Multimodal Center Planned for 11th Between Idaho and Bannock


Envisioning a $12 million three-story facility with two levels of public parking, storage and public showers for cyclists, a police substation and up to 25,000 square feet of office space, Valley Regional Transit has picked its spot for a proposed Multimodal Transportation Center for Downtown Boise: a half-block of 11th Street between Idaho and Bannock streets.


The site reportedly has support from the City of Boise, Idaho Transportation Dept., Ada County Highway District and the Capital City Development Corporation.

CCDC has committed $2.4 million in local matching funds, with the remainder of the project funded through a federal grant.

The so-called MMC would be expected to become a hub for transit growth in the Treasure Valley. VRT's Valley Connect regional pubic transportation plan includes a proposal to add up to 40 additional bus routes. The MMC could also serve as a hub for for commuter rail or streetcars.


The $12 million MMC project is expected to create 60 construction jobs over the year-long course of construction.

Here's the proposed timetable:

- Property appraisal: Sept.-Nov. 2011
- Public Open House: Jan. 2012
- Submit conditional use permit: Jan.-Feb. 2012
- Planning and Zoning and Design Review hearings: Mar.-Apr. 2012
- Construction starts: Spring 2013
- Construction completed: Spring 2014