Regional Technical Committee

1/11/2022
10:00 a.m.


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 November 9, 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 FY 2022 TIP for NJ.

a. NJ22-001: CR 537, CR 628, and CR 660 Guide Rail Installation (DB# D1804), Burlington County – Add Project Back into the TIP

b. NJ22-002: CR 655 (Fries Mill Rd), CR 610 (Clayton-Williamstown Rd) to NJ 47 (DB #D2015), Gloucester County – Add Project Back into the TIP

c. NJ22-003: Paratransit Vehicles (Various DB   #s), Various   Counties -  Flex to NJ TRANSIT Small/Special Services Program (DB #T120) and Section 5310 Program (DB #T150): Burlington County Bus Purchase (DB #D1510), Camden County Bus Purchase (DB #D0601), Gloucester County Bus Purchase (DB #D9807), and Mercer County Bus Purchase (DB #D1011)

6.  PA Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program (TASA) Regionally Selected & Statewide Recommended Projects

The PA Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program (TASA) is a  competitive federal program established for projects that contribute to alternative transportation projects, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The two-year Pennsylvania TASA program provided approximately $8 million TASA funds for projects in the DVRPC region and at least $18+ million statewide. These are the regional selections and statewide recommendations of that program.

7.   Adoption of Regional Safety Targets to Satisfy MPO Requirements Under the Federal Transportation Performance Management (TPM) Process

Roadway Safety is part of the overall Transportation Performance Management (TPM) program, which FHWA defines as a strategic approach that uses system information to make investment and policy decisions to achieve national      performance goals. The Safety Performance Management (Safety PM) Final Rule supports the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), as it establishes safety performance measure requirements for the purpose of carrying out the HSIP and to assess fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. The RTC is being asked to recommend the Board adopt the regional safety targets and agrees to plan and program projects that contribute toward meeting or exceeding the targets.

8.   DVRPC Regional Trails Program – Additional Phase 8 Grant Awards

DVRPC staff will present two timely multi-use trail projects recommended for funding using unspent Regional Trails Program balances. The Regional Trails Program is supported by the William Penn Foundation.

9.    Adoption of DVRPC Fiscal Year 2023 Unified Planning Work Program  and TIP Amendments

At their December 8, 2021 meeting, the DVRPC Board authorized release of the Draft DVRPC FY22 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for distribution and review, with the public comment period scheduled to run from December 8, 2021 to January 10, 2022. DVRPC staff is in the process of receiving and responding to comments and are working to resolve any open issues. The RTC is being asked to recommend that the Board adopt the Final DVRPC FY23 UPWP, pending the resolution of any outstanding comments and issues. After Board adoption, relevant edits will continue to be incorporated and the final document will be produced and sent to the funding agencies.

BRIEF REPORTS

10.   Chester County Active Transportation Inventory

The TCDI funded Active Transportation Inventory (ATI) reviewed the regulatory comprehensive plans, zoning and subdivision/land development ordinances, and advisory planning documents relative to bike/ped development for all 73 Chester County municipalities for the presence of elements within each that require or recommend the development of active transportation facilities as part of the land development process. Final products include individual reports prepared for each municipality that include the review and assessment of those documents and recommendations for how to strengthen those ordinances and use other planning tools such as official maps to advance bike/ped development, along with a countywide summary document titled Bicycles, Pedestrians & Transit.  The findings from this inventory have also helped planning staff to more readily identify on-road bicycle facility development opportunities that may be realized through the DVRPC Bike-Friendly Resurfacing Program.

PRESENTATION ITEMS

11.   Bicycle LTS and Connectivity Analysis Webmap

Staff will present the recently updated Bicycle LTS and Connectivity Analysis webmap, a regional screening tool that helps identify and rank roads where bicycle facility improvements would have the greatest local and regional connectivity benefit to the low-stress bicycle network. The improved tool includes a customized version with additional context about the analysis; a more flexible, user-friendly map in which to explore the data; an updated connectivity analysis to account for the stress induced by riding a bike up a steep slope; and a set of results weighted by the proportion of populations of interest under Title VI and environmental justice in the surrounding area, which encourages planners to be more intentional about incorporating equity into bicycle facility prioritization efforts. The new link is: www.dvrpc.org/webmaps/bike-lts/.

 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, February 9, 2022.