Regional Technical Committee

10/6/2015
10:00am
Note: Coffee will be available at 9:30 a.m. and a light lunch will be served following the meeting.

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

1. Call to Order – Chairman’s Comments

 

2. Deputy Executive Director’s Report

 

3. Public Comments on Agenda and Non-Agenda Items

 

ACTION ITEMS

4. Highlights of the Meeting of September 8, 2015

 

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.

a. PA15-62: I-76, Regional Travel Information, (MPMS #80093), Various Counties – Add FD Phase Back in to the TIP

6. Fiscal Year 2016 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.

a. I-95 Central and South Philadelphia Traffic Forecasts

PennDOT is beginning to prepare long range reconstruction plans for I-95 “Sector B” between Spring Garden Street and Broad Street. Several configurations for the Broad Street, I-76, and Penn’s Landing area interchanges are under consideration. DVRPC will prepare daily and peak hour traffic forecasts for each alternative for a design year of 2040 or 2045.

7. DVRPC Competitive CMAQ Program for New Jersey (FY2016-FY2019) Recommended Projects

Staff will present the list of projects recommended to be funded through the 2015 DVRPC Competitive Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) for New Jersey. CMAQ funding has been set aside by the current New Jersey Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and staff is recommending that five projects be funded for a total of $2.27 million. These projects must contribute to the attainment of the Clean Air Act standards by reducing emissions from mobile sources and were selected through an open solicitation process.

8. Approval of 2015 Regional Congestion Management Process (CMP)

The CMP is a systematic approach to analyze and manage congestion in the region while helping to more strongly link the Plan and the TIP. DVRPC is required to maintain and adopt an updated CMP. This fourth CMP has been prepared with the involvement of the CMP Advisory Committee and is now proposed for Board adoption. Updates include incorporating congestion measures anticipated to be proposed as part of MAP-21 and enhanced interactive web mapping.

9. New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Systemic Pilot Program for Roundabouts

On July 30th, 2015, the New Jersey Department of Transportation announced a new safety initiative called Systemic Pilot Program for Roundabouts. The pilot program provides New Jersey counties a special opportunity to implement a modern roundabout on a local roadway using federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds for design and construction. The modern roundabout is an FHWA proven safety countermeasure for intersections.

PRESENTATION ITEMS

10. Changes are coming to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95

Beginning in January 2016 the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will introduce cashless tolling for motorists crossing the Delaware River Bridge westbound from New Jersey. These tolling changes are necessary as the Pennsylvania Turnpike prepares to build a highway speed connection with I-95 and complete the “missing link” to make I-95 continuous from Maine to Florida. As the PA Turnpike turns 75, the new tolling point at the Delaware River Bridge will improve safety, reduce vehicle emissions and will help to power national mobility and commerce.

11. Downtown Trenton Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

This plan, to be included in the Trenton 250 transportation element, explores existing bicycle and pedestrian demand, facilities and conditions in downtown Trenton. Based on these and the goals and priorities developed by the steering committee with public input, the plan proposes a network of recommended improvements to increase the numbers and safety of people walking and bicycling in downtown Trenton.

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

The next scheduled meeting of the RTC is Tuesday November 10, 2015.

Attachments:

  1. Highlights of the September 8, 2015 RTC Meeting
  2. TIP Actions, October
  3. I-95 Central and South Philadelphia Traffic Forecasts
  4. DVRPC Competitive CMAQ Program for New Jersey (FY2016-FY2019) Recommended Projects
  5. Approval of the 2015 Regional Congestion Mitigation Process (CMP)
  6. NJDOT’s Systemic Pilot Program for Roundabouts