Public Transportation Part 2


By KMVT News

(KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV) - The City of Twin Falls is looking to make public transportation a daily convince for its citizens.
But what about all of the other communities that utilize the many services in Twin Falls.

Joey Martin for Idaho's first news explores the possibility of incorporating these outlying areas into one massive public transportation hub.
And also looks at one, already up and running transportation system. And where they would be when the new system comes to be.

In a little under six years, the city or Twin Falls expects to move from a rural classification to urban.
Meaning the city must provide public transportation for its citizens.
But what about all of the other residents in the magic valley that frequent the city every day?

"In the long run that would probably be the best way to design this system, as more of a regional system. I don't know if that is something we can do right out of the gates,” said Mandi Thompson, grant writer for the City of Twin Falls. “I think the idea is to start small and manageable and grow it."

On any given day, the City of Twin Falls has 20 to 30–thousand non–residents coming to the city to eat, shop and play.
And a transportation system that branched out from the city limits, could greatly reduce the traffic locals have grown accustomed to.

"If we could reduce the traffic on blue lakes and on some of our other streets with people that are using some sort of regional transportation system, I think that would be a way you could defiantly say it was successful,” said Thompson. “If you could provide a way from people to come to twin falls and not have to use their cars to do it."

Since 1979 Trans 4 has been the sole provider of transportation in Twin Falls. Specializing in door to door pickups and drop off.

So when the City of Twin Falls finally develops a system of their own, where will it leave Trans 4?

"We would... whatever the city wants to do, but I think at that point it would probably be one organization under the city's banner," said Lynn Baird, Director of Trans 4.

"I think that ideally that is what we would like to try to do... is to incorporate an already functioning and successful system into what were going to be required to do by the federal government," said Thompson.

A part of a public transportation is called para–transport.
Which is for those who can't get to a physical bus stop, an already running program like Trans 4 would be a perfect fit for the job.

"I think that would have to remain because a lot of our clients are in wheelchairs which really doesn't fit well with a fixed route system. A lot of them are elderly or handicapped people," said Baird.

The city expects to see an up and running system by the year 2022.
Giving city staff, citizens, local organizations and other communities enough time to develop the best plan possible.

Currently the City of Twin Falls has $50,000 dedicated to the development of the system. With population projections expected to exceed 50,000 in only a few years.

Subscribe to our Newsletters

KMVT Breaking News Alerts

Morning & Afternoon News Updates