Thursday, August 16, 2018

2018 Leadership in Motion Awards

We’ve all seen the housing developments pop up, enjoyed the new shopping centers, and lamented about the slowing traffic. We’ve read the articles, listened to the radio shows, and spoken with our fellow community members about the statistics.

There’s no doubt about it – the Treasure Valley is growing.

And in order to sustain the community that we know and love, it’s imperative that our leadership has both a vision and set of goals in place to manage this influx of growth.

So, where do we find this leadership?

It’s simple – it’s all around us in the individuals, businesses, non-profits, and projects that make the Treasure Valley what it is. Just as we recognize our friends and family for a job well done, here at COMPASS we do the same in the form of Leadership in Motion awards.

Leadership in Motion awards recognize businesses/nonprofits, individuals, and projects that have demonstrated leadership in supporting Communities in Motion 2040 (CIM 2040)the regional long-range transportation plan for Ada and Canyon Counties. This plan provides both the vision and a set of goals to guide successful leadership.

CIM 2040 focuses on eight specific elements – and 17 related goalsto guide plans for the future:
  • Transportation
  • Land Use
  •  Housing
  • Community Infrastructure
  • Health
  • Economic Development
  • Open Space
  • Farmland

Based on these elements, the Leadership in Motion awards shine a spotlight on what is working; specifically, how CIM 2040 and its goals are being implemented. They facilitate the sharing of good ideas, strategies, and tactics throughout the community to propel us toward a better future.

As you take a look at the growth occurring around the Treasure Valley, I urge you to also keep an eye out for the people, businesses, or projects that are working to lead, serve, and inspire. Once you’ve done this, I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the nomination criteria and take a moment to recognize the efforts being made in your community. People or projects that support any of the eight elements are eligible to be nominated.

Feel free to check out last year’s winners for inspiration.

This year’s awards will recognize efforts and projects that occurred between July 2017 and June 2018. Nominations will be accepted through 12:00 pm, Friday, September 28, 2018. Leadership in Motion awards will be presented on Monday, December 17, 2018, at the COMPASS/Valley Regional Transit Board Holiday Luncheon.

Growth means change, and change can be scary. But I have no doubt that the leadership I have seen throughout the Treasure Valley is exactly the kind of innovative and goal-driven action that will help our community continue to thrive.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Prioritizing: Time, Money, and Transportation

Summer is in full swing here in the Treasure Valley, and with the rise in temperature comes an abundance of fun activities to explore with your friends and family. From camping, swimming, and hiking, to attending concerts and enjoying community events, the list of things to do can seem practically endless.

To fit the most into your summer, you’ve most likely made a budget for both your time and money. Your calendar is filled from June through September with vacation days you’ve saved up and your piggy bank is heavier than it was in January.

Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to check off every bullet on your vacation bucket list – you have to prioritize. Those items that don't quite fit into this year’s summer "budget" may fall onto next year’s calendar. And, with opportunities like unexpected raises or free weekends, new activities can be added into your summer plans.  

Just like this, COMPASS must prioritize the region’s five-year budget of transportation projects. The budget – the Regional Transportation Improvement Program, or “TIP,” – is updated each year as new projects are added and old projects are completed and removed - similar to checking off those summer bucket list items!

The draft TIP contains over 150 other federally funded, state funded, and “regionally significant” projects that address regional transportation needs. Projects in the TIP range from large to small, and from roads, bridges, and buses, to pathways, sidewalks, and more. Most are proposed for funding between FY2019 and 2023, though some projects in the early planning stages are in the budget in preparation for construction or implementation beyond 2023.

But, we don’t update the TIP in a vacuum. Over the next month, we’re asking you to review and comment on the proposed projects. Are they the transportation projects you think are highest priority?

In addition to this opportunity, we’re also asking for comments on a proposed change to Communities in Motion 2040, the regional long-range transportation plan for Ada and Canyon Counties. The change would add a study to evaluate the environmental impacts of widening State Highway 55 from two lanes to five lanes in Canyon County, from Sunny Slope Road to Middleton Road.

Just like when choosing which summer plans to prioritize over others, we must do the same with transportation projects in terms of time, budget, and necessity. Defining our community goals, evaluating the “regionally significant” transportation projects, and building a budget that addresses the most pressing needs throughout Ada and Canyon Counties will help the Treasure Valley continue to be the place we know and love.

