Transportation Planning & Technical Assistance
Transportation is vital to every aspect of our economy and our personal lives. Highways, transit systems, railroads, and other modes of transportation serve to knit our region together and connect it with the nation and the world. EUPRP&DC plays a vital role in the transportation planning process.
Each year, EUP Regional Planning & Development receives funding from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) under the statewide “Regional Transportation Planning” program as legislated by Act 51’s Michigan Transportation Fund (MTF). The EUPRP&DC acts as a liaison between citizens, local government officials, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). EUPRPDC’s work program includes, but is not limited to, the following activities:
- Administration: Provide program and financial status accounts, which satisfy requirements of the Regional Agency and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), and to provide program administration and management support.
- Technical Assistance to MDOT: Assist in the coordination and hosting of public involvement meetings as required. Also, assistance in various tasks in addressing specific Department issues, projects and programs, such as road, transit, non-motorized, Enhancement (ENH) Program, Heritage Route (Scenic By-Ways) Program and other Department projects, programs, and issues. Work with MDOT as appropriate through the Program Coordinator and Manager, MDOT Regions and Transportation Service Centers (TSC), to reach mutual agreement of processes and resources in conducting such work.
- Technical Assistance to Member Agencies: Provide services to local transportation oriented entities with activities to improve existing transportation systems, add new transportation systems, and address local transportation issues directly relating to future actions to improve the area’s transportation system.
- Asset Management: Provide Technical Assistance to the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC). Participate in a multi-agency team to collect PASER data on the federal aid eligible road network within the region. Provide information and assistance to local agencies on the Asset Management Process.
- HPMS Update: Assist MDOT by annually updating sample segment data in accordance with the Highway Performance Management System (HPMS), Traffic Monitoring Guide (TMG), and AASHTO guidelines, as provided by MDOT.
- Traffic Counting: Develop an on-going program for obtaining traffic volume data and determining AADT for strategic locations within the region, and assist the Department in obtaining supplemental counts and counts provided to developers, local jurisdictions, and others agencies.
- Public Involvement: Assist MDOT in providing the public an opportunity, as appropriate, to review and comment on activities related to this Program.
- Rural Task Force (RTF #11): Provide assistance to the RTF in scheduling and running local and regional RTF meetings. Meeting Minutes available here.
- Access Management: Provide input and technical assistance to the SSM/Soo Township Access Management Review Team per the Access Management Plan.