Metropolitan Transportation Plan

For almost 50 years, the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study (KATS) has been the principal agency charged with planning for the future transportation needs of the Kalamazoo Metropolitan Area. Since its inception, KATS has worked to address current issues while also looking toward the future to craft a vision for the region in a long-range plan.

The Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) covers a minimum of a 20-year planning horizon.  It discusses strategies and projects to develop and maintain an integrated multimodal transportation system.  It also outlines the area’s goals for the transportation system.  The plan includes road, public transit, and non-motorized facilities and discusses intermodal linkages.    The plan must be fiscally constrained and is reviewed, or updated, every four years.


2050 MTP Development

*Currently, all chapters and elements are in draft form for public comment. 

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Vision & Goals
Chapter 3: Demographics
Chapter 4: Current Transportation System
Chapter 5: Non-Motorized Transportation
Chapter 6 – Public Engagement
Chapter 7 – Consultation
Chapter 8 – Congestion and Operation

Chapter 10 : Measuring Success
Chapter 11: Financial Plan
Chapter 12 – Moving Forward

Appendix A: Acronyms
Appendix B – Socioeconomic Projections
Appendix C – Transportation Survey & Public Comments
Appendix E – Systems Performance Report
Appendix F – Consultation Documentation
Appendix H – KATS Travel Demand Model Technical Documentation
Appendix I – Safety (Non-Motorized Transportation)
Appendix J – Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Non‐Motorized Transportation
Appendix K – Title 23 United States Code
Appendix L – MDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Terminology


The following list of projects are proposed for the 2050 MTP.  Projects have not been prioritized for funding and are not guaranteed to receive funding. 

2050 MTP Draft Master Project List
2050 MTP Draft Capacity Project List

Online Map of Proposed Projects

2050 MTP Project Concept Form (no longer accepting project applications)


2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Adopted 4-27-2016
2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Appendix E – Travel Demand Model Technical Documentation

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