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A lot can change in 30 years.

Will self-driving vehicles be the norm? Will home deliveries eliminate the need for shopping malls and parking lots? Will we be able to commute between Caldwell and Boise by train?

One of COMPASS’ main jobs is to look up to 30 years into the future to plan the transportation system needed to support the Treasure Valley – Ada and Canyon Counties – in the long term.

COMPASS is working on an update to the current long-range transportation plan — Communities in Motion 2040 2.0 — and will extend the horizon year to 2050. Communities in Motion 2050 is scheduled to be complete by December 2022.

Help Shape Your Future!
Coupled with analyzing trends and technical data, we’ll be asking YOU – Treasure Valley residents – to help paint a picture of what the future holds, so we can plan a transportation system to support that future.

We'll be asking for your input at multiple points during the planning process. An overview of what you can expect is below.

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For each participation opportunity, COMPASS will provide a quick, easy-to-use online survey to allow you to participate whenever, or wherever, you like. In addition, COMPASS will host open houses if you want to learn more or ask questions, and we’ll provide hard copy surveys if you prefer to stay offline. A summary of all responses will be shared with the COMPASS Board of Directors following each participation opportunity, before decisions are made.


Public Participation Opportunities

What we’ll ask

When we’ll ask it

How we’ll use what you told us

How do you see your future…?
  • What kind of house will you choose to live in?
  • What kind of neighborhood?
  • How do you see yourself getting to work…or will you work remotely?

September/October 2019

The survey is now closed.

Thank you to everyone who participated – we received 3,703 responses!

View Survey Results

View Open-Ended Comments


Your responses will help COMPASS build realistic “scenarios” for what the Treasure Valley could look like in 2050. We’ll ask you to provide feedback on those in spring 2020.


What is important to you as you look toward the Treasure Valley in 2050?

What do you think about potential different future “scenarios” for the Treasure Valley? Do they align with what is important to you?

Would you support policies needed to implement those future scenarios?

Spring 2020

Your responses will help COMPASS select a preferred future “scenario” for what the Treasure Valley could look like in 2050.

We will use that preferred scenario as the basis for planning the future transportation system.

If the Treasure Valley were to build a high capacity transit system (e.g., a train or bus rapid transit), what features are most important to you?

Fall 2020

Your responses will help COMPASS select a “locally favored” option for future high capacity transit service.

What is important to you in a transportation system?

How should we spend our limited transportation funding?

Spring 2021

Your responses will help develop criteria to use in prioritizing transportation investments.

What do you think of the draft Communities in Motion 2050 plan?

Summer 2022

Your responses will help COMPASS finalize the draft plan.

We will make updates to the draft plan based on feedback received, as appropriate, then submit the final plan, all comments received, and how the comments were addressed, to the COMPASS Board of Directors to inform their decision on adoption of the plan.


Planning Process

Work on Communities in Motion 2050 has already begun, and will continue through 2022. The planning process has been divided into three phases:

Explore: Develop goals; assess what is likely to change in the Treasure Valley by 2050 and the impact of those changes

Choose: Develop a preferred future land use scenario and the transportation system needed to serve it

Prioritize: Identify funded projects and prioritize unfunded needs to achieve the needed 2050 transportation system, and analyze the consequences of unfunded needs

Graphic of the three phases of the Communities in Motion 2050 Planning Process

Learn More

Read quarterly Communities in Motion updates on the COMPASS Executive Director's blog.

For more information, contact Liisa Itkonen at 208/475-2241.