REQUEST FOR COMMENTS ON
THE BATTLE CREEK AREA TRANSPORTATION STUDY (BCATS) HEREBY GIVES NOTICE of opportunity for public involvement in the 4th amendment to its Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for fiscal years (FYs) 2014-2017 (10/1/13–9/30/17). Any project to be implemented with Federal transportation funds must be identified in the TIP. The proposed amendment includes:
BCATS ANNOUNCES PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON DRAFT UPDATE OF ITS TRANSPORTATION PARTICIPATION PLAN
The Battle Creek Area Transportation Study (BCATS) is currently updating its "Transportation Participation Plan", called the TPP. The plan outlines ways the public can participate in the BCATS program. The TPP also includes information about how BCATS conducts outreach for its plans and programs. The existing TPP was adopted by the BCATS Policy Committee in December, 2006. Since that time, BCATS has added new public participation mechanisms, such as this website.
The draft updated TTP can be viewed by clicking here.
Comments will be received by BCATS until July 18, 2014
at email@example.com or via contacting the staff office at
601 Avenue A, Springfield, MI 49037
REQUEST FOR COMMENTS ON
THE BATTLE CREEK AREA TRANSPORTATION STUDY (BCATS) HEREBY GIVES NOTICE of opportunity for public involvement in the 3rd amendment to its Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for fiscal years (FYs) 2014-2017 (10/1/13–9/30/17). Any project to be implemented with Federal transportation funds must be identified in the TIP. The proposed amendment includes:
1) adding a 2015 Calhoun County Road Dept (CCRD) project to upgrade guardrail on 1 Mile Rd & U Dr N, at Seven Mile Creek, on 3½ Mile Rd at Waubascon Creek, and on 10 Mile Rd at the Battle Creek River. Total $185,490 [80% Federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) - Safety-Hazard Elimination, 20% CCRD].
2) adding a second 2014 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5339_funded Battle Creek Transit (BCT) project, to install security cameras & renovate BCT’s administrative facility, repair/replace passenger shelters, and acquire software. Total $120,656 [80% FTA Sec5339-Bus & Bus Facilities, 20% State Comprehensive Transportation Fund (CTF)].
3) adding a 2014 Michigan Dept of Transportation (MDOT) project to remove the traffic signal at the intersection of M-89 (Michigan Ave) & Jordan St/Angell St. Total $4,488 (100% Federal STP-Safety).
4) adding three City of Battle Creek (BC) projects to use Federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funds: in 2015 to construct a propane fueling station at the BC Dept of Public Works (DPW) on Kendall St (total $250,000); in 2016 to convert one BCT van to run on propane (total $15,000); and in 2017 to convert up to 15 light-duty DPW vehicles to run on propane ($97,123). Projects funded at 80% Federal CMAQ and 20% BC, and are pending affirmation of CMAQ eligibility.
5) deleting two proposed CMAQ-funded projects: the City of Springfield’s 2014 signal modernization at the Avenue A/20th St intersection (total $200,000), and the CCRD’s 2017 intersection geometrics improvement at the Armstrong Rd/M-96 (Dickman Rd) intersection (total $100,000).
6) adding FTA Section 5310 (Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities) transit capital assistance for 2015 to: Community Action, for 4 replacement light-duty 12-15 passenger vans (total $127,600); Community Inclusive Recreation, for automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and advance passenger alert systems for each of its five buses (total $12,000); and Marian E. Burch Adult Day Care Center, for 2 replacement medium-duty 29' buses (total $188,000). Projects funded at 80% FTA Sec5310 and 20% State CTF.
7) separating the CCRD’s 2014 Raymond Rd & Golden Ave (G Dr N) resurfacing project (at total of $878,750) into two projects, with Raymond, from Verona/Emmett to I_94BL (Michigan), to total $330,000, and Golden, from Raymond to I-194/M-66, to total $548,750. Funded at 80% Federal STP Urban Local (STUL, for urban areas<200,000 population) and 20% CCRD.
8) shifting the CCRD’s 2014 resurfacing of Bellevue Rd (from McAllister Rd to Chippewa Trail) to 2015 and combining it with the 2015 resurfacing of Bellevue Rd (from Chippewa Trail to 13 Mile Rd), increasing the total project cost by 3.6% to $756,000, changing the Federal fund source from STP (any area) to STP-Local and increasing the Federal share from 77% to 83%, and changing the non_Federal fund source from State Economic Development - Category D to the CCRD.
Details of the listed projects, and of administrative modifications that may be presented with the amendment, can be provided upon request, or may be available online at www.bcatsmpo.org. Discussion and action regarding the proposed amendment will be conducted at the regular meetings of BCATS’ Technical Committee (5/14/14) and Policy Committee (5/28/14). Both meetings begin at 1:30 pm in the Council Chambers of Springfield City Hall at 601 Avenue A. Public comment on the amendment is encouraged before or at those meetings; BCATS' regular meetings are open to the public. Comments on the amendment will be accepted for 30 days following publication of this notice. Direct questions and/or comments to:
BCATS, 601 Avenue A, Springfield, MI 49037; ph 269-963-1158, fax 269-963-4951, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
BCATS is pleased to provide a listing of federally funded transportation projects obligated in fiscal year 2013 (which ended September 30, 2013). Click here or on the adjoining image of the first page to view the full annual report.
BCATS' FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) was approved by BCATS' Policy Committee in June, 2013, and submitted to the Michigan Dept of Transportation on July 1st for State review/approval. From there it moved on to the Federal Highway Administration & Federal Transit Administration, where it was officially approved at the end of November, 2013. Projects in the new TIP can now officially be advanced by the implementing agencies.
Section 1 – INTRODUCTION
Section 2 – FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS/FINANCIAL CONSTRAINT
Section 3 – PERFORMANCE-BASED PLANNING
Section 4 – PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
Section 5 – CONSULTATION
Section 6 – ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
Section 7 – AIR QUALITY CONFORMITY
Section 8 – PROJECT LIST
Section 9 – IMPLEMENTATION
Click here or on the TIP document cover image above for the entire document in Adobe pdf format.