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Communities in Motion 2050


A lot can change in 30 years.

Will self-driving vehicles be the norm? Will home deliveries eliminate the need for shopping malls and parking lots? Will we be able to commute between Caldwell and Boise by train?

One of COMPASS’ main jobs is to look up to 30 years into the future to plan the transportation system needed to support the Treasure Valley – Ada and Canyon Counties – in the long term.

COMPASS is working on an update to the current long-range transportation plan — Communities in Motion 2040 2.0 — and will extend the horizon year to 2050. Communities in Motion 2050 is scheduled to be complete by December 2022.

Help Shape Your Future!
Coupled with analyzing trends and technical data, we’ll be asking YOU – Treasure Valley residents – to help paint a picture of what the future holds, so we can plan a transportation system to support that future.

We'll be asking for your input at multiple points during the planning process. An overview of what you can expect is below.

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For each participation opportunity, COMPASS will provide a quick, easy-to-use online survey to allow you to participate whenever, or wherever, you like. In addition, COMPASS will host open houses if you want to learn more or ask questions, and we’ll provide hard copy surveys if you prefer to stay offline. A summary of all responses will be shared with the COMPASS Board of Directors following each participation opportunity, before decisions are made.


Public Participation Opportunities

What we’ll ask

When we’ll ask it

How we’ll use what you told us

How do you see your future…?
  • What kind of house will you choose to live in?
  • What kind of neighborhood?
  • How do you see yourself getting to work…or will you work remotely?

September/October 2019

View Survey Results

View Open-Ended Comments

View Survey in English

View Survey in Spanish

Your responses will help COMPASS build realistic “scenarios” for what the Treasure Valley could look like in 2050. We’ll ask you to provide feedback on those in spring 2020.


What is important to you as you look toward the Treasure Valley in 2050?

What do you think about potential different future “scenarios” for the Treasure Valley? Do they align with what is important to you?

Would you support policies needed to implement those future scenarios?

June 1 – July 11, 2020

View Survey Results

View Open-Ended Comments

View Survey in English

View Survey in Spanish

View Descriptions of Scenarios Featured in Survey

Your responses will help COMPASS select a preferred future “scenario” for what the Treasure Valley could look like in 2050.

We will use that preferred scenario as the basis for planning the future transportation system.

If the Treasure Valley were to build a high capacity transit system (e.g., a train or bus rapid transit), what features are most important to you?

January 19 – February 27, 2021

View Survey Results

View Open-Ended Comments

View Survey in English

View Survey in Spanish

Your responses will help COMPASS select a “locally favored” option for future high capacity transit service.

What do you think of the draft Communities in Motion 2050 plan?

Summer 2022

Your responses will help COMPASS finalize the draft plan.

We will make updates to the draft plan based on feedback received, as appropriate, then submit the final plan, all comments received, and how the comments were addressed, to the COMPASS Board of Directors to inform their decision on adoption of the plan.


Planning Process

Work on Communities in Motion 2050 has already begun, and will continue through 2022. The planning process has been divided into three phases:

Explore: Develop goals; assess what is likely to change in the Treasure Valley by 2050 and the impact of those changes

Choose: Develop a preferred future land use scenario and the transportation system needed to serve it

Prioritize: Identify funded projects and prioritize unfunded needs to achieve the needed 2050 transportation system, and analyze the consequences of unfunded needs

Graphic of the three phases of the Communities in Motion 2050 Planning Process


Communities in Motion 2050 Studies and Tools

Multiple studies and planning tools are being conducted and developed to inform Communities in Motion 2050. These provide in-depth analyses of specific topics addressed in the plan, and include:

Fiscal Impact Analysis (Consultant: TischlerBise)
COMPASS has developed a tool to analyze the fiscal impact of different growth scenarios and plans on regional and local jurisdictions – essentially, it helps answer the question of “how could different types of future development impact my community’s budget?”

The tool is being developed in phases. Phase I focuses on a regional scale analysis. COMPASS used the Phase I tool to evaluate the fiscal impact of four growth scenarios for a 2020 public survey to help develop a growth and transportation vision for Communities in Motion 2050. Phase II is under development and will focus on more community-level analyses.

High Capacity Transit (Consultant: AECOM)
COMPASS updated a 2009 Treasure Valley High Capacity Transit Study. The update provides background information from the 2009 study, combined with the most currently available data, to refine a list of potential high capacity modes and alignment alternatives recommended for further assessment. The study also provides an outline of next steps to advance a preferred alternative toward implementation. Link to study.

Park and Ride (Consultant: Walker Consultants)
COMPASS led a regional park and ride study that resulted in a park and ride plan for the Treasure Valley. Find the study here. The plan included strategies for locating and servicing park and ride lots throughout the region to best support transportation modes beyond single-occupancy vehicles, such as transit, vanpools, carpools, biking, and walking, to create a more mobile and connected future in the Treasure Valley. Learn more.

Rails with Trails (Consultant: Alta Planning + Design)

A Rails with Trails Feasibility and Probable Cost Study was conducted to estimate the cost of trail development along the Boise Cutoff rail corridor and identify barriers associated with trail development. This will prepare the region to work with Union Pacific on a preferred right of way alignment, finalize the design, and secure funding. Link to study.

Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan
Specific funding is provided by the Federal Transit Administration to assist in meeting the transportation needs of older adults and people with disabilities. Projects funded with these funds must be derived from a locally developed Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (or “Coordinated Plan”). COMPASS is updating the current 2014 Coordinated Plan, which will allow Valley Regional Transit to continue planning, budgeting, and implementing coordinated transportation services throughout the region. Learn more.

Learn More

For more information, contact Liisa Itkonen at 208/475-2241.