Downtown Circulator: Highlights from Alternatives Analysis

The City of Boise will host an open house on Tuesday, March 14 focusing on the outcomes of the recently completed downtown circulator alternatives analysis. Citizens are invited to stop by the lobby of City Hall between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. to learn more about the analysis, recommended route, funding and how the circulator fits in with the overall vision of Boise’s Transportation Action Plan.

In October, the city completed its alternatives analysis of a public transit option, known as a circulator, that would connect major destinations in downtown Boise. The analysis included a thorough technical and engineering process coupled with extensive discussions with citizens about transportation options, including potential routes and modes. The process was led by an 18-member steering committee made up of business and community leaders. The city received a federal grant in 2011 to complete the alternatives analysis, which is a necessary step before pursuing federal funds for construction.

The committee’s recommendation was the implementation of a fixed, “T” shaped route circulator system which would run north-south along 9th Street and Capitol Boulevard, and east-west along Idaho and Main streets. Suggested end points include St. Luke’s, the Linen District (15th Street), Boise State University and Main/Idaho streets.

At the open house, citizens are encouraged to ask questions and share their comments with the City.

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