Three distinct groups form nucleus
of mobility network in southeast Idaho
Development of the Idaho Mobility Action Plan and collaboration with local communities led to creation of Local Mobility Management networks. Southwest Idaho’s mobility network brings together several existing groups that will be instrumental in perpetuating the IMAP vision, explains John J. Krause.
“Each of these groups is a little different from the others in terms of population makeup, areas of interest, 'rural-ness,' etc.,” he says. He offers a snapshot of the three groups:
Three LMMNs (Local Mobility Management Networks), three stories
Three distinct and separate groups have partnered with the IMAP project to form the Local Mobility Management Networks 3A, 3B and 3C. All are unique in origin and perspective but fully align with the rural and rural/urban flavors of District 3.
In the north portion of District 3, the Valley-Adams Planning Partnership (VAPP) – with its genesis as a University of Idaho Horizons project and one of the more evolved and functional multiple community-focused groups – has taken on the LMMN 3A role with an incredible amount of interest and enthusiasm.
On the far west side of District 3, the newly formed Snake River Advisory Council unanimously resolved to become the 3B LMMN. This group brings an interstate perspective and flavor to the IMAP process because it had its origins in a new joint mobility venture between the states of Oregon and Idaho (approximately 1/3 Oregon and 2/3 Idaho).
The third District 3 network – 3C – is a broad amalgam of rural and urban stakeholders. The Valley Regional Transportation-sponsored Regional Coordinating Council initially was focused on Ada and Canyon counties, but quickly expanded its focus to include Elmore, Boise, Gem, and Owyhee counties.
“There is a clear benefit to the IMAP process to have these well defined and functional groups in place, ready to proceed with the next steps. Kudos to leadership and members of each of these teams,” Krause said.