Transportation: Moving People and Moving Traffic as Our Community Grows
By Athena Savoglou
As we all know, Boise is the place to be. Our city and the whole treasure valley are experiencing major growth in population, economy, and real estate development. With an increase in jobs and people in the city, comes a greater need to accommodate a larger scale of commuting and transportation. As Boise’s Transportation Action Plan (TAP) states,
“As the population in the metropolitan region continues to grow, so does the pressure on Boise’s transportation system. . . [and] jobs are growing faster than population. This places higher loads on transportation infrastructure, and the need to accommodate more people commuting into the city.”
The TAP’s aim is to find alternatives to road construction while acknowledging the increased need for transportation. One plan being discussed by the powers at be, as reported by BoiseDev, involved State St., a major treasure valley corridor connecting Boise, Garden City, Meridian via Eagle, and further west to Star and Middleton. One potential outcome is a “high-frequency bus route,” with added buses, routes, and stations along the way. This push is for people to start thinking of other ways to commute, which would be more personally efficient, as well as taking pressure off car traffic on the roadways.
Despite the push for more alternative types of transportation, the city planners are still planning major expansion on some of the region’s major corridors. A prominent plan aims to widen Chinden Boulevard west of Boise. The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) “plans to start and complete road construction on almost all of Chinden Boulevard from Eagle Road to Highway 16 in 2020, leaving a 1-mile gap from Meridian Road to Locust Grove Road to be completed in 2021.” This will expand the highway from two to four lanes, allowing double the traffic to pass once completed. These changes will be funded in part by the state, and by developers who will be compensated over time via sales tax.
Whether through encouragement of alternative transportation, or directly expanding automotive routes, city planners are endeavoring to minimize growing pains of our expanding economy and population. However, the push for wider roads and other modes of transport signal that the growth we are seeing isn’t stopping anytime soon. Buckle up Boise!
(The maintenance updates only apply to those of you who have pre-ordered these preventative maintenance services. If you didn’t opt in for a service you read about in this newsletter, and would like to schedule a service, just email Spencer@rentalsinboise.com to let him know.)
The following services were completed in September:
- Crawl Space/Attic/Roof inspections
- Dryer Vent Cleaning
- Hot Water Heater Service (just 3 left to be invoiced in October, but all service is completed)
October services are as follows:
- Fall yard clean up
- Fall lawn treatment
- Sprinkler blow outs
- Gutter clean outs for late October, early November.
If you want your property added to our list for any of the Fall services, please email Spencer as soon as possible. firstname.lastname@example.org
Vendor billings for pre-elected optional maintenance items received prior to closing our books on the 25th will appear in your October statement.
There are no special accounting items this month.
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This month’s tenant newsletter features an explanation of Homeowners Associations (HOAs). As some of our properties have them and some do not, it is a pertinent topic for tenants to be aware of.
Since adding our monthly crossword puzzle, we have seen an amazingly successful 30% increase in readership! This month, we feature another crossword puzzle, the clues for which are buried in our Reminders sections as well as the feature article.
Check out our tenant newsletter this month: October Tenant Newsletter
Upcoming Changes To Tenant Services
Heading into the new decade of 2020 RMA will be making some improvements to tenant services. More information will be available in November.
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