CCDC, in cooperation with the City of Boise and Valley Regional Transit, is redesigning and constructing improvements at six bus stops along Main Street and Fairview Avenue from North 16th to North 27th streets. Main Street and Fairview Avenue serve as important transportation corridors for multiple modes, including bicycle, vehicle, and transit.
In 2019, ACHD completed a microseal project on Main St and Fairview Ave, which included restriping the lanes to make room for buffered bike lanes. The addition of buffered bike lanes came with unforeseen lane crossing conflicts between buses and bikes at each transit stop necessitating additional infrastructure to ensure a safe interface for all users.
CCDC worked over the last several months to design a safe, effective solution for the multiple modes of transportation used along this important commuting corridor. CCDC consulted with businesses and property owners along Main and Fairview, alongside commuters and project stakeholders, to design a bus stop solution that would allow buses to safely stop for passengers without crossing lanes and disrupting the flow of bike traffic.
Project and Construction
The new, raised transit stations, a first for downtown Boise, will create an additional buffer between vehicle traffic and cyclists and feature amenities such as covered bus shelters with solar-powered lighting, benches, trash receptacles, railings, and upgraded ADA pedestrian ramps. Construction of the platforms will occur throughout the fall and into the winter, with full construction completed by Spring 2022. Construction updates, including pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle access information will be added to this web page regularly.
A sixth transit station to be located at 27th Street and Fairview Avenue will be constructed later in the summer of 2022 by St. Luke’s Health Systems in partnership with CCDC. All the new stations will be located in CCDC’s 30th Street District, which was established in 2014 and runs through 2033.
Construction Update: October 13, 2021
Construction on the Main & Fairview Transit Stations project continues.
Concrete crews poured the transit island curb at the Fairview/24th station today and will be pouring the platform flatwork at the Fairview/17th and Fairview/24th stations by the end of the week. Next week crews will be paving asphalt on the roadway side of the platforms at Fairview/17th and Fairview/24th (weather permitting).
This week crews started demo at the Main/27th station and plan to start demo at the Main/23rd station by the end of the week. Once demo is complete, crews will install storm water catch basins and piping on the north side of street directly east of both platforms.
Impact and Detours
Bikes are being detoured at Main and 24th St onto Idaho St and then back to Main at 27th St. Pedestrian detour signs have been posted at localized areas where needed to ensure pedestrian safety. Inbound bus stops at Fairview/17th and Fairview/23rd have been closed and temporarily moved to Fairview/22nd. The outbound Fairview/24th bus stop has been closed with no temporary stop. Changes to bus stop locations are listed under Service Alerts on the Valley Regional Transit website.
During construction, the roadway will remain open with lane restrictions and business access will be maintained. Motorists should expect delays and allow extra time in their travels.
CCDC Project Manager, Amy Fimbel, is overseeing this project.