About WATS

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 monitors the current condition of the county's transportation system, including roads, bicycle and pedestrian paths, bridges, and public transit.

Responsibilities to Individuals who do not speak English well

Title Six of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires agencies receiving federal funds to provide language assistance measures for individuals with limited English proficiency.  Upon request, WATS must provide translations of vital documents for each eligible LEP language group that constitutes 5% or 1,000, whichever is less, of the population of persons eligible to be served or likely to be affected or encountered.  In Washtenaw County, these language groups include Chinese, Korean, and Spanish.  Below is a summary of WATS’ responsibilities.