Open house scheduled for May 20 in Meridian to gather public comment about possible expansion of public transportation services

MERIDIAN – Valley Regional Transit (VRT) has scheduled a public open house for Monday, May 20to gather comment about the possibility of expanding public transportation services. The event is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. in the first-floor meeting rooms at Meridian City Hall (located to the right of the main plaza entrance).

VRT planners and city staff have been meeting to explore ways to achieve public transportation improvements as presented in ValleyConnect 2.0, a plan for transit expansion in the region. One proposal on the drawing board is a bus route that would provide weekday connecting service between Fairview Avenue near Eagle Road, downtown Meridian, and Ten Mile Road near Interstate 84.

“Meridian is one of the fastest growing cities in the fastest growing state in the nation and we are hearing from the public about the need for more transit service,” said Stephen Hunt, VRT principal planner. “We are very excited to be working with the City of Meridian on expanding transit service in the heart of the Treasure Valley.” 

The city of Meridian currently provides local funding to help operate two ValleyRide intercountry bus routes, as well as Harvest Transit, a six days a week dial-a-ride service within Meridian primarily geared for seniors and persons with disabilities.

Those who cannot attend the May 20 open house will have an opportunity to review transit information online and provide input via an online survey: