Communication and Public Awareness

2010 COMPASS Education Series

Presentations are free and open to the public. Please confirm your attendance when requested below. The presentations are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information and for new presentations as they develop throughout the year, please continue to visit this site.

COMPASS ofrece presentaciónes públicas y capacitaciones concerniendo un número de temas. Estos son: el crecimiento, el uso de la tierra, la planificación de transporte, y la financiación. Los temas serán de apoyo al plan regional de transporte a largo plazo, Comunidades en Movimiento. Las presentaciones se puedan cambiar. Para obtener la información más reciente y para saber de presentaciones nuevas cuando se desarrollan, favor de visitar al sitio de COMPASS http://www.compassidaho.org/comm/publicevents.htm o llame al número 855-2558, ext. 231 o  mande un correo electrónico a aluft@compassidaho.org.

Those needing assistance may call 855-2558, ext. 231 with 48 hours advance notice. Personas que necesitan asistencia especial para la junta, favor de llamar al numero 855-2558, ext. 231 con 48 horas de antisipacion.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Alan Abeson, Ed.D. (Ft. Worth, TX)

Enhancing Individual Mobility through Transportation Coordination

  • 5:30 p.m. reception
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. presentation
  • Library! at Cole and Ustick, 7557 West Ustick Road, Boise

Intended Audience:  This presentation is intended for the general public.

Description : For everyone, mobility is essential for daily life in order to access health care, employment, faith based involvement, civic participation, education, shopping and social activities. Today, in rural and urban communities there is often a dizzying array of transportation options, including those provided by government, human service agencies, and the private sector. Sadly, reducing their overall service and financial effectiveness and efficiency of these options is the absence of coordination. Presented and discussed will be the complete background and effort underway in many states and communities to remedy this gap.

Dr. Abeson most recently served as the director of Easter Seals Project ACTION and as the Principle Investigator for the National Center on Senior Transportation also based at Easter Seals. During his career he has worked extensively with many national transportation groups, disability organizations and human service organizations. Before joining Project ACTION in 2002, he was the Executive Director of The Arc of the United States for 15 years. With Easter Seals, The Arc and The Council for Exceptional Children before that, he was always involved with working with government at all levels to advance transportation, education and other opportunities for children and adults with disabilities through improved public policy. Dr. Abeson also served for a number of years as a member and Chairman of the City Council appointed Special Transit Advisory Board in Arlington, Texas, providing oversight of the system and policy guidance to the Council. Among his current activities, Dr. Abeson is serving as a member of the Texas Transportation Commission's Public Texas Transportation Advisory Committee and the Paratransit and Accessibility Advisory Group of Dallas Area Rapid Transit. Dr. Abeson earned Masters and Doctoral degrees in Special Education Administration at Columbia University and a BS from The Ohio State University.

Wednesday, March 10 and Thursday, March 11, 2010
Philip Demosthenes (Denver, CO)

Access Management, List of Reference Materials.

March 10, 2010:   Driveways, Signals, and Roundabouts:  Oh My!

  • 5:30 p.m. reception
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. presentation
  • Meridian City Hall, Conference Room B, 33 East Broadway Avenue, Meridian

Intended Audience: Anyone with an interest in roadway design and operation, how daily travel travels can be made more efficient and safer, and how gasoline tax dollars can go further. This presentation is targeted to the general public.

This presentation will illustrate the influences of roadway design and the location and spacing of traffic signals, intersections, and driveways as they impact local and regional mobility and influence crash rates, types, and severity. Mr. Demosthenes will help explain how growth can have negative consequences on roadway efficiency without careful transportation planning and development permitting. He will discuss how traffic signals work, why they can be inefficient, and why roundabouts are a strategy worth considering. 

March 11, 2010:  The Impact of Access: How Signals, Intersections, and Driveways Impact Our Safety, Mobility, and Economy.

