The BCATS Policy Committee Meeting scheduled for June 23, 2021 has been
BCATS is working on the update of its Metropolitan Transportation Plan, a 20-Year long range plan for the greater Battle Creek urban area. An introductory newsletter about the Plan update has been prepared and is available here.
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.
Click here for the Current Approved TIP project list, in the JobNet report format.
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 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" formatThe FY 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program was approved by federal funding sources and went into effect as of October 1, 2019.