Imagine this: A man lives in Caldwell and needs a ride to the airport, but he doesn’t want to leave his car in a parking garage for a week. Instead, he catches a neighborhood bus into Caldwell’s downtown and walks a block to a train platform. Then for just $2.50, he purchases a ticket for th…
Gardner Company executive Tommy Ahlquist hopes the downtown transit center his company is building in Boise will create momentum for more public transportation across the Treasure Valley.
It doesn’t take a traffic study to know that a drive from Caldwell to Boise in the morning can be a painfully slow chug. Driving back in the afternoon is no improvement. It’s difficult to imagine it could get any worse.
What do local legislators think about funding for public transportation? It seems the general feeling is it’s on the back burner for now in favor of other issues.
Reno, Nevada, lies a little more than 400 miles southwest of Boise. With a population of about 225,200, compared to Boise’s 214,200, it’s one of our closest neighbors in terms of demographics.
Dollie Iiams spends most of her afternoons eating with friends at the Parma Senior Center. The center serves lunch to seniors from around the area five days a week, but getting to the location or even doctor’s appointments and other necessities can be a challenge.
More than 20,000 single-occupancy vehicles carry workers from Canyon County to Ada County every day, according to the American Community Survey. By 2040, a commute that takes about a half-hour today could take well over an hour.
BOISE — In 1994, state legislators passed a law giving residents the opportunity to vote on the formation of public transportation authorities. Ada and Canyon county voters approved the authority in November 1998.
A few months ago, Christina Quinn of Caldwell began riding the intercounty bus to her job in Boise after her car broke down and she couldn’t afford to buy a new one. She said she was surprised at how much she’s saving by riding the bus.