Getting around the Treasure Valley without a car is no easy task. Unlike most cities, public transportation options are rather limited in these parts, despite ongoing efforts by Treasure Valley Regional Transit—the local transit authority—to improve service.
Since gas prices started spiking and the recession hit, bus and van pool ridership has jumped but that hasn't translated into more routes or increased frequency of trips.
While much was made of Boise Mayor Dave Bieter's push to build a streetcar in downtown Boise and his championing of a light rail system between Canyon and Ada counties, the bus is still your only real option (other than your bike) if you don't have your own motorized wheels.
TVRT has developed a comprehensive plan for future transit, which includes increased service, as well as the introduction of service to more rural areas. For now, here's the skinny on bus service. For more specific information, visit valleyride.org.
Typically, buses in the Boise area run regularly on Monday through Friday, with reduced trips Saturday. Buses don't run on Sunday. Pickups typically start before 6 a.m., but the last pickup of the day is before 7 p.m.
The good news is riding the bus is pretty damn cheap. A local-only trip costs a rider $1, while it's a whopping $3 to go anywhere on the system. Day passes cost $2 for local trips or $6 for system-wide service.