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The staff office for BCATS is located in Springfield City Hall,
601 Avenue A
Springfield, MI 49037
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269-963-1158
fax: 269-963-4951

email: bcats@bcatsmpo.org

 

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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

 

PUBLICATIONS


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

Performance Measure Targets Adopted October, 2018

FY 2019 Unified Work Program

 

JANUARY 2017 GUIDE TO CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT with BCATS

 

 

2018 Annual Listing of Obligated Projects

2017 Annual Listing of Obligated Projects

 PAST ANNUAL LISTINGS OF OBLIGATED PROJECTS

2016    2015    2014    2013    2012    2011

 

Non-Motorized Transportation Plans & Resources

 


 

FY 2017-2020 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (TIP)
 

FY17-20 TIP

complete document

Up-to-date

TIP Project List

 

BCATS' TIP

Amendment Schedule

 

"THE SIGNAL" FY 2017-2020 TIP - April 2016

 

"THE SIGNAL" FY 2017-2020 TIP - January 2016

 


 

2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan

Full Document

Executive Summary

 

"THE SIGNAL" Metropolitan Transportation Plan

September, 2016


 

BCATS TRANSPORTATION

   PARTICIPATION PLAN

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 BCATS Title VI Plan

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Event Calendar

 

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What's New


BCATS'

FY 2020-2023

Transportation

Improvement Program

is being finalized in June.

(the final draft version of the new TIP in electronic "pdf" format is now available for review online HERE)

 

The public notice for the FY 2020-2023 TIP is presented below:

 

REQUEST FOR COMMENTS ON TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

THE BATTLE CREEK AREA TRANSPORTATION STUDY (BCATS) HEREBY GIVES NOTICE of opportunity for public involvement in its final Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for fiscal years (FYs) 2020-2023 (10/1/19-9/30/23). Projects to be implemented with Federal transportation funds in the BCATS metropolitan area (cities of Battle Creek & Springfield, and townships of Bedford, Pennfield, Emmett, Newton, & Leroy) must be identified in the TIP. The FY2020-2023 TIP document in electronic "pdf" format is available for review online at https://www.bcatsmpo.org; hard copy can be provided upon request by contacting BCATS (copying fee may be charged), or reviewed in the BCATS office. Discussion & action regarding the new TIP will be conducted at the regular meetings of the BCATS’ Technical Committee and BCATS' Policy Committee on Wednesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 19, 2019, respectively, beginning at 1:30 pm in the Council Chambers of Springfield City Hall at 601 Avenue A, Springfield MI.  Public comment on the FY 2020-2023 TIP is encouraged before or at the Policy Committee meeting; BCATS' regular meetings are open to the public. Comments will be accepted up to Policy Committee action on 6/19/19. Direct questions and/or comments to: BCATS, 601 Avenue A, Springfield, MI 49037; phone 269/963-1158, fax 269/963-4951, or e-mail bcats@bcatsmpo.org.



FY 2017-2020 TIP

(Transportation Improvement Program)
 
 LATE ADDITION
to Amendment #B16/J7
   
BCATS' Technical & Policy Committees reviewed & acted upon the sixteenth amendment to BCATS FY17-20 TIP at their May 2019 meetings, with official Policy Committee approval 5/22/19.  The Am#B16 changes were outlined in a public notice, published in the Battle Creek Enquirer on Friday, 5/3/19, page 4A; the text of the notice may be read here.
 
Just after the Policy Committee meeting of May 22nd, it was determined that a 28.8% increase in the FY 2019 combined Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 and City of Battle Creek operating assistance to Battle Creek Transit, must be amended to the current TIP.  FTA and the City each provide $1,362,313, half of the new total $2,724,626.  The City share is from general fund (~$980,000) plus ~$383,000 BCT farebox, with minimal advertising and other non-transit revenue.
 
It was first thought this change to FY19 Transit Operating Assistance for BCT - Fed+Local could be amended to the FY17-20 TIP with BCATS next scheduled TIP amendment in July 2019.  However, it was learned the updated FY19 transit operating dollar figures must be official & approved in the TIP as soon as possible, in order to match BCT's FY19 Operating grant application due to FTA by June 16, 2019
 
Accordingly, given this extenuating circumstance, this change is to be a LATE ADDITION to the FY17-20 TIP Amendment #B16/J7 (approved by BCATS Policy Committee 5/22/19).  An electronic poll of BCATS Technical and Policy Committee members is underway to solicit any objections to this action.
 
Public comments are also welcome, by e-mail to bcats@bcatsmpo.org, or telephone 269/963-1158, before 9:00am Monday, June 3, 2019.  Given no substantive objections to the added revision of the FY19 Transit Operating Assistance, the full FY17-20 TIP Amendment #B16/J7, with the late addition, will promptly be transmitted to MDOT for review then on to the Federal oversight agencies for final approval. 
 


BCATS Announces Next Steps for
FY 2020-2023
Transportation Improvement Program
 
BCATS is pleased to provide its SECOND newsletter describing the process underway for development of the next 4-year transportation project programming document, the Transportation Improvement Program or TIP, for the BCATS area.
 
Click HERE or on the image below to view a pdf of the April newsletter.
 
