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Background & Benefits
The MI Travel Counts study is designed to result in an improved Michigan transportation system now and over the next 20 years.
How does that happen? Basically, Michigan is required to update statewide and urban long range transportation plans. Travel Demand models are the tools used to estimate where future travel in Michigan will occur. The information that MI Travel Counts participants submit is the data on which these models are built.
The estimates gathered from these models are then used as the basis for transportation planning, alternative analysis and setting priorities for future transportation investments. That means the information submitted by participants directly correlates to the selection and prioritization of transportation system improvements that the state enjoys as a whole.
Ultimately, this planning requirement effects how the state prioritizes and allocates limited funding available for transportation improvements. The data gathered in the MI Travel Counts study will be used to project and budget for transportation improvements across Michigan over the next 20 years.
What does it all boil down to?
- Easier, safer local and statewide travel.
- Less traffic congestion.
- Improved allocation of limited funding resources.
- Better-integrated Multi-Modal transportation system.