Circulator Analysis

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Public Involvement Workshops

Boise City will host two community workshops on September 10 and 11 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St. to continue its public involvement process of the Alternatives Analysis for the downtown Boise circulator. The September 10 workshop will focus on the range of routes being evaluated in east and west downtown zones. The September 11 workshop will focus on routes in the downtown core and Boise State University zones. The purpose of the workshops is to generate public input that will be used to develop route alternatives and invite property owners and tenants adjacent to potential routes to learn about the project and identify any issues and concerns.

We have developed a series of route maps and evaluation tables that summarize the strengths and weakness of each route alternative for the public to review and comment at the workshops. Discussion will focus on route alternatives within the following zones:

You may comment about the routes being evaluated if you are unable to attend the community workshops by completing a short survey or sending an e-mail. We encourage the public to view the maps and evaluation tables for each zone as you submit your comments. We are requesting feedback on the following questions:

  1. What are your thoughts about the purpose and need for the downtown circulator?

  2. Did we miss anything in the alignment evaluation process?

  3. What do you like or dislike about the recommended routes for further analysis?

  4. Do you see a route that should have been included with the recommended routes for further analysis? If so, please describe the route.

 

Background

In the last three Citizen’s Surveys conducted in 2007, 2009, and 2010, Boiseans identified “improving public transportation” as one of their top three priorities. The other priorities included slowing sprawl and increasing jobs. This circulator system is part of the entire plan to help meet our citizens’ highest priorities in providing more and better transportation options, slowing the sprawl of the city, and increasing job opportunities for all.

Along with Citizen's Surveys, previous transportation studies concluded that alternative forms of transportation were needed to accommodate the estimated increase in traffic congestion in the downtown area. The studies point to looming congestion conditions in the commercial, residential, and education centers. Expanded transportation options help limit the growth of traffic during peak hours when demand is highest and help residents and workers move easily between downtown and major destinations around the city.

In 2012, the city received a federal grant for an Alternatives Analysis of a circulator. The Alternatives Analysis will evaluate routes, modes of transportation, and costs for a circulator connecting downtown with major destinations. The analysis will result in a recommended mode (vehicle) and an initial route for the circulator. It will also help create a plan for Boise City to apply for funding of future transportation projects.

We welcome your comments. We have developed a study map and display boards for the project. The routes on the proposed study area map are routes that were previously studied only.

 

Comprehensive Transportation and Land Use Planning

 

Previous Studies

  • Valley Regional Transit

Downtown Mobility Study

State Street Corridor Study

  • COMPASS

Treasure Valley High Capacity Study