Valleyride: What’s Happening
TEMPORARY BUS SERVICE CHANGES
Road construction, upcoming accessibility improvements to our bus stop system, and planned outdoor events may result in temporary route detours or the relocation of bus stops. The latest information about any changes in service are below:
CURRENT AND UPCOMING DETOURS
ROUTE 10 is on detour in the Pierce Park area due to road construction. Closed stops on the outbound are Castle and Stinger (temporary cone at Castle and Hill), Castle and Castle Hill, Castle and Eugene, Castle and Pierce Park, Pierce Park and Outlook and Pierce Park and Saxton. The outbound detour is right on Hill Road from Castle, turn left on Pierce Park, turn right on Tobi back on route. The inbound closed stops are the same as the outbound stops. The inbound bus will detour by making a left turn on Pierce Park (from Tobi), turn right on Hill Road to Castle, and turn left on Castle and back on route.
ROUTE 16 outbound is on detour. The detour: right on 2nd, right on State, left on Fort and back on route.
JUNE 1 SATURDAY SERVICE - The St. Alphonsus Capitol Classic Children's Race, scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013, will impact all bus routes on that date. READ MORE ABOUT THE DETOURS
JUNE 8 SATURDAY SERVICE - The Ironman 70.3 Boise competition will impact Route 2 and Route 3 beginning at approximately 2 p.m. The #2 Broadway may have to turn around at Federal Way/Findley traffic light, head west and then north on Broadway to Linden and then Gekeler. Route 3 Vista inbound will turn left at Rose Hill, right on Latah on to Americana to 15th Street, right on Main Street to Zone 2. The outbound #3 may not have to detour.
CURRENT BUS STOP/SERVICE CHANGES
- ROUTE 10 - A temporary stop cone has been placed on the far side of the 32nd St. and Taft outbound stop. Also, the outbound stop at 28th and Good is closed. A temporary stop has been placed just north of the site.
- ROUTE 11 - The outbound stop at Chinden and 36th is closed. A temporary cone has been placed after the stop.
ROUTES 6,7, 11 - The outbound bus stop at Main and 30th is closed due to construction. A temporary stop is in place just west of the existing stop.
NEW! THE 2013 MY RIDE SUMMER PASS PROGRAM IS UP AND RUNNING!
The program allows those ages 6-18 to purchase a bus pass for $24 that allows unlimited rides on ValleyRide buses during the months of June, July and august. What a deal!. The passes are available at regular pass outlets. Info: 345-RIDE (7433).
VALLEYRIDE ROUTE INFORMATION IS NOW ON THE IDAHO 511 WEBSITE!
Valleyride bus services has become the latest transit system to become part of the state's 511 Traveler's Service System Website (Visit the website). The Valleyride information currently on the website includes route maps, detours, stop locations, and the next three upcoming times the bus is scheduled to get to a particular stop. Planned upgrades to the information include real time information as to the location of the bus or buses along a route (this is currently being done manually), a trip planner, and smart phone applications. In addition to transit information, the 511 website provides information about the state's roadway system and weather conditions.
ROUTE 57 NAMPA/CALDWELL FLEX NOW OPERATES ON MONDAYS!
This flex route provides weekday service to numerous locations within the flex zone, including Southwest District Health, the Caldwell YMCA and the Caldwell Health and Welfare office.
NEW! THE COLLEGE OF WESTERN IDAHO SHUTTLE TO SHUT DOWN FOR SUMMER
Friday, May 24, 2013, is the last day of operation for the Route 55 CWI Shuttle. Shuttle service will resume in late August. The route provides weekday service to the following College of Western Idaho facilities: Canyon County Center, the Aspen Classroom Building, Academic Building (Main Campus) and the Micron Center for Professional/Technical Development. READ MORE about the route.
VALLEY REGIONAL TRANSIT RELEASES RENDERING OF PROPOSED DOWNTOWN BOISE MULTI-MODAL TRANSPORTATION CENTER
The proposed site for the center is on the southwest corner of 8th and Jefferson streets. To learn more about the project and view the rendering, visit: www.valleyregionaltransit.org.
The monthly maximum benefit for 2013 has increased to $245. Now more than ever, businesses and agencies should consider offering their employees this benefit, helping them save money, and encourage such alternative forms of transportation as vanpools and transit buses.
What the changes mean for you:
- Employees can offer their employees $245 in tax-free commuter benefits a month.
- Employees can put aside pre-tax dollars up to a maximum of $245 for transit and vanpool fees, and up to an additional $245 a month for parking, or up to $490 combined.
- For the year 2012, the pre-tax dollar maximum was retroactively increased to $240 a month for transit and vanpool fees.
From the IRS: "For tax year 2013, the monthly limitation regarding the aggregrate fringe benefit exclusion amount for transit passes and transportation in a commuter highway vehicle is $245, up from $240 for tax year 2012 (the legislation provided a retroactive increase from the $125 limit that had been in place). READ MORE
The Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI) has put together an information presentation on the commuter benefits. READ MORE