Transportation

SMPC is charged by the Michigan Department of Transportation with conducting regional transportation planning for areas outside metropolitan areas (Kalamazoo County and the Northwestern section of Calhoun County). Metropolitan area transportation planning is conducted by the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study (KATS) and the Battle Creek Area Transportation Study (BCATS) within their respective Metropolitan Planning Areas.

SMPC currently contracts with the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study to provide regional transportation planning and related activities. Please contact KATS directly with questions or comments regarding regional transportation planning.

Non-Motorized Transportation Plans in the Region

 

RURAL TASK FORCE

The Rural Task Force program provides federal and state dollars by region to rural counties with a population under 400,000 (78 out of 83 counties in Michigan).  These dollars must be spent within the Region; Region 3 is comprised of Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph Counties. Road and transit capital projects are eligible.

The money is provided within two funding sources: STP – Surface Transportation Program Rural for improving the federal aid system and rural transit, and State TEDF Category D for building and maintaining the All-Season road network. The Rural Task Force #3 selects the projects that are funded in the Region and is comprised of equal representation from each of the five counties in the Region.

The Rural Task Force #3 meets as needed and typically not more than once a year. Projects for fiscal years 2015 – 2017 were identified and selected at the February and April 2014 and January 2015 meetings of the Rural Task Force. Changes to previously selected projects may be addressed at meetings of the Rural Task Force, or if minor, at a meeting of the Local Rural Task Force. Each County has its own local Rural Task Force that meets as needed to identify the projects within its County that will be submitted for funding at the Full Rural Task Force meeting(s) as well as changes to local projects already selected for funding.

RURAL TASK FORCE 3

Rural Task Force #3 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program Approved 03/06/18

Full Task Force Meetings

Meeting Announcement for December 14, 2018 Rural Task Force #3 Meeting
A public meeting will be held on Friday December 14, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. for the purpose of allowing local officials and interested citizens to provide input into the allocation of rural federal aid funds for eligible rural routes and transit systems in Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties for fiscal years 2019 – 2023.  The meeting will be held at the Road Commission of Kalamazoo County:  3801  East Kilgore Road, Kalamazoo.

Agenda and Meeting Packet for December 14, 2018 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting
Draft Minutes of December 14, 2018 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting

Agenda and Meeting Packet for November 1, 2018 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting
Approved Minutes of November 1, 2018 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting

Agenda and Meeting Packet for June 21, 2018 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting
ApprovedMinutes of June 21, 2018 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting

Agenda and Meeting Packet for January 31, 2018 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting
Approved Minutes of January 31, 2018 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting

Agenda and Meeting Packet for December 20, 2017 Rural Task Force #3 Meeting
Approved Minutes of December 20, 2017 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting

Agenda and Meeting Packet for March 27, 2017 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting
Approved Minutes of March 27, 2017 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting

Agenda for January 11, 2017 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting
Approved Minutes of January 11, 2017 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting

Agenda for June 20, 2016 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting
Approved Minutes of June 20, 2016 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting 

Agenda for April 26, 2016 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting
Approved Minutes of April 26, 2016 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting

Agenda for March 2, 2016 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting
Approved Minutes of March 3, 2016 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting

Draft 2017 – 2020 Project List

Approved Minutes of January 12, 2016 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting

Approved Minutes of January 6, 2015 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting

Approved Minutes of April 22, 2014 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting
Full Rural Task Force bylaws-Adopted 4-22-14

Approved Minutes of February 24, 2014 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting

 

LOCAL (COUNTY) RURAL TASK FORCE MEETINGS:

Barry County

Meeting Announcement for November 29, 2018 Barry County Local Rural Task Force Meeting
A public meeting will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. for the purpose of allowing local officials and interested citizens to provide input into the planning and allocation of Federal Aid funds for eligible rural Federal Aid routes and transit systems in Barry County for  Fiscal Years 2019 – 2023.  The meeting will be held at the Barry County Road Commission:  1725 W. M-43 Highway, Hastings.

Draft Minutes of November 29, 2018 Barry County Local RTF Meeting

Approved Minutes of November 12, 2015 Barry County Local RTF Meeting

Minutes of January 7, 2014 Barry Local RTF Meeting

 

Branch County

Meeting Announcement for November 26, 2018 Branch County Local Rural Task Force Meeting
A public meeting will be held on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. for the purpose of allowing local officials and interested citizens to provide input into the planning and allocation of Federal Aid funds for eligible rural Federal Aid routes and transit systems in Branch County for  Fiscal Years 2019 – 2023.  The meeting will be held at the Branch County Road Commission:  23 East Garfield Avenue, Coldwater.

