Regional Technical Committee

9/11/2007
10:00 AM Meeting
12:00 Noon Lunch
Watch Recording

Commission Office
The ACP Building - 8th Floor
190 N. Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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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 Necessary


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 July 10, 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. PA07-58: South Street Bridge Replacement Project (MPMS #17724), Philadelphia

b. PA07-59: Montgomery Avenue over AMTRAK Bridge Replacement Project, (MPMS# 57276), Philadelphia - Deferral/Deletion of Project Title

6. Fiscal Year 2008 Planning Work Program Amendments
To respond to the needs of member governments and agencies, work program changes and additions are brought to the PCC/RTC to permit the timely undertaking of technical activity.

a. Traffic Operations Modeling for I-76/I-476 Interchange/Matsonford Road Bridge Area

7. Release of the 2007 DVRPC Draft Public Participation Plan for Public Comment
As a means of documenting DVRPC's long history of proactive public involvement, the Board adopted a Public Participation Plan in 2001 and amended it in 2004. In order to meet SAFETEA-LU requirements, a new Public Participation Plan must be adopted. This draft plan has been issued to the RTC, and action is now being sought to release the draft plan for a 45-day public comment period beginning October 3, 2007.

PRESENTATION ITEM

8. 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 ITEMS

9. Keystone Industrial Port Complex
The Keystone Industrial Port Complex (KIPC) is located in Fairless Hills, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Once the site of the United States Steel Corporation's Fairless Works, KIPC now hosts more than 30 businesses. The complex offers a unique combination of attributes such as excellent rail, port, and highway access and affords tax advantages as a designated Keystone Opportunity Improvement Zone. At this time, eight on-site rail improvements have been identified to ensure full redevelopment of the 4,000 acre brownfield site.

10. FY 2008 Work Program: Consolidated Request for Project Study Areas
The FY 2008 Work Program contains several projects which require consultation with county planners to select specific study locations. DVRPC staff has been requested to consolidate such requests, where possible, and staff will discuss a proposed approach to accomplish this goal.

INFORMATION ITEMS

11. PennDOT's Regional Operations Plan (ROP)
PennDOT is in the process of developing ROPs for each PennDOT District in the state, with the intent to identify a prioritized list of programs and projects to improve transportation operations. Locally, PennDOT's consultant (Jacobs Edwards and Kelcey) coordinated approximately ten outreach meetings with county transportation planners, incident / emergency management personnel, operations staff from different agencies, and other relevant organizations to develop a list of prioritized projects for the region. A brief summary of these findings, along with details on the four highest priority recommendations for regional operational improvements will be presented.

12. FY 2009 Work Program
Staff will present a schedule and information regarding plans for the FY 2009 Work Program.

13. Call for Special Study Work Programs for the FY 2009 Transit Support Program (TSP) and the Supportive Regional Highway Planning Program (SRHPP).
Each year monies are reserved in both the TSP and SRHPP sections of DVRPC's Planning Work Program for special studies. These studies are generally one-to-two year efforts which fall outside core work tasks under these programs. Staff will issue a call for special studies and provide important submission and approval dates.

14. One Minute Reports
PCC/RTC Members and guests will be invited to provide updates on the activities of their agengies

15. Old Business and New Business

16. Meeting Adjournment
The next scheduled meeting of the PCC/RTC is October 9, 2007

Attachments
1. Reports on Regional Citizens Committee Activity for July and August, 2007
2. Highlights of the July 10, 2007 RTC Meeting
3. Highlights of the July 26, 2007 Board and Executive Committee Meeting
4. TIP Actions, September, 2007
5. FY 2008 Work Program Amendment
6. Public Participation Plan
7. FY 2008 Work Program Projects Requiring County Requests for Potential Study Areas
8. FY 2009 Call for TSP and SRHPP Special Studies Work Programs