Regional Technical Committee

10/12/2004
9:00 a.m. New Member Orientation Program
10:00 Committe Meeting
Watch Recording

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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 September 14, 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 PA05-01a: PA 309, Welsh Road to Highland Ave. (MPMS #16477), Montgomery County

b. TIP Action PA05-01b: PA 309, Commerce to Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Washington Interchange (MPMS #64275), Montgomery County

6. FY 2005 Planning Work Program Amendments

During the course of the fiscal year, it is sometimes necessary for DVRPC to amend the Work Program. Two amendments have been submitted for consideration.

a. Smart Growth Regional Indicators

In FY 2003 and FY 2004, DVRPC undertook a study, funded by the William Penn Foundation, to research and develop Smart Growth indicators for the region. As requested by the Foundation, these indicators examined Urban Core Development and Land Preservation in the region. The Foundation has now requested that DVRPC continue this research by preparing additional indicators in these areas.

b. Regional Open Space Priorities Report (ROSPR)

The ROSPR was completed in January 2004 by the GreenSpace Alliance to identify, prioritize and recommend protection strategies for natural resources, agricultural and recreational lands in the five-county southeastern Pennsylvania area. In order to maintain the extensive database and GIS mapping that comprise the ROSPR and to enable updating the data and expand access to and use of the data by public and non-profit open space planners, the GreenSpace Alliance seeks to contract with DVRPC.

7. Updated Areawide Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Transportation Plan

In FY 2004, DVRPC began the process to update and refine the current JARC plan in anticipation of reauthorization of the federal transportation act (TEA 3) and continuation of the JARC program for another five years. In anticipation of a new JARC funding round later this fall and adoption by the DVRPC Board, staff will present the revised Plan Update, Improving Access to Opportunities in the Delaware Valley Region: Areawide Job Access and Reverse Commute Transportation Plan.

8. Draft Cross-Acceptance Report for New Jersey State Plan

DVRPC is a designated regional entity charged with reviewing the Preliminary New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan (April 2004) and comparing it with the agency''s plans, policies and regulations to determine consistencies and inconsistencies. The Draft Cross-Acceptance Report is now ready for submission to the Office of Smart Growth for review, as part of the Plan Negotiation Phase of the overall State Plan adoption process.

9. Pennsylvania Home Town Streets/Safe Routes to School Projects

The Pennsylvania Home Town Streets/Safe Routes to School project selection committee met on October 1, 2004 to select projects under this program. A list of projects recommended by the committee will be presented for approval.

10. Cancellation of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Transportation Enhancement (TE) Funding for the Kensington Depot, Walkway, Philadelphia

The Norris Square Civic Association (NSCA) submitted the Kensington Depot Walkway project in FY 2001 for FTA TE transit funding. The PA TE Subcommittee after reviewing the requested current change in scope recommends the cancellation of the Kensington Depot Walkway project and the return of the sum of $675,000.00 to the FTA TE line item

11. Public Comment Period for the 8-hour Transportation Conformity Demonstration

Due to the new 8-hour ozone standard regulations, transportation conformity of the FY 2005 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for NJ and PA, and of the Year 2025 Long-Range Plan must be demonstrated again. The PCC/RTC is asked to recommend to the Board to open a mandated 30-day public involvement period to receive comments on the conformity finding.

PRESENTATION ITEMS

12. Smart Growth: Where Are We Now?

Adam Zellner, Executive Director of the New Jersey Office of Smart Growth, will discuss the status of New Jersey''s Smart Growth initiative and the progress which is being made in coordinating local master plans with the statewide plan.

13. Planning At The Edge: Transit Travel Analysis

Scott Brady will present the process used to develop 2000 cordon transit traffic necessary for the travel simulation model. Included in travel for all bus and rail carriers providing service through the region or to destinations within the DVRPC counties. Total ridership and origin/destination data will also be discussed.

INFORMATION ITEMS

14. FY 2006 Supportive Regional Highway Planning Program (SRHPP) and Transit Support Program (TSP)

As part of the DVRPC Planning Work Program development process, member governments submit core and special studies work programs for consideration under SRHPP and TSP. Staff will open a call for FY 2006 projects, and will discuss guidelines for submissions for both programs.

15. TransAction 2005

Topics for this transportation conference, to be held in Atlantic City, NJ from April 11- 13, 2005, are now being solicited.

16. One Minute Reports

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

17. Old Business and New Business

18. Meeting Adjournment

The next scheduled meeting of the PCC/RTC is November 9, 2004.

Attachments
1. Invitation, New Member Orientation Program
2. Highlights of the September 2004 RTC Meeting
3. Report on Citizens Committee Activity
4. TIP Actions, October 2004
5. Call for Projects For the FY 2006 Supportive Regional Highway Planning Program and Transit Support Program
6. The JARC Plan
7. JARC Public Comments and Responses
8. October 2004 Calendar