Valley Regional Transit Meets Today On Transit Center Gridlock

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Valley Regional Transit displayed its plans for a Downtown Boise multi-modal transit center at an October 2012 open house.
  • Valley Regional Transit displayed its plans for a Downtown Boise multi-modal transit center at an October 2012 open house.

The executive board of Valley Regional Transit is expected to huddle this morning in order to come with a "Plan B"—or C or D—in its continuing effort to get a Downtown Boise multimodal center off the ground. But the State of Idaho doesn't want that ground to be at Eighth and Jefferson streets.

In a flurry of dueling press releases and statements the Idaho Department of Lands, which oversees the parcel of land at Eighth and Jefferson—next to the Hoff Building and across the street from the Borah Post Office—announced late last week that it was nixing VRT's hopes to build a transit center on that site. It was the latest in a series of proposed locations.

Nearly a year ago, VRT announced that it would construct a $12 million multi-story bus station and transit center at Eighth Street and Capitol Boulevard. But May 1, the State of Idaho said it would "not be accepting the application" from the VRT.

Other possible locations for the Downtown multimodal center are: 11th and Idaho, 12th and Idaho and 10th Street between Main and Bannock streets. But each of those previously considered spots have also run into some opposition.