Metropolitan Planning Organization

Midland Area Transportation Study

MATS Technical Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 17, 2018 has been CANCELLED.  MATS Technical Committee will meet next on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 10 AM; 3rd Floor Conference Room (#324), Midland County Services Building, 220 W. Ellsworth Street, Midland.  

If a person has Medicaid in Midland, Clare or Gladwin Counties and are approved for transportation (a call to their caseworker can confirm), then they can call 211 where they will be connected to a transportation broker to schedule a ride with participating providers. (The form that will need to be filled out for every ride - Medicaid's requirement - is attached).

Click to view Non Emergency Medical Transportation Card

Click to view Medical Transportation Statement

Download PDF (rev 06/01/2016)

Public Notice

Public Comment and Open House Regarding MATS’ 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program

The Midland Area Transportation Study (MATS) is seeking public comment on the proposed 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program. The TIP outlines future programmed improvements to the area’s transportation system. It is available for review at the MATS office or on the MATS website at The public can submit comments to MATS by mail - MATS, 220 W. Ellsworth Street, Suite 326, Midland, MI 48640, e-mail - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone - 989-832-6812; Comments to be submitted by May 24, 2016. An “Open House” to discuss the TIP will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, Community Room, 1710 W. St. Andrews Street, Midland. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, aids/services may be requested to participate in the meeting.

Click to view FY 2017-2020 TIP Report April 2016 Draft

The Midland Area Transportation Study (MATS) is seeking consultant services to conduct Public Transportation Study for Midland County, Michigan. Firms wishing to respond may find the details in the following RFP. Deadline for Submittals is Friday, December 18th, 2015 by 3PM. 

The purpose of the Transportation Study is to evaluate and build on the region’s current transportation services, assess and respond to current community needs by developing improvement strategies and implementation plan, augmenting the overall system and promoting connectivity collaboration while mindful of fiscal constraints and other barriers. 

All questions concerning the intent, meaning and interpretation of the RFP documents shall be requested in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., no later than December 9th as specified in the RFP.


Click to view Request for Proposal

Questions & Answers

  1. Does MATS have a standard contract? (understanding of course that the FTA/MDOT language included as Attachment A must be included regardless). If MATS does have a standard contract, would you be able to provide an example? If not, would MATS consider using the consultant’s standard contract modified as appropriate to be consistent with the FTA/MDOT language?
    • MATS will not consider using a consultant’s standard contract.  The contract between MATS and the selected consultant will be developed with state guidance.  An example will not be provided.  It may be possible for some contract language to be modified during MATS’ negotiation with the selected consultant

  2. Understanding that the budget for the project is under $100,000 based on the Federal requirements form, is MATS able to provide any additional guidance on budget maximum or budget range? 
    • MATS cannot provide any additional guidance regarding Study budget.

  3. Does MATS anticipate that the interim Summary documents will be submitted electronically or in hard copy format?
    • Interim Summary documents may be submitted electronically.

  4. I will be in town next week for a meeting. I would like to meet with you beforehand to discuss your RFP for the public transportation study. Do you have time late morning or over lunch? Let me know if this might be possible.
    •  No, we cannot meet. Questions regarding the RFP must be submitted in writing by e-mail. Verbal comments are not part of solicitation.

  5. The Midland MPO FY budget shows around $58,000 budgeted for the Midland County Public Transportation Study. Is this the full amount available for the project? Knowing the budget will help us determine whether we can provide the level of service that we think is necessary for this project’s success. Also, if you could address this question before December 9th, we (and likely other firms) would greatly appreciate it. Otherwise, we may not have sufficient time to produce a quality proposal.
    • The project budget will not be made available.

  6. What level of engagement do you currently have with the target audiences? (Midland Dial-A-Ride Transit [DART], surrounding communities, senior services & council on aging of Midland, & other human services organizations).
    • Substantial level of engagement with other local stakeholders is realized through local Transportation Task Force.

  7. What is the intent of the schedule? Any driver to be complete by a certain date?
    • The deadline for study completion is October 28, 2016 corresponding to substantial 9-month time frame for the study. No specific drivers.

  8.  Are there other grants/funding you are targeting following completion of this study. 
    • None at the moment. Targeting of other grants/funding would depend on results and recommendations of the study.

  9. The Background information states that there is a perception that transportation needs are not being met fully or adequately by the existing systems. Is the County aware of this perception through official surveys? If so, how recently were those surveys collected and what was the scope of the survey (i.e., countywide, transit passengers, etc.) 
    • In 2012/2013 Midland’s County needs assessment was conducted by the Midland Area Community Foundation with the support of the Health and Human Services Council. One of the top needs identified was “Inadequate Public Transportation”. The needs were compiled primarily based on consultation with various organizations and agencies throughout the community, and feedback from focus groups and public. No official/extensive surveys done at the time.

  10. Has a project steering committee been created?
    • Yes.

  11. The Scope of Services Sect. III A states “Identify and quantify transportation needs and barriers (e.g., insurance costs) of the general public including consideration of non-motorized transportation.”
    1. How have insurance costs been a barrier to transportation in the past?
      • Insurance cost can be a factor for some as to whether a vehicle can/cannot be purchased.
    2. What modes are included in non-motorized transportation for this project?
      • Walking and Bicycling.

  12. May draft reports be submitted electronically?
    • Yes.

  13. Do you intend to include a countywide public survey with this project?
    • Depend on scope of selected proposal and its work plan.