Communication and Public Awareness

2020 COMPASS Education Series

COMPASS Education Series events are free and open to the public. Join us as we hear from national experts on transportation and related topics throughout the year. For more information, contact Amy Luft at


Upcoming Events

The Adoption and Impacts of Teleworking…Will it be Different This Time?

Description: From Alvin Toffler's (1980) "electronic cottage," to Peter Drucker's (1993) declaration that commuting to an office was obsolete, through countless workplace and/or transportation system disruptions ever since, people have predicted the widespread adoption of working from home, with associated benefits to congestion, fuel consumption, and emissions. Yet while teleworking has seen steady growth in the "information era," overall levels have remained modest — until recently, when the COVID-19 pandemic has forced its adoption on an unprecedented scale. 

What will happen when it is safe to go back to the office? Will managers and staff alike embrace the benefits of working from home, or will it be back to business as usual? This presentation offers a snapshot of the present, reviews past research and experience on the adoption and travel-related impacts of teleworking, and reflects on future implications for transportation.

Speaker: Dr. Patricia Mokhtarian is the Susan G. and Christopher D. Pappas Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the Geor­gia Institute of Technology. She joined Georgia Tech in 2013, after 23 years at the University of California, Davis, where she was a CEE Professor, Associate Director for Education of the Institute of Transportation Studies, and founding Chair of the Interdisciplinary Transportation Technology and Policy MS/PhD program.

Prior to that, she spent nine years in regional planning and con­sulting in southern California. 

Dr. Mokhtarian has specialized in the application of rigorous quantitative methods to the study of travel behavior for more than 40 years. A key research interest has been the impact of telecommunications technology on travel behavior. She has authored or co-authored more than 200 refereed journal articles, technical reports, and other publications, including more than 40 peer-reviewed articles relating to teleworking.

The presentation is free and will be held online. Please RSVP to receive a link to register: or 208/475-2229.


Past Events

An Introduction to Innovative Transportation Finance

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020
  • 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • COMPASS, First Floor Board Room
  • 700 NE 2nd Street
  • Meridian, ID 83642

Is funding tight? Are you looking for new ways to finance your transportation projects?

Join COMPASS as we welcome Pete Mancauskas, Innovative Finance Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration, Center for Innovative Finance Support, to explore creative ways to finance your transportation projects.

Mr. Mancauskas will discuss how to use a myriad of tools to help meet pressing transportation needs, including:

  • GARVEE bonding
  • State Infrastructure Banks
  • Private Activity Bonds
  • TIFIA (Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act) financing
  • Tolling
  • Public/private partnerships
  • Leveraging the intrinsic value of the project itself
  • More!