Take a ride on the bus: May in motion offers free rides in Boise

Posted at 7:22 PM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 21:22:11-04

Valley Regional Transit is celebrating May in motion and for the entire month people can ride the bus for free, it's an effort to try and get more people to try out public transportation.

Six on Your Side caught a ride on the bus to see what the experience is like for people who ride.

We found that buses offer amenities like air condition, wi-fi and a place in the front of the bus where people can put their bike before hopping on the bus.

“I have been riding for 15 years and it has gotten me to places I never thought was possible," said Tim Kelly. “The bus system is great.”

Kelly explained that the bus service has come along way in the last fifteen years, but he would like to see more improvements with new routes, rides on Sundays and buses that run during the night.

"That would be extremely helpful," said Kelly.

We also learned that high schoolers can ride for free anytime, all they have to do is show their student ID, many of the kids told us they take the bus to the mall.

For first time riders, the bus schedule and routes can be a little daunting, Kelly told us that bus drivers and volunteers can help out and we found out that other riders can be an asset in getting to your destination.

Here is a linkto the Valley Transit Page that has schedules, fares and a way to track where the buses are in real time.

This month people can also grab a Boise GreenBike for free, although out of hub fees will still be assessed.