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Communities in Motion 2040 2.0: Public Transportation

Public transportation – locally comprised of buses and commuter vans – serves an integral role in the overall transportation system. Along with bicycle/pedestrian, freight, and roadways, it is one of four components of the Treasure Valley’s transportation system that will be addressed in Communities in Motion 2040 2.0 (CIM 2040 2.0).

The existing and future public transportation systems are discussed in CIM 2040 (the current long-range transportation plan) in Chapter 5 (existing system) and Chapter 6 (future system). CIM 2040 also includes a list of unfunded transportation priorities, which includes public transportation projects.

A Public Transportation Workgroup has been established to develop and recommend a future public transportation system and phasing of needed improvements in the Treasure Valley. Work will focus on meeting regional public transportation needs in the two counties to improve mobility and access and to maximize transportation investments.

Future Public Transportation System

Network Analysis

The public transportation component of CIM 2040 2.0 will describe transportation needs to the year 2040 and how public transportation will be integrated with the three other transportation components to develop a complete transportation system.

In 2015, COMPASS contracted with Kittelson and Associates to develop a public transportation network analysis of services for the year 2040. This will show what a future public transportation network for Ada and Canyon Counties should include to meet forecasted population and other needs in the year 2040, and the steps to get there.

The analysis will provide recommended criteria for developing public transportation routes, taking into account the patterns of regional population and economic growth, development activity, transportation infrastructure, relevant urban design principles, and the need to make effective use of funding. COMPASS will use this analysis as a basis for developing the future public transportation system.

Final summary report

Implementation Process

Based on the network analysis, the COMPASS Public Transportation Workgroup outlined a process to develop the public transportation system needed for 2040, including key milestones, funding requirements, land use decisions, and necessary service changes. Phasing strategies, corridor prioritization, and mode choices will be discerned as the public transportation component is developed.

Chronology of implementation steps

Transportation Service Coordination Plan for Ada and Canyon Counties (3D LMMN Plan)

Transportation Services Coordination Plans are developed to maximize existing public transportation services, increase the efficiency of those services, and secure additional funding for these services. Specifically, they fulfill a federal requirement to develop a plan to access applicable Federal Transit Administration funds.

Transportation Service Coordination Plan for Ada and Canyon Counties (3D LMMN Plan) 2014

For more information on public transportation in the Treasure Valley, contact Liisa Itkonen at 208/475-2241 or