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VRT Launches Saturday Shuttle Service; First Step in Complete Bus Plan

Valley Regional Transit (VRT), Meridian, ID, launched a free shuttle, the “Meridian Saturday Fun Bus,” on Sept. 6 to provide service to various employment, shopping, recreation, and entertainment destinations within the city limits, including the downtown area.

“This service was able to become a reality because of a partnership between the city of Meridian, ID, and Valley Regional Transit,” Kelli Fairless, VRT executive director, said. “VRT hopes this is the beginning of other transit and mobility options to be offered to the citizens of Meridian.”

The service is designed to be the first part of a complete bus-service plan for the community, said Meridian City Councilman David Zaremba, a member of the Meridian Services Planning Team, which developed the route. “This new Saturday service is a great step forward in our effort to solve transportation issues and to provide more access to recreation, shopping, and employment within Meridian,” he said, adding that the route’s success will guide the team in determining additional service.

“In our Citizens Survey conducted this past spring, residents identified ­public transportation as a key priority,” said city Mayor Tammy de Weerd. “We’re listening to our constituents and we’re delighted to make this one of our latest offerings.” The city is providing $60,000 to fund the service, which operates every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The new service complements existing weekday ValleyRide commuter bus service. VRT is working with MV Transportation to operate the new service in addition to other fixed route service.

Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd, right; Councilman David Zaremba, in baseball cap at left;  passengers; and members of the news media take the inaugural ride for VRT’s new Saturday shuttle.

Photo courtesy of Valley Regional Transit

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