Sustainable Communities - Goal 5


Existing networks of road and utility infrastructure are expanded only when necessary from a regional perspective, and only after the current system is fully functional, utilized and well maintained.

IN 20 YEARS - Transportation systems are planned in conjunction with future land use, housing, community development and economic development strategies. Access management plans are required at the regional level to reduce the number of new on and off ramps, limit new private access points, and the state actively promotes and enables and rewards carpooling, efforts to reduce the length and frequency of single-occupant vehicle commutes, and live-where-you-work programs.

IN 10 YEARS - The state coordinates regional transportation and land use plans. It has created a strategy to increase the availability and connectivity of more modes of transportation, including public transit, walking and biking, and ride-sharing. Regional transportation plans must account for accessibility to jobs, housing and other key destinations, and work to ensure that these daily destinations can be reached using multiple transportation modes,

IN 2 YEARS - The state actively participates in improving the federal transportation reauthorization bill. In doing so, the state also reforms its own funding strategies and enables new tools to ensure that it can afford the long-term maintenance needs of current and future transportation assets, including roads, bridges, rail networks, bike paths and sidewalks. The new funding strategy seeks to reduce the number and length of single-occupant vehicles commutes required for the average resident to live a successful life, and reduces Michigan's reliance on "bigger and wider road" expansion efforts to relive congestion issues (both people and freight). The state has adopted a more comprehensive approach that includes additional strategies and incentives to:

o Fully integrate land use and transportation planning

o Shift more goods to rail rather than trucking

o Increase the use of public transit, carpooling, biking and walking for daily trips