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Friday, November 5, 2010

New Legislators Coming To CDA To Talk Transportation

The North Idaho Chamber of Commerce (NICC) will host a legislative tour for all newly elected Idaho legislators and executive officers this weekend and one of the major focus areas will be transportation issues facing Idaho.

Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Idaho Transportation Department Director Brian Ness will speak on the tour. Little, chairman of the Governor's Task Force on Modernizing Transportation Funding, will provide an update on the task force's work, set to be completed in December prior to the start of the legislative session. The task force is examining traditional and non-traditional ways Idaho can fund its transportation needs now and in the future.

Brian Ness, ITD director, will provide an overview and details of a plan to significantly realign the organizational structure of the transportation department. The decision to realign the department came after nine months of meeting with employees, elected officials and customers, and assessing how the department operates.

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Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

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