Tell us if you agree with the projects proposed for funding and the proposed change to Communities in Motion 2040. The COMPASS Board will be provided with all public comments before making any decisions in October.
Enjoy the remainder of your summer and all that the Treasure Valley has to offer!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Process matters: COMPASS is looking for your feedback into our public participation processes

If you pay attention to what COMPASS is up to, you have likely seen us ask for the public to weigh in on planning decisions. I hope you have taken the time to submit comments or participate in events relating to issues important to you.

The work that COMPASS does affects every resident of Ada and Canyon Counties; therefore, we strive to involve all residents in our planning efforts. Depending on circumstances, that participation may range from being an active participant throughout a planning process, such as serving on a workgroup, to submitting comments on a draft plan.

Our processes for reaching out to you are guided by a Public Participation Plan. The purpose of that plan is two-fold:

1.     To help you, COMPASS stakeholders and the general public, know what to expect from COMPASS when we conduct public outreach. The Public Participation Plan describes when we solicit public participation, how we promote opportunities for public comment, how we use your comments, and more.

2.     To help COMPASS staff ensure we are consistently meeting, and whenever possible, exceeding, all expectations and requirements for public participation to ensure area residents have ample opportunities to have their say in plans and projects that affect them. 

The Public Participation Plan outlines required and optional outreach elements to request and encourage participation on different types of plans and projects. These elements provide a base from which to build, while allowing COMPASS staff the flexibility to assess each situation individually and use additional, creative outreach elements as they are appropriate for the plan or project.

The Public Participation Plan is part of a larger Integrated Communication Plan. The goal of the COMPASS Integrated Communication Plan is to ensure that all COMPASS communication strategies support public participation efforts.

We are in the process of updating our Integrated Communication Plan, and would like your feedback on the draft update – particularly the Public Participation Plan portion. I encourage you to take a few minutes to review the plan and let us know what you think.

Visit to review the plan and submit your comments online. You will also find a list of libraries and other public buildings in the two county area where you can review a hard copy of the plan. 

And, of course, you are always welcome to stop by the COMPASS office to pick up a copy, or request one be sent to you in the mail. Contact COMPASS at 208/475-2229 or for assistance or with questions.

Comments will be accepted through 11:59 pm, Sunday, June 17, 2018.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Leadership Takes Innovation

It often seems that in any given year there is a common theme among our Leadership in Motion recipients. This year is no exception. Innovative techniques, creative solutions, and proactive leadership were evident throughout the nominations.

This is not surprising – true leadership frequently involves thinking outside the box and being willing to try something new. This year’s recipients did just that.

Just a few examples:

  • Ada County Highway District’s (ACHD’s) Eagle Road Bridge over Dry Creek used a new Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS) technique, resulting in time and cost savings and reducing the amount of time the road was closed to travelers. 
  • The Idaho Transportation Department’s (ITD’s) Interstate 84 rehabilitation project used an innovative weekend crossover technique to minimize the impact on the traveling public. 
  • Rachele Klein of Republic Services started a new program to rescue bicycles from the trash and donate them to local bicycle organizations to refurbish and use or donate. 
  • Valley Regional Transit overcame a multitude of hurdles to build its Main Street Station, using a forward-thinking public/private partnership and incorporating unique artwork and design features – resulting in a facility that is much more than simply a “bus station.” 
  • Private citizen Sylvia Marmon drove an ACHD Commuteride vanpool for 17 years…after driving her own private carpool for years before that. Day after day, year after year, Sylvia proactively did her part to encourage smart transportation options and reduce the number of vehicles on the road. 
None of these successes could have happened without leadership that fosters innovation and encourages the adoption of new ideas. ACHD Commission President Paul Woods and Idaho Transportation Board Member Julie DeLorenzo both received the “Leadership by Example” award, recognizing their roles in supporting innovation and furthering the goals of Communities in Motion.

Want to learn more about this year’s recipients? You can find descriptions of each of their accomplishments

Trying something new can be risky, but rewarding. I hope these Leadership in Motion recipients will inspire you to take that leap and find an innovation solution to your next challenge. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What leadership is all about…

Whew! What a year it has been!
Last week we opened nominations for the 2017 COMPASS Leadership in Motion awards. Time flies.
In some ways, it seems like just yesterday we were accepting nominations for, then presenting, the 2016 Leadership in Motion awards.
Then, I start thinking about everything that has happened in the past year and suddenly 2016 seems like a lifetime ago. We lived through snowmageddon, then flooding. Next came the resulting damage from both of those, affecting everything from I-84 to the Boise River Greenbelt. Then, like a light at the end of the tunnel, came the herculean efforts to repair that damage. 

