What’s in MDOT’s Five Year Transportation Program?

On this week’s Talking Michigan Transportation podcast, a conversation about the 2023-2027 Five-Year Transportation Program, approved by the State Transportation Commission Nov. 10.

Listen now: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1374205/11699833-what-s-in-mdot-s-five-year-transportation-program


Michael Case, a planning specialist at the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) who oversees development of the program, talks about the history of the process. He also discusses the challenges of trying to forecast the future with ongoing uncertainty over transportation funding, inflation and climate change.

Michael Case

Case also breaks down project highlight focus areas as outlined in the report:

  • Equity and inclusion,
  • Transportation resilience, and
  • Complete Streets/multimodal.

This is the second time the program has included those areas. Case explains how these inform the plan, as well as the plan’s emphasis on each focus area across MDOT’s seven regions and its support of various mobility modes.

Case explains how he and his colleagues endeavor to engage even difficult-to-reach audiences to be sure they are included in the public involvement process and weigh in on their unique transportation needs.