The Grand Valley Metropolitan Council (GVMC) is seeking input from Kent and Ottawa County residents to identify regional transportation priorities for the next 25 years. The feedback will
assist in the development of the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) for the Grand Rapids region. GVMC is required by federal law to update the MTP every four years. As part of the MTP development process, they will be evaluating road conditions, congestion, safety, freight movement, passenger rail, air travel, non-motorized, transit, and other modes of transportation, along with input from the public.
“At GVMC, we are looking to bring multiple users and stakeholders together to tell us what they need from our regional transportation network,” said John Weiss, executive director of GVMC. “Public input is critical for us to ensure regional mobility is moving forward to serve businesses and residents from Kent and Ottawa Counties.”
GVMC is seeking public input through a survey and poster contest for kindergarten through 12th grade students. A link to the survey and information about the student poster contest is available at www.gvmc.org/mtp. The communities with the highest participation rates in the survey will be entered in a drawing to win a beautification grant that will provide trees or green infrastructure for the selected community.
Prizes for the poster contest will be awarded to winners in the following categories:
• Kindergarten through 4th grade
Top prize: a kid’s Trek bike, courtesy of Rockford Bike Shop
• 5th – 8th grade
Top prize: One pair of round-trip Amtrak® tickets from Grand Rapids to Chicago
• 9th – 12th grade
Top prize: One pair of round-trip Amtrak® tickets from Grand Rapids to Chicago.
Second and third place prizes will also be awarded for every age category.
The public can submit comments in person, online, over the phone, or by mail, at any time during the development of the MTP, which is expected to take place through early May of 2024. Click here to stay informed about the effort and receive updates.