Reaffirmation of KATS 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan

The public is invited to comment on the proposed reaffirmation of the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) as part of the public comment period running from October 28, 2020 until the adjournment of the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study’s virtual Policy Committee via Zoom teleconference scheduled for November 18, 2020 at 9:00 am.

This public meeting and comment period is your opportunity to review and comment on the KATS 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, which identifies the Kalamazoo Metropolitan Area’s transportation needs, summarizes the transportation network, and provides a vision for addressing those identified needs over the next 20+ years. The 2045 MTP is set to expire on April 27, 2021 and is proposed to be reaffirmed through November 30, 2021 to ensure a valid plan is in place until a new
2050 plan is approved.

Information on how to participate in the public meeting will be published on our website at www.katsmpo.org a week prior to the scheduled meeting on November 18, 2020 and will also be included on the meeting agenda. Public comments can be submitted at any time at sstepek@katsmpo.org, or can be made at the meeting during the comment opportunity.

Rural Task Force #3 Meeting Announcement

In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Executive Order 2020-15 declaring public bodies subject to the Open Meetings Act can use telephone or video conferencing technology to meet and conduct business, Rural Task Force #3 will be holding a meeting via a conference call on Wednesday April 8, 2020 at 10;00 a.m.  The purpose of the meeting is to allow local officials and interested citizens to provide input into the allocation of federal and state funds for eligible rural routes and transit systems in Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties for fiscal years 2020 – 2023.

Persons wishing to participate in the meeting may do so via phone using the following:

Call in Number:  1 (947) 207-1273

Participation Code: 802 596 757#

Persons having difficulty connecting to the meeting may contact Fred Nagler:  fnagler@katsmpo.org

Questions regarding this meeting and rural federal aid projects can be directed to the appropriate agency or the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study, Region 3 transportation administrators representing the Southcentral Michigan Planning Council, (269) 343-0766 or fnagler@katsmpo.org.

Meeting agenda and materials will be posted to the Southcentral Michigan Planning Council website’s Transportation page:  http://www.smpcregion3.org.

Bike Week 2020 Event Registration

This year’s theme for the annual community event is “Connecting & Building Communities.”  As always, this Bike Week event is free to attend and is co-hosted by KATS and Bike Friendly Kalamazoo.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Wile Auditorium KRESA, 1819 E. Milham Ave, Portage, MI 49002

SIGN UP: Register online

For more detailed information about the event, visit the Kalamazoo Bike Week website.

Rural Task Force #3 County Sub-Task Force Meetings

Public meetings will be held for the purpose of allowing local officials and interested citizens to provide input into sub-task force bylaws and allocation of federal funds for use on eligible rural routes and transit system capital projects in each of the five counties comprising Michigan Planning Region 3.  Meetings will be held as follows:

Barry County Rural Sub-Task Force – Monday March 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
Barry County Road Commission
1725 W. M-43 Highway
Hastings, MI 49058

Branch County Rural Sub-Task Force – Tuesday March 24, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
Branch County Road Commission
23 East Garfield Street
Coldwater, MI  49036

Calhoun County Rural Sub-Task Force – Tuesday March 24, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
Calhoun County Road Department
13300 15 Mile Road
Marshall, MI  49068

Kalamazoo County Rural Sub-Task Force – Thursday March 26, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
Road Commission of Kalamazoo County
3801 E. Kilgore Road
Kalamazoo, MI  49001

St. Joseph County Rural Sub-Task Force – Thursday March 26, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
St. Joseph County Road Commission
20914 M-86
Centreville MI  49032

Additional information and meeting materials will be posted on the Southcentral Michigan Planning Council website’s Transportation page:  http://www.smpcregion3.org

Policy Committee Meeting November 20

The Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study Policy Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at Metro, 530 N. Rose Street. Meeting materials related to the agenda may be found at the following link: November Policy Meeting Materials

Public notice of public involvement activities, meetings 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: The Kalamazoo County Transportation Authority, the Central County Transportation Authority and Van Buren Public Transit.

Technical Committee Meeting November 7

The Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study Technical Committee will be meeting on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at Oshtemo Township Offices, 7275 W Main Street. (Please note the change in meeting location for this month’s Technical Committee!) Meeting materials related to the agenda may be found at the following link: November Technical Packet

Public notice of public involvement activities, meetings 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: The Kalamazoo County Transportation Authority, the Central County Transportation Authority and Van Buren Public Transit.