BCATS Committees move November meeting dates - the November meeting date for the Technical Committee has been moved to the 16th and the meeting date for the Policy Committee has been moved to the 30th, following action by both Committees to move the dates in order to align with the completion schedule for the Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update
BCATS Announces Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update
The Battle Creek Area Transportation Study is please to announce that the process of updating its Metropolitan Transportation Plan to a horizon year of 2040 is nearing completion. Click on the current issue of the BCATS Newsletter, "The Signal", below for more details.
The BCATS Policy Committee approved the FY17-20 TIP at its June 22, 2016 meeting. The complete document and TIP E-file was submitted to MDOT in early July, and approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) & the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in late September, as incorporated by reference in Michigan's Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
The twelfth amendment to the FY14-17 TIP was processed thru BCATS' Committees in May, approved by Policy Committee 5/25/16, and approved by MDOT & Federal officials 7/18/16. Following are the approved changes as outlined in the Battle Creek Enquirer public notice 5/9/16:
1) adding Federal ($15,000) & State ($562,500) incentive payments to the City of Battle Creek (BC) for 2016 railroad grade crossing closures on Division St, Fountain St, & Spencer St;
2) adding a Michigan Dept of Transportation (MDOT) 2016 Freeway Signing Upgrade on I-94 in Calhoun County, total cost $1.9M, 100% Fed Interstate Maintenance - Safety funds;
3) deleting BC’s 2017 resurfacing of Main St (from Mary to south city limits, & from M-66 to Hamblin) from the current TIP, and placing the $194,000 project in the new TIP for 2018 construction. The resulting available 2017 Federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds then facilitate adding resurfacing of McCamly St (from VanBuren St to North Ave), and Roosevelt Ave (from East Ave to Garrison Ave), to BC’s 2017 STP-funded resurfacing of Goguac St (from Capital to Carl), expediting bid letting & providing funding flexibility. Goguac+McCamly+Roosevelt total cost $445,180, funded 81.85% Fed STP, 18.15% City of Battle Creek;
4) adding a 2016 remodeling/rehabilitation of Battle Creek Transit’s administration building. Total cost $114,575, funded 80% Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5339 - Small Urban Bus & Bus Facilities, 20% State Comprehensive Transportation Fund.
The fifth proposed change in the notice was the addition of replacement of two large heavy duty, low floor, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) fully equipped buses for Battle Creek Transit’s fixed-route service, one in 2016 & one in 2017. Each bus total cost $425,000, 90% FTA Sec 5339, 10% City of Battle Creek. The addition of these two buses was NOT approved by FTA; given the "discretionary" status of the FTA Sec 5339 funding, such projects cannot be approved in a TIP until officially selected for the funding award by FTA.
The current TIP project list, including Fed-approved changes in the 5/25/16 list for Amendment #12, as well as changes made by "administrative action" of BCATS' staff in June-August, can be viewed here.
Direct questions and/or comments to:
BCATS, 601 Avenue A, Springfield, MI 49037
ph 269-963-1158, fax 269-963-4951
This page last updated on 10/12/2016.