The City of Boise held an open house Tuesday for its idea to build a circulator route linking Boise State and Downtown Boise.

BoiseDev did an in-depth analysis on the project late last year.

Above you can see the material presented to the public.

Members of the media covered the open house. The only reporter that got public reaction that I could find was from KTVB’s Natalie Shaver:

“Parking can be a little brutal so I’m all about the public transit,” said Shelley Coleman.

“We’re all coming to work downtown, a lot of us live downtown, why take up space in the parking garage that people who are coming from out of town could use,” said Andrew Willden.

“It’s so small in Boise, I mean the stops are so close together you can pretty much walk there before you can get on a bus and get off a bus,” said Jefferey Trudick.

Boise Weekly also did a story but only talked to officials.



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  1. Thanks for this post Don. I think I finally understand the rationale behind the circulator concept — that being the City can encourage people to park just once, instead of driving around from spot to spot. It’s a problem that never occurred to me. If it is that big of an issue, I can support it.

    But I must say I’d be more on board with a point to point system alon the lines that you outlined in your earlier piece that solves the parking problem more holistically by encouraging people to commute by transit rather than driving and then using a circulator. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why the city doesn’t propose something that connects a residential neighborhood with a destination. A north end route throgh downtown, then over through the West End via Main/Fairview and then by the proposed stadium location, then up Americana to Emerald and over to the mall/St. Al’s seems like something that many, many people could use and would encourage development in the areas that the city would like to see developed. My two cents.

  2. I agree with Paul, the emphasis should be on connecting to the communities with circular routes that hit both BSU and downtown to bring ridership up. This could also be done by increasing visibility of route schedule information. Whether this be adding a bus schedule to the signs at the stops, making route pamphlets more available. The next priority should be improving the scheduling of bus arrival times at the stops.

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