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Featured Public Transportation & Aeronautics Projects


The following sections highlight select Public Transportation and Aeronautics projects that are contributing to MDOT’s focus on equity and inclusion, transportation resiliency and Complete Streets and multimodal accommodations. More info on these projects can be found in the links provided below.

Passenger Transportation

COVID-19 Research Demonstration Grant

Location: Port Huron, Saginaw, Jackson, Washtenaw, and Charlevoix

5YTP Focus Areas: Equity and Inclusion, Complete Streets/Multimodal

Project Description: In 2021, MDOT was awarded a $600,000 COVID-19 Research Demonstration Program grant for two projects. The first project will demonstrate Quantum automated wheelchair securements on buses at four transit agencies around the state. These devices eliminate the need for drivers to manually secure wheelchairs on the bus, allowing for improved social distancing and safety for both passengers and operators. Quantums have been installed and are in use at agencies in Port Huron, Saginaw, and Jackson; the Western-Washtenaw Area Value Express expects to install them in 2023. The second project will provide a contactless fare payment system at Charlevoix County Public Transportation, which will integrate with the agency’s computerized dispatch system.

Mobility as a Service (MAAS)

Location: Statewide

5YTP Focus Areas: Equity and Inclusion, Transportation Resiliency, Complete Streets/Multimodal

Project Description: MaaS is the integration of various transport services, such as public transport, car, bike-sharing, and/or taxi, into a single mobility platform. The ability to easily access up-to-date information about transportation services available throughout the state is a need that was amplified by the global pandemic. MDOT’s Office of Passenger Transportation (OPT), with assistance from consultant firm HNTB, is preparing to implement a statewide MaaS platform that will incorporate apps that allow trip planning, scheduling and payment across multiple modes. A Request for Proposals to launch the platform is expected to be issued in late 2023, with deployment anticipated in 2025.

Contactless Fare Systems

Location: Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, Detroit Department of Transportation, SMART, Bay Area Transportation Authority, Charlevoix County Public Transportation, Cadillac Wexford Transit Authority, Roscommon County Transportation Authority

5YTP Focus Areas: Equity and Inclusion, Complete Streets/Multimodal

Project Description: MDOT is providing support for transit agencies piloting contactless fare systems that allow riders to purchase fares on their smartphones. Eliminating the handling of cash improves financial security, mitigates potential viral contamination, and improves customer experience. Several transit agencies, including the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, Detroit Department of Transportation, Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), Bay Area Transportation Authority, Charlevoix County Public Transportation, Cadillac/Wexford Transit Authority, and Roscommon County Transportation Authority, are using mobile fare-payment technology.

Rail

Kalamazoo-to-Dearborn Corridor Trespass Prevention

Location: Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Jackson, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties

5YTP Focus Areas: Equity and Inclusion, Complete Streets/Multimodal

Project Description: In 2020, MDOT was selected for the 2020 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Grant for preliminary engineering, final design, and construction for trespassing prevention-related improvements to enhance the safety along MDOT’s Michigan Line between Dearborn and Kalamazoo. The project includes installation of fencing, improvement to at-grade crossings, improvement to pedestrian channelization to legal railroad crossings, trespass monitoring devices, and other appropriate capital improvements determined through the needs assessment process. Specific locations of improvement will be areas where trespassing has resulted in strikes or near misses in the past. Construction is planned to begin in summer 2023.

More information on the Rail Program can be found at the MDOT Rail Program webpage.

Aeronautics

Hillsdale Municipal Airport New Terminal Facility

Location: Hillsdale County

5YTP Focus Areas: Transportation Resiliency, Complete Streets/Multimodal

Project Description: Hillsdale Municipal Airport is modernizing to meet the demands of the community and will take the next step in meeting this demand by relocating its terminal to the northeast corner of the newly built apron, greatly improving the safety and efficiency of airport operations. The building of a new terminal will also be a community draw and spur future fixed-base operator (FBO) opportunities and hangar additions. This location, conveniently located near the airport’s newly built fuel facility with ample adjacent property, will elevate the safety and quality of service that Hillsdale Municipal Airport can provide and allow the airport to grow unimpeded.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport Terminal Building Expansion

Location: Cascade Township

5YTP Focus Areas: Transportation Resiliency, Complete Streets/Multimodal

Project Description: As part of the ongoing terminal gate expansion project, funding will be used to install eight new passenger boarding bridges. The new boarding bridges will provide enhanced accessibility for all passengers by eliminating the need for ground-level loading and will enhance energy efficiency with pre-conditioned air and auxiliary power.

More information on the Aeronautics Program can be found at the MDOT Aeronautics Program webpage.

Interactive information MDOT deployment of emerging technologies can be explored on the Innovations interactive map.