Boise City Council votes to contribute more funds to Valley Regional Transit

 

With the Treasure Valley’s roads packed with cars, Boise is looking to public transit to help people get to where they need to go.

On Tuesday, Boise City Council voted to contribute more funds to Valley Regional Transit and change the city’s strategy for contributing to the system in the hopes of bringing public transportation to more residents. Council heard testimony from the public on the need for more frequent bus service, increased hours of operation and investment in infrastructure.

The Council has now expressed unanimous support for setting Boise’s contribution to VRT as a minimum 5 percent of the city’s property tax revenue instead of a slowly increasing annual amount. This would mean the city’s contribution to public transit would rise alongside the city’s growth, increasing services available to residents.

The Idaho Press reports, Mayor Dave Bieter and members of the audience testified in support of more transportation, and repeatedly brought up the need for a local option tax to fund additional public transit.

Bieter says, Idaho is one of two states nationwide that does not have either state funds toward public transportation or is allowed to levy its own tax for that purpose.

Blogs

Worthington BLOG: Doorbell Ditch Karma

Worthington BLOG: Doorbell Ditch Karma

Blog: Doorbell Ditch Karma by Rick Worthington   Forgive me, please. You see, I was a good kid for the most part, but I did doorbell ditch houses for fun a few times. Not many times, but I did it. Not familiar with the art of the Doorbell Ditch? It works like this… Step 1:…

Friday Night Lights for Boise State

Friday Night Lights for Boise State

  Friday Night Lights for Boise State Blog By: Rick Worthington   The latest TV schedule for the Mountain West has been announced, and once again this year, Boise State will have a prominent position on Friday night. The Broncos’ home games against both Marshall (Friday, Sept. 6) and Air Force (Friday, Sept. 20) will…

Worthington BLOG: Should I Leave the Republican Party?

Worthington BLOG: Should I Leave the Republican Party?

Worthington BLOG: Should I Leave the Republican Party? Rick Worthington 4/3/19   I look at the “old republican guard” and it’s refusal to modernize and catch up with the rest of the country. I find new blood and new ideas are badly needed. I support government that it is accountable to the people and does…

Headlines