Draft Minutes November 28, 2018 Branch County Local RTF Meeting

Approved Minutes of November 23, 2015 Branch County Local RTF Meeting

Minutes of February 10, 2015 Branch Local RTF Meeting

Minutes of October 20, 2014 Branch Local RTF Meeting

 

Calhoun County

Meeting Announcement for November 26, 2018 Calhoun County Local Rural Task Force Meeting
A public meeting will be held on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. for the purpose of allowing local officials and interested citizens to provide input into the planning and allocation of Federal Aid funds for eligible rural Federal Aid routes and transit systems in Calhoun County for  Fiscal Years 2019 – 2023.  The meeting will be held at the Calhoun County Road Department Lower Level Board Room:  13300 15 Mile Road, Marshall.

Draft Minutes November 26, 2018 Calhoun Local RTF Meeting

Approved Minutes November 16, 2015 Calhoun Local RTF Meeting

Minutes of January 22, 2014 Calhoun Local RTF Meeting

 

Kalamazoo County

Meeting Announcement for November 29, 2018 Kalamazoo County Local Rural Task Force Meeting
A public meeting will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. for the purpose of allowing local officials and interested citizens to provide input into the planning and allocation of Federal Aid funds for eligible rural Federal Aid routes and transit systems in Kalamazoo County for  Fiscal Years 2019 – 2023.  The meeting will be held at the offices of Kalamazoo Metro:  530 N Rose St., Kalamazoo.

Draft Minutes November 29, 2018 Kalamazoo Local RTF Meeting

Approved Minutes January 26, 2018 Kalamazoo Local RTF Meeting

Minutes November 12, 2015 Kalamazoo Local RTF Meeting

Minutes of February 12, 2015 Kalamazoo Local RTF Meeting

Minutes of October 7, 2014Kalamazoo Local RTF Meeting

 

St. Joseph County

Meeting Announcement for November 20, 2018 St. Joseph County Local Rural Task Force Meeting
A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. for the purpose of allowing local officials and interested citizens to provide input into the planning and allocation of Federal Aid funds for eligible rural Federal Aid routes and transit systems in St. Joseph County for  Fiscal Years 2019 – 2023.  The meeting will be held at the St. Joseph County Road Commission:  20914 M-86, Centreville.

Draft Minutes November 20. 2018 St Joseph Local RTF Meeting

Approved Minutes November 23, 2015 St Joseph Local RTF Meeting

Minutes of February 12, 2015 St Joseph Local RTF Meeting

Minutes of October 21, 2014 St. Joseph Local RTF Meeting

 

 

SMALL URBAN TASK FORCE

The Small Urban program provides federal Surface Transportation Program dollars by region to cities, villages, transit agencies and road commissions located within or serving urban areas with populations from 5,000 to 50,000.   In Region 3, the eligible areas are Albion, Coldwater-Quincy, Hastings, Marshall, Paw Paw-Lawton, Sturgis and Three Rivers.

Eligible projects include road projects on the federal-aid highway system and transit capital projects within the small urban boundary.  Projects must be consistent with regional land use and development plans.  Project selection begins when the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) issues Calls for Projects for three-year programs (2015 – 2017, 2018 – 2020, etc.)  Small Urban Task Forces comprised of representatives from eligible city or village governments, transit agencies and county road commissions meet to prioritize projects for the applicable program years.  Applications for the use of federal funding based on the prioritized list are submitted to MDOT, which then awards funding as available.

2017 – 2020 Small Urban Program
Small Urban Approved Projects, 2017 – 2020

 

Albion Small Urban

Meeting Announcement for Albion Small Urban Task Force January 14, 2019
A public meeting will be held on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 10:00 am for the purpose of allowing local officials and interested citizens to comment on the selection and prioritization of projects utilizing Federal Aid funds within the Albion Small Urban boundary for fiscal years 2020 – 2023.  The meeting will be held at the Calhoun County Road Department:
1330 15 Mile Road, Marshall, MI 49068

Draft Minutes of April 14, 2016 Albion Small Urban Task Force Meeting

Minutes of March 13, 2014 Albion Small Urban Task Force Meeting

 

Coldwater-Quincy Small Urban

Meeting Announcement for Coldwater Quincy Small Urban Task Force January 9, 2019
A public meeting will be held on Wednesday January 9, 2019 at 10:00 am for the purpose of allowing local officials and interested citizens to comment on the selection and prioritization of projects utilizing Federal Aid funds within the Coldwater/Quincy Small Urban boundary for fiscal years 2020 – 2023.  The meeting will be held at the Branch County Road Commission:
23 E Garfield Ave, Coldwater, MI 49036

Draft Minutes of April 13, 2016 Coldwater-Quincy Small Urban Task Force Meeting

Minutes of March 11, 2014 Coldwater-Quincy Small Urban Task Force Meeting

 

