Delaware Valley Goods Movement Task Force

10:00 am
Coffee will be available at 9:30 A.M. and lunch will be served following the meeting.
Watch Recording

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


1. Call to Order

Task Force members and friends will be welcomed and recognized. Highlights from the previous freight advisory committee meeting on April 13, 2011 will be offered for approval.

2. New Jersey and Pennsylvania Rail Freight Assistance Programs—Action Item

New Jersey and Pennsylvania maintain annual assistance programs that provide funding to freight railroads for capital improvements. By preparing for the annual cycles and processes, DVRPC, its member governments, and its railroad partners can coordinate applications for these programs and generate regional support. Following the presentation, the Goods Movement Task Force’s endorsement of the action item will be sought.

3. Opportunities for Building a Mid-Atlantic Dray Truck Replacement Program

A new program sponsored by US EPA has recently been launched in the Mid-Atlantic region. The program helps replace older trucks serving the Ports of Philadelphia, Wilmington, Baltimore, and Virginia. Joanne Throwe
from the University of Maryland’s Environmental Finance Center will describe this exciting new program.

4. Legislative Update

Zoe Baldwin, Transportation and Environment Project Specialist for U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), will provide an update to the committee on various transportation legislative initiatives.

5. Drilling Down: America’s Marine Highways and the Delaware Valley

Lauren Brand of the U.S. DOT’s Maritime Administration will provide an update on the America’s Marine Highway program. This presentation will also touch on the Delaware Valley region, discuss ways to develop Marine Highway projects and services, and identify the public benefits that can result.

6. Marcellus Shale

Jason Fink, Executive Vice-President of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, will provide insight to the development associated with the Marcellus Shale play taking place in the Williamsport/Lycoming County area. He will speak to the direct and induced effects of this development, the jobs that are associated with this development, and how this has impacted the residents of this area of the Commonwealth.

7. 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.

8. Adjournment

The next scheduled meeting of the Delaware Valley Goods Movement Task Force is October 12, 2011.