The Grand Traverse County Road Commission has hired a consultant team led by OHM Advisors, a Michigan-based architecture, engineering and planning firm to lead Phase 1 of an East-West Corridor Transportation Study. The purpose of the Phase 1 process is to assess conditions and listen to the community, and identify a range of solutions to address transportation and mobility needs. The Road Commission want actionable solutions to come out of this study, including projects they can implement as early as next year, as well as longer-term projects. There are no predetermined outcomes of the study. The Road Commission is going into this process with an open mind, while referencing all available information from past studies.

The purpose of this survey is to gather public perspectives that will help to inform the development of study goals ("purpose and need") and criteria that will be used to evaluate potential and alternative transportation scenarios and solutions. Please respond to this survey by 5pm on Friday, May 25, 2018 so that your responses can be included in the process.

The geographic scope of the study includes Grandview Parkway south to Beitner Road and from US-31 east to 3-Mile Road. A map is available on the study's website link: Other areas and routes that influence transportation and traffic patterns in the study area will also be evaluated. The study process will include information about transportation assets under the City and MDOT’s jurisdiction, however due to the scope of the Road Commission’s authority, the alternatives presented by OHM Advisors will be limited to areas outside of the City limits and will not include recommendations for City streets or City bike or pedestrian infrastructure, or MDOT roads.

The consultant team is following the Federal Highway Administration’s Planning and Environmental Linkages process, which is designed to address social, ecological and economic considerations and constraints related to transportation and mobility. Public and stakeholder input will help to frame the criteria for the way projects will be selected and the way alternatives are evaluated. The study process includes several phases of engagement with three general groups:

- Government agencies at the local, state, tribal and federal level with authority for transportation asset development and management and land-use decision-making. These agencies will provide insights about past land use, and transportation plans, and regulations. Because local agencies are involved in making plans, and implementing projects and services that directly impact mobility, their perspectives, buy-in, and coordination is important to the planning and scenario development process. Local agencies will be involved through meetings throughout the study process.

- Stakeholders including public, private, and non-profit sector individuals and groups with special insight and perspectives related to the environment, land use, energy, safety, and the movement of people and goods. Stakeholders and their constituents will be involved through interviews, focus groups, and questionnaires or surveys.

- The public. People who live, work and play in the community will be involved through meetings, questionnaires or surveys.

* 1. Based on your personal experiences, what is working well with the east-west transportation system in the study area?

* 2. Based on your personal experiences, what feels challenging related to transportation within the study area?

* 3. What kinds of transportation experiences would you like to have in the study area? What are your ideas for how things could be different?

* 4. Rate how important each of the values below are to you.

  Very Important Somewhat Important Not At All Important
Maximize safety for cars, buses and trucks.
Maximize safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Relieve congestion and minimize travel time.
Provide connections by improving or adding streets, sidewalks, trails and/or pathways.
Maximize emergency responsiveness.
Protect parkland, farmland and woodlands.
Protect clean water.
Maintain clean air.
Protect historical, archeological and cultural features.
Maximize economic development.

* 5. Which of these values are the most important to you? Pick up to two.

* 6. Your Name and Address

* 7. What is your gender?

* 8. What is your age?

* 9. Would you like to be added to an email list to be kept informed about ways to get involved in the study process?

* 10. At what email address would you like to be contacted?