Category Archives: Public Involvement

June 2017 Newsletter

The Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study June 2017 Newsletter is now available at the following link: June 2017 Newsletter

Hastings Small Urban Task Force

A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. for the purpose of allowing local officials and interested citizens to propose and comment on a possible amendment to projects utilizing Federal Aid funds within the Small Urban boundary of the City of Hastings for Fiscal Year 2017.  The meeting will be held at the Barry County Road Commission:

1725 West M-43, Hastings, MI  49058

In Michigan, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) distributes Federal Aid money to local agencies.  Small Urban Task Forces prioritize the use of Federal Aid on projects for roads and transit within the urban areas with populations of 5,000 to 50,000.

Questions regarding this meeting can be directed to the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study, representing the Southcentral Michigan Planning Council, at (269) 343-0766 or through email at  Additional information for this meeting may be found at

Event: Local Bicycling Developments

EVENT REGISTRATION: Local Bicycling Developments Registration Form

How do you go about making a community even more bicycle friendly?  Leading organizations set goals based on the League of American Bicyclists prestigious “Bike Friendly” awards, then take the concrete steps to measure up.

In this one hour event we will learn first-hand about the experiences of some of our most progressive organizations as they seek LAB’s “Bike Friendly” awards.  There will be enough time to ask questions and share your thoughts with the speakers, as well.

Date/Time: Wednesday May 17, 4-5pm
Place: Wile Auditorium, KRESA; 1819 East Milham; Portage 49002
Registration: Go to Local Bicycling Developments Registration Form

Featured Speakers:

City of Portage
– Larry Shaffer, City Manager
Bronson Healthcare Group
– Brendan Molony, LEED AP O+M, Sustainability Coordinator
– Paul Guthrie, Laboratory Clinical Technical Consultant
Western Michigan University
– Bob Miller, Assoc. VP of Community Outreach

David Warwick, chair of Kalamazoo Area Bike Week, will be on hand to offer his personal welcome.

The one-hour session scheduled on Wednesday May 17, right in the middle of Kalamazoo Bike Week 2017 (May 13-20).  Attending will be a great way to learn first-hand from area leaders about what’s in store for our community, in one condensed session.

Register now before our general public announcements begin, by going to:
Local Bicycling Developments Registration Form

This event is sponsored by the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study and Bike Friendly Kalamazoo.

KATS Moves Public Meeting #2

April 24th, 4 – 7 p.m. Drop in anytime. Presentations at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Kalamazoo College Fieldhouse
1600 W. Michigan Ave.
Hornet Suite

Refreshments will be provided.

KATS Moves is a community-driven plan to enhance pedestrian, greenway, and transit facilities throughout the greater Kalamazoo Metro region.


KATS Moves Public Meeting 2 Flyer_letter

MDOT 2017 Construction Map

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has posted the 2017 Paving the Way state construction map online for motorists to download.The public is encouraged to download the map and print it at home or at their nearest library or print service provider. The map is available at, and will also be on display in all rest areas and Welcome Centers across the state. All state construction information is available 24/7 on the Mi Drive traffic website and app:

Public Meeting Notice

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), City of Kalamazoo, and Amtrak are holding an open house to discuss several upcoming road, railroad and utility projects.

MDOT representatives
Kalamazoo city representatives
Amtrak representatives
Business owners

4 – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

Kalamazoo Metro Transit meeting room
530 N. Rose St.

Accommodations can be made for persons with disabilities and limited English speaking ability. Large print materials, auxiliary aids or the services of interpreters, signers, or readers available upon request. Please call 517-373-9534 to request at least seven days before meeting date.

In 2017, the three agencies will be collaborating on several projects, including repaving M-43 (West Main Street) from US-131 to Michikal Street, and M-43 (West Kalamazoo Avenue) from Pitcher Street to Douglas Avenue. In 2018, MDOT plans to repave US-131 Business Route (North Westnedge Avenue and North Park Street) from M-43 (West Michigan Avenue) to West Dunkley Street. MDOT construction includes sidewalk ramp upgrades and railroad crossing repairs. Project maps and schedules will be provided.

Kalamazoo city officials will attend to discuss coordination of city utility replacement projects, including sanitary sewer upgrades and construction of the nonmotorized trail along West Kalamazoo Avenue.

The official press release may be viewed at:

Public Participation Plan Distribution Input

The Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study is in the process of updating its Public Participation Plan. In order to strengthen outreach, we are compiling a list of contacts willing to help distribute or post relevant information. Please visit the link to answer a few questions and help us expand our distribution.

Distribution Update Form