Answer: Ensuring ways to participate in the development of the MM2405 State Long-Range Transportation Plan is of utmost importance. We are providing numerous ways to participate online, over the phone and through other means. COVID-19 has also elevated public health concerns related to travel. There may be short- and long-term impacts on vehicle traffic, transit ridership, delivery services, ride-sharing, and other transportation systems. All of this will be considered in creating the new plan.
Answer: We are providing a variety of opportunities for the public to learn about MM2045 and give opinions about the future of transportation in Michigan. Online opportunities include this website, an interactive survey (coming soon), social media posts, and statewide e-mails. We have also scheduled telephone townhall meetings that do not require Internet access. In some cases, we are replacing in-person meetings with virtual meetings. Watch for those opportunities on the Events page.
Answer: A state long-range transportation plan is a federally required policy document that sets the vision, goals, objectives and investment strategies of Michigan's transportation system over the next 25 years. This ensures that the state receives federal monies to spend on all modes of transportation in the state.
Answer: The policies established in this plan will influence future transportation projects, initiatives and investments where you live and across the state of Michigan. The projects near your home are decided based on the vision and goals developed in this plan.
Answer: The upcoming state long-range transportation plan, Michigan Mobility 2045, will cover all modes of transportation in Michigan. This includes automobile, trucks, pedestrians, bicycles, buses (both local and intercity), rail, aviation, and water (marine) transportation for both passenger and freight movements.
Answer: The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has jurisdiction over 9,668 miles of road in Michigan (designated by I, US, and M-routes), four state-owned airports, and 665 miles of state-owned railroad. The rest of the system is controlled and operated by counties, cities and villages, transit agencies, Amtrak, private railroad companies, private airlines and airports, and port authorities. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) owns various nonmotorized trails throughout the state. MDOT works with these private and public agencies to provide the highest quality integrated transportation services for economic benefit and improved quality of life for Michigan residents.
The MM2045 state long-range transportation plan and supplements are posted on the program website.
A long-term outlook on how Michigan would like its transportation system to perform and to serve its passengers and freight.
In order to establish a vision, we look at a variety of resources. We have transportation experts both at MDOT and at partnering agencies that review data and other trends to measure the performance of our system. We also perform surveys for the users to measure how satisfied they are with our system. This town hall is one of several ways to engage the public and stakeholders in order to understand their views.
Answer: MetroQuest is an online public engagement survey tool that will be used to obtain feedback from the public regarding Michigan's transportation system. The survey includes trade-off scenarios based on their own transportation priorities. It is visual, educational, and interactive, and allows MDOT to collect data while building community support and buy-in for a new transportation vision that those who participate will help to create.
The draft plan was completed in July 2021, with a 30-day public comment period extending through August 31, 2021. The plan will be finalized in September 2021 with adoption by the State Transportation Commission in October 2021.
The state long-range transportation plan identifies key priorities for the future of transportation for Michigan. These priorities must address 10 key federally required planning factors:
- Support the economic vitality of the state and metropolitan area, especially by enabling global competitiveness, productivity, and efficiency;
- Increase the safety of the transportation system for motorized and nonmotorized users;
- Increase the security of the transportation system for motorized and nonmotorized users;
- Increase accessibility and mobility of people and freight;
- Protect and enhance the environment, promote energy conservation, improve the quality of life, and promote consistency between transportation improvements and state and local-planned growth and economic development patterns;
- Enhance the integration and connectivity of the transportation system, across and between modes, for people and freight;
- Promote efficient system management and operation;
- Emphasize the preservation of the existing transportation system;
- Improve the resiliency and reliability of the transportation system and reduce or mitigate storm water impacts of surface transportation; and
- Enhance travel and tourism.
Answer: The state long-range transportation plan is a policy document. Projects can be found through various state and local agencies. MDOT-owned infrastructure projects are listed in the Five-Year Transportation Program, sorted by MDOT region. All federal-aid-eligible projects, MDOT or locally owned, are included in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which provides information for projects in a four-year time frame. For large state highway projects, MDOT may develop specific project websites to engage the public and provide continuous project updates. In urbanized areas, also check your metropolitan planning organization website for their long-range transportation plan and transportation improvement program (TIP).