On the Move with Idaho's Transportation

Posted by Kevin Hughes on Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 at 5:45pm.

Waiting at the Bus StopMan of the people relocating to the area and buying Idaho real estate are moving to this area because of environmental concerns. When getting familiar with an area, and saving the environment, public transit is sometimes the best way to know a region. It is also important to know which areas have reliable public transportation before relocating to the area. Below is a brief guide to Idaho's transit authorities, arranged by county, and further organized by service areas. Many areas cross each other, so services within each section may be duplicated.

Ada county is serviced by the IDA-RIDE Corporation, Commuter Bus, Diamond Express Shuttle, Treasure Valley Metro, and ValleyRide. Service areas include Boise, Caldwell, and Meridian.

Bannock, Cassia, Power, & Minidoka
The transit authorities for this area are Pocatello Regional Transit, and the Idaho State University Commuter Express. The service area is for Pocatello and Idaho State University (ISU). Pocatello service is provided by the Pocatello Regional Transit Authority for Minidoka.

Benewah Area Transit services Saint Maries, Idaho, which is important for the elderly community's Assisted Living Facility. Citylink Transit offers free service as a partnership between the Coeur D'Alene Tribe and Kootenai County, with help from the State of Idaho. See Kootenai transit services for route information.

Bingham & Twin Falls Counties
The Idaho State University Commuter Express (ISUCE) provides services for Bingham county to ISU. Twin Falls receives service from ISUCE and from Trans IV Buses.

For Blaine County, Mountain Rides Transit provides service for Sun Valley, Ketchum, and Hailey.

Bonner, Shoshone, & Kootenai Counties
Grizzly Transportation provides transport from Sandpoint to Coeur d'Alene, and North Idaho Community Express (NICE) services Sandpoint, Coeur d'Alene, the Shoshone Valley, Rathdrum, and Post Falls. Citylink Transit offers five routes for free, 7 days per week, including holidays.

Bonneville, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Lemhi, Jefferson, Madison, & Teton Counties
Idaho Falls and Pocatello are served by Targhee Regional Public Transit Authority, and Idaho State University Commuter Express. TRPTA service also runs for Shelley, Rexburg, and Driggs.

The service available for this county is the Commuter Bus, Treasure Valley Metro, ValleyRide, and Treasure Valley transit—for all of Nampa, Caldwell, and Meridian.

Gooding & Jerome Counties
Twin Falls receives public and special service from Trans IV Buses, also servicing Kimberly, Buhl, Shoshone, Filer, Hansen, Jerome, and Wendell.

Out on the Town

Moscow receives its service from Moscow Valley Transit, which journeys all over Moscow and the University of Idaho.

 There is also a connector to Washington State University via the Wheatland Express.

In the major areas of Idaho, public transportation is readily available, and traveling in these cities is made much easier with these services. When considering relocation to Idaho homes, it's important to know what services are provided for any area. Additionally, getting to know an area via shuttle is often the best, environmentally-friendly way to do it.

Kevin Hughes

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