2045 Long Range Transportation Process begins

Press release

The Washtenaw Area Transportation Study is hosting four open house meetings to discuss the development of its Long Range Transportation Plan, which provides a vision for transportation planning over the next 25 years for Washtenaw County. The open house meetings will give WATS an opportunity to discuss this planning effort and talk to people about how they want the transportation system to evolve.
The input meetings will be held on:
Tuesday July 18:
1-3pm Ypsilanti District LIbrary Whittaker Road
5-7pm Ann Arbor District Library Westgate Branch
And Wednesday July 19:
1-3 pm Saline Library
5-7 pm Milan Public Library
The meetings will focus on 1). Proposed changes to the WATS Public Participation Plan, which highlights techniques that the staff will use to encourage public interactions and conversations about transportation planning throughout Washtenaw County, 2). A review of the existing LRP goals, (Safety and Security, Accessibility and Mobility, Invest Strategically, Protect the Environment, Engage the Public, Link Land Use and Transportation, and 3). The inclusion of an equity goal. You can find all meeting materials by visiting www.miwats.org/lrp/, handouts will be available at each meeting for attendees.
The new equity goal addresses the belief that your zipcode should not define your chances in life. WATS is looking to specifically impact transportation decisions that have separated, underserved or otherwise negatively altered communities and to use the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to track the federal funds being spent in Very Low opportunity areas per Washtenaw Opportunity Index (http://www.opportunitywashtenaw.org/opportunity-index.html).
If you cannot attend any of the open house meetings, you can always call (734) 994-3127, email sapkiewiczn [at] miwats [dot] org, or mail comments to Nick Sapkiewicz at WATS 200 N. Main St. PO Box 8465 Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Comments collected will be documented in the 2045 Plan and shared with WATS’ Technical and Policy Committee members.
The Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (WATS) is a multi-jurisdictional agency responsible for transportation planning in Washtenaw County. The agency is mandated by Federal law to provide a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning process, which guides the expenditure of state and federal transportation funds in Washtenaw County. WATS annually establishes project priorities for consideration by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) when programming transportation funds. In addition, WATS continually monitors the current condition of the county’s transportation system, including roads, bicycle and pedestrian paths, bridges, and public transit.

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