We worked together and pulled through – neighbor helping neighbor, agency helping agency.

This spirit exemplifies what the COMPASS Leadership in Motion awards are all about – working together for the good of the region.

Leadership in Motion awards recognize businesses, individuals, and projects that demonstrate leadership in supporting the Treasure Valley’s regional long-range transportation plan, Communities in Motion 2040. This year’s awards will recognize efforts that occurred between July 2016 and June 2017.

As you look back at the past year, think about those acts of leadership that you witnessed and take a moment to nominate the individuals, projects, or businesses/nonprofits that made a difference. The efforts or projects may have been large or small; occurred with great fanfare or quietly behind the scenes; or been completed after years of careful planning or urgently to meet unexpected needs.

I encourage you to look over the nomination criteria, then take a moment to help recognize the good in your community. Anyone may submit a nomination and anything or anyone (other than COMPASS staff) that is implementing the goals of Communities in Motion is eligible to be nominated.

Nominations for the 2017 COMPASS Leadership in Motion awards will be accepted through 3:00 pm, Friday, September 29, 2017. Awards will be presented at the COMPASS/Valley Regional Transit holiday luncheon on Monday, December 18, 2017.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

On Time and On Budget

How many times have you started a home improvement project and had it take longer than expected, cost more than expected, or both?

Too many times to count? Me too.

While that is frustrating at home and can result in extra trips to the hardware store, the judicious use of four letter words, and spousal arguments, the consequences are minor when compared to similar issues for projects that cost thousands, if not millions, of tax dollars.

If an agency wants to use federal funding to pay for a transportation project in Ada or Canyon Counties, they must submit a funding application to COMPASS. We also help our members apply for other types of grant funding from both public and private sources. While some requirements differ, funding applications of all types typically require certain kinds of information – the scope of the project, a project schedule, cost estimates, and more.

However, at times, an agency will have a need, but not have the information necessary to successfully apply for funding and not have the time, money, or expertise to pull that information together. When that is the case, one of several things can happen: (1) the agency simply does not apply for funding, leaving the need unmet; (2) they apply, but are unsuccessful when competing for funding; or (3) they successfully receive funding, but without a quality scope, schedule, and budget, are more likely to encounter unforeseen problems with cost, timelines, or other issues.

To help its members clear this hurdle, COMPASS created the Project Development Program in 2015. This program provides the expertise and funding to transform needs or ideas into well-defined projects with cost estimates, environmental scans (required for federal funding), schedules, and more. Projects that move through the program are poised to successfully compete for funding and to be completed on time and on budget once funded.

I’m pleased to say that you will soon benefit from the results of these labors.

To date, nine projects have received Project Development Program assistance; portions of three of those are proposed for funding in the draft FY2018-2022 budget of federally funded transportation projects, called the Regional Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP: 

Project Development Program Project
Resulting Project in Draft FY2018-2022 TIP
ü  Chinden Boulevard Corridor, Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Improvements, City of Garden City
ü  Install a pedestrian hybrid beacon controlled crossing at the intersection of Chinden Boulevard and 43rd Street
ü  Eagle Road Corridor, Bicycle/Pedestrian Improvements, City of Meridian
ü  Construct a lighted 10-foot wide multi-use pathway along the east side of Eagle Road from Franklin Road to Pine Avenue
ü  Five Mile Creek Pathway: Black Cat Road to Ten Mile Road, City of Meridian
ü  Design and build a multi-use pathway to extend the City of Meridian’s Five Mile Creek Pathway by approximately one mile, from just south of the city’s wastewater treatment plant to Black Cat Road

Not only are these projects recommended to receive funding – the first hurdle – but the work conducted through project development will help ensure that they will be completed on time and on budget, and provide you with new, safe transportation facilities. It is important to note that while all three of these projects are for bicycle/pedestrian facilities, the Project Development Program is open to all types of transportation-related projects; these just happened to be the first to receive funding.

Why am I telling you this now? The draft FY2018-2022 TIP that I mentioned above is currently open for public comment, along with proposed changes to Communities in Motion 2040, the regional long-range transportation plan for Ada and Canyon Counties. In addition to the three projects discussed here, there are over 100 other transportation projects proposed for funding in the TIP addressing all types of transportation (roads, buses, bicycle and pedestrian, and more) across all of Ada and Canyon Counties.

