The draft amendment to the Draft FY 2018 Unified Planning Work Program is now available for public comment at the following link: FY 2018 UPWP Amendment. Comments may be submitted to KATS Offices, 5220 Lovers Lane, Suite 110, Portage, MI 49002 or emailed to email@example.com.
The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is an annual of work identifying the planning priorities and activities to be carried out within a metropolitan planning area. The FY 2019 Draft Unified Planning Work Program is now available for public comment at the following link: FY 2019 UPWP Word File 5-10-18.Comments may be submitted to KATS Offices, 5220 Lovers Lane, Suite 110, Portage, MI 49002 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The River to River Trail Planning Study is now complete. The objective of the River to River Trail Planning Study is to recommend a preferred route for a non-motorized trail connection from the Kalamazoo County trail system to the Kent County trail system. Specifically, the trail plan looked at a route connecting the existing Kalamazoo River Valley trailhead at D Avenue in Cooper Township north to M-6 connector trail on 68th Street SE in Cutlerville. The complete document can be found at the following link: River to River Trail Planning Study or on the “Other Documents” section of KATS website.
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 Unified Planning Work Program
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)
FY 2018 UPWP Word File 5-24-17
Presentations for KATS Training Sessions are available at the following links:
KATS 101 Presentation
KATS 201 Presentation
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.