- Citizens' Guide to Transportation Planning
- Asset Management
- Commuter Guide
- Heritage Routes
- Lake Michigan Water Trail
- Non Motorized Mapping Initiative
- Northwest Michigan Ride Share Connection
- Public Transit
- Regional Non-Motorized Comprehensive Strategy
- Rural Task Forces
- The Grand Vision Transportation Reports
- Transportation Improvement Maps
- Up North Trails
Planning / Transportation
Transportation decisions are made at the local, State, and national levels. Networks Northwest Regional Planning & Community Development Department works on behalf of its many local partners to assist with efforts around improving every mode of transportation in the region. We believe that the better the public understands the transportation decision-making process, the more certain it is that the transportation system will be safe and efficient, and that the planning process will be responsive to public needs and concerns about their communities and the natural environment.
The majority of Networks Northwest Transportation planning work is divided into the following areas:
Rural Task Forces:
The Rural Task Force Program provides federal dollars to rural counties with a population under 400,000. These dollars must be spent in their geographic areas and both road and transit capital projects are eligible. In partnership with MDOT, Networks Northwest provides staffing to the three rural task forces operation in northwest lower Michigan.
-RTF 10A (Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim, and Kalkaska Counties)
-RTF 10B (Manistee, Wexford, and Missaukee Counties)
-RTF 10C (Leelanau, Benzie, and Grand Traverse Counties)
Non-Motorized user maps:
This initiative is a statewide project created and funded by Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). Its purpose is to inventory and map non-motorized recreational trails. In 2005, 13 counties from the western side of MDOT’s North Region were asked to provide recreational data either by attending data collection meetings or by providing digital data. Networks Northwest staff inventoried the recreational data, digitized the collected data, and used the data to create a mapping project. Maps are updated every three years and are available by request. Electronic maps can be found here:
Alternatively, upnorthtrails.org has mapped over 5,300 miles of trails in Northern Michigan that includes information for any recreational trail user (hiker, bicyclist, skier, horseback rider, ORVer, or snowmobiler). Discover trails that suit your needs, read about the trail systems, view photos, and click on trail segments to find more information.
Leelanau Scenic (M-22, M-109, M-204) Heritage Route: Networks Northwest’s Regional Planning Department works with communities along the corridor in Leelanau County to implement enhancement, road safety, education, and preservation projects that fulfill the goals and objectives as stated in the Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route Management Plan.
M-119 Tunnel of Trees Heritage Route: Networks Northwest’s Regional Planning Department works with communities with communities along the M-119 corridor in West Traverse, Readmond, Friendship, and Cross Village Townships to implement enhancement, road safety, education, and preservation projects that fulfill the goals and objectives as stated in the M-119 Tunnel of Trees Scenic Heritage Route Management Plan.
M-37 Old Mission Peninsula Heritage Route: Networks Northwest’s Regional Planning Department works with communities with the community along the M-37 corridor in Peninsula Township to implement enhancement, road safety, education, and preservation projects that fulfill the goals and objectives as stated in the Old Mission Scenic Heritage Route Plan.
Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Liaison:
Networks Northwest Regional Planning staff communicates with MDOT, and coordinates and facilitate projects and provide data and technical assistance to local communities through a distinct Annual Transportation Work Plan established with MDOT. Special projects may include corridor studies, access management studies, HPMS Program (traffic counts), grant writing, program guidance, and other technical assistance.
Traverse Transportation Coordinating Initiative (TTCI):
Visit www.traversetransportation.org for more information on regional transportation planning in the Traverse City area.
Smart Growth America Mobility Management:
View the Implementation Report (DRAFT)