I encourage you to learn more about the TIP and Communities in Motion, review the proposed projects and changes, then submit your comments no later than Tuesday, August 15. Tell us if you agree with the projects proposed for funding and the proposed changes to Communities in Motion. The COMPASS Board will be provided with all public comments before making any decisions in October. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Changes? Again?

It’s that time of year again – time to update the region’s five-year budget of transportation projects, called the Regional Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP. Once a year, we add new projects and make changes, when needed, to existing ones. The draft TIP includes projects budgeted for fiscal years 2018-2022.

Right now, we are requesting your feedback on projects in the draft FY2018-2022 TIP. You can learn more, see the entire list of projects, and comment online here. Comments will be accepted through Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

This year, though, we’re not just requesting your feedback on the draft TIP, but also on several proposed changes to the list of funded projects in Communities in Motion 2040 (CIM 2040) – the regional long-range transportation plan for Ada and Canyon Counties.

When a long-range transportation plan, such as Communities in Motion, is developed, the plan includes projects that are planned and have funding identified to pay for them. This ensures the plan is realistic, and not simply a wish list.

But, as you can probably imagine, no matter how careful the planning, things change. When there are changes to which projects have funding, we must amend the plan to reflect these changes.

The proposed changes to CIM 2040 come from three agencies:

Valley Regional Transit (VRT)
VRT is proposing to design and construct a park and ride lot and bus shelter in the City of Middleton. This lot will replace an existing park and ride facility located in the parking lot of a local business and is one of four identified for expansion or upgrade in the #5 unfunded priority (regional park and ride, near term) in CIM 2040.

Ada County Highway District (ACHD)
ACHD’s long-term funded projects in CIM 2040 were based on its 2012 Capital Improvements Plan – a 20-year plan of infrastructure improvements throughout Ada County. This plan was updated in 2016. As part of that update, some projects were removed and others were added or changed. The proposed amendment to CIM 2040 mirrors those changes.

Idaho Transportation Department (ITD)
ITD is proposing to add projects based on additional funding not anticipated in 2014. Through this funding, ITD proposes to widen State Highway 44 from Star Road to State Highway 16, US Highway 20/26 from Star Road to Locust Grove Road (divided into four discrete projects), and State Highway 21 from Technology Way to Surprise Way.

The State Highway 44 and US 20/26 projects would fulfill portions of the #2 (State Highway 44) and #3 (US 20/26) unfunded priorities in CIM 2040. While other portions of these needs would remain unfunded, these projects are a significant step toward meeting the region’s priorities. State Highway 21 is not included in the list of unfunded priorities in CIM 2040; at this time, ITD is evaluating options for future safety and congestion improvements.

ITD is also proposing to remove a project that had been shown as “funded” in CIM 2040. Required environmental studies for that project, widening State Highway 55 in Nampa from 10th Avenue to Middleton Road, have not yet begun. Without this work, which takes several years to complete, it is premature to assume the project will be funded within the life of CIM 2040. As we update CIM 2040 (CIM 2040 2.0), this project will again be evaluated.

I encourage you to review the details regarding these proposed changes to CIM 2040, and review the projects in the DRAFT FY2018-2022 TIP, and submit your comments no later than Tuesday, August 15. The COMPASS Board will be provided with all public comments before taking action on both items in October. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

What can $2 per day buy you? Priority #3 – US 20/26 (Chinden Boulevard)

This is the third in my series of blogs highlighting our unfunded transportation priorities. Click or scroll down to read my first two – on Interstate 84 and State Highway 44.

Today, I’m focusing on COMPASS’ #3 unfunded priority -- US 20/26; also known as Chinden Boulevard in Ada County. If you’ve looked at my two previous “unfunded priority” blogs, you’ve probably started to notice a theme – our top three unfunded priorities happen to be the three primary east/west travel routes in Ada and Canyon Counties.

Is this a coincidence? No.

It’s probably not a surprise either, given the geography of our valley – most of our population and jobs, and therefore our regional transportation needs, follow an east/west alignment. So far, we have looked at I-84, the southernmost east/west route in the two-county region, and State Highway 44, the northernmost east/west route in the region. Today, we’re looking at US 20/26 – the route in the middle.

