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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Communities in Motion: Why Do You Care? Part IV



This is another installment in my series of blogs about why people care, or should care, about long-range transportation planning in general and Communities in Motion in particular.

We have been asking people – private individuals, members of COMPASS advisory committees, and YOU – this question. I have committed to sharing those reasons with you each quarter in my blog. This is my fourth installment.

Why people care about Communities in Motion 2040, as submitted by you:
  • Look at how far off “future-related” fiction has been (think of the book 1984 and the movie Back to the Future II, which takes place in 2015!). We don’t want to rely on fiction – we need to plan for the future of our valley as we want it to be.
  • It is like a “to-do” list for the Treasure Valley’s transportation projects.
  • Because things like the East Park Center Bridge in Boise, the Karcher Interchange in Nampa, and the Ten-Mile Interchange in Meridian wouldn’t exist without old long-range transportation plans.
  • Because we’ll have over a million people in 2040. If we don’t plan, it will be chaos!
To share why you think Communities in Motion 2040 is important ― why you care ― email aluft@compassidaho.org and we’ll post your ideas here. The next installment will be posted the beginning of January. Help me out – I need to hear from you to have “reasons” to share here. Thanks!

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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.