Public Transportation Administrator Larry Falkner will present details of a public transportation action plan to the Idaho Transportation Board when it assembles for a Feb. 22 workshop prior to its regular meeting the following day.
ITD, Ada County Highway District (ACHD), Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS) and Valley Regional Transit collaborated on a public transportation plan for the six-county region of southwestern Idaho (Ada, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, and Payette counties).
The group focused on:
Action items have been identified for each major subject. A lead agency has been chosen for each focus area and will develop a timeline. Although the action plan will be provided for consideration at the workshop, the intent of ITD’s staff is to request board support and approval of the plan at a future meeting.
Other board discussions
DMV Information Technology (IT) System Transition
Staff will report during the board workshop about progress made thus far. The current approach is to hire a “solution planner” to direct the planning phase of the project. The primary outcome will be a recommendation on the best option for ITD’s short- and long-term success.
The possible solution could assume one of two options: 1) a system developed, hosted and maintained by an outside vendor, or 2) a system developed by an outside vendor, but hosted and maintained by ITD. The solution planner also would develop a funding plan for consideration.
The new IT system will meet the Financial Services requirements for a new point-of-sale accounting and inventory tracking system. It also will process data from the Division of Aeronautics’ programs: airman licensing, aircraft registration and aircraft dealer registration.
Mid-Year Financial Statement
The greatest variance, in terms of dollars, is in revenue from gasoline. The department forecast through December was $47.2 million from gasoline tax; $45.5 million was collected. This is a variance of -3.6 percent. Revenue from vehicle registrations and truck registrations are ahead of the forecast by 8 percent and 7.3 percent, respectively, with receipts-to-date of $13.5 million and $10.9 million.
The mid-year financial analysis indicates that expenditures for personnel, operating, and capital equipment are less than budgeted.
The aviation fuel tax revenue received through December was 5 percent higher than projections, and overall expenditures in the State Aeronautics Fund are less than last year. The Aircraft Operations Fund exceeds projections by $24,500.
At the end of 2005, there were 93 vacancies at ITD. Following is the personnel complement and number of vacancies for each division.