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Communities in Motion 2040

COMPASS develops, or updates, a regional long-range transportation plan for Ada and Canyon Counties every four years. These plans look 20+ years into the future to help ensure our roads, bridges, and transportation services (buses, etc.) are ready by helping prioritize projects based on public input and how the region is likely to grow.

The COMPASS Board of Directors adopted Communities in Motion 2040 as the new regional long-range transportation plan for Ada and Canyon Counties at its July 21, 2014, Board meeting. Communities in Motion 2040 plans to the year 2040 and replaces Communities in Motion 2035. The final plan, as adopted by the COMPASS Board, is here.

The plan was developed between 2011 and 2014, with significant input from the public and the Communities in Motion 2040 Planning Team and Leadership Team. These two “teams” were formed specifically to guide the development of CIM 2040 and were comprised of members of the COMPASS Regional Transportation Advisory Committee and other stakeholders representing all eight of the planning elements addressed in the plan.

While COMPASS is implementing CIM 2040, work on the update to CIM 2040 has also begun. The next update, CIM 2040 2.0, will retain a horizon year of 2040 and many of the basic tenets of CIM 2040. It is expected to be adopted by the COMPASS Board in 2018.  For more information on Communities in Motion, contact Liisa Itkonen at 475-2241. Previous long-range transportation plans for the Treasure Valley can be found in the archives.

The purpose of CIM 2040, and any long-range transportation plan, is to outline a fiscally constrained transportation system to meet the needs of the future. While a multitude of tasks, analyses, and data feed into this, it is generally a five-step process, with public involvement and feedback throughout:

  1. Develop a financial forecast for the funding of transportation facilities (2012)
  2. Develop a realistic scenario of how the region is likely to grow between now and 2040: the CIM 2040 Vision. (2012)
  3. Analyze future transportation needs based on the CIM 2040 Vision (2013)
  4. Compare needs to the financial forecast. In light of limited funding, the COMPASS Board chose to focus the federal transportation funding allocated through CIM 2040 to maintenance, meaning all new capital projects will be shown as “unfunded” in CIM 2040 (2013)
  5. Prioritize the list of unfunded needs for when/if new funding becomes available (2013) 

Building the CIM 2040 Vision (Scenario Planning)

From September 2011 through October 2012, COMPASS, its member agencies, and hundreds of stakeholders undertook a process to develop a "preferred growth scenario" ― a realistic vision of what Treasure Valley residents want the valley to look like in the year 2040. This scenario – the Communities in Motion 2040 Vision – was approved by the COMPASS Board in October 2012.

The CIM 2040 Vision broadly describes where future households and businesses will be located in Ada and Canyon Counties in the year 2040, taking into account projected growth in population and jobs, citizen input, and existing comprehensive plans. The development of the vision set the stage for planning a fiscally constrained transportation system to serve the needs of the Treasure Valley.

Learn more about the CIM 2040 Vision, the visioning process, and growth allocations.

View CIM 2040 Vision map.

The Plan

The COMPASS Board of Directors adopted Communities in Motion 2040 as the new regional long-range transportation plan for Ada and Canyon Counties at its July 21, 2014, Board meeting. Communities in Motion 2040 plans to the year 2040 and replaces Communities in Motion 2035. The final plan, as adopted by the COMPASS Board, is linked below.

Communities in Motion 2040 (July 2014) (Interactive PDF, 92.2 MB)

Communities in Motion 2040 (Printer friendly PDF, 12.8 MB)

Communities in Motion 2040 Summary (PDF, 1.6 MB)

Additional Information

Priority Corridors and Projects

Chapter 6 contains a list of 33 unfunded priority corridors and projects. Each of these are summarized below. The summaries are “living” documents, which will be updated as new information becomes available:

