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The essentials of life in Boise


While it might not be the most convenient transit system in the country, the Treasure Valley does have one. In fact, ridership has grown in recent years.

Typically, buses run throughout Boise, with some routes to Canyon County and a few outlying stops west of the City of Trees. Buses run regularly Monday-Friday, but things get sparse on Saturdays and nonexistent on Sundays.

Routes typically run starting at 5:15 a.m., but the final trip is before 7 p.m., so don't plan on using the bus to get home from a night on the town. The revamped Valley Ride website has made deciphering the system a little easier.

For more info, visit valleyride.org.


The City of Boise offers 20 minutes of free parking at all meters and the first hour of parking free in parking structures.

The city has been rolling out a series of trial parking meter systems, so the technology is a little different depending on where you park. But regardless of the machine, all offer the 20-minutes-free option—you just might have to push a few more buttons to do it.

If you should end up with a ticket, you can pay it in person at Boise City Hall (150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise).

Of course, you can also pay it online at epay.cityofboise.org/parkingtickets.


If you don't know the number to call in an emergency by now, you're in a different kind of trouble. By the way, it's 911. But not every situation warrants a full call out. Here's how to get in touch with local law enforcement when you aren't in such a hurry.

Ada County Sheriff: 208-577-3000

Boise Police Department: 208-377-6790

Caldwell Police Department: 208-454-1429

Canyon County Sheriff: 208-454-7531

City of Eagle Police: 208-938-2260

Idaho State Police: 208-884-7000

Kuna City Police: 208-577-3860

Meridian Police Department: 208-888-6678

Nampa Police Department: 208-465-2257


Cities in the valley contract their trash service through Republic Services, which handles all issues with pickups, billing and anything else that has to do with your big, blue and gray cans. Call 208-345-1265.

If you live in Boise, you can also get info at curbit.cityofboise.org.

Public Radio

Need your public radio fix? Get it here.

Boise State Public Radio

KBSX 91.5 FM—NPR and local news

KBSU 90.3 FM—Classical music

Radio Boise

KRBX 89.9 FM—Community radio


Roadways in the Treasure Valley are overseen by two entities: the Ada County Highway District and the Idaho Transportation Department. ITD cares for state highways, while ACHD deals with all other public roads within Ada County.

To get info from ITD, call 208-334-8000 or visit itd.idaho.gov.

To reach ACHD, call 208-387-6100, or visit achdidaho.org.

To report a pothole, visit tellus@achdidaho.org.

Calling City Hall

Got something to tell the folks at City Hall? Here's how to reach your elected officials.



City Hall: 150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4422

City Hall West: 333 N. Mark Stall Place, Boise, 208-384-4422

Mayor's Hotline:




City Hall: 411 Blaine St., Caldwell, 208-455-3000



City Hall: 660 E. Civic Lane, Eagle,




City Hall: 763 W. Avalon St., Kuna,


Garden City


City Hall: 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2900



City Hall: 33 E. Broadway Ave., Meridian, 208-888-4433



City Hall: 411 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-4413



City Hall: 10769 W. State St., Star,


Dog Parks

When in doubt, keep your dog on a leash. Boise City Code requires that all dogs be kept on a leash unless specifically posted. This regulation includes most Foothills trails, and even in off-leash areas, dogs must be kept under voice control.

Save yourself a ticket and know where and when Spot can run free. Visit the Boise Parks and Recreation page at cityofboise.org for an interactive map of off-leash dog areas.


Hull's Gulch Reserve: 3001 N. Sunset Peak Road

Military Reserve Flood Basin Dog Off-Leash Area: 750 Mountain Cove Road

Morris Hill Park: 10 Roosevelt St.

Pine Grove Park: 8995 W. Shoup Drive

Sterling Property: 9851 W. Irving St.

Limited hours: These parks have limited

dog access—typically sunrise to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to sunset. Check cityofboise.org for specific times.

Castle Hills Park: 5350 Eugene St.

Cypress Park: 4382 S. Tableridge Way

Manitou Park: 2001 S. Manitou Ave.

Redwood Park: 2675 N. Shamrock St.

Sunset Park: 2625 N. 32nd St.

Winstead Park: 6150 Northview St.


Meridian Bark Park: 1401 E. Watertower Lane


Nampa Dog Park: 2900 Second St. S.

--Deanna Darr

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