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SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, announces the public comment period for an amendment to the FY 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The RTP is a long-range vision and strategy that directs investment in the regional transportation system. The TIP is a list of specific projects which implement the policies of the RTP, and are recommended by cities, villages, county road agencies, transit providers, and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) over a four-year period. SEMCOG’s Executive Committee makes the final approval of the TIP project list.BackgroundThe 2017 Summer amendment would change 16 projects in the TIP and RTP, including five additions, three deletions, six cost modifications, one change in scope, and one change in year. This amendment includes a variety of work for pavement preservation, bridge preservation, rail crossing safety, lighting, carpool lot construction, and transit across Southeast Michigan. The 16 projects contain a total of 29 phases.Amendment evaluationsThe amendment requires all proposed projects undergo a series of evaluations, including identification of financial resources, environmental justice analysis, an environmental sensitivity analysis, an assessment for consistency with the regional Intelligent Transportation System architecture, and a public comment process. None of the projects in this amendment would change existing road capacity or have significant impacts on regional air quality, therefore, an air quality conformity analysis was not conducted.Project details and evaluation results are available online or by contacting SEMCOG’s Information Center, 313-324-3330.Coverage of this noticeSEMCOG’s public notices of public involvement activities for Southeast Michigan’s TIP satisfy public participation requirements for the Section 5307 Program of Projects of public transit agencies receiving federal funding in the SEMCOG region.How to commentPlease address written comments to SEMCOG’s Information Center, 1001 Woodward Avenue, Suite 1400, Detroit, MI 48226; send faxes to 313-961-4869; call 313-324-3330, or e-mail InfoCenter@semcog.org. Comments can also be made in person at the following meetings where the amendment will be considered: