The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) mission is “providing the highest quality integrated transportation services for economic benefit and improved quality of life.” To carry out this mission, MDOT uses a team approach, a multi-modal development and delivery (M2D2) process, to refine MDOT standards, guidance, and processes.
To consider the impacts and interactions of all potential modes of travel, including automobile, transit, bicycle, pedestrian, truck, rail, aviation, MDOT develops transportation projects using a collaborative interdisciplinary approach to public and stakeholder involvement.
Soliciting dialogue on alternatives for all modes of transportation with local governments, road commissions, industry groups, land use advocates, and state agencies, early in a project's planning phase, ensures collaborative input from varied stakeholders.
MDOT also uses a context sensitive solutions (CSS) process as its approach for planning, designing, constructing, maintaining and operating “trunkline” highway facilities to serve community and transportation needs.
Context-sensitive solutions is a theoretical and practical approach to transportation decision-making and design that takes into consideration the communities and lands through which streets, roads, and highways pass.