Components of Transportation Planning

The 2045 Regional Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Moving Mid-Michigan, is a compilation of goals, strategies, and analyses for the region's transportation system.

It aims to improve connectivity, quality of life, safety, our economy, and the environment in mid-Michigan. The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC) and its partners factor components from all modes of transportation into the planning process - explore them below!

Roadways are all around us, and they play a key role in our regional, state, and national transportation infrastructure. TCRPC collaborates with local and state officials to assess the condition of paved surface roadways every few years using a rating system called Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating, or PASER. Road ratings are then used to set priorities for maintenance and projects. The 2045 MTP will include a long-range plan for managing conditions of the local roadway system in the region.

In addition to getting us to and from work, school, or shopping, walking and bicycling provide a great outlet for exercise and recreation. There's been a push to recognize and support bicycling as an inexpensive, quick, and eco-friendly form of non-motorized travel. In an effort to make mid-Michigan as connected as possible, the 2045 MTP will develop a regional non-motorized plan that details specific projects, such as bike lanes, paths, and water trails, to integrate into the current transportation system. 

Congestion Management Processes (CMP) measure and diagnose the causes of traffic congestion within metropolitan areas with populations over 200,000. TCRPC’s CMP is a “living” document, continually evolving throughout the planning process to address the results of performance measures, congestion data, and new objectives, goals, and concerns. TCRPC staff will use the completed document to identify specific areas that need improvements and suggest solutions to make traffic run more smoothly.

The Regional Transportation Safety Plan (RTSP) aims to reduce fatal and severe injury crashes within Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties. While typical plans mainly look at engineering solutions to prevent accidents, TCRPC’s RTSP explores ideas from the four Es: Engineering, Education, Enforcement, and Emergency Services. An analysis of historic crash data is used to determine “emphasis areas,” where safety is the worst, and that information guides the prioritization of projects that will reduce collisions.

Transit Planning
Transit Planning

_ Statistics for our region show that fewer people are buying cars, & more are using transit, paratransit, & private provider services. Public transportation has many benefits: it directly links to the economy via businesses & access to jobs; it reduces fuel consumption & your carbon footprint; & it provides mobility for groups who would otherwise be restricted. The 2045 MTP will review all transit services in the region & analyze possibilities to enhance communities’ quality of life.

Freight Movement
Freight Movement

_ Our economy relies on the transportation of goods, and while freight plays a key role in the economic prosperity of our communities, it increases traffic on our highways and railroads. The recently passed FAST Act – Fixing America’s Surface Transportation – has placed emphasis on freight planning. The 2045 MTP will analyze the effects of freight traffic, including economic impacts, and a Regional Freight and Goods Movement Plan will detail projects that will improve truck routes.

Aeronautics Planning
Aeronautics Planning

_ TCRPC is currently in the early stages of planning for passenger air travel. As a regional international airport, the Capital Region International Airport (LAN) provides direct access to many of the nation’s major hub airports on a daily basis. We are studying improved access for both passengers and freight into and out of the Capital Region International Airport. The results of the airport access study efforts will be included in the 2045 MTP.

Passenger Rail Planning
Passenger Rail Planning

_ The TCRPC 2045 MTP will continue long standing efforts to provide access to passenger rail opportunities in the region. Currently, passenger rail is provided by AMTRAK via the Bluewater line.  Passengers have daily access to trains servicing Chicago to Port Huron. Two additional daily trips are available via bus connector to the Wolverine line serving the Detroit – Chicago corridor.

Our region offers several local and regional bus services, including public transit, paratransit, and private provider services. These transportation services have many benefits: they directly link to the economy via businesses and access to jobs; reduce fuel consumption and your carbon footprint; and provide mobility for groups who would otherwise be restricted. The 2045 MTP will review all transit services in the region and analyze possibilities to enhance communities’ quality of life.

Our economy relies on the transportation of goods, and while freight plays a key role in the economic prosperity of our communities, it increases traffic on our highways and railroads. The recently passed FAST Act – Fixing America’s Surface Transportation – has placed emphasis on freight planning. The 2045 MTP will analyze the effects of freight traffic, including economic impacts, and a Regional Freight and Goods Movement Plan will detail projects that will improve truck routes.

TCRPC is currently in the early stages of planning for passenger air travel. As a regional international airport, the Capital Region International Airport (LAN) provides direct access to many of the nation’s major hub airports on a daily basis. We are studying improved access for both passengers and freight into and out of the Capital Region International Airport. The results of the airport access study efforts will be included in the 2045 MTP.

The TCRPC 2045 MTP will continue long standing efforts to provide access to passenger rail opportunities in the region. Currently, passenger rail is provided by AMTRAK via the Bluewater line.  Passengers have daily access to trains servicing Chicago to Port Huron. Two additional daily trips are available via bus connector to the Wolverine line serving the Detroit – Chicago corridor.