Regional Technical Committee

11/1/2016
10:00 am
Coffee will be available at 9:30 A.M. and 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 October 11, 2016

 

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 FY 2017 TIP for PA and FY16 NJ TIP.

  1. PA17-05: Transit and Regional Rail Station Program, (MPMS #77183), SEPTA – Advance Project to Current Fiscal Year
  2. PA17-06: South Philadelphia Access Road (PRPA Access Project), (MPMS #74841), City of Philadelphia - Add Project Back into TIP
  3. NJ16-068: Route 295/42/I-76, Direct Connection, Contract 4, (DB# 355E) – Cost Increase
  4. NJ16-057: Pavement Preservation, (DB# X51), Statewide – Cost Increase

6. Fiscal Year 2017 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. NJ Regional Curve Inventory and Safety Assessment

Staff requests an amendment to the work program to accept state HSIP funding to expand the work that is currently proposed as part of the NJ Regional Curve Inventory and Assessment to also cover the SJTPO region.

b. Mid-Atlantic Port Workshop

DVRPC staff has applied for U.S. EPA funding to host a one-day Mid-Atlantic Port Sustainability Workshop. Topics for presentation and discussion will address sources of funding for port projects, environmental mitigation best practices, improving air quality and climate change. The worskshop will support EPA’s strategic plan goal of “Addressing Climate Change and Improving Air Quality” and will also support EPA’s Cross-Agency Strategies of: 1) working to make a visible difference in communities and 2) strengthening partnerships with states and local governments through consultation, collaboration and shared accountability.

c. SolSmart Technical Assistance Program

SolSmart is a national recognition and a no-cost technical assistance program managed by The Solar Foundation and funded through the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. SolSmart provides free hands-on technical assistance to local governments who wish to achieve “SolSmart designation”. DVRPC has been competitively selected to provide technical assistance to six or more municipalities in Southeastern Pennsylvania that formally commit to achieving designation under the SolSmart Program. DVRPC staff will receive intensive training from The Solar Foundation and will provide the technical assistance.

DISCUSSION ITEMS

7. RideECO Research Results

Industrial Research Center recently conducted qualitative and quantitative research among current clients and participants on the implementation and management of a company’s RideECO Commuter Benefit Program. Results of this research also examined the effect participation in the program has had on employee commute habits as well as provides direction to RideECO program operations, administration and marketing efforts.

8. FY18 UPWP Development Status

Staff will discuss the status of FY18 Work Program development.

PRESENTATION ITEMS

9. Darby Transportation Center Access & Development Opportunities Study

DVRPC’s Smart Growth office studied the area surrounding the Darby Transportation Center to determine if transit-oriented development (TOD) is currently a possibility there. The project team looked at TOD-readiness factors and existing conditions, market conditions, circulation and access issues, and developable sites in order to make recommendations for future development.

10. Concept Development for Southern Chester County—New Castle County Transit Service

This project examines the potential for public transit service between Southern Chester and New Castle Counties, where there is currently a gap in public transit service. The project team developed two strategies that can be used to work towards implementing service in this area.

INFORMATION ITEMS

11. One Minute Reports

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

12. Old Business and New Business

 

13. Meeting Adjournment

The next scheduled meeting of the RTC is Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

Attachments:

  1. Highlights of the October 11, 2016 RTC Meeting
  2. TIP Actions: November, 2016
  3. Work Program Write Up: NJ Regional Curve Inventory and Safety Assessment
  4. Work Program Write Up: Mid-atlantic Port Workshop