Products, Services, and Data
Freight is one of four transportation components examined in Communities in Motion 2040 2.0 (CIM 2040 2.0), the regional long-range transportation plan for Ada and Canyon Counties.
The movement of freight is integral to the regional economy and is changing rapidly with ever-increasing home deliveries, new technologies that affect manufacturing processes, and more. COMPASS is planning for a transportation system that considers freight needs, allows for the safe and efficient movement of freight vehicles, and provides for safe interactions between freight vehicles and other users of the transportation system.
A Freight Advisory Workgroup advises COMPASS staff by providing feedback on appropriate freight performance measures and the collection and analysis of freight data. The workgroup also helps COMPASS identify regional freight needs and deficiencies and stay informed of the issues facing the freight community.
Much of the focus when developing CIM 2040 2.0 was on collecting data on freight movements, needs, and deficiencies to lay the groundwork for identifying and prioritizing key transportation projects and informing land use and development decisions adjacent to freight corridors and industrial areas.
Link to Freight and Land Use Handbook.
Four freight studies have provided an in-depth understanding of the impact of freight in the region and serve as the foundation for the freight component of CIM 2040 2.0.
2008 Treasure Valley Truck Freight Data Collection Project
In 2008, COMPASS and the Idaho Transportation Department coordinated the first truck freight data collection project for the Treasure Valley. The primary reason for this project was to collect data at the local level to begin to understand and recognize the importance of truck freight in southwest Idaho. The project consisted of three related data collection efforts: a commercial vehicle intercept survey, an external station license plate survey, and a commercial vehicle survey.
2014/2015 Agricultural Freight Study
Agriculture is one of the primary economic drivers in the region, particularly in Canyon County, yet historically, very little has been known about the transportation routes and needs associated with farm freight. In July 2014, COMPASS began work on an agricultural freight study to identify important routes used for hauling farm produce from fields to processors, and from processors to market. Identifying key routes was a first step in ensuring they are preserved and well-maintained so they can continue to serve the agricultural community. The study was completed in fall 2015.
2015 SHRP2 Freight Data Collection
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. COMPASS used part of the SHRP2 grant funds to collect vehicle classification counts at over 80 locations on key corridors. This data collection was completed in November 2015. These counts were augmented in select locations in 2017 to provide additional data for the 2017 COMPASS Freight Study (below).
2017 COMPASS Freight Study
The 2017 freight study built on the SHRP2 data and agricultural freight study, coupled with input from the Freight Advisory Workgroup on regional freight priorities. The study examined the transportation and land use needs of freight‐dependent regional industries, including manufacturing, technology, agriculture, and warehousing/distribution.
For more information on freight in the Treasure Valley, contact Liisa Itkonen at 208/475-2241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.