Regional Technical Committee

7/12/2022
10:00 a.m.
Phone number: 1-346-248-7799 Meeting ID: 936 3812 3963 Passcode: 441861575


ONLINE ONLY

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 June 7, 2022 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 2021 TIP for PA.

  1. PA21-94: US 202, Morris Road to Swedesford Road (65S) (MPMS #63491), Montgomery County ─ CON Cost Increase
  2. PA21-95: US 1 and PA 352 Interchange, Intersection, and Roadway Improvements (MPMS #15251), Delaware County ─ PE Cost Increase
  3. PA21-96: Parking Improvements Program (MPMS #60540), SEPTA – Advance Prior Year Funding to Current FY
  4. PA21-97: Safety and Security Improvements (MPMS #107011), SEPTA – Add New Project and Decrease Funding to the Program
  5. PA21-98: Projects of Significance (MPMS #115472), SEPTA – Add New Project, Increase Funding, and Update Scope
  6. PA21-99: Communications, Signals, & Technology Improvements (MPMS# 102571), SEPTA – Update Scope and Decrease Funding to the Program
  7. PA21-100: Transit & Regional Rail Station Program (MPMS# 77183), SEPTA – Update Scope
  8. PA21-101: Substations and Power Improvements (MPMS #60651), SEPTA – Update Scope and Increase Funding to the Program

6.  Adoption of the Conformity Determination of the Connections 2050 Long-Range Plan and Draft FY 2023 TIP for Pennsylvania

DVRPC is demonstrating conformity for the Connections 2050 Long-Range Plan (Plan) and the Draft FY 2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Pennsylvania. This demonstration is necessitated by a new FY 2023 TIP for Pennsylvania. Staff will present the results of the Air Quality Conformity Determination and request that the RTC recommend that the DVRPC Board adopt the conformity findings at the July 28, 2022 DVRPC Board meeting.

7. Adoption of the Draft DVRPC FY2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Pennsylvania (FY23–FY26)        

A Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is required by federal law and planning regulations for the metropolitan region to be eligible to receive and spend federal transportation funds. The MPO develops the TIP in cooperation with member governments, the state Department of Transportation, and transit operators, and must provide an opportunity for public input and comment. A minimum 30-day public comment period must be conducted prior to a formal action to adopt the TIP. For the Draft DVRPC FY2023 TIP for Pennsylvania, staff will present a program overview, comments received during the public comment period, a proposed list of recommended changes to the draft program, an update to the MOU for Procedures on Amending and Modifying the TIP and will ask the RTC to recommend Board adoption of the Draft DVRPC FY2023 TIP for Pennsylvania with the recommended changes. The Draft TIP document is available online at www.dvrpc.org/TIP/Draft and in hardcopy at various public libraries and the DVRPC office.

8. M3 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Traffic Congestion Measures: Supporting 2- and 4-year targets

Federal performance measure regulations (23 CFR 490) require that MPOs in air quality nonattainment and maintenance areas with populations over 200,000 population (previously more than one million in the first performance period from 2018 to 2021) report on existing performance and establish 2- and 4-year targets for two traffic congestion measures: percent non-single occupant vehicle (non-SOV) travel and annual hours of peak hour excessive delay (PHED) per capita. DVRPC facilitated efforts in establishing targets for the Philadelphia PA-NJ-DE-MD and Trenton, NJ urbanized areas for the second performance period (2022-2025), and participated in efforts supporting targets led by NJTPA for the New York-Newark, NY, NJ-CT urbanized area and LVPC for the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ urbanized area, since small portions of these urbanized areas exist in the DVRPC MPO region.

9. FY23 UPWP Amendment:  Funding Navigator

DVRPC has partnered with several nonprofit partners on a new initiative titled the Funding Navigator to help communities access funds for water system improvements (water, sewer and stormwater management). With over $55 billion in new IIJA funding for water infrastructure, there will be significantly more money available, and the need is there, but many municipalities and smaller systems do not have the capacity to access and administer these grants or loans.  The Funding Navigator is a team of professionals skilled in the field that would work with communities and utilities to access and implement water improvement projects.  

10. Transit Safety Performance Measure Targets

Transit operators submit annual safety targets to the Federal Transit Administration. Under the federal Transportation Performance Management program, MPOs can either support the transit agency targets or develop their own. Staff will report on the 2022 targets, as well as 2021 performance data for SEPTA, NJ TRANSIT, and DRPA/PATCO.

PRESENTATION ITEMS

11. Transit Friendly Planning: A Guide for New Jersey Communities

The new Guide is a resource designed to assist community members, elected and appointed officials, members of planning and zoning boards, technical planning staff, community groups, and those who are interested in making land use decisions around transit facilities that assist in improving mobility and access to transit. NJ TRANSIT staff will provide an overview of the Guide’s five chapters, explain how the Guide can be used in communities of all sizes, discuss planning around emerging topics (micromobility, curbside management, etc.), describe technical assistance opportunities, and answer any questions.

INFORMATION ITEMS

12.  One Minute Reports

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

Old Business and New Business

13. Meeting Adjournment

The next scheduled meeting of the RTC is Tuesday, September 6, 2022.