While US 20/26 is in need of improvement now – to accommodate today’s users – it is only going to get worse as we grow.

By 2040, traffic along US 20/26 is expected to double (or more) between Middleton Road in Caldwell and Linder Road in Meridian, and increase by a whopping 80% from Linder Road to Eagle Road. Today’s 25-minute commute from Middleton Road to Glenwood Street in Boise will take you an hour by 2040 if improvements are not made.

The overall increase in population of the two counties will account for some of this increase in demand. There will be more people needing to get from Point A in the west to Point B in the east and vice versa. However, compounding this general increase in population is the significant forecasted growth along the corridor itself. 

From Middleton Road to Locust Grove (Meridian), the population along the US 20/26 corridor is expected to more than triple, from just under 9,000 in 2013 to over 29,000 in 2040, while employment in the same area is expected to increase six-fold (!) from 1,300 jobs in 2013 to 8,200 in 2040.  

So, what’s being done about it?

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has been studying US 20/26 from I-84 in Caldwell to Eagle Road in Boise, and has developed an Environmental Assessment – a study that must be completed before any construction can begin. The Environmental Assessment includes recommended roadway improvements and right-of-way needs for the corridor between now and 2040. The final public comment opportunity on this assessment was just completed. Information on the Environmental Assessment can be found online at

However, while the Environmental Assessment is a necessary first step, the lack of funding for the majority of the corridor is still the elephant in the room.

Some minor improvements are funded. These projects – restoring the pavement between Borchers Lane in Caldwell and Locus Grove Road, adding right turn lanes at three intersections in Canyon County and a new signal at Franklin Road, and replacing a bridge over the Phyllis Canal near Meridian – are slated to occur between 2017 and 2021. However, only one project to increase the capacity of the roadway is funded.

That project – widening by adding one lane in each direction between Locust Grove Road and Eagle Road (State Highway 55) is budgeted for construction in 2021, pending approval of the Environmental Assessment. The remainder of the planned widening and related improvements remains unfunded. ITD anticipates constructing these projects through a phased approach between now and 2040, but that can only happen if funding becomes available.
With continued growth, but without needed transportation improvements, we will spend more and more time in our cars, and less and less time with family and friends. Let’s continue to work for a solution to meet our transportation funding needs. 

Don’t let the Treasure Valley Fall through the Cracks.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Parks for Everyone!

As I discussed in my November 17 post, I am writing a series of quarterly blogs discussing trends and key data from the 2016 Change in Motion report. This is the second in that series. You can find the first, on housing affordability, here.

Whether you are a parent taking your toddler to the jungle gym, a weekend warrior playing
on a city-league softball team, or someone who simply enjoys a nice walk by the river, we all benefit from the Treasure Valley’s vast number of parks.

Between the two counties, we have nearly 5,900 acres of public parks, in addition to private parks (e.g., those owned by neighborhood associations) and vast open spaces, such as the foothills and Morley Nelson Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. As of 2015, those 5,900 acres of public parks equated to 9.1 acres for every 1,000 people in the Treasure Valley.

In Communities in Motion 2040, COMPASS set a target of more than 10 acres of public parks per 1,000 people by 2040; a target that is consistent with national standards. While the current ratio of 9.1 per 1,000 is close to our target of 10, it is actually a decrease from our 2013 ratio of 9.8 per 1,000.

This begs two questions: (1) Why does a transportation plan have a target for parks in the first place? (2) Why did the ratio decrease? Are we losing parks?

Communities in Motion 2040 is different from COMPASS’ previous long-range transportation plans. COMPASS recognizes that you cannot plan for the transportation future of a region in a vacuum, so the plan not only addresses transportation, but also includes elements that affect, and are affected by, transportation. One of these elements is open space, which includes public parks.

To that end, Communities in Motion 2040 includes a goal to, “[p]romote development and transportation projects that protect and provide all of the region’s population with access to open space, natural resources, and trails.”

While parks and open space have many environmental and other benefits related to their simple existence (think of the pleasure of seeing the foothills out your window, even if you don’t ever set foot in them), most areas designated as “parks” are designed to be “used” by people, from playing soccer or Frisbee to picnicking or simply relaxing in the outdoors. From this standpoint, they are of limited benefit if the users can’t get to them. A robust transportation system is needed to ensure that people, of all walks of life, can access our public parks – by car, by bike, on foot, or by bus.

