Major changes coming to Nampa, Caldwell bus routes

Major changes coming to Nampa, Caldwell bus routes
Posted at 4:40 PM, Sep 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-25 18:40:24-04

The Valley Regional Transit Board on Monday approved what termed “a major redesign” of ValleyRide fixed route service in Nampa and Caldwell -- and minor changes to intercounty service. 

“The changes, designed to improve connections to new developments, increase ridership and enhance connections to key institutions, will go into effect on Monday, January 15, 2018,” said VRT spokesman Mark Carnopis.

VRT Principal Planner Stephen Hunt said he will work with operations staff to develop new time schedules and stops for the Nampa/Caldwell system, as well as for intercounty service affected by the service changes. He said the new information will be posted online as soon as possible.

The service changes involve combining four Nampa/Caldwell routes into two routes, extending Route 42 to include the Happy Day Transit Center as a stop, and retiming route 41 stops.  

The changes include:

Intercounty routes:

Route 41 Happy Day Transit Center/Boise State
• Re-timing trips to eliminate overlap service with Route 42 between the Boise Towne Square Mall and the College of Western Idaho.

Route 42 CWI/Towne Square Mall
• Extend the route to serve Happy Day Transit Center. The Route 42 runs will be at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. 

Route 43 Caldwell Express
• No changes planned

Route 44 Highway 44 Express
• No changes planned

Route 45 BSU Express
• Change outbound 10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. trips to start at 10:00 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Nampa/Caldwell routes
     The proposed changes involve modifications to the current pathways and areas served by the local routes.

Route 51 and 53
• Combine both routes to a new Route 51. The new route would provide service in south Nampa (Greenhurst and 12th Avenue) and the College of Western Idaho via 16th Avenue and Garrity Boulevard. Better access to Gateway Center and intercounty services. Increase peak hour service to every 30 minutes. The first trip of the new route 51 is at 6:45 a.m. It will operate on 30-minute frequency from 6:45-8:15 a.m. and 4:45-6:45 p.m. , and 60-minute frequency from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The last trip will be at 7:15 p.m.

Routes 52 and 54
•  Combine routes 52 and 54 to create a single route (new Route 52) in Caldwell that will provide new service to the Department of Labor and Health and Welfare office and the VA Clinic. Provide service down the Nampa/Caldwell Boulevard to south Nampa via 12th Avenue. New service to the Treasure Valley Marketplace. The first trip of the new Route 52 will be at 6:45 a.m. It will operate on 60-minute frequency between 6:45-11:45 a.m. and from 3:45-7:45 p.m., and 120-minute frequency from 11:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. 
• Remove service on north Caldwell loop.

Route 55
• No changes