Energize Our Neighborhoods | Transportation
Transportation plays a vital and irreplaceable role in a neighborhood’s livability. In addition to being the connective tissue of the neighborhood, transportation systems are also the largest public asset in terms of overall land area and dollars invested. While the Vista Neighborhood’s current transportation system generally serves automobiles safely and efficiently, it lacks the facilities needed to make pedestrian and bicycle modes of travel a viable and attractive option. Further, while the Vista Neighborhood has comparable (or better) transit service to other neighborhoods, residents have identified areas where the existing service could be improved, particularly duration and frequency of service and enhance bus stops. Finally, Vista Avenue - a bustling commercial corridor and the primary connection between the airport and Downtown Boise – is not inviting to pedestrians or bicycles and creates a formidable barrier between the east and west sides of the neighborhood.
The Transportation Committee will identify potential solutions and/or mitigations to these issues and to seek funding to design and implement appropriate treatments.
View the map of the Transportation Committee Project Priorities.
2016 Committee Projects
- Vista Avenue Bus Stops
In the summer of 2016, seven bus stops along Vista Avenue will be improved. The northbound stops will have shelters, benches, bike racks, and public art added to increase comfort and convenience for transit users.
- Bicycle Connections and Facility Improvements
At the request of the City of Boise, the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) is in the process of improving bicycle and pedestrian circulation in the Central Bench, including the Vista Neighborhood.
- Addition of sidewalks and bike lanes in both directions on Kootenai from Vista Ave to Federal Way - construction planned for 2017
- Bike facility on Columbus from Overland to Kootenai - project design underway, construction planned for 2019
- Improvements to bicycle and pedestrian connections on Capitol Blvd from Rose Hill to the Boise River - project is open for public comment, learn more here.
- Pedestrian Improvements on Owyhee Street, Overland to Malad
Installation of missing curb, gutter, and sidewalk on the east side of the roadway.
2015 Pedestrian Improvements
- Hawthorne Attendance Area
Installation of missing curb, gutter, and sidewalk on Targee from Columbus to Annett and installation of pedestrian ramps and crosswalks on seven intersections southeast of the school.
Projects Under Consideration
- Transit Service Improvements
Longer hours of operation, more frequent service, improved bus stops (shelters) at key locations, educational outreach to elderly citizens.
- Vista Avenue
Potential treatments to Vista Avenue including a median and a new pedestrian crossing between Overland and Targee.