What is MATS?
MATS is a Metropolitan Planning Organization, or MPO. An MPO is a committee, with staff, responsible for planning Federally funded transportation projects within an urbanized area, also called a "Metropolitan Area." In the case of MATS, this area includes all of Midland County, the City of Auburn and Williams Charter Township in Bay County, and Tittabawassee Township in Saginaw County. Transportation planning must be a continuous, cooperative, and comprehensive process (the 3C’s) designed to involve all users of the system, such as businesses, community groups, environmental organizations, the traveling public, freight operators, and the general public, through a proactive public participation process.
What MATS Does
Through the Policy Committee, MATS develops plans and programs regarding transportation issues of region-wide significance, and decides which Federally funded transportation projects should be implemented .We foster cooperative efforts to resolve problems, develop policies, and implement plans to achieve shared, regional transportation goals. MATS works to benefit all citizens in our area while making the best use possible of our transportation resources and funding. Read More->
Designated Planning Agency
MPOs work to ensure that expenditures on transportation projects and programs are based on local priorities and mutually agreed upon goals.This involves analyzing existing conditions, gathering public input, developing and evaluating improvement strategies, and then financially planning for these improvements. Read More->
Administering Federal Funding
As defined by federal transportation regulations, MPOs direct how and where available federal dollars for transportation improvements will be spent. This includes state and local funding to match if required. Read More->
Performance management is a strategic approach that uses performance data to inform decision-making and outcomes. When implemented effectively, performance management can improve project and program delivery, inform investment decisions, focus staff on leadership priorities, and provide greater transparency and accountability. Read More->
Planning and Programming
Our planning and programming work affects roads, transit, non-motorized transportation, aviation and freight. We do this through the Long Range Transportation Plan, our annual Unified Work Program, and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Read More->
In the context of MPO planning activities, Asset Management refers to the annual work in data collection through Pavement Surface Evaluation and Ratings (PASER). Asset management specifically uses software tools to organize and implement these strategies with the fundamental goal to preserve and extend the service life of long-term infrastructure assets which are vital underlying components in maintaining the quality of life in society and efficiency in the economy. Read More->
Transportation Improvement Program.
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is mandated by Federal legislation and is a fiscally-constrained, four-year list of transportation projects programmed for the MATS study area. The TIP is updated annually and includes projects on the Interstate, Primary, Urban and Secondary Highway Systems. It also includes safety, transportation enhancements and public transportation projects. The TIP may also include funding for feasibility studies, preliminary engineering activities and environmental impact studies
Planning for change.
The 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan serves as a decision-making guide for the Midland MPO, stakeholders, funding agencies, and other transportation partners. The plan prioritizes funding allocations; directs the transportation improvement program; and focuses on the relationship between the transportation network and regional land uses.
This Long Range Transportation Plan helps pinpoint and address the future transportation related needs of our region by identifying issues and deficiencies within the system, and recommending strategies to mitigate those issues. The plan is projected over a 25-year horizon and is updated every 5 years thereafter in accordance with changing needs and new transportation