Regional Technical Committee

2/10/2004
10:00 a.m. Committee Meeting
12:00 Noon Lunch
Watch Recording

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Philadelphia, PA 19106
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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 January 6, 2004

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 PCC/RTC is asked to consider changes.

a. TIP Action PA03-44: I-95/PA Turnpike Interchange, Bucks County
(MPMS #13347)

b. TIP Action NJ04-03: Transit Car Upgrade/Overhaul, DRPA/PATCO
(DB #DR046)

6. Pennsylvania Transportation Enhancements Selection Process 2003-2004
PennDOT has allocated $8.926 million in highway TE funds and FTA has targeted $2 million in transit funds to the DVRPC region. A regional competition began in August 2003, with applications due by October 30, 2003. The submitted applications were evaluated and scored based on established criteria. The Pennsylvania TE Subcommittee met on January 29, 2004, to review the scoring and select projects. The Subcommittee will present its recommended set of projects for Board approval and amendment into the FY2003 TIP for PA. The recommended projects are attached.

a. Selection of recommended projects.

b. TIP Action PA03-45 - Approval to amend or modify the FY 2003-2006 TIP for Pennsylvania as required by adding the TE projects at the appropriate time.

7. Transportation Management Association (TMA) and Mobility Alternatives Program (MAP) Work Programs for FY 2004 in Pennsylvania
Two separate programs are up for approval - The PENNDOT TMA Assistance Grant Program and the DVRPC Mobility Alternatives Program. Six TMAs plus the City of Philadelphia and SEPTA have applied for funding, and the draft work programs for each have been reviewed and approved by their respective counties. T he programs will be recommended for PENNDOT consideration with CMAQ funds.

PRESENTATION ITEMS

8. I-95 Corridor Reconstruction Project
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the DVRPC, is undertaking a major redesign study of Interstate 95 between the Vine Street and Street Road interchanges. This redesign is being preformed as part of the reconstruction of this segment of I-95. The goals of the study are to eliminate existing traffic bottlenecks and to accommodate projected 2030 traffic volumes. This study also is intended to make I-95 a better neighbor for residents and businesses along the freeway by mitigating noise, truck, and other adverse traffic impacts. The presentation will be made by Mike Girman of PENNDOT and Chris Nemchik of Hill International, Inc.

9. Trenton Transportation Master Plan
The preparation of a new transportation plan for the City of Trenton consists of two phases. Phase I, already completed, included a comprehensive multi-modal assessment of the Trenton transportation network. Phase II will define the package of projects, programs, and investments to guide the city''s long term transportation plan. The presentation will be made by Rachel Weinberger of Nelson Nygaard Consulting Associates.

10. Assessment of Land Use and Transportation: Solutions for the Route 413/513 Corridor
This report is part of a two-year project that looks at the land use and transportation issues along the Route 413/513 corridor, involving the boroughs of Langhorne, Langhorne Manor, Penndel and Hulmeville and a small portion of Middletown Township in Bucks County. General and site-specific recommendations are discussed in the report based upon the study area''s socio-economic profile, transportation and public transit services, land use and zoning as well as discussions with the project''s Steering Committee. Mary Ng of DVRPC''s Regional Planning Division will make this presentation.

INFORMATION ITEMS

11. Regional Integrated Multi-modal Information System
At the behest of the Delaware Valley Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Technical Task Force, DVRPC recently issued a Request for Qualifications for contractors to develop a Regional Integrated Multi-modal Information (RIMIS) system to share traffic and incident information among traffic, transit, and emergency management operations centers. DVRPC staff will brief the RTC on the purpose of RIMIS and approach being employed to develop it.

12. Mid-Atlantic Rail Operations Study
MAROPS (Mid-Atlantic Rail Operations Study) is an initiative of the I-95 Corridor Coalition, five Mid-Atlantic States, and three Class I railroads which addresses projected travel congestion and railroad choke points in the corridor. The study resulted in the identification of a $6.2 billion rail improvement program over 20 years, of which $750 million in projects are located in the Delaware Valley.

13. ecommute Project
Staff will report on recent progress in the final phase of the ecommute
pilot project.

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 March 9, 2004.

Attachments
1. Highlights of the January 2004 RTC Meeting
2. Report on Citizens Committee Activity
3. TIP Actions, February 2004
4. TE 2003-2004 Project Recommendations
5. NJDOT call for Applications for the Transportation Enhancements Program (TE) due on February 13, 2004.
6. FY 2005 Mobility Alternative Program Work Programs
FY 2005 Transportation Management Association Assistance Grant Work Programs
7. Calendar of Events for February, 2004