Boise & Garden City

Opening delayed again for Main Street Station, transit center in Downtown Boise

Valley Regional Transit leaders want to take their time making sure the organization's bus drivers and other staffers are fully trained on how to use Main Street Station, a nearly complete underground bus station that's located below the Grove Plaza in Downtown Boise, said Mark Carnopis, spokesman for the the Treasure Valley's public transportation authority.

That caution has pushed back the opening of the station to mid- or late October, Carnopis said.

Main Street Station's opening was originally scheduled for late August, but Gardner Co., the developer that's overseeing construction of the station for Valley Regional Transit, ran into the same shortages of skilled workers that has affected construction projects all over the Treasure Valley. Late last month, Gardner COO Tommy Ahlquist said he expected Main Street Station to open Sept. 26.

Labor shortages also delayed the completion of Boise Centre East, a ballroom-anchored building just east of the Grove Plaza. But the ballroom should be done within a week or two, said Pat Rice, executive director of Greater Boise Auditorium District, the governing body that operates the convention venue Boise Centre on the southwest corner of the Grove.

Boise Centre East, located on the east side of the Grove just south of the U.S. Bank tower, is an expansion of Boise Centre. It is part of Gardner's City Center Plaza project, which includes Main Street Station and the Clearwater Building, an office-restaurant-meeting building on the Grove's northeast corner.

Valley Regional Transit expects to hold two open houses this month to help people learn how to use Main Street Station, Carnopis said. The transit center will have eight bus bays, a customer service office, restrooms, a bike storage area and repair station, and a Boise Police Department substation.