Sunday, August 31, 2014

City of Boise Preps for Public Workshops on Downtown Circulator

Posted By on Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM

City of Boise officials are ready for the conversation about the possibility of a downtown circulator to gain some steam.

City officials prefer to use the word "circulator," rather than "streetcar" or "trolley," when envisioning a fixed route for Boise's downtown core. To date, $563,000—mostly grant funds from the Federal Transit Administration—has been used to fund the analysis, which is being spearheaded by the URS Corporation.

In mid August, Boise Weekly reported that feedback from last winter's open house regarding the possibility of a circulator revealed that 54 percent of citizens said they preferred rail service versus 26 percent for a circulating bus line. They were also asked where they would like to see a circulator stop, and high on the list was Boise's downtown core and Boise State University, which would drive a north-south route. Also high on the list was St. Luke's Hospital and the Linen District, which would drive an east-west route.

Now the city and URS representatives are ready to sit down in community workshops to share some of their findings. On Aug. 30, a number a Boiseans found a postcard in the mailbox inviting them to two separate workshops: the first, on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m., will focus on east and west areas of downtown, and a second, on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m., will focus on the downtown core and Boise State areas. Both events will be held at Boise City Hall.

If citizens can't attend, they're being encouraged to share their comments at

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