MDOT to host telephone town hall meetings on state long-range transportation plan

Contact: 
Kyle Haller, MDOT Transportation Planner, 517-335-4609
Anita Richardson, MDOT Public Involvement and Hearings Officer, 517-335-4381

Agency: 
Transportation


Fast facts:

  • The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will host two telephone town hall meetings Feb. 5 and 6.
  • The town halls will provide an opportunity for Michigan residents to have input on the state long-range transportation plan priorities.
  • Michiganders are encouraged to join the conversation at http://www.michiganmobility.org/#townhall.

January 30, 2019 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will host two telephone town hall meetings in February. The town halls will provide an opportunity for Michigan residents to have input on the state long-range transportation plan (SLRTP), known as Michigan Mobility 2045 (MM 2045). MM 2045 will establish a vision and priorities for transportation in Michigan for 25 years. Although registered voters are targeted by area codes to receive calls, anyone who wants to participate can opt in by completing a registration form online at http://www.michiganmobility.org/#townhall. During the calls, the public will have an opportunity to comment and provide ideas about Michigan's transportation priorities.

MDOT is hosting the telephone town hall meetings for residents in all 83 Michigan counties. A nighttime meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST Tuesday, Feb. 5. A morning meeting will occur at 10 a.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 6.

A unique virtual forum, telephone town hall meetings are particularly beneficial for residents who would not typically have the time to attend a regular public meeting. The telephone town halls will begin with a brief overview of the transportation planning process. Residents will be called at random through an automated system and invited to take part in the telephone forums. Those who choose to join the call will have the chance to ask questions and share their thoughts about the future of transportation. Michiganders are encouraged to join the conversation.

To ensure that the largest number of people possible are engaged, text messages will be sent to a randomly selected group of Michigan mobile phone users throughout the state. The messages will provide information on how to take part in the telephone town hall meetings, as well as how to opt out of future text messages.

MDOT is seeking the opinions of a large and diverse group of Michigan residents and stakeholders representing groups with an interest or concern for the state's transportation decision-making process. This includes best practices for targeting and providing attention to environmental justice populations, marginalized communities and tribal governments. To gather vital input, MDOT also is scheduling a series of in-person visioning sessions this winter across the state from February through March. Information on these meetings will be announced.
Accommodations can be made for persons with disabilities and limited English-speaking ability. To be added to the telephone town hall call list, please call 517-335-4381 to request assistance with completing the online registration form.

MDOT will share a final draft of the plan and extend invitations for more targeted public engagement activities after gathering adequate public feedback on MM 2045. This will occur during the second phase of the plan, which begins in May and continues through December 2020.   

The public can view the public and stakeholder participation plan, provide comments on MM 2045, and get information on the telephone town hall and scheduled in-person meetings at www.MichiganMobility.org. An online, interactive survey is available at https://MichiganMobility2045.metroquest.com. Public comments also can be sent to MDOT-MichiganMobility@Michigan.gov, or shared with MDOT's social media sites at www.facebook.com/MichiganDOT or www.twitter.com/MichiganDOT. Comments also can be sent via U.S. Mail:
             

             Anita Richardson
             Michigan Mobility 2045
             Michigan Department of Transportation
             Van Wagoner Transportation Building
             425 West Ottawa St.
             P.O. Box 30050
             Lansing, MI 48909