Long Range Transportation Plan Being Developed
The West Michigan Metropolitan Transportation Planning Program (WestPlan) is pleased to announce that we have begun developing the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for Muskegon and Northern Ottawa Counties. The 2045 LRTP is a federally mandated document that provides for a multi-jurisdictional, multi-year look at the future transportation network of Muskegon and Northern Ottawa County. The plan is used as a guide for investment of public funds that include capital improvements to the highway and transit transportation system within the area. Technical modeling and analysis of the current transportation system provides a guide to plan for future deficiencies of the network. One of the goals of the plan is to address these deficiencies with projects that will allow the network to run more efficiently. The plan also includes local, state, and federal transportation goals and objectives to guide transportation plans and projects. The plan must be financially constrained, and must adhere to other federal requirements such as performance based planning, air quality conformity, environmental mitigation, environmental justice, and public involvement.
WestPlan will keep the public informed during the development of the LRTP, which is expected to be completed by April of 2020, and offer numerous opportunities for area residents to get involved in the planning process or provide input. WestPlan will send email updates to the Interested Citizen/Agency Group and host public meetings to get community and stakeholder feedback. To join the mailing list or submit a comment, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (231) 722-7878 x 19. The public is encouraged to submit comments in person, online, over the phone, or by mail, at any time during the development of the LRTP.