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Meridian: March 13 open house on proposed Saturday bus service

Valley Regional Transit and the city of Meridian are considering starting a Saturday bus route in Meridian.

The public can learn more about the proposal during an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in conference rooms A and B at Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Broadway Ave.

The city of Meridian will provide up to $60,000 in funding for the new ValleyRide fixed-line bus service. If approved, the new route would go into operation in August.

Meridian is currently serviced by two ValleyRide Bus routes — the Route 40 Nampa/Meridian express and Route 42 Nampa/Meridian limited stop. These two routes operate weekdays and are primarily designed to get commuters to and from school and work.

The proposed new route would provide Saturday-only bus service to various locations within the city. Possible stop locations include shopping centers, downtown businesses and city parks. The route would operate a minimum of six hours and up to nine hours.

Four proposed route options were developed. Route 1 would provide service between Boise Towne Square Mall and various locations in Meridian. Routes 2 to 4 would circulate solely within the City of Meridian.

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