In 1988, the Grand Traverse County Commission and Road Commission formed the Grand Traverse Area Transportation Task Force. The task force was organized to investigate the long-standing issue of a bypass/beltline around Traverse City. Upon formation, the task force began working on the problem. In time, they decided on a preliminary alignment to be used by area planners to reserve right-of-way for the future project. Shortly thereafter, the group broadened its scope to include working with MDOT on a computer traffic model for the area.
TC-TALUS was proposed by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to the Grand Traverse Area Transportation Task Force in early 1990. MDOT felt the Traverse City area would be very near an "Urbanized Area" designation as determined by the 1990 Census although the results of the 1990 Census and 2000 Census did not qualify the area for formal designation. However, MDOT officials felt the area's past growth history justified the organization of a formal transportation study. Each of the other fifteen "Urbanized Areas" in the State have similar transportation studies in place and are operating successfully. Urbanized areas must have a population of at least 50,000.
The Grand Traverse County Road Commission, with financial support from the other task force members, hired a Coordinator in January of 1990. The Coordinator, with the help of MDOT personnel, began the process of reforming the task force into a structure similar to other transportation studies in the state. On August 30, 1990, the task force adopted by-laws and approved a memorandum of understanding; thereby, officially becoming the Traverse City Transportation And Land Use Study (TC-TALUS).
TC-TALUS is structured similarly to the other 15 transportation study areas in the state. This structure consists of two committees: Policy (or Board of Directors) and Technical. TC-TALUS was organized as a voluntary association by separate memorandums of understanding between the Board of Directors and each local unit of government. TC-TALUS will be operated by the Board of Directors which consists of elected officials, representatives and/or citizens. The Board of Directors is the decision making body of TC-TALUS. The study area is defined as the City of Traverse City, the Charter Townships of Garfield and Elmwood, and the General Law Townships of Green Lake, Long Lake, Blair, East Bay, Acme, Peninsula and Whitewater.
The Technical Committee is made up of planners/engineers from the member units of government as well as police, fire, emergency services, school district, soil conservation, drain commission, Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) and MDOT representatives. The Technical Committee advises the Board of Directors and the staff on technical methods, procedures, and standards to be used in developing transportation plans and proposals.
You may contact the Director, Matt Skeels, as follows: TC-TALUS, PO Box 506,Traverse City, MI 49685. His phone number is: 231-929-5057; fax: 231-929-5012 (fax). His email is: firstname.lastname@example.org