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Fiscal Year 2018 Unified Planning Work Program

The draft of the Fiscal Year 2018 Unified Planning Work Program is available for comment and can be found at the following link: DRAFT FY 2018 UPWP Word File

The Fiscal Year 2018 Unified Planning Work Program for the Kalamazoo metropolitan area outlines the transportation planning program of the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study. The Unified Planning Work Program identifies how the available planning funds (federal and state) will be used to address the federal and state transportation planning requirements while concurrently addressing local transportation policies, programs, issues, and priorities.

Areas of focus for the Fiscal Year 2018 Unified Planning Work Program include:

  • Work with the Michigan Department of Transportation to identify and adopt performance targets for the Metropolitan Planning Area for incorporation into planning products (Work Element 200, 300, 500)
  • Incorporate new Statewide and Metro Planning Rules into the Transportation Improvement Program
  • Consultant work for the completion of a Transit Fixed Route Marked Stop Only Study (Work Element 600)
  • Congestion Management Process Update (Work Element 200)

KATS Training Presentations

Presentations for KATS Training Sessions are available at the following links:

KATS 101 Presentation
KATS 201 Presentation

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Transportation Management Area (TMA) Certification Review Update

On March 22-24, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) conducted the first transportation planning certification review for KATS. The objective is to determine if the process meets the federal transportation planning requirements which are prerequisites to the advancement of federal transportation projects in the urbanized area.

KATS Chair, Don Ulsh, received a letter dated July 19 from Russell L. Jorgensen, P.E., Division Administrator for the Federal Highway Administration and Marisol R. Simon, Regional Administrator for the Federal Transit Administration, which stated that KATS process substantially meets the federal transportation planning regulations and jointly certified the planning process for KATS.

The TMA letter can be found at the following link: TMA Letter

KATS will be having a conference call in September to discuss the results.

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

2016 MTPA Schedule Updated

The itinerary for the 2016 MTPA Conference has been updated at may be found at the following link:  2016 MTPA Schedule – Itinerary 4-1-2016

For more information on the 2016 MTPA Conference, please visit: 2016 MTPA Conference Page.