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Communities in Motion 2040 2.0

COMPASS develops, or updates, a regional long-range transportation plan — Communities in Motion — 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 current plan, Communities in Motion 2040 (CIM 2040), was adopted in July 2014.

The current plan is being implemented and simultaneously updated. The update — CIM 2040 2.0 — is expected to be adopted by the COMPASS Board in 2018. The process to complete that update is described below, as is information on the ongoing implementation of the CIM 2040.

For more information on Communities in Motion, contact Liisa Itkonen at 475-2241. Previous long-range transportation plans for Ada and Canyon Counties can be found in the archives.

Communities in Motion 2040 2.0 (CIM 2040 2.0) Planning Process

CIM 2040 2.0 will refine the original CIM 2040 plan. To that end, the update retains 2040 as the horizon year and builds on the main tenets of CIM 2040 – namely the CIM 2040 Vision, goals, and performance measures and targets. The focus will be on additional information and analyses to support implementation and on how individual transportation components work together to form a complete, efficient transportation system for the Treasure Valley.

Future Transportation System
CIM 2040 2.0 will focus on four transportation system components, and how they integrate to comprise a complete transportation system:

In 2015 and 2016, work will focus on each of the components individually – gathering data, creating snapshots of what each looks like today, and developing a vision of what each could look like in the future, along with necessary steps to get us there.

COMPASS kicked off the public conversation about each of these components in 2015 with the Treasure Valley: On the Go! photo contest. The conversation will continue in 2016 with opportunities to learn more about each component and share your input.

In the later part of 2016 and early 2017, COMPASS will combine the individual components to represent various options for future regional transportation systems At that time, COMPASS will ask for your input into the different options, along with your personal priorities and values. You will be able to compare the different transportation system options based on your priorities and values to help you determine which best meets your needs.

Performance-Based Planning

In CIM 2040, COMPASS established 56 performance measures and targets to track progress toward achieving CIM 2040 goals. In CIM 2040 2.0, those performance measures will be taken one step further, and used to prioritize projects – both long-term projects in CIM 2040 2.0 and short-term projects in the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

The first step in this process will be to develop a framework to quantify and normalize the values of different transportation investments using the eight elements of CIM 2040: transportation, land use, housing, economic development, community infrastructure, open space, farmland, and health. The method will allow a planner or a member of the public to look at and compare the potential societal benefits and costs of transportation investments. The development of this framework is being funded through a SHRP2 grant; the framework will be used as COMPASS works with the community to identify short- and long-term transportation investment priorities.

Learn more about performance measures.

SHRP2 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 considerations and performance measures.

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 CIM 2040 2.0, and it will be used to enhance COMPASS’ performance-based planning and incorporate performance measures into project prioritization, as discussed above.

Learn more about the SHRP2 grant.

Communities in Motion 2040 2.0 Public Outreach and Participation

Public outreach materials and notices of opportunities to be involved will be added to this section as they arise.

Public Involvement Plan

Treasure Valley: On the Go! Photo Contest

Image of all twelve winning photos from the Treasure Valley On the Go Photo ContestFrom August 2015 to July 2016, COMPASS asked photographers of all abilities to submit photos of four transportation components that will be the focus of CIM 2040 2.0: roadways, walking and biking, public transportation, and freight.

We received 116 fantastic photo submissions that portray the Treasure Valley’s transportation system beautifully and creatively. Thank you to everyone who submitted photos and to those who voted and congratulations to the 12 winning photographers! View the winning photos here, and check out all of the photo submissions in a Facebook photo album. To reserve your FREE copy of the calendar, conctact Christina Torkelson (208-475-2232).

Quarterly Email Updates

Each quarter, COMPASS sends an email update highlighting what has occurred in the past three months and what will occur in the next three months. In addition to the quarterly email updates, COMPASS also sends emails regarding other transportation-related topics. If you'd like to be added to our email list, email

To learn more, or to be added to an email list, contact

CIM 2040 Implementation

As mentioned above, CIM 2040 is being implemented as we develop CIM 2040 2.0. COMPASS and its member agencies have begun work on several of the 100 tasks that CIM 2040 contains, including developing an agricultural freight study, compiling a regional bicycle/pedestrian/pathway network plan, administering the grant implementation program, and studying additional funding options. Learn more about CIM 2040 implementation.

Progress toward CIM 2040 goals will inform CIM 2040 2.0. The biennial Change in Motion report tracks progress toward meeting plan goals, while the COMPASS Performance Dashboard provides maps, data, and additional details relating to CIM goals, performance measures, and targets. Together, these will provide the data and background for performance-based planning in CIM 2040 2.0.