Ensuring ways to participate in the development of the MM2405 State Long-Range Transportation Plan was of utmost importance. MDOT provided numerous ways to participate online, over the phone and through other means. COVID-19 elevated public health concerns related to travel. The short- and long-term impacts on vehicle traffic, transit ridership, delivery services, ride-sharing, and other transportation systems were considered in creating the new plan.
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 confirms that the state receives federal monies to spend on all modes of transportation in the state.
The policies established in the 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.
The state long-range transportation plan, Michigan Mobility 2045, will cover all modes of transportation in Michigan, including automobile, trucks, pedestrians, bicycles, buses (both local and intercity), rail, aviation, and water (marine) transportation for both passenger and freight movements.
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 Plan and supplements are posted on the project website at MichiganMobility.org
Vision is a long-term outlook on how Michigan would like its transportation system to perform and to serve its passengers, and freight and rail.
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.
MetroQuest is an online public engagement survey tool used to obtain feedback from the public. The survey is visual, educational, and interactive, and allowed MDOT to collect data while building community support and buy-in for the new transportation vision that those who participated, helped create.
MM2045 Plan development began in May 2019 and concluded in July 2021, with a public comment period through the month of August 2021, and final Plan adoption in November 2021.
A state long-range transportation plan identifies key priorities for the future of transportation. These priorities must address ten 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. Transportation 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).