The Transportation Commission consists of five to nine members serving without pay. Members of the Commission are appointed by the Mayor subject to the approval of the City Council, and are selected without respect to political affiliation. An appointed member of the Commission must have resided in Latah County for two years prior to his or her appointment and must remain a resident of Latah County during his or her service on the Commission. Individuals living within the delineated Area of City Impact are entitled to representation on the Commission, though this representation must reflect, as nearly as possible, the proportion of population living within the City compared to the population living within the Area of City Impact. The term of office of the Commission members chosen from the residents at large is five years or until their successors are appointed and qualified. The members hold office at the pleasure of the Mayor, who may revoke appointments at any time and for any reason, subject to the approval of the Council. In addition to the Commission's regular members, a number of officials are entitled to serve as ex officio (non-voting) members.
The Commission is charged under Moscow City Code with three main duties. First, the Commission is to provide advice and recommendations to the Mayor and City Council regarding intermodal transportation issues as directed with the goal of establishing a system of transportation and circulation within and around the City of Moscow that will make it possible for all people utilizing various modes of transportation to reach their destination safely and easily with minimum disturbance to adjacent uses.
Second, the Commission is empowered to recommend to the Mayor and the Council policies and programs with the objective of implementing transportation goals and objectives of the Moscow Comprehensive Plan.
Third, the Commission is to advise the Mayor and City Council as to the transportation needs of future City development, to encourage complete and logical circulation patterns which will adequately serve adjacent land uses throughout the Moscow area now and in the future, and to maintain and enhance the quality of life in Moscow by creating transportation systems which move people effectively and safely.