MDOT prepared a Public and Stakeholder Participation Plan (PSPP) for Phase I (visioning) and Phase II (plan development) of the Michigan Mobility 2045 planning process. The PSPP outlined the efforts to gather public and stakeholder input, including views on freight, rail, transit, passenger, aviation, bicycle, pedestrian, highway, and other transportation issues important to Michigan's future. Key elements of the plan included:
- The use of innovative technology to extend outreach to a larger and more diverse group of Michigan residents.
- An attitudes and perceptions survey to identify the needs and priorities of a representative sample of Michigan residents.
- Scenario planning to present transportation futures in a realistic context.
- Meaningful and collaborative public engagement opportunities that included vulnerable environmental justice populations, marginalized communities, and tribal governments.
Public and stakeholder engagement techniques outlined in the PSPP were specifically designed to assist in establishing a transportation vision for Michigan and developing the MM2045 Plan. The PSPP was informed by past and current MDOT practices and peer state reviews, and was developed in consultation with Michigan's metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and regional planning agencies, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Rail Administration (FRA), and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).