Delaware Valley Goods Movement Task Force

10/13/2010
10:00 a.m.

Commission Office
The ACP Building - 8th Floor
190 N. Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106
For directions Call (215) 592-1800
Please Use Sixth Street Entrance

AGENDA

1. Call to Order

Task Force members and friends will be welcomed and recognized. Highlights from the previous freight advisory committee meeting on July 14, 2010 will be offered for approval.

2. Future Freight Flows Workshop

Dr. Chris Caplice of the Center for Transportation and Logistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will describe the Future Freight Flows Workshop to be held at the DVRPC offices on November 4, 2010 (by invitation only).  Sponsored by FHWA, the November workshop will bring together a variety of local freight experts and stakeholders to evaluate the region’s freight transportation network under four diverse global scenarios and to contemplate the implications of the scenarios for the Delaware Valley’s freight transportation network 25 years into the future.

3. Construction Project Overview—Pennsylvania Turnpike

Don Steele, Senior Engineer/Project Manager, will discuss major planned transportation projects for the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Eastern Region.  These proposed projects (such as the widening of the Northeast Extension and the construction of the I-95 Interchange) are critical to modernizing transportation facilities and sustaining freight activity and economic growth in the region.

4. Federal Railroad Administration—Region 2 Update

The Federal Railroad Adminstration (FRA) is a vital branch of the U.S. Department of Tramsportation that oversees the development of national freight and passenger rail policy, safety regulations and initiatives, legislation, and research and development activities, as well as enforcement of FRA safety regulations.  Brian Hontz, Regional Adminstrator, will provide an overview of FRA’s current programs and initaitives in FRA Region 2.

5. Optimizing Our Waterways for Transportation

Siva Narayanan, Rhodia's Worldwide Core Process Owner for Rhodia's inbound and outbound logistics, will discuss the Delaware Valley’s unique opportunity to take advantage of marine highway initiatives. The region possesses an industrial belt and shipyard base to maintain its waterway assets and infrastructure.  Marine highways, which can reduce pollution and risks in highly populated areas, require some "out of the box" thinking.

6. 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.

7. Old or New Business/Adjournment

Old or new items of business will be considered. The proposed 2011 meeting dates of the Delaware Valley Goods Movement Task Force are: January 12, April 13, July 13, and October 12.