Governor Little speaks on Idaho's transportation needs

Posted at 10:21 PM, Jan 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 00:21:48-05

BOISE, ID — During his State of the State Address, Governor Brad Little said Idaho's transportation needs improvement. A study is underway which is focused on Idaho's current transportation needs. After it's complete Little says he'll work with the legislature to develop a sustainable funding plan.

"In the meantime, I am recommending that we direct close to $100 million to maintain and improve the state's highway system," said Little.

Newly sworn-in City of Boise Mayor Lauren McLean says the city's transportation system is 20 years behind.

"It's not just Boise that needs this. It truly is the whole Treasure Valley, and that's what I find so exciting is the opportunity with new leadership throughout this region to have a conversation about what it means to work together and ensure that our residents can move to home to work," said McLean.

McLean says it's going to take a lot of hard work and commitment on the part of elected leaders to fund a transit system.

"My goal is to work with city council and ensure that we can increase bus service as often as possible and then work regionally to come up with an actual plan that we can encourage and convince the state to partner with us on."