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Multi-Modal Transportation Board

NOTICE: The MMTB meeting of Oct. 5, 2017 has been rescheduled to Oct. 19, 2017
The goal of the Multi-Modal Transportation Board shall be to assist in maintaining the safe and efficient movement of motorized and non-motorized vehicles and pedestrians on the streets and walkways of the City and to advise the City Commission on the implementation of the Multi-Modal Transportation Plan, including reviewing project phasing and budgeting.  Board members shall be electors or property owners in the City. If you have any questions or comments regarding the Multi-Modal Transportation Board, please contact Scott Grewe, Operations Commander at 248.5301867 or Jana Ecker, City Planner at 248.530.1841

Planned street projects in the area (Lawndale Ave. in 2017, and Woodward Ave. in 2018) have resulted in discussions of the immediate area at the Multi-Modal Transportation Board.  Changes that have already been approved:
1.  Lawndale Ave. south of Oakland Blvd. is being reconstructed four feet narrower than it was previously.  The road will still function as it did before, but with less pavement.
2.  The pedestrian crosswalk at northbound Woodward Ave. will be relocated next year from the north side of the intersection to the south side.  Doing so will reduce the conflicts pedestrians have to watch for, as motorists entering Woodward Ave. from Oakland Ave. will not have to cross their path, as they do today.
3.  The section of Oakland Ave. from Woodward Ave. to Poppleton Ave. will soon be signed as part of a Neighborhood Connector Route, encouraging bicyclists wishing to ride a loop around the City,Lawndale Option 3
This past month, the Multi-Modal Transportation Board studied a proposal to relocate the STOP sign from westbound Oakland Ave. at Lawndale Ave., to northbound Lawndale Ave. at Oakland Ave.  Given current traffic flows, and the need to provide visibility for pedestrians wishing to cross here, relocating the STOP sign would improve safety.  If you wish to comment on this change, the Multi-Modal Transportation Board will hold a public hearing on the topic at its next meeting, Thursday, October 19, at 6 PM.  If you cannot attend, you may also send written correspondence no later than the week before to City Engineer, Paul O'Meara, at
The Board also recommended that Oakland Ave. be narrowed for the section near Woodward Ave., as shown on the above drawing, as well as adding a ten-foot wide shared use path on the south side of Oakland Ave. on this block, as shown.  The shared use path would allow space for both pedestrians and bicyclists to use the marked crossing at Woodward Ave. to cross in this area.  
The STOP sign proposal, the shared use path, and the narrowed section of Oakland Ave. will need to be forwarded to the City Commission following the above noted public hearing, before these ideas become budgeted and planned.  
If you have any questions, you may contact Paul O'Meara at the email address above, or at 248-530-1836.
Board Member   Term Expires
Vionna Adams Member-at-large from different geographical areas of the City 03/24/2018
Lara Edwards Member-at-large from different geographical areas of the City 03/24/2020
Andy Lawson Pedestrian Advocate 03/24/2018
Michael Surnow Bicycle Advocate Member  03/24/2019
Amy Folberg Member-at-large from different geographical areas of the City  03/24/2020
Daniel Rontal Mobility or Vision Impairment Experience/Expertise 03/24/2020
Johanna Slanga Traffic-focused Education and/or Experience 03/24/2019
Katie Schafer Alternate Member 10/27/2019
Daniel Isaksen Alternate Member 10/27/2019


The Public Hearing on the S. Eton Rd - Maple Rd. to Lincoln Ave. Corridor will be continued on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 6 p.m. For more information, go to the S. Eton- Maple Lincoln Information Packet. Proposals include the installation of a pedestrian island improvement at Maple  Rd., the removal of on-street parking on the west side, installation of a bike lane on the existing pavement, and pedestrian bumpouts at the intersections of Villa, Hazel, Bowers, Cole, and Lincoln.  You may  call the Engineering or Planning Depts. at 248-530-1850 if you have questions. If you wish to submit written comment for the Board to consider, please send to no later than May 25, 2017. 

 View Multi-Modal Transportation Board Agendas and Meeting Minutes

Multi-Modal Transportation Plan  

The City's Multi-Modal Transportation Plan will be used to improve and expand opportunities for pedestrians, bicycles and transit users to respond to the growing demand for alternative forms of travel and to promote safe and comfortable transportation options. Find out more at Download the plan here, in addition to the Network Map and Downtown Map. 

Commissioners Approve W. Maple Trial Period
On Monday, June 1, the Birmingham City Commission approved recommendations from the Multi-Modal Transportation Board to create a modified cross-section for W. Maple Rd. from east of Cranbrook Rd. to Southfield that includes a three lane configuration with two through lanes and one continuous left turn lane.  The changes will be made for an undetermined trial period beginning in August or September.

Watch the May 7, 2015 Multi-Modal Transportation Board Meeting


Multi-Modal Transportation Board Meeting Summaries  

May 7, 2015

April 9, 2015

March 5, 2015

February 5, 2015

January 8, 2015