Communication and Public Awareness

2021 COMPASS Education Series

COMPASS Education Series events are free and open to the public. Join us as we hear from national experts on transportation and related topics throughout the year. For more information, contact Amy Luft at

Upcoming Events

A Contemporary Approach to Managing Travel Demand
  • Wednesday, December 8, 2021
  • 9:30 – 11:30 am
  • Approved for 2 AICP Certification Maintenance credits
  • Online
  • FREE!
  • RSVP to or 208/475-2232 to receive a registration link

Description: When considering improvements to the transportation system, the focus is frequently on “supply” – widening roads, adding buses, building new bike paths. However, there is also a “demand” half of the equation that impacts when, where, and how people use the transportation system. Transportation Demand Management (TDM) seeks to provide options and information that can impact an individual’s daily transportation decisions, which collectively impact the overall operation of the transportation system, congestion, air quality, quality of life, and more.

This workshop will provide a framework for effectively implementing TDM as an operational strategy, explore how TDM can support regional goals, provide examples of how TDM can impact traffic operations, discuss the role of technology in shared use mobility, and share how incentivizing choices can be effective. The workshop will also include a case study from Portland, OR, and its success in adopting many contemporary TDM strategies.

Speaker: Eric Schreffler is an independent consultant, based out of San Diego, CA, with 40 years’ experience in sustainable transportation planning, focusing on evaluating TDM strategies. Read Eric's bio.

Past Events

Growing Pains: How does growth affect my community’s bottom line?

Description: The tremendous growth in the Treasure Valley is indisputable, but opinions abound as to whether it is a good thing or a bad thing. Ultimately, the answer is almost always “it depends” – it depends on where the growth occurs, what type of growth it is, who is impacted, and how.

Join COMPASS as we host economic analyst Colin McAweeney to discuss a new “fiscal impact” tool to help tackle that issue in the Treasure Valley. Mr. McAweeney will demonstrate how the tool can be used to better understand, and anticipate, how different types of growth in different areas of the valley can affect the fiscal health of a community and its ability to provide services to its residents.

Speaker: Colin McAweeney is a Senior Fiscal and Economic Analyst at TischlerBise in Boise, ID, with specialties in finance and economic development planning. McAweeney is an industry expert regarding the intersection of land use planning and municipal finance. His expertise ranges from project-level impact analysis to regional fiscal model design and programming. Additionally, McAweeney has completed impact fee and user fee studies in 30+ communities. Prior to joining TischlerBise, he completed a thesis surrounding urban aspects that attract investment and worked in the finance sector for several years.


High-Capacity Transit in the Treasure Valley… What Would it Take?

Description: Could a high-capacity transit system parallel to I-84 “work” in the Treasure Valley? Where exactly would it go? What would it look like? How much would it cost? What is “high-capacity transit” anyway?

In 2009, COMPASS conducted a study to explore questions such as these, to help understand if and how high-capacity transit, from Caldwell to Boise south of the Boise River, could serve the region’s rapidly growing population. While a service such as this is still 20 or more years away, the time to plan for it is now. To that end, in 2020, COMPASS commissioned AECOM to update the study, focusing on how different types of transit (light rail, commuter rail, or bus rapid transit) and different routes could meet regional goals. Join AECOM Vice President Bob Post as he shares study results, recommendations, and next steps, and answers your questions about future high-capacity transit in the Treasure Valley.

Speaker: Bob Post, Vice President of AECOM, has over 50 years of experience in the transportation industry, including working for the Oregon Department of Transportation and TriMet, Portland’s transit operator. With AECOM, Bob has served as a leader in the firm’s transit practice, leading a wide range of transit planning and design projects throughout North America and Australia. Bob has led the study and implementation of a full range of transit mode alternatives including bus, bus rapid transit (BRT), light rail, streetcar, and commuter rail projects.