People, Structure, and Committees
COMPASS is a collaborative organization bringing together multiple jurisdictions to make joint decisions about regional transportation. Workgroup and committee meetings provide a forum to discuss transportation planning issues, recommend improvements to procedures and products, and prioritize regional transportation investments. Since participation is the essence of COMPASS workgroups and committees, members are encouraged to attend.
For more information on a specific workgroup or to access past meeting notes, please contact the appropriate staff member listed below.
The Active Transportation Workgroup will provide feedback into the development and implementation of the Regional Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan. The plan includes stakeholder coordination, planning and analysis, data collection, and member agency decision support. The Active Transportation Workgroup will also provide guidance in the development of the bicycle/pedestrian component of the Communities in Motion 2040 2.0 (CIM 2040 2.0) plan.
The Census Advisory Work Group will assist COMPASS and local organizations in preparing for, encouraging participation in, and reviewing the results of the 2020 Census. Census counts are used to establish political boundaries and to calculate a large share of federal assistance and federal grant funding.
Demographic data are the most important inputs into the travel demand model, help establish member dues, and support local land use and transportation planning. The Demographic Advisory Workgroup provides expert guidance and feedback on COMPASS demographic and growth tracking projects.
The Environmental Review Workgroup shares data, considers environmental and community values early in the long-range planning process, and identifies potential environmental mitigation strategies to help restore and maintain environmental functions affected by the plan. The goal of this environmental review is to create a seamless decision-making process that minimizes duplication of effort, promotes environmental stewardship, and reduces delays in project implementation.
The Freight Advisory Workgroup will advise and provide input on freight-related issues and needs, and help integrate freight into Communities in Motion 2040 2.0 (CIM 2040 2.0). The workgroup will facilitate information sharing and coordination among organizations, and advocate for freight considerations in transportation project prioritization and implementation.
The Performance Measure Framework Workgroup will provide feedback throughout the performance measure framework project funded by SHRP2. The project’s goal is to prioritize projects in the context of the Communities in Motion 2040 (CIM 2040) goals and convey impacts of the projects to stakeholders and the public. The workgroup will meet from November 2015 to October 2016 and disband at the completion of the performance measure framework effort.
The Public Participation Workgroup will assist and advise COMPASS staff on COMPASS public involvement and outreach activities, from the perspective of the general public and interested stakeholders.
The Public Transportation Workgroup will develop and recommend components and phasing (timeline) of the public transportation system in the Treasure Valley. Work will focus on meeting regional public transportation needs in the two counties to improve mobility and access, and maximize transportation investments.
The Rails with Trails Workgroup will advise the COMPASS Board by developing a unified strategy among member agencies for the development of a continuous rails with trails system within the Union Pacific corridor to be adopted into Communities in Motion 2040 2.0.
The Regional Geographic Advisory Workgroup will advise and assist with regional GIS issues and tasks such as orthophotography and the Regional Data Center.
The Regional Operations Workgroup will focus on multimodal transportation system efficiency, reliability, safety, and ease of use as it relates to the regional planning process, including planning for operations through a coordinated approach to multimodal system operations, ITS data management, and maintenance of related planning documents.
The Rural Prioritization Process Workgroup will develop a recommended priority list for rural programs managed by the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC). Work will focus on determining the most beneficial rural projects in Ada and Canyon Counties to maximize rural transportation funding and bring more funding into the region.