Valley Regional Transit seeks public opinion on bus service in Meridian

Posted at 3:49 AM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 05:52:26-04

MERIDIAN, Idaho — Valley Regional Transit (VRT) is planning a couple community outreach events to get resident opinion on Meridian's first fixed-route bus line to serve downtown. The line is coming in 2021 and VRT wants to know what people think about it.

The outreach events will provide an opportunity for comment and suggestions on the route. People will also be able to check out a full-size electric bus, which VRT plans on using for the new route. A survey will also be able at the outreach events.

The first event is happening March 12 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. outside Meridian City Hall. People will be able to ride on the electric bus at Kleiner Park and ask questions about the route from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The second event is on March 18. An open house is scheduled at Meridian City Hall from 4 to 6 p.m.

VRT has been working with the city of Meridian, local businesses, and the general public to develop a new route serving the heart of Meridian. The proposed alignment from Ten Mile and Franklin roads to Kleiner Park, via Pine, will connect approximately 21,000 jobs with almost 20,000 people. It also will support significant employment and residential developments being planned for downtown Meridian.

Meridian currently helps fund two ValleyRide inter-county routes that make stops within the city. Harvest Transit, which provides Monday through Saturday dial-a-ride type service within the city limits and the Rides2Wellness medical transportation service.

If you cannot attend either event, an online survey is available. The deadline for providing comment is March 25.