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Sick of waiting for your ride in Downtown Boise? This test program could be a gamechanger.

China Blue is one of several Boise businesses that will have pilot dropoff/pickup zones starting April 6.
China Blue is one of several Boise businesses that will have pilot dropoff/pickup zones starting April 6.

In an effort to provide safer travel on weekends, Boise will begin a “Downtown Dropoff and Pickup Zone” pilot program in front of a string of businesses on the south side of Main Street from April 6-28.

From 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays, parking spots in front of businesses starting from China Blue through Addie’s will be reserved as dropoff/pickup-only zones, according to Lana Graybeal, a spokeswoman for the city of Boise.

“We’ve been hearing from taxis, transportation companies and the general public that there is no pickup and dropoff zone in downtown … there’s a lot of congestion in the area,” Graybeal said. “They may stop in the middle of the street, and that’s incredibly unsafe. We’re hoping this will help alleviate that.”

There will be signs in the affected areas and one or two police officers on-hand to help direct traffic, Graybeal said. Violators of the dropoff zone will be towed.

If all goes according to plan and the pilot program is successful, the Boise City Council would vote on making the zones permanent.

“Our whole goal is to ensure safety in downtown, and we definitely see that as an opportunity to provide that for our citizens,” Graybeal said.

Michael Katz: 208-377-6444, @MichaelLKatz

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