The DVRPC Board
The ACP Building - 8th Floor
190 N. Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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CALL TO ORDER - CHAIR'S COMMENTS
PUBLIC COMMENTS ON AGENDA and NON-AGENDA ITEMS
1. Minutes of Meeting of December 7, 2016
2. Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Actions
- PA17-12: Milford Square Pike Bridge (CB #252) over Unami Creek Rehabilitation, (MPMS #13376), Bucks County
- PA 17-13: Balligomingo Road Restoration, (MPMS #107697), Montgomery County
- PA 17-14: US 202 over Amtrak, (MPMS #95366), Chester County
- PA 17-15: Passyunk Avenue Drawbridge, (MPMS #62694), Philadelphia County
- PA 17-16: PA 100 Corridor Safety Improvements, (MPMS #80042), Chester County
- PA 17-17: PA 926 Bridge over Brandywine Creek, (MPMS #14327), Chester County
- PA 17-18: Barbadoes Street Connector Road, (MPMS #106068), Montgomery County
- NJ16-076: Route 130, Bridge over Big Timber Creek, (DB #14426), Camden and Gloucester Counties
- NJ16-077: Route 47, Bridge over Big Timber Creek, (DB #11371), Camden and Gloucester Counties
- NJ16-078: Penns Grove Secondary Siding Installation, (DB# 17378), Gloucester County
- NJ16-083: DVRPC Pavement Preservation Line Item, (DB# X51A), Various Counties
3. Fiscal Year 2017 Planning Work Program Amendments
Since project inception, several stakeholders have requested that additional alternatives be evaluated, above and beyond the original 5. This work program supplement funds the simulation of these additional scenarios.
Staff requests amendment of the work program and authorization to accept an $8,145 grant from the Schuylkill River Development Corporation for installation and maintenance of one additional permanent bicycle and pedestrian counter to be located on the north segment of the Bartram’s Mile Trail, part of the Schuylkill River Trail, in the City of Philadelphia.
In collaboration with PennDOT, DVRPC will develop a software program that uses video recognition technology to determine a vehicle’s number of axles and their spacing. This program will automate the classification of vehicles in DVRPC’s video traffic counts, eliminating the manual effort that is now required.
This overall project will include a comprehensive service gap analysis that can inform public transit improvement strategy in the DVRPC region. Task 1 will include exploratory concept development to consider and storyboard new transit forecasting tools that would be used to support subsequent work tasks, as well as additional work to set the stage for later project engagement and coordination.
DVRPC will examine intersections along Cobbs Creek Parkway, specifically from 67th to 70th Streets, that link the Parkway to Lower Southwest Philadelphia neighborhoods. There is evidence of speeding traffic, complex intersections, high rates of pedestrian and vehicular crashes, and high rates of pedestrian activity by nearby vulnerable populations. The study will recommend the best approaches to traffic calming, pedestrian safety, transit connections, and stormwater management in FY17 and FY18.
The FAST Act introduced a new planning factor for MPOs to “enhance travel and tourism.” Pending or concurrent with national guidance on travel and tourism infrastructure, DVRPC will promote information sharing between the private and public sectors on transportation issues impacting travel and tourism in the region. Staff will begin by convening travel and tourism stakeholders to determine their needs in regard to transportation and accessibility, to further develop specific tasks and deliverables to be completed in FY17 and FY18.
In July 2016, the City of Philadelphia participated in the USDOT Every Place Counts Design Challenge, where community members, city, state, and federal agencies, local organizations, and design experts discussed opportunities for improving conditions along and around I-676. This effort will look at calming Vine Street’s local roads by specifically examining reconfiguration of Vine Street local from 5th Street to Broad Street on the north side of the I-676 Expressway cut. Phase one (FY2017) will be devoted to data collection along the corridor.
The Draft Planning Work Program for FY 2018 was approved by the Board on December 7, 2016 for distribution and review, with the public comment period scheduled to close on January 11, 2017. DVRPC staff is in the process of responding to comments that have been received and are working to resolve any open issues. After Board adoption, relevant revisions will continue to be incorporated into the Work Program and the Final document will be produced.
5. One Minute Reports
Board Members and Alternates are invited to provide updates on the activities of their counties/agencies.
6. Executive Director's Report
- Board Retreat
- Board Policy Committee
- Final Rulemaking on MPO Coordination
- Staff Diversity Initiative
- Provisions if Board meeting cannot be held
- New Releases
7. Committee Reports
- Regional Technical Committee
- Public Participation Task Force
- Delaware Valley Goods Movement Task Force
- Regional Aviation Committee
- Transportation Operations Task Force
- Information Resources Exchange Group
(1) Draft Minutes of Meeting of December 7, 2016
(2) Commissioner’s Summary Sheet (Action Items 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f, 2g, 2h, 2i, 2j, 2k, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f, 3g, and 4).