Valley Regional Transit (VRT) is the regional public transportation authority for Ada and Canyon counties in southwest Idaho. VRT's main responsibilities are to coordinate transit services in the two-county area and develop and implement a regional public transportation system.
VRT owns and operates the public bus system in Meridian, Boise and Garden City and contracts for transit services for Nampa/Caldwell and between Ada and Canyon counties. These services are operated under the name ValleyRide. Today, bus service in Meridian is limited to the Route 40 and Route 42 Inter-County lines. However, the City of Meridian and VRT are working together to plan for a future fixed-line bus service in Meridian. This effort is still in its infancy stages and is being coordinated through the City's Transporation Task Force.
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#40 - Nampa/Meridian Express Route - This peak express service originates at the Karcher Mall in Nampa. This facility provides connections to Caldwell from the express system when the Caldwell express, Route 43, is not in service. Service turns north on Nampa Blvd and east on I-84, exiting only to serve the BSU West Campus in Nampa and Gold's Gym Park & Ride (P&R) in Meridian. Service runs every 30 minutes for two hours in the peak direction on each peak, and for one hour (two trips) in the reverse-peak direction.
MAP AND SCHEDULE BUS STOP LIST
#42 - Nampa/Meridian Limited Stop Route - This two-way service runs every 60 minutes during peak hours and every 3 hours (two round trips) during the midday.The service is identical to the #40 beginning in Nampa up to the BSU West Campus. From there, the route exits Interstate 84 at Meridian Road, heads north, and services the Meridian Business Park. From there, its goes to Franklin Road and then Eagle Road, where it serves St. Luke's Meridian. It continues south to Overland Road, serving Silverstone, the Social Security office (from Maple Grove Road) and the Towne Square Mall. From the Mall, it continues into downtown Boise via I-184. Service is two-way at all times.
MAP AND SCHEDULE BUS STOP LIST
More information about ValleyRide bus services, including maps and schedules, can be found at www.valleyride.org.
The Valley's Six-Year Public Transportation Plan
The Valley Regional Transit Board of Directors, which include City Council President Charlie Rountree and City Councilman David Zaremba, has approved a six-year plan to develop a regional public transportation system in the Treasure Valley.
The plan, called Treasure Valley in Transit, would provide bus services to all cities in Ada and Canyon counties, and begin the groundwork to develop a high-capacity transit system along the railway corridor between Caldwell and Boise.
To learn more about the Treasure Valley in Transit plan, click HERE.
Valley Regional Transit (VRT) has also completed work on a Regional Operations and Capital Improvement Plan (ROCIP). All regional services in Ada and Canyon counties, including VRT’s bus operations in Boise, Garden City, Nampa, Caldwell and intercounty service, and ACHD Commuteride were evaluated and modified to maximize these services within current budgets. This plan defines and provides the foundation and direction for expansion of services as budgetary considerations change in the future. Information gained from the plan will be incorporated into VRT’s long-range goals.