Midland Area Transportation Study

Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Midland Area Transportation Study (MATS) will hold a public open house regarding its 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from 4 PM - 7 PM at the Midland City Hall, City Council Chambers, 333 W. Ellsworth St., Midland, MI 48640. 

The purpose of this public open house is to provide an opportunity for residents, businesses and other stakeholders to give input relating to the region’s transportation system. The “open house” format allows the public to come at any time during the advertised hours, obtain information/give feedback, speak one-on-one with staff and leave at their convenience. During the meeting, MATS staff would like to:

  • Provide a progress update on the LRTP
  • Present proposed projects for the future (road, non-motorized and transit)
  • Review region’s transportation issues
  • Discuss goals and objectives of the LRTP
  • Collaborate on all transportation modes

If unable to attend the meeting, comments can be made to MATS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (989) 832-6812. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals with disabilities may request aids/services within a reasonable time period to participate.


Public Open House Flyer

LRTP Goals & Objectives

2045 LRTP (external site)

This spreadsheet summarizes public input received from a survey available both electronically and at the MATS October 14, 2015 Public Open House. Approximately 26 members of the public took the survey anonymously. The data collected displays a wide array of opinions and concerns regarding the MATS transportation system.

Survey results here

What is the LRTP?

The LRTP is a collective vision for investment in the region’s transportation infrastructure. Accordingly, policies, strategies, and projects are identified to achieve that vision in a fiscally constrained manner. The LRTP has a planning horizon to year 2045 and is updated every 4 to 5 years in accordance to changing infrastructure needs and new transportation related legislature. Due to MATS being designated as a Metropolitan Planning Organization in 2013, the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan will be the first developed for the Midland area.

Primary components of the plan include:

  • Goals and objectives regarding the region’s transportation system
  • Public and stakeholder input
  • Inventory of current transportation infrastructure
  • Projected roadway deficiencies and other transportation related issues
  • Proposed projects for all modes (road, non-motorized and transit)
  • Strategies to encourage an efficient and accessible transportation network
  • Reasonably expected funding in comparison to projected expenditures
  • Summary of findings
  • Evaluation of identified strategies/projects

Who is involved in LRTP development?

The LRTP is a comprehensive document produced with assistance from community stakeholders, the general public, local transportation agencies, MDOT, and MATS staff. MATS Technical and Policy Committees (include individuals from the previously mentioned groups) are directly involved in creating/reviewing all components of the plan and facilitating its implementation. Development of the LRTP is driven primarily by infrastructure needs as well as general guidance set-forth by the Federal Highway Administration. Please find below recent activities regarding the LRTP including opportunities to get involved.