Engage/ Public Outreach Program Description

Public involvement in the transportation planning process is more than just an agency requirement for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). It begins during the state long-range transportation planning process and continues through development, programming and construction.

Throughout development of this new state long-range transportation plan - Michigan Mobility 2045 - MDOT is seeking the opinions of a large and diverse group of Michigan residents and stakeholders representing groups with an interest or concern for the state's transportation decision-making process. Why? Because public involvement is integral to the success of the MDOT mission — providing the highest quality integrated transportation services for economic benefit and improved quality of life.

To this end, accomplishing meaningful involvement means making sure the public has a role in every aspect of decision making. This requires a willingness to interact and remain sensitive to the public's preferred means for communicating and valuing public participation in transportation decisions.

Valuing public insight also involves meeting the needs of varied public interests from different cultures. This involves reaching underserved populations, including Americans with Disability Act (ADA) populations, Limited English Proficiency (LEP) groups, minorities, Native Americans, the elderly and Low-income populations. These groups can offer a more complete point-of-view about how to improve the transportation system, expertise from their own life experiences and a wider range of cultural perspectives.

Explore the Michigan Mobility 2045 Public & Stakeholder Participation Plan (PSPP) for details on how MDOT plans to extend outreach to a larger and more diverse group of Michigan residents.