2018 Annual Report

What a privilege it is to work with the many Treasure Valley businesses, organizations, and employees who so proudly support our mission to improve the quality of life through smart commute options. ACHD Commuteride could not have accomplished the successes outlined in this report without these partnerships.

From its beginnings as Valley Commuteride, a carpool matching service established over 40 years ago, to its current status as the longest running multi-employer vanpool program in the nation, Commuteride has led the Treasure Valley in a reduction in vehicle miles traveled. Through education, outreach, and partnerships, we continue to promote Transportation Demand Management.

Forty years later, our goal remains the same: preserve the life of our existing roadways and limit the impacts of traffic in the Treasure Valley. We take pride in the positive impacts that result from our work – fewer greenhouse gas emissions and water pollutants.

All in all, 2018 was an outstanding year. It is my personal and professional pleasure to lead Commuteride toward an even more successful 2019. Thank you to everyone who supports Commuteride. We look forward to continuing our partnerships, education, and services with each and every one of you.

Please take a moment to browse our accomplishments in the 2018 Annual Report. It is an honor to work with commuters, employers, and our community on smart commute options.

Maureen H. Gresham, AICP

Let's Talk Transportation

Few industries will experience more disruption in the next few years than transportation. How many of us have ordered from Amazon rather than going to the store? Or, taken Uber to get downtown rather than driving? Further, how many of us are eagerly awaiting the flying taxi? Seriously, it’s real. 

Mobility is changing quickly; shifting demographics, emerging technology, and flexible work schedules dictate how and why we travel. For the first time in history, this country’s workforce is made up of five generations of adults, ranging from age 20 to 89. And all those baby boomers? While many are still working, that still leaves a huge population that isn’t using our transportation network for commute purposes. In fact, over the last few decades, the greatest growth in travel is not related to work trips.

Advances in technology also affect how we use the transportation network. The US Department of Transportation “Beyond Traffic 2045” report projects that freight volume in the United States will increase by 45 percent, due in part to online shopping. Let us not forget ridehailing services such as Uber and Lyft, both great options to increase an individual’s mobility (if they can afford it), but do nothing to reduce the vehicle miles traveled on our already congested network. 

Planning and designing our future transportation infrastructure must adapt in order to achieve a transportation network that both increases mobility and quality of life. This spring, five local organizations will come together to present a transportation series to highlight the opportunities these changes bring and spark debate and action on how our region can better prepare for the future. The 2019 Transportation Series includes five valuable and insightful learning opportunities that demonstrate leadership in transportation demand management (TDM) and provide thoughtful transportation planning for the Treasure Valley.  

You will learn from the Southwest Idaho chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), Urban Land Institute Idaho (ULI), ACHD Commuteride, and Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS). The culmination of these events, conducted by the City Club of Boise, will bring together a panel of experts to discuss “where we go now.” Please join me in attending each of these sessions and learn how to future-proof our region’s transportation infrastructure.

Learn more at www.LetsTalkTransportation.com.