ID: Transportation Board to Review Plans for Downtown Boise Transit Center

May 29--Valley Regional Transit, the Treasure Valley's public transportation authority, is scheduled to hold a public meeting June 5 so that its board can hear from a committee on the design and construction timeline for an underground public transportation hub in Downtown Boise.

The committee, a group of private and affiliated people, has been working to develop a plan for the hub, whose construction is scheduled to begin in early July. The June 5 meeting is open to the public. It's scheduled to start at 4 p.m. in the second-floor conference room at U.S. Bank Plaza, 101 S. Capitol Blvd.

The Gardner Co., the developer that built the 8th & Main building Downtown, bought U.S. Bank Plaza last August and plans to include the transit hub as part of a two-building, 300,000-square-foot retail-office-convention development on the land west and south of the U.S. Bank tower.

The transit center and City Center Plaza are expected to be complete and open to the public in mid-2016. When complete, the Downtown Boise multimodal transportation center would provide a central hub for regional public transportation services.

The Federal Transit Administration awarded VRT $9.5 million in federal funds to build a multimodal transportation center. VRT expects the multimodal center to cost $11.9 million. Boise's urban renewal agency, Capital City Development Corporation, is providing an additional $2.4 million in local money.

Find more information on the transit center project here.

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