Priority Corridor/Project
1. Interstate 84 (Centennial Way Interchange to Franklin Boulevard Interchange) Update! Partially funded; widening from Karcher Road (Midland Boulevard) interchange to Franklin Boulevard interchange approved for funding; environmental study from the City of Caldwell to Karcher Road (Midland Boulevard) interchange approved for funding.
2. State Highway 44/State Street High Capacity Corridor Update! Partially funded; widening from Star Road to State Highway 16 approved for funding.
3. US Highway 20/26 (Chinden Boulevard) (Middleton Road to Locust Grove Road) Update! Partially funded; widening from Star Road to Locust Grove Road approved for funding.
4. State Highway 55 (Snake River to the City of Nampa)
5. Regional park and ride lots (near-term improvements) Update! Partially funded; park and ride lot in the City of Middleton approved for funding.
6. Linder Road (includes river crossing and new overpass – Lake Hazel Road to State Highway44)
7. Franklin Road (bottleneck between Star Road and McDermott Road)
8. Caldwell/Nampa Boulevard (Linden Street to Orchard Avenue)
9. Ustick Road (Montana Avenue to McDermott Road)
10. Regional park and ride lots (medium-term improvements)
11. valleyconnect near-term (capital/operating)
12. Treasure Valley High Capacity Corridor (study to determine locally preferred option)
13. State Highway 45 reroute (in City of Nampa – Bowmont Road to Interstate 84)
14. State Highway 16 / McDermott Road (Kuna-Mora Road to Ada/Gem County Line)
15. Boise Downtown Circulator
16. valleyconnect medium-term (capital/operating)
17. State Highway 55 (Beacon Light Road to Ada/Boise County Line)
18. Middleton Road (State Highway 55 in City of Nampa to Main Street in City of Middleton)
19. Overland Road (multi-modal corridor plan)
20. North/South Kuna Corridor (railroad crossing in the City of Kuna)
21. Cherry Lane (Middleton Road to Black Cat Road)
22. Lake Hazel Road/Amity Road (as a corridor – Lake Hazel Rd, McDermott Road to Linder Rd; Amity Road, Southside Blvd to Black Cat Rd)
23. State Highway 55/Midland Boulevard Bottleneck (in City of Nampa).Update! This project has been approved for funding.
24. State Highway 45 (Greenhurst Road to Bowmont Road)
25. Victory Road (Happy Valley Road to McDermott Road)
26. US Highway 20/26 (City of Caldwell to City of Parma)
27. Three Cities River Crossing (preserving land for a future project – bridge over the Boise River east of City of Eagle)
28. Star/Robinson Road (Greenhurst Road to Ustick Road)
29. CIM 2040 transit, long-term (capital/operating)
30. Greenhurst Road (Middleton Road to McDermott Road /Happy Valley Road)
31. Happy Valley Road (Greenhurst Road to Stamm Lane)
32. Bowmont Road to Kuna-Mora Road (new connection)
33. Beacon Light/Purple Sage (new connection – preserving land for a future project)

Communities in Motion 2040 Maps


Long-range transportation plans, such as CIM 2040, must be fiscally constrained, meaning they can only plan for projects that can realistically be accomplished with identified funding. These projects are included on lists of “funded” projects within CIM 2040. However, project needs significantly exceed the funding identified in CIM 2040. Therefore, 33 needed but unfunded projects were prioritized and identified in CIM 2040, to be funded if and when additional funding became available.

Funding has become available to address some of these unfunded needs; CIM 2040 has been amended to show these projects as “funded.” Details of these amendments are below, as are public comments received on the proposed amendments.

  • Amendment #1:  Communities in Motion 2040 was amended on June 20, 2016, to add a project to modify the I-84/Karcher Road interchange and provide a second southbound through-lane on Midland Boulevard. This project was #23 on the prioritized list of unfunded projects in Communities in Motion 2040 (see above). This amendment moves that project from the "unfunded" list to the "funded" list within Communities in Motion 2040
  • Amendment #2:  Communities in Motion 2040 was amended on June 19, 2017, to add a project to widen Interstate 84 between the Karcher Road (Midland Boulevard) interchange and the Franklin Boulevard interchange in Nampa. This project addresses the eastern portion of the #1 unfunded priority in Communities in Motion 2040 (see above). This amendment moves the eastern portion of that project from the "unfunded" list to the "funded" list within Communities in Motion 2040; the remaining (western) portion of the project, from western Caldwell to the Karcher Road (Midland Boulevard) interchange will remain as the region’s #1 unfunded priority.
  • Amendment #3:  Communities in Motion 2040 was amended on September 12, 2017, to add an environmental study on Interstate 84 from Caldwell to the Karcher Road (Midland Boulevard) interchange in Nampa. This required study will help prepare this portion of I-84 (unfunded priority #1) for eventual widening; however, construction remains unfunded.
  • Amendment #4:  Communities in Motion 2040 was amended on October 16, 2017, to add, remove, and change the scope of several funded projects in CIM 2040. Full details of the changes can be found at the end of the resolution, below.

Public Participation and Outreach

Public participation is a key component of the planning process. CIM 2040 will help shape how the Treasure Valley – your home – will grow. It’s important that the people who live here and whose lives will be affected by what’s in the plan be a part of developing it.

COMPASS has developed a public involvement plan that will guide how we work with you to ensure everyone has a chance to be heard and involved. The COMPASS Board approved the CIM 2040 public involvement plan on October 17, 2011. Link to that plan here.

Public Comment Periods

Public Comment Information

Your Treasure Valley Future: Photo Challenge!

