Long-delayed Meridian bus route could launch soon

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The long-anticipated Route 30 Pine could finally launch in Meridian this fall. 

Meridian City Council heard the fiscal year 2023 budget presentation from Valley Regional Transit during last night’s meeting. During the presentation, Development Director Stephen Hunt said VRT wants to get Route 30 Pine up and running starting in October.

The route would primarily go down Pine Ave. and then loop around the Village and go up to Ten Mile Rd. The connection at the Ten Mile stop would give riders the option to travel to Boise or Caldwell. 

VRT had plans to launch the route in January 2022 but in August of last year, rising COVID-19 cases delayed the start date. The transit service says the launch was dependent on case numbers, people working remotely, and ridership.

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Hunt now says that those metrics have improved. Ridership system-wide has grown by 18.5% when comparing the first two quarters of FY22 with FY21. However, Hunt said VRT ridership is still only at about 75% of what it was before the pandemic.

“We are seeing both in terms of the amount of COVID that’s being spread around, as well as just people coming back to work, and those are all trending in the right direction,” Hunt said. “Ridership is trending in the right direction. We want to have service in place for when developments such as departments across the street here come online. We want to have service available for residents and employers when those open up.”

Currently, the only inter-county bus service in Meridian is Route 40 and Route 42.

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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