Regional Technical Committee

1/6/2004
10:00 a.m. Committee Meeting
12:00 Noon Lunch
Watch Recording

Commission Office
The ACP Building - 8th Floor
190 N. Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Please Use Sixth Street Entrance

AGENDA

1. Call to Order - Chairman''s Comments

2. Transportation Director''s Report

3. Report on Regional Citizens Committee Activities

ACTION ITEMS

4. Highlights of the Meeting of November 5, 2003

5. DVRPC Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The dynamic nature of funding transportation improvements and the need to remain within financial constraint require amendments or modifications to the TIP. As situations arise, the RTC is asked to consider changes.

a. TIP Action PA03-42a: US 202 Wetland Mitigation, Bucks County (MPMS #50728)

b. TIP Action PA03-42b: PA 162 Embreeville Road, Bridge Replacement, Chester County (MPMS #69947)

c. TIP Action PA03-42c: Aquetong Road, Bridge Replacement, Bucks County (MPMS #47406)

d. TIP Action PA03-42d: Betzwood Bridge, Hoan Retrofit, Montgomery County (MPMS #69565)

e. TIP Action PA03-42e: Kutztown Bridge over Molasses Creek, Culvert Replacement, Montgomery County (MPMS #50671)

f. TIP Action PA03-42f: Green Valley over Brandywine Creek, Bridge Replacement, Chester County (MPMS #50662)

g. TIP Action PA03-42g: PA 422, PA 29 to Township Line, Montgomery County (MPMS #51359)

h. TIP Action PA03-42h: US 1 Resurfacing, PA 896 to PA 41, Chester County (MPMS#69957)

i. TIP Action PA03-43: Center City Signal Improvement Project Phase 3 (CCSIP3), Philadelphia (New Proposed Project)

6. Draft DVRPC FY 2005 Planning Work Program

The Planning Work Program for FY 2005 which begins on July 1, 2004 was approved by the Board for distribution and review. This draft document was made available at the Board Retreat on December 3, 2003 and copies were mailed separately to RTC members in mid-December. The draft includes all of the work expected to be completed by DVRPC staff and also the Transportation Support Programs and the Supportive Regional Highway Planning Programs in both States. The RTC is being asked to recommend that the DVRPC Board adopt the Final FY 2005 Work Program.

7. Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI)

The TCDI program was initiated by the DVRPC Board in 2002 to provide direct grant assistance to selected cities, boroughs and first generation suburban municipalities to fund early stage planning activities that support revitalization and improved transportation conditions. Staff will present the results of an assessment of the first year of the program and discuss options for continuing the program into the future. An assessment report will be distributed at the meeting.

PRESENTATION ITEM

8. SEPTA''s Hybrid Bus Test Program

During the past year, SEPTA has been evaluating the performance of two low floor Hybrid buses in order to determine the benefits that might be obtained utilizing this new technology. This presentation, by John Nielsen, the Senior Project Manager, will report on the results obtained to date and further activity which is underway.

INFORMATION ITEMS

9. Pennsylvania Rail Freight Assistance Program

This program provides financial assistance for investment in rail freight infrastructure. The grants are administered by PennDOT''s Bureau of Rail Freight and are available to short line railroads and shippers on a competitive basis. The deadline for submitting applications is February 27, 2004.

10. Intermodal Passenger System Survey, Phase II

The report represents the second phase of a four year work plan and summarizes evaluations at 11 sites, including four NJ Transit stations, four SEPTA regional rail stations, and three park-and-ride lots. The report provides information on parking supply/demand, amenities, interconnecting modes, and commuter parking shed areas.

11. One Minute Reports

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

12. Old Business and New Business

13. Meeting Adjournment

The next scheduled meeting of the PCC/RTC is February 10, 2004.

Attachments
1. Highlights of the November 5, 2003 RTC Meeting
2. TIP Actions,, January, 2004
3. Calendar of Events for January, 2004