Regional Technical Committee

11/15/2005
10:00 A.M.

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.        Planning Coordinating Committee & Regional Transportation Committee Meeting
  12:00 Noon        Lunch
  1:00 p.m.        Meeting continues (as required)


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 October 11, 2005                

5.    DVRPC Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendments

 

    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 PA05-51: I-95, Bleigh to Academy (MPMS #47783), Philadelphia

 

    b.    TIP Action PA05-52: High Arch Bridge (MPMS #16630), Montgomery County (Proposed for deletion from TIP)

6.    New Jersey Local Scoping Highway Program

 

    The New Jersey Local Scoping Program provides federal funds directly to member governments for the advancement of projects through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and preliminary engineering processes. By developing solutions to a defined problem, projects may then be eligible for advancement in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The following two projects are proposed to draw funds down from the DVRPC Local Scoping Line Item in FY06:

 

    a.    CR 670 Bridge over the Assiscunk Creek, Burlington County - $150,000

 

    b.    Bisham Street Bridge over N. Branch of Rancocas Creek, Burlington County - $150,000

7.    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.

 

    a.    US 202 Section 700 Traffic, Phase II
      b.    Highway-Railroad Grade Crossing Management System
      c.    Route 202 - Section ES 1/100 Land Use Implementation Project
      d.    Identification of Bus Pull-outs on Camden County Roads    

8.    Supportive Regional Highway Planning Program (SRHPP) & Transit Support Group (TSP)

 

    Each fiscal year, a portion of the funds for the Transit Support and Supportive Regional Highway Planning Programs are set aside for special studies which arise from time to time. The Pennsylvania and New Jersey Subcommittees have met to determine which special studies will be included in the FY 07 Planning Work Program under these programs.

9.    Authorization to Open Transportation Conformity Public Comment Period

 

Adhering to all regulatory requirements, DVRPC must demonstrate transportation conformity of the FY 2005 Pennsylvania TIP, FY 2006 New Jersey TIP, and the Destination 2030 Long Range Plan for the applicable pollutants in the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Staff expects to complete all quantitative analyses by late November, and requests that the PCC/RTC recommend to the Board to open a public comment period to receive comment on the finding. The tentative comment period will run from December 5, 2005 to January 6, 2006, and is coordinated to occur concurrently among 11 MPOs in five states.

10.    Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI) 2005 Project Selection

 

Over the past three years, DVRPC has provided a total of 76 TCDI planning grants throughout the region. The fourth round of the TCDI was announced in July 2005, and applications were due back to DVRPC on September 30th. As in previous years, there is $1 million available in PA and $500,000 in New Jersey. The TCDI review committees will meet on November 9th to rank and prioritize the projects. Staff will present the projects that are being recommended for funding and seek the RTC's recommendation for Board adoption. (List to be distributed at RTC meeting).

11.    PCC/RTC Meeting Dates for 2006

 

    A set of proposed meeting dates for the PCC/RTC for calendar year 2006 will be submitted to the committee for its consideration.

PRESENTATION ITEMS

12.    Update of DVRPC's ITS Program Including RIMIS

 

    DVRPC's ITS program encompasses a wide range of activities including hosting the ITS Technical Task Force, operating incident management task forces,     performing technical assistance to the operating agencies, conducting regional ITS coordination initiatives on behalf of the agencies, maintaining the Regional ITS Architecture, and advancing RIMIS.  DVRPC staff will present an overview of the ITS program and some of the latest initiatives it is involved in.

13.    New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Hyperbuild Program

    Dana Hecht of the NJDOT Division of Project Management will discuss the Hyperbuild Program and the success of the Rt. 1 Olden/Mulberry Street Bridge replacements.
      
  INFORMATION ITEMS

14.    Status of Non Traditional Project Implementation (PENNDOT District 6-0)

 

    DVRPC assists PENNDOT District 6-0 in implementing the non-traditional, federally funded (TE, CMAQ, HTS/SRS, etc.) transportation projects in southeastern Pennsylvania.  A status report for the projects will be presented.

15.    Status of Bucks County Regional Traffic Study

 

    DVRPC staff will discuss the assistance being provided to seven municipalities in the Newtown-Yardley region of Bucks County to investigate safety and mobility conditions surrounding truck and general traffic flow, and to identify a viable improvement program including education, enforcement and engineering solutions.

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 January 10, 2006.

Attachments
      1.    Highlights of the October 11, 2005 RTC Meeting
       2.    Report on Citizens Committee Activity
      3.    TIP Actions, November 2005
      4.    Work Program Amendments
      5.    Transportation Conformity Handout
      6.    2006 Proposed Meeting Dates