2015 Committee Schedules

Meeting dates for the KATS Policy Committee, KATS Technical Committee, and KATS Citizen Advisory Committee have been approved.  Meetings will be held at Kalamazoo Metro Transit, 530 North Rose Street.  Meeting date and location changes will be noticed.

2015 Policy Committee Meeting Schedule

  • January 21, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • February 25, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • March 25, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • April 29, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • May 27, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • June 24, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • July 29, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • August 26, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • September 30, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • October 28, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • November 18, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • December 16, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.

2015 Technical Committee Meeting Schedule

  • January 8, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • February 12, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • March 12, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • April 9, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • May 14, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • June 11, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • July 9, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • August 13, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • September 10, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • October 8, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • November 5, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
  • December 3, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.

2015 Citizen Advisory Committee

  • January 15, 2014 – 4:00 p.m.

Additional meeting times and dates for the Citizen Advisory Committee to be determined.

Policy Committee Meeting

The Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study (KATS) Policy Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, December 17, starting at 9:00 a.m. at Kalamazoo Metro Transit, 530 North Rose Street. Meeting materials can be found here: December 2014 Meeting Materials

Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting

The Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study Citizen Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 16, at 5:00 p.m. at Kalamazoo Metro Transit, 530 N. Rose Street.  Meeting materials may be found here.

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study (KATS) provides citizens and organizations within the Metropolitan Planning Area the opportunity to explore and discuss transportation issues and to provide input to KATS related to the development of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Program, and other transportation projects and services.

Operation Lifesaver and Rail Safety

Operation Lifesaver provides free information on Rail Safety including Driving Safety Tips for motorists at rail crossings. To inquire about a free presentation on rail safety at your school, community service or civic group, or other interested organizations, please contact Michigan Operation Lifesaver: http://www.mi-ol.org/Presenter/presenter.htm.

Rail Safety Tips for Motorists

  • Trains and cars don’t mix. Never race a train to the crossing — even if you tie, you lose.
  • The train you see is closer and faster-moving than you think. If you see a train approaching, wait for it to go by before you proceed across the tracks.
  • Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly. Even if the locomotive engineer sees you, a freight train moving at 55 miles per hour can take a mile or more to stop once the emergency brakes are applied. That’s 18 football fields!
  • Never drive around lowered gates — it’s illegal and deadly. If you suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the 1-800 number posted on or near the crossing signal or your local law enforcement agency.
  • Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping. Remember, the train is three feet wider than the tracks on both sides.
  • If your vehicle ever stalls on a track with a train coming, get out immediately and move quickly away from the tracks in the direction from which the train is coming. If you run in the same direction the train is traveling, when the train hits your car you could be injured by flying debris. Call your local law enforcement agency for assistance.
  • At a multiple track crossing waiting for a train to pass, watch out for a second train on the other tracks, approaching from either direction.
  • When you need to cross train tracks, go to a designated crossing, look both ways, and cross the tracks quickly, without stopping. Remember it isn’t safe to stop closer than 15 feet from a rail.
  • ALWAYS EXPECT A TRAIN! Freight trains do not follow set schedules.

Technical Committee Meeting

The Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study (KATS) Technical Committee will be meeting on Thursday, December 4, starting at 9:00 a.m. at Kalamazoo Metro Transit, 530 North Rose Street.  Meeting materials relating to the agenda can be found here.

Citizen Advisory Committee

The KATS’ Citizen Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, December 16, at 5:00 p.m, at Metro Transit, 520 N. Rose Street. The agenda will be available at http://www.katsmpo.org a week prior to the meeting.

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study (KATS) provides citizens and organizations within the Metropolitan Planning Area the opportunity to explore and discuss transportation issues and to provide input to KATS related to the development of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Program, and other transportation projects and services.

Bylaws for the Citizen Advisory Committee may be found at http://katsmpo.org/committees/citizen-advisory-committee/

Policy Committee Meeting

The Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study Policy Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, November 19, at 9:00 a.m. at Kalamazoo Metro Transit, 530 North Rose Street.  Meeting materials are available here: Meeting Materials for November 19.