Transportation Planning

The WMRPC is involved in many transportation related programs and projects.  We work with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to provide administration and technical assistance; activities include HPMS update, public involvement, corridor studies, and others.

Management of the Rural Task Force Process – Assist MDOT in the management of the Rural Task Force (RTF) meetings.

MDOT Asset Management ProgramApplying the Right Fix…At the Right Time…In the Right Place

Since 2003, the West Michigan Regional Planning Commission (WMRPC) staff, in association with representatives from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council (MACC), the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council (GVMC), the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC), and each of the seven County Road Commissions conducted PASER road ratings of all Act 51 roadways within the Region.  These ratings have been completed at the request of the State of Michigan’s Transportation Asset Management Council. 

Asset Management as defined in Michigan is “an ongoing process of maintaining, upgrading and operating physical assets cost-effectively, based on a continuous physical inventory and condition assessment.” {MCL 247.659a(1)(a)}.  It consists of five major elements:

  • Developing policy goals and objectives
  • Data collection
  • Planning and programming
  • Program delivery
  • Monitoring and reporting results

Asset Management involves a shift in thinking away from fixing the immediate and most severe problems in our roadways, to a more strategic assessment that facilitates decisions based on the long range condition of the entire system. 

Here is a link to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) https://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151-9621_15757-25283–,00.html

Small Urban Program

The WMRPC assists MDOT with the Small Urban Program. The Small Urban Program provides federal Service Transportation Program (STP) funding to areas with a urbanized population of 5,000 to 49,999. Road and transit capital projects are eligible for STP funds.

Small urban areas within Region 8 include Big Rapids, Greenville, Ionia, Portland, Belding, Hastings, Allegan, and Plainwell-Otsego.