200 N. Main
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5pm
Phone: (734) 994-3127
Fax: (734) 994-3129
For over 40 years, WATS has worked to promote a regional perspective on the transportation issues facing Washtenaw County. WATS provides a forum for local elected officials and the public to participate in a cooperative transportation decision making process.
Meeting Dates and Times
Technical Committee meets on the 1st Monday of the month at 9:30am at the WATS offices. Find all meeting information here.
Policy Committee meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:00am at the Washtenaw County Annex building located at 110 N 4th Ave; Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104. More information is available here.
WATS also hosts regular public input meetings and they can be found on our Facebook or Twitter pages, along with the WATS Calendar.
The Washtenaw Area Transportation Study is a multi-jurisdictional agency responsible for transportation planning in Washtenaw County. The agency is mandated by Federal law to provide a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning process, which guides the expenditure of state and federal transportation funds in Washtenaw County. WATS annually establishes project priorities for consideration by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) when programming transportation funds. In addition, WATS continually monitors the current condition of the county's transportation system, including roads, bicycle and pedestrian paths, bridges, and public transit.
Meet our Staff
Ryan Buck, Director
Ryan started at WATS as an intern in 2002. After graduating from Eastern Michigan University, Ryan joined the full-time staff, focusing on travel demand modeling. Since then Ryan has been exposed to all facets of local transportation planning and been involved in the development of three Long Range Transportation Plans for Washtenaw County. In 2006, Ryan led the effort for a countywide non-motorized plan which resulted in policy changes and an increased focus on multi-modal investment in the area. In 2011, Ryan led the development of a Complete Streets Plan and tool box for local communities. The WATS Policy Committee appointed Ryan Director of WATS in 2013.
As a proud Ann Arbor Pioneer graduate, Ryan enjoys traveling, running and maps and finding creative ways to combine them such as carrying a GPS on a marathon (which he won) through the Namib desert. Prior to working at WATS, he proudly served the community, pouring coffee and scooping ice cream at the Washtenaw Dairy from 1994-2003. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife, Allison, and sons, Maddox and Weston.
Nick Sapkiewicz, Transportation Planner
Nick began work with WATS in 2007 as an intern and joined the agency as staff in 2008. At WATS Nick has worked on initiatives to expand transit service, managed county participation in the Highway Performance Monitoring System, crafted the agency newsletter and participated in development of Long Range Transportation Plans. Nick is currently working on design efforts for a non-motorized crossing on Huron Street over I-94 in Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township.
Hiking, bicycle races and motorcycle adventures help fill Nick’s free time. He and his growing family are based in Ferndale and enjoy traveling, frequenting the areas museums and zoos and try not to miss local food truck rallies. Nick is also a member of the Detroit Curling Club.
Suzann Flowers, Transportation Planner
Prior to WATS, Suzann worked at the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission in Benton Harbor, where she began as an intern and ended working on the rural and urban transportation planning programs. Suzann has experience with long range plan development, transportation improvement program management, non-motorized transportation work, and public participation. Suzann was the previous Chair of the Michigan Transportation Planning Association.
Suzann and her family are now residents of Scio Township.
Emily Lake, Associate Transportation Planner
Emily graduated from Kent State University in 2014 with a degree in geography and urban planning. Her background includes utilizing GIS technologies and data-driven analysis for asset management projects. She also assisted with public engagement initiatives during the development of a new master plan and form-based code for the city of Ypsilanti. Emily is passionate about enhancing sustainability and quality of life throughout Washtenaw County by improving transportation options.
Emily lives in Ann Arbor with her husband, Steven, and their two dogs. She enjoys hiking, kayaking and traveling.