Midland Area Transportation Study

Metropolitan Planning Organization

This document identifies major transportation planning and related activities that will be undertaken within the MATS study area during the fiscal year. The UWP is prepared to meet requirements of transportation planning funding programs, it includes descriptions of all facets of the MATS staff’s activities. The UWP includes a stratification of costs by work element. MATS’ program costs are based upon assumptions made for annual compensations by position, to which the established fringe and indirect rates are applied.

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This document specifies various provisions to ensure early and continuing involvement of the public in the transportation planning process within MATS area and defines the development, timeline of adoption and publication of its transportation programming plans and reports. The Participation Plan also contains the procedure to obtain information regarding low-income and minority populations and perform analysis versus future projects outlined in the MATS’ plans/programs so that potential environmental justice impacts may be identified.

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The MPOs are required to report to local officials and the public “an annual listing of obligated projects” after the end of each programming year (a year that runs from October 1st through September 30th of the following year). “Obligated” indicates that funding for project was appropriated. The Midland Area Transportation Study (MATS) is pleased to provide a listing of the projects funded during fiscal year 2013 (October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013). A total of $26.1 million in federal funding was obligated for projects in the Midland area in that time.

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A major responsibility of federally designated MPOs is the development and management of a document and process termed the Transportation Improvement Program or TIP, which is a short-term (4-year) implementation component of the Long Range Transportation Plan (20+ years forward) that each MPO develops and maintains to plan future improvements to the transportation system. This document represents the TIP for the Midland Area Transportation Study (MATS) for Fiscal Years 2014 – 2017 (October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2017). It includes a summary of all projects (road, transit and non-motorized, etc) that will take place during the fiscal years 2014-2017, and also a detailed financial breakdown of where the funds for the projects are coming from at each level of funding. The major purpose of the TIP is to identify and prioritize Federal-Aid projects and programs in local urbanized areas and to do so in an orderly and efficient manner. An equally important objective of the TIP is to ensure that scheduled transportation improvements are consistent with current and projected financial resources.

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This federally-mandated document contains the regulations and procedures to assure that programs and activities of MATS are conducted and administered fairly, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or limited English proficiency. The primary goals and objectives of MATS’ Title VI Program are: 1. To assign roles, responsibilities, and procedures for ensuring compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related regulations and directives; 2. To prevent discrimination in the MATS’ programs and activities; 3. To establish procedures for identifying impacts in any program, service, or activity that may create illegal adverse discrimination on any person; 4. To set forth procedures for filing and processing complaints by persons who believe they have been subjected to illegal discrimination under Title VI in the MATS’ services, programs, or activities; 5. Ensure Limited English Proficiency processes and Environmental Justice principles are integrated into procedures and programs.

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