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The staff office for BCATS is located in the Susan L. Anderson Municipal Building, Springfield City Hall,
601 Avenue A
Springfield, MI 49037
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269-963-1158
fax: 269-963-4951

email: bcats@bcatsmpo.org

 THE STAFF OFFICE IS CURRENTLY STAFFED MOST, BUT NOT ALL, NORMAL HOURS DUE TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS PANDEMIC THAT IS ONGOING.    BCATS STAFF CAN ALWAYS BE CONTACTED USING THE GENERAL OFFICE E-MAIL at bcats@bcatsmpo.org - thank you for your understanding during this time.

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The BCATS area includes:  the Cities of Battle Creek and Springfield; Charter Townships of Bedford, Emmett and Pennfield; and townships of Leroy and Newton

 

BCATS is an Equal Opportunity Employer


If you require translation of any BCATS documents, please contact the BCATS office, see above for contact information.


AREA OF INTEREST - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

To view information about BCATS' actions regarding the federally identified performance measures for the transportation system, click on the Activities header in the orange bar on the homepage and then on the Performance Measures selection along the left side of that page.


PUBLICATIONS


2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) Info

FINAL 2045 DOCUMENT FEB 2022

February 2022 Newsletter

July 2021 Newsletter

February 2021 Newsletter

BCATS Participation Plan

January 2021 Update

FY 2022 Unified Work Program

COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan June 2020

FY 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Document

FY 2020-2023 TIP Newsletter #2, April 2019

FY 2020-2023 TIP Newsletter #1, January, 2019

 

JANUARY 2017 GUIDE TO CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT with BCATS

 

 

 

2021 Annual Listing of Obligated Projects

 PAST ANNUAL LISTINGS OF OBLIGATED PROJECTS

2020    2019    2018    2017

2016    2015    2014    2013

2012    2011

 

  

Non-Motorized Transportation Plans & Resources

 


 

FY 2020-2023 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (TIP)
 

FY20-23 TIP

complete document

Up-to-date

TIP Project List

 


 

BCATS' TIP

Amendment

Schedule

for FY 2022

(Oct2021--Sep2022)

 


 

2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan

Full Document

Executive Summary

 

"THE SIGNAL" Metropolitan Transportation Plan

September, 2016


 

 BCATS Title VI Plan

click here

 




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What's New



 

FY 2023-2026

TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (TIP) UPDATE

Draft TIP Document Available

for Review HERE

Draft FY23-26 TIP Project List with Maps

See the Public Notice HERE

 

The second newsletter about the development of the FY 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the BCATS area was published in early April.  This new TIP will be acted upon at the May BCATS Committee meetings.  The April newsletter has details about projects proposed for that document and can be seen here.  A February newsletter discussing the new TIP, potential projects to be included, and the schedule for completion can be viewed here.

 


 The new TRANSPORTATION CONFORMITY DETERMINATION REPORT associated with the development of the BCATS 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Program is available for review below:

Transportation Conformity Determination Report for the 1997 Ozone NAAQS - Kalamazoo - Battle Creek Limited Orphan Maintenance Area (Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and Van Buren Counties) - April 2022

The official comment period runs May 5--25, 2022.  Comments on the Report can be provided to BCATS at bcats@bcatsmpo.org.


 

FY 2020-2023

Transportation Improvement
Program (TIP)
 
Amendment #16

 

At its May 2022 meetings the BCATS Technical and Policy Committees will review and act upon the sixteenth amendment to BCATS' Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for fiscal years (FYs) 2020-2023 (10/1/19–9/30/23).  This amendment to the current TIP consists of thirteen actions outlined in copy of the text of the public notice announcing the amendment and copy of page 2A from the 5/6/22 Battle Creek Enquirer where it was published, available here.

  

Amendment #15

 

At its February 23, 2022 meeting the BCATS Policy Committee unanimously approved the fifteenth amendment to BCATS' Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for fiscal years (FYs) 2020-2023 (10/1/19–9/30/23), consisting of eleven actions outlined here.  The amendment package was transmitted to MDOT for State review and forwarded to Federal officials for final review and approval, granted 3/29/22, for the included projects to proceed as amended.

 


 

BCATS' FY 2023 Unified Work Program (UWP) is in draft form and available for review at this link.  The BCATS Committees will be acting on the FY 2023 UWP document in May.

  


 

2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan

 BCATS' 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan has been completed and was approved by the BCATS Policy Committee on February 23, 2022.  The full 222-page document can be viewed here, or view the Executive Summary here.

    

   
The final newsletter about the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) was published in early February and can be viewed here.
 

 

 FY 2020-2023

Transportation Improvement
Program (TIP)
 
Click here for the Approved TIP project list thru Am#13, in the JobNet report format.
 
Amendment #14

 

BCATS' FY20-23 TIP was approved by BCATS' Technical and Policy Committees in January 2022 to be amended with the changes listed below numbered 1-9.  Following BCATS Policy Committee formal approval on 1/26/22, the amendment was transmitted to MDOT for review and then on to the Federal Highway Administration which issued its final approval on 2/8/222.  All the projects listed below can now proceed as amended.

