URS, the engineering firm studying a possible Downtown public transportation system, is set to make another $66,500 on the project.
The additional outlay, which the City Council is scheduled to vote on Tuesday, would bring URS’ total bill for the study to $505,241.
The city hired URS two years ago through a bid process. The company is charged with working out the technical details of possible routes, methods of transportation and other logistics. The original value of the contract was $375,741. Shortly afterward, the council approved an additional $63,000. Now, the company is asking for a second increase.
In 2009, shortly after Congress passed a federal stimulus, the city pitched an idea for a $65 million streetcar system. But the rush to put the plan together left little time for public input, and Boiseans loudly opposed it.
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This time, the city has tried to make public and stakeholder input the centerpiece of planning for a Downtown transit system. Since 2013, Boise has hosted a series of meetings between local business and government leaders, as well as members of the public, to hash out a possible Downtown transit system.