Request for Proposals

The Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study (KATS) is seeking consultant support to provide professional planning services to develop an integrated Pedestrian, Greenway, and Transit Plan for the entire Metropolitan Planning Area. Primary tasks and deliverables to be performed by the consultant shall include, but are not limited to: existing inventory collection; GIS mapping; data collection and analysis; extensive public and stakeholder outreach; identification of potential greenways; and a prioritized project listing.

This solicitation is a continuation of the recently adopted 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan which looked extensively at non-motorized travel options. All recommendations produced from this Pedestrian, Greenway, and Transit Plan shall be consistent with the goals and objectives already outlined in the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan.

Full RFP can be found here: GreenwayandTransitRFP 7-28-16.

Answers to RFP Questions may be found at: RFP Answers

Technical Committee Meeting

The Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study Technical Committee will be meeting on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at Kalamazoo Metro Transit, 530 N. Rose Street.  Meeting materials are available at the following link: Meeting Materials.

Transportation Improvement Program Amendment

A proposed amendment to the FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is available to review. Comments may be submitted by emailing: sstepek@katsmpo.org or mail to the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study, 5220 Lovers Ln, Suite 110, Portage, MI 49002. Deadline to submit comments will be August 29, 2016.  The Proposed Amendment is available at the following link: FY 14-17 Trasnportation Improvement Program August Amendment

Public notice of public involvement activities and time established for public review and comments on the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) will satisfy the Program of Projects (POP) requirements for the following grantees: Kalamazoo Metro Transit, the Kalamazoo County Transportation Authority, the Central County Transportation Authority and Van Buren Public Transit.

2016 MTPA Conference Presentations

The presentations for the 2016 Michigan Transportation Planning Association (MTPA) Conference are now available at the following links:

Rural Task Force Program Update – Darrell Harden
Professional Development in Planning – Why it is Important – Andrea Brown and Lynee Wells
How Performance Measures Impact Border Policy – Christopher Dingman
Performance Based Planning – Kenneth Petty
Pedestrian and Greenway Connections in Downtown Kalamazoo – Bill Rose
Local Development Partnerships – Andrew Haan and James Tischler
Legislative Update – Aarne Frobom and Polly Kent
Ladders of Opportunity – Kenneth Petty
Intergovernmental Partnerships – Pam Boyd
Going Zero to 70 – Grand Rapids Bike Safety Education – Christopher Zull
Freight Topics – Elisha DeFrain
Evolving Roadway Design Policies for Walking and Bicycling – Josh DeBruyn
Downtown Trail Partnerships – Matt Johnson and Rebekah Kik
Creating Accessible Content – Michele McGowen and Dale Abbott
Complete Streets in Paw Paw – Mickey Bittner and Larry Nielsen
Congestion Management Process and MiTravel Counts – Brad Sharlow and Karen Faussett
Building Metropolitan Planning Organization / Regional Planning Agency Engagement with Transit Agencies in Southwest Michigan – Kim Gallagher
A Community Vision for Transit – Sean McBride
Woodward Avenue Complete Streets Study – Barb Arens and Daniel Beard
The Web Based Transportation Improvement Program – Eric Mullen
Transportation Asset Management Council – Roger Belknap
A New Vision for the St. Joseph River Harbor – John Egelhaaf

Metro Open Houses

Open Houses – About Route Changes – City of Kalamazoo Metro Transit – KMetro

Metro Transit is hosting three Open Houses to discuss late night and Sunday service being added on September 6, as well as routing and frequency changes on buses.

Open Houses will be held at Metro Transit, 530 N. Rose, Kalamazoo at the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, August 9, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. with presentations at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, August 11, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with presentations at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 17, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with presentations at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

All are welcome to attend.

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Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting

The Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study Citizen Advisory Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at Kalamazoo Metro Transit, 530 N. Rose Street. Meeting materials related to the agenda may be found at the following link: Meeting Materials 8-3-2016.

No July Policy Committee

Please note that due to lack of action items, the July Meeting of the KATS Policy Committee has been cancelled.  The next meeting of the KATS Policy Committee will be August 31 at 9:00 a.m. at Kalamazoo Metro Transit, 530 N. Rose St.