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Posted on: March 31, 2017

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SMCOG) Invites Public Comment

SEMCOG invites public comment on an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program and the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan.


SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, announces the public comment period for an amendment to the FY 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The RTP is a long-range vision and strategy that directs investment in the regional transportation system. The TIP is a list of specific projects which implement the policies of the RTP that are recommended by cities, villages, county road agencies, transit providers, and the Michigan Department of Transportation over a four-year period. SEMCOG’s Executive Committee has final approval of the TIP project list.

Background
The 2017 Spring amendment would change 67 projects in the TIP and RTP, including 26 additions, 10 deletions, 28 cost modifications, and three changes in project scope. This proposed amendment includes a variety of work for pavement preservation, bridge preservation, safety, capacity, transit, and pedestrian/bicycle facilities across Southeast Michigan. Proposed project additions to the TIP and RTP are primarily for pavement and bridge preservation work.

Amendment evaluations
The amendment requires all proposed projects undergo a series of evaluations, including identification of financial resources, an air quality conformity review, an environmental justice analysis, an environmental sensitivity analysis, an assessment for consistency with the regional Intelligent Transportation System architecture, and a public comment process.

Project details and evaluation results are available online or by contacting SEMCOG’s Information Center via email or at 313-324-3330.

Coverage of this notice
SEMCOG public notices of public involvement activities for Southeast Michigan’s TIP satisfy public participation requirements for the Section 5307 Program of Projects of public transit agencies receiving federal funding in the SEMCOG region.

How to comment
Please address written comments to SEMCOG’s Information Center, 1001 Woodward Avenue, Suite 1400, Detroit, MI 48226; send faxes to 313-961-4869; call 313-324-3330, or e-mail InfoCenter@semcog.org. Comments can also be made in person at the following meetings where the amendment will be considered:

  • Transportation Coordinating Council, Thursday, April 20, 2017, 9:30 a.m., SEMCOG offices; and
  • Executive Committee, Thursday, May 4, 2017, 1 p.m., SEMCOG offices.

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