Recipients of the 2014 I-way Leadership Awards Announced11-Apr-2014 BOISE - The Community Transportation Association of Idaho and the Idaho Transportation Department Division of Transportation Performance are pleased to recognize three recipients of the 2014 I-way Leadership awards. The awards are offered on an annual basis to recognize leadership and innovation in the effective coordination of mobility options in Idaho.
Jason Miller, Executive Director of Mountain Rides Transportation Authority
Jason is being recognized for his leadership in developing public/private partnerships to provide multi-modal public transportation services in Blaine County and neighboring communities. Jason’s robust focus on relationships has led to a solid sense of ownership and pride in local public transportation. His work resulted in the consolidation of four different transportation organizations into one multi-modal agency; the acquisition and placement of 20 new bus shelters; a new vanpool program that has grown to the second largest in the state; grants resulting in $3.3 million in new capital funding and $2.4 million in operating funding; a ridership increase by 51%; and, the first bikeshare program in the state.
Matt Edmond, Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator of Ada County Highway District (ACHD)
Matt is being recognized for his innovation and coordination in developing a Downtown Boise Implementation Plan. Matt recognized an opportunity to do something far greater than just use program funds to fix the roads. Instead he developed an integrated plan for installing bike lanes and bikeways, coordinating streetscape enhancements with current remodel projects, and installing mini roundabouts to improve traffic flow. Through Matt’s diligent work with all possible stakeholders, he took what would have been a simple maintenance project and made it something that truly meets the I-way vision of connecting people to an exciting mix of transportation options.
Mountain Rides Transportation Authority Vanpool Program
The Mountain Rides Vanpool Program is being recognized for creating partnerships and leveraging employer contributions to provide a reliable, low cost, and environmentally sensitive transportation option for employees in the Wood River Valley. Starting in 2007 with 2 vans, the program is now the second largest in the state with 13 vans and more than 35,000 rides provided annually for approximately 160 employees and removing more than 1.7 million vehicle miles from roads. The Mountain Rides Vanpool Program emulates the I-way vision by establishing an innovative program that reduces traffic, emissions, and commuting costs.