CALDWELL -- If you live in Canyon County, you have new options to help you get around. Tuesday, the ribbon was cut on a new transit center in Caldwell.
Valley Regional Transit bought the old Happy Day Ford dealership for a little more than a million dollars (using federal grant money to help cover some of the cost), and put hundreds of thousands of dollars into it. Although, there is still some work that needs to be done on the facility.
This new transit center replaces VRT's old transit center in Nampa, that they say was just too small. When using that they actually had to park some buses elsewhere.
The new facility has more room for customer parking, bus parking, bus maintenance, and customer service. In fact, it's bigger than what they need right now, but it leaves room to grow. Which is good, because VRT has seen bus demand grow over the years.
However, Valley Regional Transit spokesperson Mark Carnopis says this is about more than just buses, "This one truly is multi-modal, when you're talking about park-and-ride. We'll have bike facilities here, bike lockers, places for you to put your bikes. With a park-and-ride you can meet up with van-pool passengers or car pool people. It's a common place for people to meet. And then, there's our bus center. So, it's truly a multi-modal center."
Also, folks with VRT like the fact that this facility allows everything to be put under one roof.