[Guest post by bikeboy]
There was an interesting story on KTVB's news yesterday - "Public transit plan now ready for public review." (Click here to read the online version.)
I expected it to be reporting progress in improving transportation modes - a new bus grid proposal, or more service between Boise and the outlying areas.
It appears to be a big downtown hub facility that is envisioned by the Capital City Development Corporation.
Big - and estimated to cost $78 million.
Now, I'm just an interested outside observer, and no expert. (I'm probably interested enough to go take a look at their Open House - Thursday 1/17 from 10am to 7pm at 213 N. 9th Street.)
But my initial reactions are:
- The CCDC's focus and perspective is on downtown Boise, and so that's where their interest lies. And a big, attractive downtown facility would certainly enhance downtown, to some degree.
- If we've got $78 million available for improved transportation in the area, is the best use of that money to build a big fancy downtown hub? How about pumping it into the bus SYSTEM first? How about more routes, or more buses running those routes? How about evening or Sunday service? How about we get buses transporting more people (downtown and elsewhere), and let the improved ridership justify the need for the hub center? Rather than assuming, "If we build it, they will come..."
"Transit Center of Dreams."
In any case, go see their open house, and make your opinions heard!