Promoting county interests, advocating good public policy
and providing education to Idaho's county officials

Transportation Committee

The IAC Transportation Committee is responsible for all matters pertaining to transportation planning, highway finance, highway safety, airport development and aviation concerns, railroads, and other modes of transportation and improvements.

  • Chair

    Doug Zenner
    (Nez Perce County)

  • Vice Chair

    Lee Staker
    (Bonneville County)


Statement of Basic Philosophy

Idaho Association of Counties considers a balanced transportation system including highways, public transit, airports, waterways and railroads as essential to the economic success and viability of the state of Idaho.  Consequently, counties, cities, highway districts, the state of Idaho and the federal government all share a responsibility in providing a coordinated transportation system and must work together to achieve that goal for citizens of the state.


All current funding sources must remain in place, including distribution of forest receipts to counties and highway districts.  Additionally, IAC supports a change in the highway distribution formula whereby any revenue collected at the state level that is derived from user fees will be distributed using the Highway Distribution Account formula.

IAC supports a further increase in the aircraft fuel and use taxes to provide assistance to local airports.

Highway Safety

IAC believes that with funding and other technical assistance from the federal and state governments, local officials can provide programs improving traffic safety including pedestrian safety programs, seat belt use programs and focusing on removing drunk drivers from Idaho’s roads and highways.

Local Highway Technical Assistance Council

IAC supports the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC) to provide needed assistance to local highway jurisdictions in the following capacities:

  1. Developing uniform standards and procedures for highway maintenance, construction, operation and administration;
  2. Submitting recommendations to the Idaho Transportation Board for the distributing and prioritizing federal funds for local highway projects; and
  3. Assisting the Legislature by providing research and data relating to transportation matters affecting local highway jurisdictions within the state.
Regional Transit

IAC supports regional transit authority to provide needed road and transit infrastructure to meet the increased demands of maintenance and expansion of transit within a county or region.  IAC supports the use of local option sales tax, upon voter approval, to fund this authority.


IAC supports local county approval and authority over the preservation of RS2477 designation and their inclusion in county road maps.  Counties are not required to maintain these roads.

Special Concerns

IAC supports the control of noxious weeds on public rights-of-way.


Name County
Rick Yzaguirre Ada County Commissioner
Bob McQuade Ada County Assessor
Bill Brown Adams County Commissioner
Steve Hadley Bannock County Commissioner
Walt Kirby Boundary County Commissioner
Earl Somsen Caribou County Commissioner
Dennis Crane Cassia County Commissioner
Dwight Davis Cassia County Assessor
Tod Shenton Clark County Commissioner
Skip Hurt Fremont County Commissioner
Jordon Stoddard Fremont County Commissioner
Doug McFall Jerome County Sheriff
Carroll Keith Lewis County Commissioner
Todd Smith Madison County Commissioner
Robert Moore Minidoka County Commissioner
Dale Tubbs Oneida County Commissioner
Marc Shigeta Payette County Commissioner
George Urie Twin Falls County Commissioner
Gordon Cruickshank Valley County Commissioner