Regional Technical Committee

1/4/2000
10:00 AM
A light lunch wil be available

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. RTC Meeting
Begins
12:00 p.m. Working Lunch
1:00 p.m. New Jersey Subcommittee Meeting
"Planning Beyond the Pipeline" - see enclosed agenda

1. Report of November 16, 1999 RTC Meeting

2. Report on Board Activities

ACTION ITEMS

3. Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

During the course of the year it is necessary for the State Departments of Transportation and the transit operators to make changes to the TIP to reflect current program needs.

  1. Amendment 9927 is a request by Philadelphia to add preliminary engineering phases to seven bridges at a total cost of $900,000.
  2. Amendment 9928 is a request by Bucks County to add bike lanes in Yardley and Lower Makefield.
  3. Study and Development/Planning Work Program Amendment. New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is requesting to add an evaluation of a full interchange of Route 42 and College Road in Gloucester Township, Camden County.

4. DVRPC Year 2001 Work Program

On December 4, 1999, the DVRPC Board authorized for release and comment, the draft Work Program for next fiscal year. Included in the document, which you were mailed under separate cover, are all of the Work Programs for DVRPC staff, member governments and transit operators. Approval action is necessary in January.

5. ITS Schuylkill Expressway Corridor, Incident/Traffic Management Plan

Major incidents on the Schuylkill Expressway are responsible for a large percentage of total vehicle and person hours of delay on the roadway. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) plans the installation of detectors, television surveillance and variable message signs to advise motorists when to use alternative routes in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties. This project will develop a unified traffic management and signal coordination plan for these parallel routes. A recommendation from the Regional Transportation Committee (RTC) to amend the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Work Program to fund this project will be offered.

INFORMATION ITEMS

6. Why do Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments take so long?

NJDOT staff will review a paper developed to explain the Environmental clearance process, note what actions can cause delays and identify what everyone can do to improve performance.

7. DVRPC FY 2001-FY 2004 Transportation Improvement Program

Staff will review the schedule for TIP development activities in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For the first time in a number of years, the process in both states is moving in the same timeframe, and approval action is scheduled for the Board in July 2000.

8. Air Quality - New Developments in Conformity

The states are in the process of establishing new conformity budgets which are sufficient for attainment of the one-hour ozone standard. This action has been made necessary by a recent court decision on EPA's Rule making authority. A report on the schedule of these activities and their implications for conformity demonstrations of the TIP will be presented.

9. Household Travel Survey

Staff will present a summary of the Household Travel Survey to be conducted by telephone this winter. Information on sample size, trip frequency, mode choice and other characteristics will be included.

STATUS REPORTS

  • 2025 Long Range Transportation Plan
  • Transportation Enhancement Process in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
  • Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Project
  • Federal Transit Authority Section 16 Applicant list - Pennsylvania

10. Old Business

11. New Business

Attachments
1. Highlights of the November 16, 1999 RTC Meeting
2. TIP Amendment #9927
3. TIP Amendment #9928
4. NJDOT Study and Development Request - Route 42 College Avenue
5. Amendments to Pennsylvania's FY 1999-2002 Transportation Improvement Program
6. New Jersey Subcommittee Agenda
7. Highlights of Board and Executive Committee Meeting - December 3, 1999
8. Calendar of Events for January, 2000