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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Communities in Motion: Why Do You Care? Part IX

This is my ninth installment in the 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 – Treasure Valley residents, such as you  –  this question. I have committed to sharing those reasons with you each quarter in my blog. Below is the newest list. 

Why people care about Communities in Motion 2040, as submitted by you: 
  • We need to make the argument for more transportation funding – the plan is a tool for doing that.
  • Building the Interstate highway system was the largest public works project since the Egyptian pyramids. If past generations can think ahead for us, we should think ahead for others!
  • The leading cause of death for teens is traffic accidents. Let’s plan for better safety.
  • Just because we’re living longer doesn’t mean we want to spend those extra years sitting in traffic.
  • Driving in the snow is stressful. Let’s have less stress with more buses and carpools.
  • Because the gas pump is not the fountain of youth!
  • There will be over a million people here. Need I say more?
  • Even if we can’t afford everything, I want to know what we need to accommodate all that future growth!
  • Walking and biking are important – we need to build in a way that encourages them.
  •  “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” (From Back to the Future)  Will you need roads in your future?   

Just a reminder – we’re almost done developing Communities in Motion 2040. The full draft plan will be available for public comment in March and April 2014. Visit www.compassidaho.org/prodserv/cim2040.htm to keep apprised of our progress and to find details on public comment opportunities as they are posted in late February. We anticipate the plan will be brought to the COMPASS Board for final action in summer 2014.

To share why you think Communities in Motion 2040 is important and why people should get involved ― why you care ― email aluft@compassidaho.org and we’ll post your ideas here. We only have three installments left – contribute now to make sure your ideas make the list! 

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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.