Wednesday, October 2, 2013

BW: How FY 2015 Funding for Boise Bike Share Evaporated in 'Weighted' COMPASS Vote

Posted By on Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Dave Fotsch, longtime public information officer for the Central District Health Department, has been named the first director of the much-anticipated Boise Bike Share Project, which will introduce a network of bike stations throughout Boise's downtown core and the campus of Boise State University.

The eventual plan is to unveil a system of 14 stations around Boise, allowing up to 140 bikes to be rented by the hour, day or week.

BBSP is scheduled to introduce a limited number—seven—of the stations in 2014, but the program already must maneuver around a significant bump in the road.

In the just-published edition of Boise Weekly, we chronicle how Fiscal Year 2015 funding for BBSP evaporated at a recent meeting of COMPASS—the region's primary transportation planning board—when Ada County Highway District directors led an effort to sweep $326,000 away from BBSP and move the money toward general road maintenance.

The vote to move the funds away from BBSP took place in a so-called "weighted" vote, meaning a select group of entities have a lot more votes than the rest of the Treasure Valley. Simply put, when ACHD and Ada County Commissioners voted to reallocate the funds, the BBSP funds for FY 2015 were doomed.

"We're disappointed," Fotsch told Boise Weekly. "We thought we had gone through the process and made a good case for this."

And Boise Mayor Dave Bieter had a few words of his own for ACHD.

"We were surprised and disappointed by ACHD's last-second move to cut the funding," Bieter told Boise Weekly.

You can read the full story in the current issue of BW.

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