Regional Technical Committee

10/6/2009
10:00 A.M.
Note: Coffee will be available at 9:30 a.m. and a light lunch will be served following the meeting.

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

AGENDA

10:00 a.m. Planning Coordinating Committee & Regional Transportation Committee Meeting

12:00 Noon Lunch

1:00 p.m. Pennsylvania Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Subcommittee Meeting

1. Call to Order - Chairman’s Comments

2. Deputy Executive Director’s Report

3. Report on Regional Citizens Committee Activities

4. Highlights of the Meeting of September 8, 2009

ACTION ITEMS

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.

a. PA09-70: Project Selection for the Transportation Community System Preservation (TCSP)(MPMS#’s: TBD), Various Counties

1. Avenue of the Arts Revitalization and Streetscaping Project – City of Philadelphia ($444,600 TCSP/$111,150 Local match)

2. Bethlehem Pike Roadway and Streetscape Improvements, Springfield Township – Montgomery County ($444,600 TCSP, acknowledging a Toll credit match)

3. Prophecy Creek Park Entrance Project, Whitpain Township – Montgomery County ($222,300 TCSP/$55,575 Local match)

4. US 422 River Crossing Complex Project, King of Prussia – Montgomery County ($222,300 TCSP/$55,575 Local match)

5. Construction of Bridge Over Valley Creek for Loop Trail at Valley Forge Park, King of Prussia – Montgomery County ($166,725 TCSP/$41,681 Local match)

6. Paxon Hollow Road, Pedestrian and School Children Safety Project, Marple Township – Delaware County ($177,840 TCSP/$44,460 Local match)

7. Bridge Over Brandywine Creek, Downingtown - Chester County ($666,900 TCSP/$166,725 Local match)

8. Parking and Street Enhancements at Historic Yellow Springs, Chester Springs – Chester County (Provisional Award - Pending FHWA Round 2 Approval)

b. PA09-71a: PA 100 South Pines Community Noisewalls (MPMS# 84989), Chester County – Add PE Phase

c. PA09-71b: High Street Bridge Over Manatawny Creek Bridge Replacement Project (MPMS# 16194), Montgomery County – Add FD Phase Note: The Pennsylvania TIP Subcommittee will meet to discuss the FY2011 TIP for PA following the October 6th PCC/RTC Meeting.

d. PA and NJ Programming of Low-Bid Savings on Recovery Act Projects (Various DB#’s and MPMS #’s), Various Counties – Request to Designate Discussion and Recommendation to the NJ and PA TIP Subcommittees

Note: The Pennsylvania TIP Subcommittee will meet to discuss the FY2011 TIP for PA following the October 6th PCC/RTC Meeting.

6. Functional Classification Change for Wood and Vine Streets in the Borough of Lansdale, Montgomery County

Lansdale Borough is requesting the addition of Wood Street and Vine Street in Lansdale Borough to the Federal Aid System. These are both existing local streets, and are proposed to become listed as Urban Collectors with a combined total length of approximately .5 miles. The RTC is being asked to recommend that the Board approve the change of  functional classification for Wood and Vine Streets in Lansdale Borough.

7. Adoption of DVRPC’s Transportation Operations Plan

DVRPC staff, in cooperation with the Transportation Operations Task Force, prepared the Transportation Operations Plan, an element of the Connections long-range plan. The Plan presents operations goals and objectives, as well as a vision of where ITS infrastructure, emergency service patrols, and incident management task forces should be implemented. It recommends traffic management, incident management, and transit management projects and programs for the region to advance, and also includes a financial analysis that compares operations needs versus funding allocated to operations in Connections. The RTC is being asked to recommend that the Board adopt the Transportation Operations Plan.

8. Adoption of the FY 2009 Safety Action Plan

In FY07, the DVRPC Board adopted the Regional Safety Action Plan. The Plan was focused on reducing crashes and fatalities on the region’s roadways. Through a data driven process and with significant input from the Regional Safety Task Force, the FY07 Plan has been updated to reflect the region’s current seven key safety Emphasis Areas and the identified set of strategies to address these Emphasis Areas. This plan was closely coordinated with the development of PennDOT’s and NJ DOT’s Strategic Highway Safety Plans. The RTC is requested to recommend that the DVRPC Board adopt the updated Safety Action Plan.

9. PCC/RTC Meeting Dates for 2010

A set of proposed meeting dates for the PCC/RTC for calendar year 2010 will be submitted to the committee for its consideration.

PRESENTATION ITEMS

10. Philadelphia’s Center City Mobility Enhancement Initiative

Richard D. Dickson, Jr., Senior Director for Strategic Planning & Administration for the Philadelphia Parking Authority will review the steps the City of Philadelphia has taken to improve access to and mobility in Center City. They include meter rate adjustments, new parking meter technology, improved loading guidelines, clearer parking regulations signs, motorcycle/scooter parking, bicycle parking, short-term garage parking rates and coordinated enforcement activities. All of these enhancements are designed to support Center City's economic vitality by reducing congestion and providing convenient, affordable parking.

INFORMATION ITEMS

11. Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan (CHSTP) Update

Staff will provide a brief summary of DVRPC’s Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan update and a preview of this year’s Pennsylvania funding round.

12. FY 11 Supportive Regional Highway Planning Program and Transit Support Program Special Studies Final Call for Projects

Each year there are funds set aside from the Transit Support Program budgets in PA
and NJ and from the Supportive Regional Highway Planning Program in NJ for
short-term studies and other relevant projects. Staff will issue a final call for special
study projects and discuss the programs’ schedules.

13. Status of Upgrades to the DVRPC Travel Demand Model

The DVPRC Travel Demand Model, used for various types of forecasts and analyses, is currently being upgraded to remain consistent with the state of the practice, new policy demands, and evolving Federal guidance on travel models. Staff will give an update on the translation of the model to a new software package and on the selection of possible improvements.

14. One Minute Reports

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

15. Old Business and New Business

16. Meeting Adjournment

The next scheduled meeting of the PCC/RTC is Tuesday, November 10, 2009.