Delaware Valley Goods Movement Task Force

10 am
Coffee will be available at 9:30 A.M. and a light lunch will be served following the meeting.
Watch Recording

Commission Office
The ACP Building - 8th Floor
190 N. Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Please Use Sixth Street Entrance



1.     Call to Order
Task Force members and friends will be welcomed and recognized.  Highlights from the previous committee meeting on April 15, 2009 will be offered for approval.

2.     Adoption of Connections: DVRPC’s Long-Range Plan for Greater Philadelphia
Mike Boyer will present a summary of DVRPC’s Connections: The 2035 Regional Plan for a Sustainable Future.  This land use and transportation plan provides a blueprint for future transportation facilities and services and will be presented to the DVRPC Board for adoption at the Board’s July 23, 2009 meeting.

3.     South Jersey Freight Transportation and Economic Development Assessment
New Jersey DOT is conducting an evaluation of the freight transportation needs and opportunities in the southern New Jersey area. The study purpose is to develop a recommended list of projects that are critical to maintaining efficient freight transportation and to grow the logistics industry in southern New Jersey.   This presentation will be made by W. Scott Douglas of New Jersey DOT’s Office of Maritime Resources.

4.     Big Truck Weight Legislation
Thyme Gadson, State Director for the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks, will discuss the impacts of large trucks on highways and bridges and the proposed Safe Highways and Infrastructure Preservation Act (SHIPA) which seeks to maintain the current size and weight limits.

5.     Rethinking The United States Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA)
Alfonso Gambone, Esq., will discuss the potential replacement of this depression-era statute and the factors which have transformed the landscape of admiralty law.  Mr. Gambone is a former U.S. Army JAG officer who focuses his law practice on the transportation industry and representing veterans and their families.

6.     A Tale of Two Cities
Chuck Cruit, Boeing's Corporate Director of Intellectual Property (and Boeing's representative on the Delaware County TMA) , will present an overview of Boeing Philadelphia's operations and share Boeing Seattle's view of the market outlook for cargo aircraft.

7.     Freight Planning at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
Freeholder Peter Palmer of Somerset County will provide an overview of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (DVRPC’s sister agency) and its Freight Initiatives Committee.  reeholder Palmer will also discuss recent, ongoing and planned freight efforts at the NJTPA.

8.     Two-minute Reports
Task Force and Subcommittee chairs and Task Force members and friends will provide updates on the activities of their companies and agencies.

Old/New Business
Old or new items of business will be considered.  The next scheduled meeting of the Goods Movement Task Force is October 14, 2009