  • 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Eagle City Hall, City Council Chambers, 660 East Civic Lane, Eagle

Intended Audience: This workshop is targeted toward planning and engineering staff, developers, real estate professionals, elected officials, and all individuals working on issues related to preserving and improving roadway efficiency and public safety.

This presentation will illustrate the importance of the location and spacing of traffic signals, intersections, and driveways as they impact local and regional mobility and influence crash rates, types, and severity. It will help explain how growth can have negative consequences on roadways and local and regional economy without careful transportation planning and development permitting. Four case studies will be used to illustrate applications: Lake Hazel realignment (new corridor), Fairview west of I-184 (retrofitting), State Highway 44 west of Eagle (application in mixed use conditions), and US 20/26 (trying for expressway levels).

Two AICP CM credits have been approved for the March 11, 2010, presentation .

Mr. Demosthenes is a recognized national expert in the field of access management. He has over 33 years of experience in policy and program development, training, and in the application of access management strategies to roadway corridors. He was previously with Parametrix Inc. and with the Colorado Department of Transportation where he developed and managed the statewide access program. Since 2004, he has worked on several corridors in the Treasure Valley including US 20/26, State Highway 44, Fairview Avenue, and the proposed Lake Hazel Road re-alignment.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Fettuccine Forum (COMPASS is a co-sponsor): Street car Architecture Portland's transit-friendly downtown

  • Thursday, February 4, 2010
  • Union Block, 718 West Idaho Street, Boise, ID
  • 5:00 pm doors open
  • 5:30 pm presentation

Mr. McNichol holds a degree in Education from Lewis & Clark College and a Masters Degree in Management from Willamette University. Mr. McNichol has been plowing new ground with the development of several unique in-fill projects, including the Madison Office Condominiums, Belmont Dairy, Belmont Dairy Rowhouses, Museum Place and the Hollywood Library/ Bookmark Apartments (all in Portland, OR). He also currently serves as the project manager of construction for the Portland Streetcar project. For information: http://www.boisestate.edu/history/center_matters/forum.shtml

Tuesday, January 19 and Wednesday, January 20, 2010

January 19, 2010:   The Pedestrian Opportunity: Solving the Challenges and Reaping the Benefits of Walkable Places (22 MB) *please let us know if you are unable to download*

  • 5:30 p.m. reception
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. presentation
  • Library! at Cole and Ustick, 7557 West Ustick Road, Boise

Intended Audience:  Anyone with an interest in transportation and mobility issues. This presentation is targeted to the general public.

This presentation will put a spotlight on the importance of pedestrian environments in creating thriving cities and towns.  Charlier will describe key features of walkable places and the role of community walkability in supporting mobility, economic vitality, and public health.  Special issues such as elder mobility, safety, access to transit, and mixed use development will be examined in the context of the unique characteristics of southwest Idaho.

January 20, 2010:  Pedestrians and Public Policy: Practical State and Local Strategies for Creating Walkable Places

  • 10:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Nampa City Hall, City Council Chambers, 411 Third Street South, Nampa

Intended Audience: This workshop is targeted toward planning staff, developers, real estate professionals, elected officials, and all individuals working on issues related to mobility.

This presentation will cover practical measures and techniques for creating walkable places and neighborhoods. Charlier will introduce the concept of “pedestrian science,” including classification systems for pedestrians and pedestrian environments, level of service criteria for pedestrian access, and context-based pedestrian planning and design.  Relationships between walkability and other current transportation policy issues such as complete streets, context sensitive design, and transportation system performance will be covered, and the potential changes in upcoming federal surface transportation authorization legislation will be discussed.

AICP CM credits have been requested for this presentation.

Jim Charlier is a nationally-prominent transportation planner.  His Boulder Colorado-based firm, Charlier Associates, Inc., provides consulting services to public and private clients throughout North America with an emphasis on the western states.  Charlier is an expert in smart mobility and sustainable transportation systems and teaches Sustainable Urbanism at the University of Colorado.   Jim was the author of Transportation for America’s platform for reauthorization of the federal surface transportation program.