Regional Technical Committee

6/8/2021
10:00 a.m.
Phone number: 1-346-248-7799 Meeting ID: 936 3812 3963 Password: 441861575


AGENDA

1. Call to Order – Chairman’s Comments

2. Deputy Executive Director’s Report

3. Public Comments on Agenda and Non-Agenda Items

ACTION ITEMS

4. Highlights of the May 11, 2021 RTC Meeting

5.  DVRPC Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Actions

The dynamic nature of funding transportation improvements and the need to remain within financial constraint require amendments or modifications to the TIP. The following projects require formal TIP Amendments or Modifications this month for the FY2021 TIP for PA.

a.    PA21-42: ADA Ramps (MPMS #12842 and #12824), Various Counties – Remove Funding

b.    PA21-43: PA 309 Connector: Allentown Road to Souderton Pike (HT2) (MPMS #77211), Montgomery County – Increase CON Funding in 1st Four Years

c.    PA21-44: Montgomery Avenue Bridge over Amtrak at 30th Street (CB) (MPMS #57276), City of Philadelphia – Increase CON Funding in 1st Four Years

d.    PA21-45: Mattson Road over the West Branch of the Chester Creek (MPMS #103528), Delaware County – Add New Project to TIP

e.    PA21-46: Moredon Road Bridge (CB #44) (Act 13) (MPMS #103381), Montgomery County – Add New Project to TIP

f.     PA21-47: Regional Rail RRX Safety Enhancements Program (MPMS #116233), Various Counties – Add New Project to TIP

g.    PA21-48: Vehicle Overhaul Program (MPMS #60582), SEPTA – Reduce Funding

6.      Request to Open Public Comment Period for the Draft Connections 2050 Long-Range Plan (LRP), Draft FY2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for New Jersey,  and the Draft Conformity Determination of the Draft Connections 2050 LRP, Draft FY2022 TIP for New Jersey, and the FY2021 TIP for Pennsylvania.

 Staff requests authorization to open a public comment period for the purpose of gathering public and agency comments on the Draft Connections 2050 Long-Range Plan (LRP), Draft FY2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for New Jersey, and the Draft Conformity Determination of the Draft Connections 2050 LRP, Draft FY2022 TIP for New Jersey, and the FY2021 TIP for Pennsylvania, with proper public notification, as well as to publish the Draft LRP, Draft TIP, and Draft Conformity Finding documents, to post them on the Internet, to make copies available at certain public libraries (as appropriate), and to hold public meetings, which will likely be held online.

7.       2050 Population and Employment Forecasts

As a part of the Commission’s long-range planning activities, DVRPC is required to maintain population and employment forecasts with at least a 20-year horizon, or to the horizon year of the long-range plan. DVRPC staff has worked collaboratively with county planning staffs to develop population and employment forecasts in five-year increments through 2050. It is the first forecast effort to collect an extensive inventory of proposed real estate development projects to inform future growth and the first to use a land use model, UrbanSim, to simulate the pace and pattern of growth beyond the region's known projects. Staff will present the 2050 population and employment forecasts, and request that RTC recommend adoption of the forecasts by the DVRPC Board at their June 24th meeting.

8.        Annual Self Certification of Regional Transportation Planning Process  

Federal regulations require that Metropolitan Planning Organizations self- certify that the Regional Transportation Planning Process is carried out in conformance with applicable federal regulations. Staff will request an RTC recommendation for Board approval

9.        Election of Fiscal Year 2022 Regional Technical Committee Officers

The RTC nominating committee will present a slate of candidates for FY 2022.

PRESENTATIONS

10.     Municipal Management of Extreme Heat

Warming temperatures combined with increased urban development have resulted in unbearable heat for many of the region’s residents. Vulnerable populations—including persons with disabilities, the elderly, racial and ethnic minorities, and the poor—bear the brunt of the ill effects. This brochure summarizes the causes of current and future extreme heat, the impacts of extreme heat on vulnerable populations and infrastructure, and how municipalities can mitigate, prepare for, and respond to extreme heat events.

11.     Sidewalk Gap Analysis

Staff will present an analysis of sidewalk gaps that builds upon the regional sidewalk dataset recently collected by DVRPC. They will demonstrate the interactive web map showing the results of the preliminary analysis, and discuss integration into other current and future work program projects.

DISCUSSION ITEMS

12.   One Minute Reports

RTC Members and guests will be invited to provide updates on the activities of their agencies.

13.  Old Business and New Business

14.  Meeting Adjournment

The next scheduled meeting of the RTC is Tuesday, July 6, 2021.