Regional Technical Committee

4/11/2017
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

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 February RTC and Voting on March Action Items

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 requires formal TIP Amendments or Modifications this month for the FY 2017 TIP for PA and the FY 2016 for NJ.

a.    PA17-33:  Woodland Avenue over SEPTA, City of Philadelphia, (MPMS #98232) – Add Project Back into the TIP and Increase                   Construction Cost

b.    PA17-34:  PA 663 Traffic Study, I-476 to PA 309, (MPMS #108907), Bucks County – Add New Study to the TIP

c.    PA17-35:  PennDOT Multimodal Transportation Fund Projects (2016), (Various MPMS #s), Various Counties – Add New Projects to the TIP

6.         Fiscal Year 2017 Planning Work Program Amendment

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.

SolSmart "Fast Track" Advisor: Continuation of Technical Assistance to Municipalities in PA and NJ

DVRPC has been competitively selected to provide free technical assistance to two additional local governments in PA and up to three additional local governments in NJ in coordination with Sustainable Jersey under the SolSmart 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.  DVRPC staff is currently serving as a technical advisor to eight municipalities in southeastern PA under the SolSmart program through a previously awarded round of funding. 

PRESENTATION ITEMS

7.        VW Settlement Funding

In October 2016, the U.S. government agreed to a $14.7 billion settlement against Volkswagen (VW) for equipping more than 500,000 of its diesel vehicles with emissions testing “cheat” devices. Pennsylvania and New Jersey have been allocated over $166 million in funds to replace diesel vehicles to mitigate the air pollution emitted from VW vehicles that violated emission testing rules. Staff will review the framework of the VW settlement, identify project types that are eligible to access theses mitigation funds, and review the timeline and potential strategies to apply for funds for diesel vehicle replacements for the Greater Philadelphia Region.

8.       Networking Transportation

Connections 2045 sets a vision to use digital technologies and innovation to seamlessly network regional transportation. Doing so will provide more options in how to get around, reduce transportation costs, and more efficiently move people and goods with existing infrastructure. This report identifies key digital transportation technologies, emerging private service transportation providers, four scenarios investigating the future of shared mobility, and outlines infrastructure, institutional, and regulatory recommendations to achieve the vision.

9.         PHS Civic Landscapes

Update on PHS projects in Philadelphia including a review of several upcoming installations. Also a discussion about a landscape  design competition for the Philadelphia International Airport. 

10.      Building on Our Strengths: Evaluating Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Opportunities in Greater Philadelphia

Building on our Strengths is DVRPC's latest attempt to provide a systematic assessment of TOD investment opportunities throughout the region. DVRPC has developed a new rating system that evaluates rail transit station areas based on a number of demographic, physical, and market conditions that influence the potential success of TOD. By identifying station areas with greater TOD potential, we hope to provide a framework to guide public and private investment at and around rail stations. 

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, May 9, 2017.