Regional Technical Committee

6/12/2007
10:00 a.m. Meeting
12:00 Noon Lunch

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. Call to Order - Chairman's Comments

2. Deputy Executive Director's Report

3. Report on Regional Citizens Committee Activities ACTION ITEMS

4. Highlights of the Meeting of May 8, 2007

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. As situations arise, the PCC/RTC is asked to consider changes.

a. PA07-49: Deferrals Resulting in Technical Deletions from the TIP, (MPMS #'s 64494, 50640, 64811, 73864, 14515)

1) US 202, Swedesford Road to Route 29 Reconstruction Project (Sec. 320), (MPMS #64494), Chester County

2) I-95/Girard Point Bridge and Pavement Preservation Project, (MPMS #73864), Philadelphia

3) PA 100, Shoen Road to Gordon Drive Widening Project, (MPMS #14515), Chester County

4) PA100, US202 - US30 Bypass Highway Restoration Project, (MPMS #50640), Chester County

5) Horsham, North Wales to Hancock Roads Widening Project (MPMS #64811), Bucks County

b. PA07-50: US 202, 4 Overhead Bridges Rehabilitation Project (Sec. 311) (MPMS #65613), Chester County

c. PA07-51: River Road Flood Recovery Project (Site 5) (MPMS #78051), and River Road Flood Recovery Project - (Site 6) (MPMS #78050), Bucks County

d. PA07-52: PA309, Welsh Road to Highland Avenue Reconstruction Project (MPMS #16477), Montgomery County

e. PA07-53: Accrued Unbilled Costs (Various MPMS #'s), Various counties

f. PA07-54: Cruise Terminal Intermodal Facility (MPMS #TBD), DRPA/PATCO

6. Adoption of the DVRPC FY2008-2011 TIP for New Jersey

DVRPC staff has worked with stakeholders to develop the DVRPC FY2008-2011 TIP for New Jersey as the region's official selection of transportation projects for federal funding. The document's public comment period runs through June 1, 2007. Staff will request a recommendation for adoption of the final program with recommended changes. (See proposed changes and public comments received to date.)

7. DVRPC Competitive CMAQ Program

Every several years, DVRPC requests applications from public agencies, incorporated private firms, and non-profits to fund projects that help manage congestion and reduce emissions from vehicular sources. Staff will request a recommendation to open the 2007-2008 DVRPC Competitive CMAQ Program, funded through the DVRPC TIP for both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

8. Congestion Management Process: Status of Supplemental Projects

Highway projects that add major Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV) capacity are required to include supplemental projects that enhance the benefits of the capacity additions and extend the useful life of the project. The Congestion Management Process (CMP) is required to track implementation of supplemental projects to ensure that these commitments are being faithfully pursued. The first annual memorandum tracking CMP commitments was prepared in coordination with transportation planning partners. Highlights of the report will be presented and staff will seek recommendation for Board adoption of the memorandum's recommendations.

9. Annual Self-Certification of the Regional Transportation Planning Process

Federal regulations require that the Metropolitan Planning Organization self-certify that the Regional Transportation Planning Process is carried out in conformance with applicable federal regulations. Staff will present its recommendation for Board adoption.

PRESENTATION ITEM

10. Journey-To-Work Trends and Recommendations for Transportation Planning

Staff will present a paper by Dr. Thabet Zakaria on the journey-to-work trends in the Delaware Valley region. The paper analyzes changes in land use, population resident workers, employment, and means of transportation to work that have occurred over 30 years. To address most transportation problems, the paper recommends 25 policies which should be implemented simultaneously.

DISCUSSION ITEM

11. Trenton Line Clearance Project

The CSX Trenton line is a major rail freight line traversing the Delaware Valley in a north-south fashion. At present, t his line is not cleared for doublestack container trains due to vertical constraints, and this results in routing inefficiencies, longer transit times, and diminished capacity. With anticipated growth in cargoes at the Port of Philadelphia and elsewhere, CSX is now seeking to undertake a public-private partnership that will fund the modification of 16 overhead bridges in the City of Philadelphia and Bucks County, with completion targeted for 2009.

12. Projects to Support Economic Development in the Delaware Valley

As part of the Integrating Land Use, Transportation and Economic Development Planning project, DVRPC staff has been working with a number of regional economic development agencies and planners to develop a list of key transportation investments that have been deemed critical to the region's future economic growth.

INFORMATION ITEMS

13. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) State Transportation Commission (STC) Hearings

A first milestone of the update of the Pennsylvania 12 Year Transportation Program and the DVRPC PA FY09 TIP is the State Transportation Commission (STC) hearings which are held statewide. The DVRPC region hearing will occur at DVRPC offices on Thursday, August 16, 2007. Guidance for testimony is available.

14. One Minute Reports

15. Old Business and New Business

16. Meeting Adjournment

The next scheduled meeting of the PCC/RTC is July 10, 2007.

Attachments
1. Report on Citizens Committee Activity
2. Highlights of the May 8, 2007 RTC Meeting
3. TIP Actions, June 2007
4. Recommended Changes to FY 2008 - 2011 TIP for New Jersey
5. Public Comments Received for FY 2008 - 2011 TIP for New Jersey
6. Public Notice for Public Comment Period for FY 2008-2011 Amended Draft STIP
7. Adoption of the DVRPC FY 2008 TIP for New Jersey (FY 2008 - FY 2011)
8. DVRPC Competitive CMAQ Program
9. Excerpt from PennDOT's Public Participation Guidance for STC Hearings