Category Archives: Planning Documents

River to River Trail Planning Study

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.

KATS Moves Facebook Page

KATS Moves now has its own Facebook page! Like and follow for news and updates. The page can be found here.

KATS Moves Launch

KATS Moves is a community-driven plan to enhance pedestrian, greenway, and transit facilities throughout the greater Kalamazoo Metro region. Bicycle and non-motorized facilities have been expanding in the Kalamazoo region, and there is a desire for more as evidence by local community planning and KATS’ 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan.

Please visit our project page to view the interactive mapping site and public survey where your comments and suggestions will be used to craft this plan:

katsmoves.org

or request hardcopy materials (known as our Meeting-in-a-Box)

from: Steve Stepek, KATS Project Manager sstepek@katsmpo.org (269) 343-0766.

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

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

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.

Open House

OPEN HOUSE
2045 METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION PLAN
March 7, 2016
5:00pm – 7:00pm

Kalamazoo Metro Transit
530 N. Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI

In order to foster cooperation and communication within State and local agencies responsible for land use management, natural resources, environmental protection, conservation and historic preservation and to gather input from the community and users of the transportation system, the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study (KATS) is holding an Open House for public input on its draft 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. Please visit http://www.katsmpo.org/2045-plan/ and review the draft plan.

If you are unable to attend the Open House, you may express any comments or concerns by contacting us in writing to Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study, 5220 Lovers Lane, Suite 110, Portage, MI 49002 or by email (info@katsmpo.org) by March 21, 2016.

Accommodation Requests
All public meetings held by the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study are required to be accessible to persons with disabilities under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Accommodations are available upon request to persons with disabilities who require alternately formatted materials or auxiliary aids to ensure effective communication and access to public meetings or programs. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact Jonathan R. Start at 269-343-0766 or jrstart@katmspo.org. Providing at least 7 days advance notice will help to ensure availability.