On the flip side, public parks and other open spaces and pathways, such as the Boise River Greenbelt, contribute to our transportation system by providing opportunities for active transportation. For example, during 2016, COMPASS’ automated bicycle counters recorded an average of over 550 cyclists using the Boise River Greenbelt during the morning commute (6 am – 9 am) each weekday.

So, if parks are so important, why we are moving away from our target? First, let me assure you that this doesn’t mean we are losing parks. What it does mean is that our parks aren’t keeping up with our population. It’s a simple math equation. Our population increased rapidly, but the acreage of parks didn’t increase proportionally, so the acres per 1,000 people decreased. To reach our goal, our acreage of parks needs to increase at a faster rate than our population.

We’ll continue to monitor this trend, and hopefully can report in the future that we have reversed direction and are moving closer to our 10 acres per 1,000 people goal.

In the meantime, we do have almost 5,900 wonderful acres of parks. After a long, harsh winter let’s all get outside and enjoy them!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

What can $2 per day buy you? A look at priority #2 – State Highway 44/State Street

This is the second in my series of blogs highlighting our unfunded priorities. Based on the combination of expected growth and unfunded needs, COMPASS has ranked State Highway 44/State Street as the #2 unfunded priority corridor in Ada and Canyon Counties – second only to I-84 in Canyon County (read my I-84 blog here).

Do you listen to the traffic reports on the radio in the morning or evening? If so, you hear the same phrase I do every day: “Traffic is backed up in the usual places along State Street…” 

The State Highway 44/State Street corridor connects Canyon County and western Ada County with the City of Boise. In fact, it is the only east/west commuter route north of the Boise River that connects Ada and Canyon Counties. In addition to the average of 7,000 (western end) to 35,000 (eastern end) vehicles per day that travel this roadway, it also boasts the region’s most-used bus route.

Needless to say, State Highway 44/State Street is busy and congested, and it is only going to get worse.   
  • Growth in the Cities of Middleton, Star, and Eagle is expected to bring dramatic increases in traffic and congestion, which will impact all modes of travel in the corridor. The overall population along the corridor is forecasted to double from approximately 30,000 today to over 60,000 by 2040. 
  • Traffic is expected to increase four-fold on the western end of the corridor near Middleton and to double on the eastern end of the corridor in downtown Boise by 2040.
  • The average driving time between Middleton Road and downtown Boise is projected to more than double by 2040 – from 35 minutes in 2013 to 75 minutes in 2040. 
Based on the combination of expected growth and unfunded needs, COMPASS has ranked State Highway 44/State Street as the #2 unfunded priority corridor in Ada and Canyon Counties – second only to I-84 in Canyon County.

Multiple improvements needed to address this growth have been identified. Some of the smaller improvements are funded; other, larger, improvements are not.

What’s Funded and When:
  • State Street, State Highway 16 to downtown Boise – Develop a land use plan for transit oriented development
    • When? 2017
  • State Street and Collister Drive Intersection - Intersection Improvements
    • When? 2018 
  • State Highway 44, State Highway 16 to Linder Road (2.3 miles) –  Widen from 2 to 4 lanes
    • When? Design will begin in 2017; construction anticipated sometime between 2019 and 2025 
  • State Street, Glenwood Street to 27th Street (4 miles) –  Widen from 5 to 7 lanes
    • When? Construction anticipated sometime between 2019 and 2025
    • This four-mile span is divided into four individual projects, each with its own budget and schedule

What’s Not Funded:
  • State Highway 44, Exit 25 to State Highway 16 - Widen to 4 lanes and construct new roadway from Canyon Lane to Duff Lane in the City of Middleton (12 miles) 
  • State Street, Glenwood Street to downtown Boise – Public transportation improvements
    • Includes capital improvements, increased service frequency, pedestrian and bike facility improvements, additional public transportation amenities, and other related improvements

Without additional transportation funding, improvements that would serve the transportation needs of current and future Treasure Valley residents will remain unfunded. COMPASS will continue to advocate for increased transportation funding to meet these needs, so that we Don’t Let the Treasure Valley Fall through the Cracks.

Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho

COMPASS is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization responsible for transportation planning in Ada and Canyon Counties. The COMPASS Board comprises 39 members representing the cities, counties, highway districts, educational institutions, state agencies, and other entities within the two counties. COMPASS plays an important role in making decisions about future long-range transportation needs in the Treasure Valley, taking into consideration environmental and economic factors that affect the quality of life.