Long-range transportation plans such as Communities in Motion 2040 2.0 (CIM 2040 2.0) are developed to anticipate, then fund, future transportation needs.
However, the needs identified in CIM 2040 2.0 greatly exceed available funding. What do we do?
Great question. COMPASS and other stakeholders work to 1) strategically use the funding we do have and 2) prioritize unfunded needs in case additional funding becomes available.
First, we take the funding we do have and use it to address transportation needs.
The COMPASS Board of Directors has directed that federal funding allocated through CIM 2040 2.0 be focused on maintaining the existing transportation system, while strategically addressing regional priorities.
CIM 2040 2.0 provides an investment of $6.5 billion in the transportation system – focused primarily on maintenance needs – but also addressing regional priorities including widening of portions of Interstate 84, US Highway 20/26, and State Highway 44, as well as funding pathways, bridges, intersections, buses, and more.
Even with the funded improvements, we are left with many unfunded needs. To guide COMPASS efforts in strategically addressing these unfunded needs, projects have been divided into three prioritized lists – state, local, and public transportation system priorities. These lists outline regional transportation funding priorities, should additional monies become available.
Where did these priorities come from?
Using a performance-based planning approach, COMPASS used a multi-step process to identify and prioritize regional unfunded needs:
How would each project affect…?
As noted above, COMPASS is focusing its federal funding on maintaining the existing transportation system and strategically addressing regional needs. These priorities will be used to guide COMPASS efforts in securing additional funding, directing efforts toward the highest priorities from each list.