Front Page of April 2019 Newsletter
 
THE DETAILED DRAFT FY20-23 TIP PROJECT LIST CAN BE VIEWED HERE.
 

 

REQUEST FOR COMMENTS ON TRANSPORTATION CONFORMITY ANALYSIS

 

THE BATTLE CREEK AREA TRANSPORTATION STUDY (BCATS) HEREBY GIVES NOTICE of opportunity for public involvement relative to the 1997 Ozone NAAQS Transportation Conformity Analysis for the BCATS 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan and the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program.  Per a court decision termed “South Coast II,” the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) must now require transportation conformity determinations for the 1997 ozone ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for those areas that were maintenance areas for ozone when the 1997 ozone NAAQS was revoked and then were attainment for the 2008 and 2015 NAAQS.  Kalamazoo County, Calhoun County, and Van Buren County fall into this designation and are termed the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek MI Conformity Area for the purposes of this requirement.  For the BCATS area, this means that the BCATS 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan and the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program were analyzed in accordance with 40 CFR 51 for air quality conformity.  The results of the conformity analysis conducted by the Michigan Dept. of Transportation demonstrates that the forecasted volatile organic compound (VOC) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions for all analysis years are below the State Implementation Plan (SIP) budgets for these emissions.  This reflects the determination for the entire Kalamazoo-Battle Creek MI Conformity Area.

 

The Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study (KATS) is separately conducting public involvement outreach relative to this Air Quality Conformity Analysis.  BCATS is posting the Air Quality Conformity Analysis document (which is for the entire Kalamazoo-Battle Creek MI Conformity area) on the homepage of its website at https://www.bcatsmpo.org where it can be reviewed.  A copy of the document is also available for review at the BCATS staff office.  Discussion & action regarding the Air Quality Conformity Analysis will be conducted at the regular meetings of BCATS’ Technical Committee (Wednesday 2/13/19) and Policy Committee (Wednesday 2/27/19), beginning at 1:30 pm in the Council Chambers of Springfield City Hall at 601 Avenue A.  Public comment is encouraged before or at those meetings; BCATS' regular meetings are open to the public.  Comments will be accepted up to Policy Committee action on 2/27/19.  Direct questions and/or comments to:  BCATS, 601 Avenue A, Springfield, MI 49037; ph 269/963-1158, fax 269/963-4951, e-mail bcats@bcatsmpo.org.

 

To review the Air Quality Conformity Analysis document - Click Here
 


FY 2017-2020 TIP

(Transportation Improvement Program)
 
 Amendment #B15/J6
   BCATS' Technical & Policy Committees reviewed & approved Am#B15 at their March 2019 meetings, with official Policy Committee approval 3/27/19.  The amendment was transmitted to MDOT for review then on to the Federal Highway Administration for final approval, granted 4/18/19.  All the TIP projects as amended may now proceed towards implementation.  The Am#B15 changes were outlined in a public notice, published in the Battle Creek Enquirer on Sunday, 3/10/19, page B4.  The text of the notice may be read here.  As no transit projects were amended, no Federal Transit Administration approval was required. 
 
Amendment #B14/J5
   BCATS' FY17-20 TIP was amended in January with changes outlined in a public notice published in the Battle Creek Enquirer on 1/3/19, page A9.  The text of that notice can be viewed here.  Amendment #B14/J5 was approved by BCATS Policy Committee on 1/23/19 and by the Federal Highway Administration 2/4/19.  As no transit projects were amended, no Federal Transit Administration approval was required. 
 
Amendment #B13/J4
   BCATS' FY17-20 TIP was amended in November with changes outlined in a public notice published in the Battle Creek Enquirer on Sunday 11/11/18, page B2.  The text of that notice can be viewed here.  Amendment #B13/J4 was approved by BCATS Policy Committee on 11/28/18 and by the Federal Highway Administration & Federal Transit Administration on 12/18/18.
 
Amendment #12B
 
BCATS' FY17-20 TIP was amended in September with changes outlined in a public notice in the Battle Creek Enquirer of 9/7/18.  The text of that notice can be viewed here.  Amendment #12B was approved by BCATS Policy Committee on 9/26/18 and by the Federal Highway Administration & Federal Transit Administration on 10/11/18.
 
 


BCATS Announces Updated Performance-Based Planning
Chapter for FY 2017-2020 TIP
 
In order to address the federal requirements regarding Performance-Based Planning and target setting for states and metropolitan planning agencies, BCATS has updated the chapter in its current TIP that addresses performance-based planning.  This is considered an Amendment to the current TIP.  The updated chapter can be viewed HERE.
 
The BCATS Policy Committee approved the updated chapter for the current TIP on April 25, 2018 at its regular meeting.  The amended material will now be submitted to the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration for review. Thank you to those who provided comments to BCATS.
 

 

FY 2017-2020 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (TIP)

 
The FY17-20 TIP was approved by BCATS Policy Committee at its June 22, 2016 meeting, and subsequently approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) & the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in late September 2016, as incorporated by reference in Michigan's Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
 

 

 

 
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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Battle Creek Area Transportation Study (BCATS)  |  601 Avenue A  |  Springfield, MI  49037  |  269-963-1158  |  bcats@bcatsmpo.org