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.  Changes to previously selected projects may be addressed at meetings of the Rural Task Force, or if minor, by email concurrence of task force members. 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.

Full Rural Task Force #3 bylaws-Adopted January 31, 2018

Rural Task Force #3 Approved Projects as of November 7, 2019

Full Task Force Meetings

Announcement for November 7, 2019 Full Rural Task Force #3 Meeting  
A public meeting will be held on Thursday November 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. for the purpose of allowing local officials and interested citizens to provide input into the allocation of federal and state funds for eligible rural routes and transit systems in Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties for fiscal years 2020 – 2023.  The meeting will be held at the office of the Road Commission of Kalamazoo County, 3801 E. Kilgore Road, Kalamazoo.  Questions regarding this meeting can be directed to the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study, Region 3 transportation administrators representing the Southcentral Michigan Planning Council, (269) 343-0766.

Agenda and Meeting Packet for November 7, 2019 Rural Task Force #3 Meeting
Draft Minutes of November 7, 2019 Rural Task Force #3 Meeting

Agenda and Meeting Packet for August 15, 2019 Rural Task Force #3 Meeting
Approved Minutes of August 15, 2019 Rural Task Force #3 Meeting

Approved Minutes of February 21, 2019 Rural Task Force #3 Meeting

Approved Minutes of December 14, 2018 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting

Approved Minutes of November 1, 2018 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting

ApprovedMinutes of June 21, 2018 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting

Approved Minutes of January 31, 2018 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting

Approved Minutes of December 20, 2017 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting

Approved Minutes of March 27, 2017 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting

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

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

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

Approved Minutes of March 3, 2016 Rural Task Force 3 Meeting

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

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

 

LOCAL (COUNTY) RURAL TASK FORCE MEETINGS:

Barry County

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

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

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

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

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.

2020 – 2023 Small Urban Program
FY 2020-2023 Small Urban Program Approved Projects List

 

Albion Small Urban

Minutes of January 14, 2019 Albion Small Urban Task Force Meeting

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

Minutes of January 9, 2019 Coldwater-Quincy Small Urban Task Force Meeting

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

Minutes of January 15, 2019 Hastings Small Urban Task Force Meeting

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

Minutes of January 14, 2019 Marshall Small Urban Task Force Meeting

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

Minutes of January 15, 2019 Paw Paw – Lawton Small Urban Task Force Meeting

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

Minutes of January 17, 2019 Sturgis Small Urban Task Force Meeting

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

Minutes of January 17, 2019 Three Rivers Small Urban Task Force Meeting

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
Barry County 2018 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
Branch County 2018 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
Calhoun County 2018 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
Kalamazoo County 2018 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
St. Joseph County 2018 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