Delaware Valley Goods Movement Task Force

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



1. Call to order
All Task Force members and friends will be recognized and the July 16, 2008 meeting notes will be offered for the committee's approval (see separate meeting highlights).


2. Freight Element: 2035 Long Range Plan
In conjunction with the 2035 long range plan update, DVRPC is preparing a freight element which identifies policies and projects that support the safe and efficient movement of freight. Mike Boyer, Ted Dahlburg, and Walker Allen will describe this effort and highlights from the Freight Plan Showcase.


3. Freight Partnership III Meeting
The third in a national series of freight meetings jointly conducted by AASHTO and FHWA will take place in Philadelphia from March 10-13, 2009. Staff will describe DVRPC's support of the meeting and opportunities for involvement by committee members.


4. America's Marine Highway Program
The U.S. DOT's Maritime Administration is soliciting recommendations for short sea shipping routes to be designated as Marine Highway Corridors. The Delaware River Maritime Enterprise Council has requested an opportunity to brief the Task Force on a proposed marine corridor serving the Delaware Valley.


5. Greater Philadelphia Food System Study
Alison Hastings of DVRPC will provide an update on the Greater Philadelphia Food System Study. The study examines, among other things, the roles food plays in the regional economy and freight logistics and how food travels from a producer to a consumer in Greater Philadelphia.


6. Federal Stimulus Package
The Obama administration has proposed a federal economic stimulus package that could make billions of dollars available for "shovel-ready" infrastructure improvements such as road, bridge, and public transit projects. Don Shanis, Task Force co-chair, will facilitate an open discussion regarding this recovery plan.


7. 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.


8. Old/New Business
Old or new items of business will be considered. The next scheduled meeting of the Goods Movement Task Force is April 15, 2009.