Midland Area Transportation Study

Metropolitan Planning Organization

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.


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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.

MATS is beginning the process of developing FY 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Interested agencies (cities, townships, villages, road commissions, transit providers within MATS area), please send in details of proposed projects to utilize federal funding in FY 2017-2020 by November 17. Project review, discussion and selection will start at December 1st MATS meetings.

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Midland Area Transportation Study (MATS)

Proposed State and/or Federal Application for Capital Assistance

All citizens are advised that MATS has prepared an application for State of Michigan financial assistance for fiscal year 2016 as required under Act 51 of the Public Acts of 1951, as amended, and for federal assistance as required under the federal transit laws, as amended.

MATS is requesting $46,400 through the SDNT funding source for Midland County Public Transportation Study. The proposed application is on file at MATS, 220 W. Ellsworth Street Suite 326, Midland MI, and may be reviewed during a 30-day period (02/06/2015-03/06/2015) at MATS office, between 8:30am and 5:00pm, or on MATS website at www.midlandmpo.com. Written comments regarding the application must be received by 03/07/2015 to address above or via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Opportunity for public comment will take place at March 3, 2015 MATS Policy Committee meeting.

MATS ensures that the level and quality of transportation service is provided without regard to race, color, or national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For more information regarding our Title VI obligations please contact MATS.

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Public meetings are normally held the first Tuesday of every month in the Midland County Services Building, located at 220 W. Ellsworth, Midland, MI 48642. Technical Committee Meetings start at 10:00am followed by the Policy Committee Meeting at 11:00am. Please check this site or contact the MATS director to verify dates, times and locations for upcoming meetings.


Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Goal

Pursuant to U.S. Department of Transportation regulations at 49 CFR § 26.45 titled “Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Department of Transportation Financial Assistance Programs,” MDOT seeks comment on its DBE participation goals for its FTA-funded bus transit and Metropolitan Planning Organization DBE program.