Proposed Roadblocks for Nine Popular Bus Routes

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Every weekday, the No. 45 Express runs six round trips, shuttling scores of students and workers between the College of Western Idaho's Nampa campus and Boise State. But that could end in a couple of months, if Valley Regional Transit doesn't come up with a "Plan B."

The No. 45 is just one of nine routes that could be eliminated or reduced by the VRT. The transit agency is blaming shrinking funds from local governments and expanding costs for leasing buses. The proposed cuts primarily impact Canyon County routes.

Before making its final decision in mid August, the public gets a chance to weigh in on the matter. The first opportunity is Thursday, July 22 at Nampa City Hall. A 5 p.m. open house precedes a public hearing slated for 7 p.m. More feedback will be gathered at sessions at Meridian City Hall next Tuesday, July 27, at the Old Trolley House in Middleton next Wednesday, July 28 and at the Caldwell police station on next Thursday, July 29.