Investments in the region’s public transportation system can reduce congestion, save money, and expand mobility choices for everyone.
Unfortunately, however, the funding outlook to expand, or even maintain, our public transportation system is grim. 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 funding our public transportation system is left mainly to local jurisdictions, competing in local budgets with other necessities such as law enforcement, fire protection, parks, and more.
However, that does not mean that COMPASS is simply sitting back and waiting for funding — we have been proactively planning for a public transportation system to meet future needs as conditions change.