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Public Transportation

Public transportation – locally comprised of buses and commuter vans – serves an integral role in the overall transportation system. Along with bicycle/pedestrian, freight, and roadways, it is one of the four components of the Treasure Valley’s transportation system that is addressed in Communities in Motion 2040 2.0 (CIM 2040 2.0), the regional long-range transportation plan for Ada and Canyon Counties.

Idaho does not have a dedicated funding source for public transportation – that is, there isn’t any sort of tax that pays for public transportation the way the fuel tax pays for roads.

This means that much of the funding for public transportation is left in the hands of our local jurisdictions, competing in local budgets with other necessities such as law enforcement, fire protection, and more. This is not a sustainable funding mechanism.

COMPASS continually works toward a dedicated funding source for public transportation, while planning for a future system when funding is available to expand.

 

2040 Treasure Valley Public Transportation System

The COMPASS Public Transportation Workgroup helped develop a vision for the public transportation system needed for 2040, including new high capacity services, additional bus routes, and increased frequencies to meet the needs of a growing population.

While currently unfunded, this vision is divided into five distinct priorities, which build upon each other. These priorities are identified in CIM 2040 2.0 as unfunded public transportation priorities. A robust 2040 public transportation system, including high capacity public transportation on State Street and on the current rail corridor or a corridor parallel to it, is the fifth and final priority identified for 2040.

 

2050 Treasure Valley Public Transportation System – High Capacity Corridor

As part of the process to update CIM 2040 2.0 to look to the year 2050, COMPASS is updating the 2009 Treasure Valley High Capacity Transit Study (see below) to refine potential routes and modes for high capacity public transportation service (e.g., rail). It is anticipated this study will be complete in summer 2020. It will be followed by an opportunity for public input in early 2021.

 

Past Studies and Additional Resources


2017 - 2019 State Street Transit Oriented Development Plan
This plan built on past studies and plans to implement portions of the State Street Transit and Traffic Operational Plan (see below) related to mixed-use development, transit station location, and design. Learn more.


2018 Communities in Motion 2040 2.0 (CIM 2040 2.0)
View the public transportation overview and technical document, outlining public transportation needs to the year 2040.


2015 Network Analysis
COMPASS contracted with Kittelson and Associates to develop a public transportation network analysis of services for the year 2040. COMPASS used this analysis as a basis for developing the future public transportation system in CIM 2040 2.0 (above). View final report.


2015 Transit On-Board Survey
COMPASS and Valley Regional Transit conducted an on-board survey of public transportation users on Valley Regional Transit's system. View final report.


2004-2012 State Street Transit and Traffic Operational Plan and related documents
Link to studies, plans, and documents that comprise the State Street Transit and Traffic Operational Plan.


2007-2009 Treasure Valley High Capacity Transit Study

The Treasure Valley High Capacity Transit Study focused on connections among three related planning projects: the downtown Boise Multimodal Center (now called Main Street Station), the Downtown Boise circulator, and a regional, east-west high-capacity corridor. Learn more and find links to previous studies and plans.

 

For more information on public transportation in the Treasure Valley, contact Rachel Haukkala at 208/475-2230 or rhaukkala@compassidaho.org.