Delaware Valley Goods Movement Task Force

1/12/2011
10:00 am

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 October 13, 2010 will be offered for approval.

2. DVRPC Office of Freight Planning Primary Activities for FY 2012—Action Item

In concert with developing the FY 2012 DVRPC Planning Work Program, two primary activities have been identified for the DVRPC Office of Freight Planning; namely, Delaware Valley Freight Planning and Darby Borough Grade Crossing Study—Phase II. The Task Force is requested to support these activities, which have been developed from outreach efforts and technical activities such as the recently completed Future Freight Flows workshop.

3. Construction Project Overview—Delaware DOT

Darren O’Neill, Regional Group Engineer, will discuss major planned transportation projects for the Delaware Department of Transportation. These proposed projects (such as I-95 rehabilitation) are critical to modernizing transportation facilities and sustaining freight activity and economic growth in the region.

4. Real Estate Markets and Trends

Gerard H. Sweeney, President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee, of Brandywine Realty Trust, will discuss regional and national real estate markets and emerging trends. Brandywine, one of the largest, publicly traded, full-service real estate companies in the United States, operates as a real estate investment trust and owns, develops and manages a primarily Class-A suburban and urban office portfolio.

5. Crisis In Infrastructure Financing: What Are Our choices?

With the lack of a new Federal transportation bill, declining revenues from fuel taxes, general decline in the infrastructure condition, and increasing congestion, what is a nation to do? Dr. Peter Swan (Penn State Harrisburg) will outline three possible choices for the way forward. While no choice is free and easy, economics and management theory provide a suggested best choice for solving our infrastructure financing problem.

6. Two-minute Reports

Task Force and Subcommittee chairs and Task Force members and friends are invited to offer 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 remaining 2011 meeting dates of the Delaware Valley Goods Movement Task Force are: April 13, July 13, and October 12.