Hastings Small Urban

Meeting Announcement for Hastings Small Urban Task Force January 15, 2019
A public meeting will be held on Tuesday January 15, 2019 at 10:00 am for the purpose of allowing local officials and interested citizens to comment on the selection and prioritization of projects utilizing Federal Aid funds within the Hastings Small Urban boundary for fiscal years 2020 – 2023.  The meeting will be held at the Barry County Road Commission:
1725 W M 43 Hwy, Hastings, MI 49058

 
Draft Minutes of May 30, 2017 Hastings Small Urban Task Force Meeting

Minutes of April 14, 2016 Hastings Small Urban Task Force Meeting

Minutes of March 27, 2014 Hastings Small Urban Task Force Meeting

 

Marshall Small Urban

Meeting Announcement for Marshall Small Urban Task Force January 14, 2019
A public meeting will be held on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 9:00 am for the purpose of allowing local officials and interested citizens to comment on the selection and prioritization of projects utilizing Federal Aid funds within the Marshall Small Urban boundary for fiscal years 2020 – 2023.  The meeting will be held at the Calhoun County Road Department:
1330 15 Mile Road, Marshall, MI 49068


Draft Minutes of April 14, 2016 Marshall Small Urban Task Force Meeting

Minutes of March 13, 2014 Marshall Small Urban Task Force Meeting

 

Paw Paw-Lawton Small Urban

Meeting Announcement for Paw Paw-Lawton Small Urban Task Force January 16, 2019
A public meeting will be held on Wednesday January 16, 2019 at 10:00 am for the purpose of allowing local officials and interested citizens to comment on the selection and prioritization of projects utilizing Federal Aid funds within the Paw Paw/Lawton Small Urban boundary for fiscal years 2020 – 2023.  The meeting will be held at the Van Buren County Road Commission:
325 W. James Street, Lawrence, Michigan 49064


Draft Minutes of April 15, 2016 Paw Paw-Lawton Small Urban Task Force Meeting

Minutes of March 31, 2014 Paw Paw-Lawton Small Urban Task Force Meeting

 

Sturgis Small Urban

Meeting Announcement for Sturgis Small Urban Task Force January 17, 2019
A public meeting will be held on Thursday January 17, 2019 at 9:00 am for the purpose of allowing local officials and interested citizens to comment on the selection and prioritization of projects utilizing Federal Aid funds within the Sturgis Small Urban boundary for fiscal years 2020 – 2023.  The meeting will be held at the St. Joseph County Road Commission:
20914 M-86, Centreville, MI 49032


Draft Minutes of April 13, 2016 Sturgis Small Urban Task Force Meeting

Minutes of March 31, 2014 Sturgis Small Urban Task Force Meeting

 

Three Rivers Small Urban

Meeting Announcement for Three Rivers Small Urban Task Force January 17, 2019
A public meeting will be held on Thursday January 17, 2019 at 10:00 am for the purpose of allowing local officials and interested citizens to comment on the selection and prioritization of projects utilizing Federal Aid funds within the Three Rivers Small Urban boundary for fiscal years 2020 – 2023.  The meeting will be held at the St. Joseph County Road Commission:
20914 M-86, Centreville, MI 49032


Draft Minutes of April 13, 2016 Three Rivers Small Urban Task Force Meeting

Minutes of March 31, 2014 Three Rivers Small Urban Task Force Meeting

 

 

ROAD CONDITION REPORTS

The Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study has created road condition reports for the five counties in the Region 3 planning area.  The reports summarizes condition trends of federal-aid roads over several years and are meant to be helpful tools for the townships, villages, and road commissions that are located in each county.  The road condition reports for the past several years for each county can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

Barry County 2014 Road Condition Report
Barry County 2015 Road Condition Report
Barry County 2016 Road Condition Report
Barry County 2017 Road Condition Report

Branch County 2014 Road Condition Report
Branch County 2015 Road Condition Report
Branch County 2016 Road Condition Report
Branch County 2017 Road Condition Report

Calhoun County 2014 Road Condition Report
Calhoun County 2015 Road Condition Report
Calhoun County 2016 Road Condition Report
Calhoun County 2017 Road Condition Report

Kalamazoo County 2014 Road Condition Report
Kalamazoo County 2015 Road Condition Report
Kalamazoo County 2016 Road Condition Report
Kalamazoo County 2017 Road Condition Report

St. Joseph County 2014 Road Condition Report
St. Joseph County 2015 Road Condition Report
St. Joseph County 2016 Road Condition Report
St. Joseph County 2017 Road Condition Report

Michigan Department of Transportation Information

2017 Rural Task Force Guidelines
FY 2018 Local Agency Programs Project Planning Guide
SMPC FY 2018 Rural Transportation Planning Budget