1) Increasing the 2022 construction phase (CON) total estimated cost, by 27.4%, of Michigan Dept of Transportation (MDOT) bridge rehabilitation on the I-94BL (Michigan Ave) bridge over I-94, due to refined cost estimates.  Updated total CON budget $1,185,000 [90% Fed Interstate Maintenance (IM), 10% State of Michigan Betterment "M" funds];

2) Increasing the 2022 CON total estimated cost, by 25.2%, of MDOT Capital Preventive Maintenance (CPM) on the I-94 bridges over Riverside Dr, due to refined cost estimates.  Updated total CON budget $1,134,000 (90% Fed IM, 10% State "M");

3) Increasing the 2022 CON total estimated cost, by 39.6%, of MDOT CPM on the I-194/M-66 bridges over I-94, due to refined cost estimates.  Updated total CON budget $2,449,366 (90% Fed IM, 10% State "M");

4) Abandoning the $50,000 right-of-way (ROW) phase (due to elimination of any real estate work), and changing the primary job scope of CON to Bridge Replacement (from Road Rehab), for MDOT’s 2022-25 bridge replacements and milling & asphalt resurfacing on I-94 from Helmer Rd eastward to M-311.  Total CON budget $118,950,020 [$9,000,000 Fed IM, $109,950,020 State Rebuilding Michigan Program (RBMP)];

5) Adding 2023 CPM by MDOT on road segments of M-37 in Bedford Twp, and of M-66 and M-78 in Pennfield Twp.  Total CON budget $830,000 (81.85% Fed Surface Transportation (ST), 18.15% State "M");

6) Adding 2023 tree removal & clearing along 2.4 miles of 1 Mile Rd from M-89 northward to U Dr N, by the Calhoun County Road Dept (CCRD).  Total CON budget $173,000 [90% Fed Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), 10% CCRD];

7) Adding 2023 installation of recessed wet reflective centerline & edgeline pavement markings on 1.5 miles of Morgan Rd from North Ave eastward to M-66, by CCRD.  Total CON budget $52,669 (90% Fed HSIP, 10% CCRD);

8) Adding 2023 installation of an overhead flashing beacon at the Helmer Rd S/Potters Dr intersection, by the City of Battle Creek.  Total CON budget $30,000 (80% Fed HSIP, 20% City BC); and

9) Increasing the 2022 CON total estimated cost, by 23.8% (due to expected cost escalation over three years of project work and addition of ramps at Old US-27), of MDOT CPM on 6.2 miles of I-94 from I-94BL (Michigan Ave) eastward to 17½ Mile Rd.  Updated total CON budget $6,250,000 (90% Fed IM, 10% State "M").

 

  

FY 2021
 
Now Available - click on the above link or below image to access the full report, including list of projects.
 
 

 
BCATS acted upon a reaffirmation of its 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) on November 17, 2021.  The reaffirmation is effective through February 28, 2022. The current 2040 MTP is available for viewing near the bottom of the Publications section along the left column of this Home Page.  A public notice about the reaffirmation of the current Plan was published in the Battle Creek Enquirer on October 31, 2021 in advance of the November Policy Committee meeting.
 


**BCATS is continuing work on the update of its Metropolitan Transportation Plan, a 20-Year long range plan for the greater Battle Creek urban area. A newsletter about the Plan update has been prepared and is available here.
 
The complete draft list of projects currently proposed to be recommended in the Plan, as referenced in the newsletter, can be viewed here or by clicking the below image of the top part of the list's page 1 of 4.
 

 

 

FY 2020-2023

Transportation Improvement
Program (TIP)
 
Click here for the Current Approved TIP project list, in the JobNet report format.
 
Amendment #13

 

BCATS' FY20-23 TIP was approved by BCATS Technical and Policy Committees to be amended in September 2021 with the following changes :

 
1)  Adding a 2022 Calhoun County Road Dept (CCRD) project to resurface Beadle Lake Rd from B Dr N northward to I-94. Total budgeted amount $290,422 [$156,329 Fed Highway Infrastructure Program (HIP) COVID Relief, $74,321 Fed HIP regular, $59,772 CCRD];
 
2) Modifying the limits of the Michigan Dept of Transportation’s (MDOT’s) 2022-25, $137.1M resurfacing, nine bridge replacements, temporary widening, bridge railing repairs, and Capital Ave (Exit 97) interchange reconstruction on I-94, to allow for the potential of median shoulder widening from F Drive N to M-311. New limits with added 1.5 miles are from approximately 1200' west of Helmer Rd eastward to M-311, new total project area length 9.6 miles;
 
3) Reducing the construction phase budget of MDOT’s planned 2022 milling and two course asphalt resurfacing with sidewalk ramp improvements on M-37 (Helmer Rd/Bedford Rd) from Dickman Rd northward to Creekview Dr, by 18.3% to $5,570,000, due to updated cost estimate; and
 
4) Confirming preliminary engineering to run from May/2022 to Feb/2025, and construction in Mar-Dec/2025, for MDOT’s $2.7M sign replacement activity on most non-freeway State trunklines in Calhoun County, extending the project into the next FY23-26 TIP.
 
