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$3B transportation plan seeks direction

February 21, 2014
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Planes, trains, automobiles and much more are the subject of a $3 billion regional transportation plan, which will be the focus of two open houses on Monday.

The Metropolitan Transportation Plan is being developed by the Grand Valley Metro Council.

The organization is in the initial stages of developing the next MTP and is seeking the public’s input on the project.

The GVMC will discuss the plan and its priorities on Monday.

The open houses will be at the council's office in Grand Rapids, at 678 Front Ave. NW, Suite 200.

The first open house will be at 9 a.m., and the second open house will be at 5:30 p.m.


The MTP outlines transportation funding priorities for the next 25 years, with a terminal date of 2040.

Road conditions, congestion, safety, freight movement, passenger rail, air travel, non-motorized and other modes of transportation will be the focus of the planning effort.

All modes of transportation are covered in the MTP

Early financial projections developed by GVMC staff estimate that up to $3 billion in total transportation funds would be dedicated through this regional planning process.

The MTP is a federally required document that GVMC — as the metropolitan planning organization for the Grand Rapids area — is mandated to develop or update every four years.

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