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

Valuing Parking and the Land on Which it Stands

Description: The parking “problem” is almost always defined as one of scarcity – not having enough. But that is only half of the story; the other half relates to the cost of providing all that parking. The cost in money, land, and lost opportunities is the other parking problem that is rarely discussed. Can we balance these competing demands? Can we provide adequate parking without decimating the urban fabric and the urban life that parking was meant to support in the first place? 

The answer to these questions is “yes,” but it first requires that we focus on both sides of the parking puzzle. How much parking is enough? Is the parking being efficiently used? Is there really such a thing as free parking? If not, who is actually paying for parking in our region? What are the impacts, good and bad, of the parking we now provide on the economic, social, and environmental conditions in our cities?

Dr. Garrick’s experience in research and planning suggests that in order to craft policies that truly address parking issues, we must move beyond just considering the amount of parking.  Places that effectively balance the two sides of the parking equation treat parking as part of an integrated transportation/land use nexus that is managed in a way that nurtures the city or town. These places show us that there is an effective way forward. 

Speaker: Dr. Norman Garrick is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Connecticut. He specializes in the planning and design of urban transportation systems, including transit, streets, street networks, parking, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. He was also a lead contributor to the Institute of Transportation Engineering/Congress for the New Urbanism/ Federal Highway Administration Street Design Manual, which has served as the model for the new generation of street design manuals that have revolutionized the way American cities and towns design streets. Dr. Garrick is a Fulbright Fellow, a former member of the national board of The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) and is a CNU International Fellow. He is also the recipient of the Transportation Research Board’s Wootan Award for Best Research Paper in policy and organization.



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.

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!