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Communities in Motion 2040 2.0

Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Implementation Assistance Grant

In March 2015, COMPASS received a $225,000 implementation assistance grant under the Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) as a “Lead Adopter” in two areas: freight and performance measures. Link to news release.

The work conducted under this grant began in July 2015 and will be complete by the end of 2016. Grant funding will be used to collect freight data to support the increased emphasis on freight in the next update to Communities in Motion, the regional long-range transportation plan, and will be used to enhance COMPASS’ performance-based planning process to better incorporate performance-based planning into project prioritization. View scope of work.

Freight

COMPASS used SHRP2 grant funds to collect more complete freight data than has been compiled in Ada and Canyon Counties in the past, including  vehicle classification counts on key corridors, information on air and rail freight, and information on freight as related to pipelines. Agriculture‐related freight data, collected in 2014/2015 prior to receipt of the SHRP2 grant, also provides an important piece of the regional freight profile. The 2017 COMPASS Freight Study, completed in spring 2018, used the available data to complete the regional freight profile and identify freight needs and solutions.

COMPASS also is working with a Freight Advisory Workgroup, who provides feedback on freight data and has guided the integration of freight considerations into the regional transportation system and Communities in Motion 2040 2.0 and the Regional Transportation Improvement Program. While the Freight Advisory Workgroup was begun as part of the SHRP2 project, it continues to provide input into COMPASS planning efforts.

Deliverables:

  • An ongoing Freight Advisory Workgroup comprised of actively engaged freight stakeholders
  • Data on truck types and volumes on the region’s interstate, highways, and major arterials
  • Sufficient data to enhance the regional travel demand model to estimate and forecast truck trips on the system and develop a set of protocols to share model‐based truck trip tables between the regional and statewide travel demand forecast models
  • A summary of regional freight benefits and costs for in  Communities in Motion 2040 2.0, including a regional freight map and potential trade‐offs to be considered in project prioritization

Learn more about past and current COMPASS freight projects and studies:

Performance Measures

COMPASS used SHRP2 funds to develop a “Performance Measure Framework” – a tool that quantifies and normalizes the values of different transportation investments using the eight plan elements of Communities in Motion 2040 (transportation, land use, housing, economic development, open space, health, farmland, and community infrastructure).

The framework has been used to inform the prioritization of projects for Communities in Motion 2040 2.0and the Regional Transportation Improvement Program. COMPASS convened a Performance Measure Framework Workgroup to provide input to and feedback on the framework development. The workgroup disbanded upon completion of the development of the framework.

Deliverables:

  • A transparent, objective, and customizable benefit/cost tool
  • A menu of solutions for the future transportation system
  • Collaborative workshops with stakeholders to evaluate trade‐offs and solutions
  • A summary report of benefits and costs of potential future transportation projects in relation to all Communities in Motion elements

Link to the Performance Measure Framework final report and user guide.

Learn more about Communities in Motion performance measures:

COMPASS is committed to sharing information, data, methodology, and lessons learned throughout the life of the grant, and beyond. To learn more, contact Liisa Itkonen, 208/475-2241.