Transit plans, rulemaking for carriers, and highway safety through young lens highlight July board meeting
A review of public transit planning, negotiated rulemaking for commercial motor vehicle carriers, and highway safety videos prepared by youth will be discussed at the upcoming Idaho Transportation Board meeting July 18-19, at the District 3 office in Boise, 8150 Chinden Blvd.
The board’s tour of District 3 on July 18 will focus on Ada and Elmore counties. The board will meet with local officials and the CS Beef Packers Plant Manager throughout the day.
The recently constructed CS Beef Packers Plant south of Kuna is a partnership between Caviness Beef Packers and the JR Simplot Company. The meat-packing plant was built to ensure the highest food safety and animal care possible. It receives cattle 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Additionally, the board will preview a new work zone safety video. This video focuses on workers in the construction zone and the preparations they take to stay safe.
Commercial Motor Vehicle Permit Rules
District 4 received two nationally competitive capital grant awards. Mountain Rides was the recipient of $500,000 and $540,000 grants. The first grant will be used to purchase heavy-duty, battery electric buses, and fast-charging infrastructure for fixed-route operations in Blaine County. Funds will help reach the goal of moving from diesel-powered buses to cleaner, cheaper, easier-to-maintain battery/electric buses. The second grant will allow the transit provider to purchase new vehicles to replace old ones that have exceeded their useful life.
District 1 and its partner Selkirk Pend Oreille Transit Authority and District 6 and the city of Driggs received $136,000 and $240,000 grants, respectively, to also purchase new transit vehicles.