Welcome to the Michiana Area Council of Governments Website!
The MACOG Website has been established to provide the general public with information about the activities of the Michiana Area Council of Governments. The website also offers the public an opportunity to comment on MACOG's projects, activities and data collection. Sections of MACOG's website address transportation planning, transit planning, environmental justice, bicycle and pedestrian planning, freight planning, economic development, public participation opportunities and community education programs. You will also find a current staff listing, employment opportunities and many other interesting informational items.
What's New at MACOG...
The Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) is a regional intergovernmental agency established to foster cooperative, coordinated and comprehensive planning activities. The MACOG region represents Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall and St. Joseph Counties in Indiana and serves several functions: an MPO, an RPO, staff of the SJRBC, transit operator, and does economic development planning among other tasks.
MACOG as an MPO...
MACOG is the designated "Metropolitan Planning Organization" (MPO) for the South Bend Urban Area and the Elkhart/Goshen Urban Area. As an MPO, MACOG, in coordination with state departments of transportation and public transit operators, is responsible for carrying out the transportation planning process for urbanized areas. In addition to transportation planning, MACOG serves as a broad range planning forum for decision makers, local elected officials, and planning agencies.
The MACOG planning
area includes the federally designated urban areas of Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties and
provides rural planning (RPO) activities in Marshall County and Kosciusko
County. The four-county region
contains an estimated 588,899 people (2010 Census) and covers 1,921 square
miles. There are 35 cities or towns.
In its capacity as the MPO, MACOG develops and implements a 20-year Transportation Plan (TP) and a five-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). MACOG is further charged with the responsibility of planning activities, which promote an efficient and effective intermodal transportation system. MACOG's activities include, but are not limited to transit, rail, highways, air quality, water quality, livable communities and bicycle and pedestrian issues. MACOG also manages the operation of four transit systems in the region.
MACOG as a Water Quality
MACOG also houses the St. Joseph River Basin Commission, which is charged with water quality planning throughout the St. Joseph River Basin in Indiana. The Commission includes representatives from Steuben, LaGrange, Noble, Kosciusko, Elkhart, and St. Joseph Counties. MACOG is also the recipient of various grant funds related to the Clean Water Act, coordinated by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Visit www.sjrbc.com to learn more about the SJRBC.
MACOG as a Transit Administrator...
MACOG administrates three public transit companies in Elkhart County. The Interurban Trolley is the fixed-route system in the Elkhart/Goshen Urban Area. The Heart City Rider and Goshen Transit Service provide paratransit and 24-hour demand response in conjunction with the Interurban Trolley.
If you have questions please contact MACOG at (574) 674-8894, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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