From December 2012 through November 2013, COMPASS asked residents what they want the Treasure Valley to look like in the future. COMPASS asked photographers of all abilities to share photos that show values, ideals, and things in Ada and Canyon Counties that people would like to see carried into the year 2040 or changed for the better.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a photo and tell us what you think about your Treasure Valley. COMPASS received 55 photographs depicting all types of ideas and ideals to carry forward to continue to make the Treasure Valley an incredible place to live, work, and play. You can view the photos on the COMPASS website and on the COMPASS Facebook page.

We’ll also use the photos to illustrate Communities in Motion 2040, as well as other related outreach materials and documents. Be watching for them!

Communities in Motion 2040 and Youth

Today’s youth will be adults –commuters, home owners, tax payers – in 2040. To help get them thinking about their future, COMPASS has been asking local youth what they think the future of the Treasure Valley will look like.

Picture This! Treasure Valley 2040 Student Video Competition

Junior and senior high school students in Ada and Canyon Counties were invited to imagine the Treasure Valley in the year 2040, then create videos to share their vision for the future.  

Vera Gaddi and Sarah Dean submitted the winning video:  2040: A Sneak Peek into the Future.  Congratulations!

Elementary Art Contest

In fall 2011, elementary aged children in Ada and Canyon Counties were asked to draw what they think their community will look like in 25 years. We had many creative entries; see first place winners below and click here to view all the winning entries. Also watch for the artwork displayed at the COMPASS office, on ValleyRide buses, and at COMPASS events.

Drawing by Avery Scanlon, a third grade student at Hunter Elementary School

3rd Grade
Avery Scanlon
Hunter Elementary

4th Grade
Delaney Salisbury
Prospect Elementary
Drawing by Olivia Christensen, a fifth grade student at Hunter Elementary School

5th Grade
Olivia Christensen
Hunter Elementary

Why Should You Care?

This update of Communities in Motion will plan to the year 2040. Looking nearly 30 years into the future can seem overwhelming and, given the volatility of our current economy, it may be hard to concentrate on anything beyond tomorrow and what it may bring. However, long-range planning, and your involvement in it, helps steer the future of our valley.

Each quarter we’ll highlight a reason why COMPASS thinks you should care – ways that this plan will affect you. These will be listed below; hover over each “reason” and the full text will pop up.

However, we’d also like to hear from you – why do you care or why do you think others should care? Email to share why you care. Each quarter we’ll compile the reasons we receive and post them on the COMPASS blog; we may even use your reason in our quarterly list below.

  • Reason #1: How about 7.6 billion reasons?
  • Reason #2: CIM 2040 can help you keep your New Year's resolutions.
  • Reason #3: Communities in Motion 2040 will impact your children’s future…and yours too.
  • Reason #4: We can control our own destiny.
  • Reason #5: Good planning provides a solid basis for our future.
  • Reason #6: Do you worry about how long it will take you to get to work?
  • Reason #7: Big government projects take a long time (yes, we admit it!).
  • Reason #8: Can you imagine life without the Flying Wye or the Connector?
  • Reason #9: If people aren't stuck in their traffic, maybe they'll stop farding in their cars!
  • Reason #10: Unless we plan, things won’t get done by us, but they might get done to us.
  • Reason #11: People always ask, “How come no one ever asks me what I think?” Well, COMPASS is asking.
  • Reason #12: It’s about resources – what do you envision/want vs. what you might get (limited resources).
  • Reason #13: People tend to focus on "What's this going to cost me?" instead of "How's this going to help me?".

Opportunities to Learn More

Plan Implementation

Updating Communities in Motion is a large task, but completing the update is really only the beginning of the process. A plan that sits on the shelf and gathers dust will not serve our valley. For the plan to truly have meaning, it must be implemented. Communities in Motion 2040 contains goals, objectives, and tasks to guide implementation, as well as performance measures and targets to gauge progress on achieving plan goals.

The first projects to implement Communities in Motion 2040 began immediately upon plan adoption; additional implementation projects are continually being initiated. Current projects are highlighted on the Communities in Motion implementation page.

In 2014, COMPASS initiated the Communities in Motion Implementation grant program to support COMPASS member agencies in implementing Communities in Motion, the regional long-range transportation plan for Ada and Canyon Counties. The COMPASS Board of Directors awarded three grants in FY2014, four in FY2015, five in FY2016, and three in FY2017. Learn about grant recipients and the application process here.

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

Change in Motion Reports

COMPASS has been developing annual Change in Motion reports since CIM 2030 was first adopted in 2006. The reports evaluate factors to depict progress on meeting goals of Communities in Motion. Click here for more information and links to all Communities in Motion Change in Motion Reports.