The amendment was forwarded to MDOT for review, then on to the Federal Highway Administration for final approval, awarded October 1, 2021.
 

Click here for the Current Approved TIP project list, in the JobNet report format.

 


 

Amendment #12

 

BCATS' FY20-23 TIP was amended locally in May 2021 with changes outlined in a public notice in the Battle Creek Enquirer on Wednesday, 5/5/21 (pA4), and viewable here.  Notification of Federal approval was received 5/27/21.  The amendment consisted of the following changes: 

1) Deleting the City of Battle Creek’s planned 2021 replacement of the signalized intersection of North Ave and Emmett St with a roundabout, at a total estimated cost of $956,940 [$600,000 Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), $257,713 Fed Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ), and $99,227 City];

2) Adding a 2021 Battle Creek Transit (BCT) project for bus stop shelter relocations and fixed-route redesign, marketing/outreach, and fare subsidies for “clean air” (high ozone) days.  Total budgeted amount $322,141 [$257,713 Fed CMAQ (from deleted North Ave/Emmett St roundabout project), and $64,428 State of Michigan Comprehensive Transportation Fund (CTF)];

3) Adding a 2021 BCT project to replace up to 25 bus stop shelters.  Total budgeted amount $375,000 (100% Fed Highway Infrastructure Program - COVID Relief, notice in BC Enquirer incorrectly listed additional $93,750 State CTF); and

4) Deleting the preliminary engineering phase (PE), as determined not needed, from the Michigan Dept of Transportation’s 2021 Durable Pavement Marking Application on State trunklines in the BCATS metropolitan planning area. PE phase $450, construction phase $36,000; both 90% Fed HSIP, 10% State of Michigan Betterment “M” funds.

 


 

Amendment #11
 
BCATS' FY20-23 TIP was amended locally in March 2021 with changes outlined in the public notice displayed below that appeared in the Battle Creek Enquirer on 3/10/21 (pA3).  Notification of Federal approval was received 4/21/21.
 
 
 

Amendment #10

 

BCATS' FY20-23 TIP was amended locally in January 2021 with changes outlined in a public notice in the Battle Creek Enquirer on Thursday, 1/7/21 (pA4), and viewable here.  Notification of Federal approval was received 3/19/21.  The amendment consisted of the following additions:

 

1) FY21 transit capital assistance for Battle Creek Transit to continue a Mobility Management model to coordinate countywide transportation & implement a centralized dispatch system between multiple providers. Total budgeted amount $82,500; 80% Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 (Elderly & Disabled), 20% State of Michigan Comprehensive Transportation Fund (CTF);

 
2) FY21 transit operating assistance for Battle Creek Transit to continue a New Freedom effort to operate demand response service for seniors, persons w/ disabilities, and the general public beyond the existing fixed route hours and boundaries. Total budgeted amount $459,990; 50% FTA Sec5310 (Elderly & Disabled), 50% Local - City of Battle Creek; (% split corrected to 50/50, from 80/20, and non-Fed $ corrected to Local, from State, from version of notice published in newspaper)


3) FY22 local safety project of Calhoun County Road Dept (CCRD) for tree removal along 5.4 miles of county roads: H Dr S from 6 Mi Rd eastward to 7½ Mi Rd, 12 Mi Rd from B Dr S southward to I Dr S, and 7 Mi Rd from K Dr S southward to Newton/Burlington townships line. Total budgeted amount $439,776; 90% Fed High Risk Rural Roads (HRRR), 10% CCRD;

 
4) FY22 local safety project of CCRD for installation of overhead flashing beacons at intersection of U Dr N and 1 Mi Rd in Bedford Township. Total budgeted amount $27,372; 90% Fed HRRR, 10% CCRD; and

 
5) FY21 preliminary engineering (PE) for the Michigan Dept of Transportation’s planned FY24, $4.5M reconstruction of the Battle Creek rest area building on eastbound I-94 between Helmer & Capital. Total budgeted amount for PE $520,000, 100% State “M” funds - Michigan Betterment.

 
 

 
The BCATS Participation Plan has been updated and was approved by the BCATS Policy Committee on January 26, 2021.  The document can be viewed here and at the link shown along the left column on this homepage.
 

  
Improvement Program (TIP) Approved

(the original document of the current TIP, which was approved by the BCATS Policy Committee on June 19, 2019, and by federal funding sources on Sept. 26, 2019, is available online HERE in electronic "pdf" format

The FY 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program was approved by federal funding sources and went into effect as of October 1, 2019.
 


  
 
 
The Battle Creek Area Transportation Study is pleased to announce that the update of its Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) to a horizon year of 2040 has been completed.  The BCATS' Policy Committee acted on the 2040 MTP at its 11/30/16 meeting.  Material for the MTP document is posted by chapter on this website here, under "Activities"--"Transportation Planning".  Click here for the list of "Recommended Improvements."  The full document can be accessed by clicking the title hyperlink above or the document cover image below.
 
cover BCATS 2040 MTP
 
    
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