training with ValleyRide today! My husband and I were skeptical .... READ MORE
» GoRide Community Link routes provide service to various locations in Ada and Canyon counties, including Caldwell YMCA
The two routes - GoRide Community Link Nampa Service and GoRide Community Link Caldwell Service, provide weekday service between various locations in both cities and the Caldwell YMCA. The full schedule, which includes morning, noon and early evening route runs, will operate March 24-28. On days when school is in session, the service provides for one route run for both the Nampa Service and Caldwell Service routes. There is no cost to ride the buses, which are provided by Brown Bus Company and Caldwell Transportation Services. Both routes connect to several ValleyRide bus routes. The YMCA can also be accessed by ValleyRide Route 57 and through the GoRide Volunteer Driver Program.
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