Regional Technical Committee

Note: Coffee will be available at 9:30 a.m. and a light lunch will be served following the meeting.

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1. Call to Order – Chairman’s Comments


2. Deputy Planning Director’s Report


3. Public Comments on Agenda and Non-Agenda Items



4. Highlights of the Meeting of September 9, 2014


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. The following projects require formal TIP Amendments or modifications this month for the FY2015 TIP for PA and the FY2014 TIP for NJ.

  1. PA15-03: Resiliency Program (MPMS #1), SEPTA – Add a Proposed New Project

6. Fiscal Year 2015 Planning Work Program Amendments

To respond to the needs of member governments and agencies, work program changes and additions are brought to the RTC to permit the timely undertaking of technical activity.

  1. Integrating Regional and County Comprehensive Planning with Hazard Mitigation Planning
    With support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Cooperating Technical Partners Program, DVRPC will organize and lead a regional discussion on integrating hazard mitigation planning and comprehensive planning, and developing a more regional approach. DVRPC will conduct outreach to all nine counties to get a better understanding of how hazard mitigation planning works in practice in our region and will invite appropriate planning staff and emergency management personnel to a one-day roundtable meeting. The discussion will emphasize the need for both hazard mitigation planning and comprehensive planning to recognize and take into account the impacts of climate change. The discussion would draw on current related activities in the region.
  2. Philadelphia Port Major River Crossing Impact Study
    This study will examine the regional economic and mobility impacts of a failure in one or more DRPA bridges and develop mitigation strategies.
  3. SHRP2 Advanced Travel Analysis Tool C16: Effects of Smart Growth Policies on Travel Demand
    DVRPC applied for and was awarded a $50,000 User Incentive grant from Strategic Highway Research Program’s Implementation Assistance Program, to assess the Planning and Policy Assessment Tool (SmartGAP). DVRPC would use the C16 tool to pre-screen policy scenarios before undertaking extensive travel demand modeling exercises that are time- and resource-intensive. DVRPC would test the tool on two upcoming projects—the Gloucester County Unified Land Use and Circulation Master Plan Element and the update to DVRPC's Choices & Voices online scenario tool.
  4. US 30 Bypass Traffic Forecast Updates
    DVRPC staff will prepare traffic forecasts to support improved traffic operations on the US 30 Coatesville-Downingtown Bypass in Chester County.


A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists between DVRPC, PennDOT, and SEPTA to establish agreed upon procedures for modifying or amending the TIP, as required by federal regulations. From time to time this MOU requires changes to improve, clarify, or streamline the process as DVRPC strives to advance all TIP programmed projects as efficiently as possible while still providing transparency to regional stakeholders. Staff will propose changes to the PA TIP MOU including appropriate language for MAP-21 compliance and references to new PennDOT statewide programs.


8. Philadelphia Regional On-Board Transit Survey

Staff will present the results from the 2011 survey of SEPTA and PATCO passengers.

9. Household Travel Survey

The 2012-2013 DVRPC Household Travel survey is finally done! Staff will share exciting insights into what moves our region.

10. Solar Ready II

DVRPC is a partner, among a national team of regional planning organizations, on a “Rooftop Solar Challenge,” a project of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, which strives to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with other forms of energy by the end of the decade. Through the project, DVRPC will work collaboratively with municipalities, business, residents and utilities in Greater Philadelphia to understand and implement best management practices that help reduce the “soft costs” of solar PV installations. The goal of Solar Ready II is to create more streamlined and standardized solar practices in the region, and to achieve measureable improvements in the region’s solar market conditions.


11. Work Program Amendment: PATCO’s Franklin Square Station Forecasts


12. One Minute Reports

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

13. Old Business and New Business


14. Meeting Adjournment


SPECIAL NOTICE: The next scheduled meeting of the RTC is Wednesday, November 12, 2014.



  1. Highlights of the September 9, 2014 RTC Meeting
  2. TIP Actions, October 2014
  3. Work Program Amendment: Philadelphia Port Major River Crossing Impact Study
  4. Work Program Amendment: SHRP2 Advanced Travel Analysis Tools (C10/C04/C05/C16) Implementation Assistance User Incentive for C16
  5. Work Program Amendment: US 30 Bypass Traffic Forecast Updates
  7. Board highlights – September 2014