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Presentation Proposal deadline for submission is January 26th, 2018.

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2018 MTPA Conference

The 2018 Michigan Transportation Planning Association’s Annual Conference will be held in Detroit, MI on July 24th thru July 27th.


Conference Purpose: To build the capacity of transportation planning professionals and/or their organizations to perform essential functions, solve problems, and define and achieve objectives. The Michigan Transportation Planning Association (MTPA) aims to keep transportation planning professionals up to date, relevant, and highly competent in their roles through the provision of continuing education, credential maintenance, and professional development opportunities.

Call for Proposals

Guide for Applicants:

To submit your conference presentation proposal, please visit the following link: 2018 MTPA Conference Presentation Proposal

Detailed presentation proposal submission guidelines can be found here: 2018 MTPA Conference Presentation Proposal Submission Guidelines


Guide for Students:

Scholarships are available for waived conference registration fee with the submission of a poster presentation.

To submit your poster presentation proposal, please visit the following link: Scholarship and Poster Presentation Proposal- 2018 MTPA Conference


Important dates:

Call for proposals: December 1, 2017

Deadline for submission: January 26th, 2018

Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2018


Please contact ignasiak@semcog.org with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 MTPA Conference!  

Presentations from the 2017 MTPA Conference Are available!


Tuesday, July 26th

Environmental Consultation in Transportation Planning Workshop – Jim Thorne and Larry Anderson

Additional Resources:

Wednesday, July 27th

Keynote – Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities: From Pilots to Policy – Mark Fenton

Pedestrians, Bicyclists, Counting, and the Cloud – What do they have in Common? – Brian Pawlik and Ed Potter

Planning Tools – Andy Pickard

I Can’t Fit All of That in the Right of Way! – Andrew Kilpatrick, Brad Strader, and Bill Rieske

Main Street: Transportation and Revitalization of Benton Harbor – Jason Latham and Denise Smith

A Need for Real 21st Century Infrastructure

Keynote – Bus Rapid Transit in Michigan and Beyond – Michael Bulthuis

Dreaming the Impossible – Lake Michigan Drive Tunnel – Scott Conners and Jason Washler

Rural Task Force Program Guidelines Update – Jim Sturdevant and Steve Redmond

I-96 @ Cascade Road – Diverging Diamond Interchange in Grand Rapids Charter Township – Michael DeVries and Nathan Van Drunen

Using Big Data to Enhance the Michigan Statewide Model

Thursday, July 28th

Keynote – Planning for Tomorrow’s Mobility – Paul Lippens, Mark de La Vergne, Gary Sands, Chade Saghir

PEL in Kalamazoo – Steve Stepek, Jason Latham, and Sarah Binkowski

Transit Asset Management – Kim Johnson

Federal Fund Exchange Program – Steve Warren and Mark Christensen

Every Street is Vital – Chris Zull, Lilly Shoup, and Oliver Kiley

What’s Bus Got to Do with It? – Elizabeth Hude

Asset Management Plans: From Core Elements to Implementing Processes – Roger Belknap

Keynote – Grand River Revitalization and Rapids Restoration – Matt Chapman and Wendy Ogilvie

Partnerships in Transit – Kathy Schultz

Bridge Performance Measures – Kelly Travelbee and Dave Juntunen

Friday, July 29th 

Setting Safety Targets: Looking to the Past to Predict the Future – Steve Shaughnessy

Moving Freight Forward: Michigan’s First Freight Plan Update – Elisha DeFrain and Dennis Kent

Accessibility and Mobility: A Discussion in Transportation Planning – Dave Bulkowski and Adelyn VanTol-Wooden



Conference Sponsors:

Michigan Transportation Planning Association

American Planning Association- Michigan Chapter

American Planning Association-Certification Maintenance

Grand Valley Metro Council

The Rapid



McKenna Associates



This page last updated on 1/17/2018.