Idaho drafts transportation plan

| 10/15/2003

Idaho transportation officials have drafted plans for major changes to the state’s transportation system, including light rail services and increased freight shipments on major roads, Boise’s KTVB TV reported.

The plan, dubbed “Idaho’s Transportation Future: Getting There Together,” was presented Oct. 10 at the Department of Transportation’s monthly board meeting in Pocatello, ID. It is intended to be a guide for state policy for the next 30 years.

One of the recommendations calls for the state to build a light rail system connecting the Boise area with Burley, Pocatello and Idaho Falls, the news station reported. The proposal also suggested implementing policies to decrease personal vehicles on state highways and increase freight shipments.

The report does not say how specific recommendations would be applied.

A final version of the draft is expected to follow this week. That version will be subject to a month-long public comment period.