A comprehensive and efficient transportation system is critical to Boise’s future success. As the city grows, its transportation network must evolve to meet the changing needs of the community while also sustaining high livability and a robust economy.
As part of the effort to develop a well-balanced transportation system that best serves the community, the City of Boise produced the Transportation Action Plan (TAP) in 2016. The TAP represents the city’s comprehensive vision for its transportation future, but realization of this vision requires engagement and collaboration with the community and various partner agencies.
To that end, Mayor and Council created Keep Boise Moving, which aims to create an integrated land use and transportation strategy over the next several years.
Boise’s Transportation Principles
A successful transportation strategy is founded on a shared set of core principles. Mayor and Council developed three pillars to guide Boise’s transportation vision.
Dynamic and resilient cities make all transportation modes available. Boise’s system is currently only built for one mode: single occupancy vehicles. In focusing efforts on alternatives such as biking, walking and transit, all people will have real transportation choices that help reduce congestion and shape a more sustainable city.
Addressing congestion in all forms requires taking existing infrastructure and making it more efficient through smarter traffic control systems, better physical infrastructure for walking, biking and transit, and more adaptable to modern technologies such as E-bikes, E-scooters and ride sharing services. By optimizing what exists today and embracing modern technologies, the city will be well positioned for the future.
A well-rounded transportation system demands greater accessibility for all, regardless of age, poverty or disability. By offering an array of public transportation options and extending services throughout the day, night and weekend, transportation for all becomes more practical and possible.
Over the next 20 years, it is estimated that Boise will need 20,000 new living units to accommodate the growth we are experiencing.
This additional growth equates to 200,000 new vehicle trips per day in 2040.
By 2040, it is estimated that the average weekday vehicle trips will be:
- I84 West: 190,200 trips
- I84 East: 38,700 trips
- State Street: 44,500 trips
Source: COMPASS Communities in Motion 2040 Plan, 2014: City of Boise 2015 Housing Needs Analysis
Keep Boise Moving Goals
- Prioritize alternative transportation modes: Work with partner agencies to improve transportation infrastructure and services throughout the city.
- Educate, promote, and norm it: Help Boiseans better understand how to use different modes of transportation and encourage the usage of other modes throughout the city with help from neighborhoods, schools and employers.
The city will hold its next series of Community Conversations, focusing on Transportation, in early May. This series of Community Conversations will continue throughout the year and into next year, with numerous opportunities for community members to participate.
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City Council will hold a public hearing on funding for public transportation and the future of transportation in Boise on April 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the Maryanne Jordan Council Chambers at City Hall. All are welcome to attend.