Regional Technical Committee

10/10/2017
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 the September 12, 2017 RTC Meeting

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.   PA17-58: Waverly Road over Tacony Creek (County Bridge #275), (MPMS  #103372), Montgomery County – Add New Project to the TIP


                             b. PA17-59: French Creek Parkway - Phase 1, (MPMS #57659), Chester County – Remove Project from the TIP

6.         Adoption of Conformity Determination of the Connections 2045 Long-Range Plan and TIPs for Pennsylvania and New Jersey

DVRPC is demonstrating conformity for the Connections 2045 Long-Range Plan (Plan), FY 2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Pennsylvania, and 2018 TIP for New Jersey. This demonstration is necessitated by a new Connections 2045 Plan, a new FY 2018-2021 TIP for New Jersey, and amendments to the FY 2017 TIP for Pennsylvania. A public comment period was held from September 1, 2017 to October 4, 2017. Two public meetings were held on September 18, and 19, 2017. Staff will present the results of the Transportation Conformity Determination and request that the RTC recommend that the DVRPC Board adopt the findings at the October 26, 2017 Board meeting.

7.        Adoption of the Connections 2045 Plan for Greater Philadelphia

 Connections 2045 updates and extends Greater Philadelphia's long-range plan through the year 2045. The Plan establishes a vision for the growth and development of the region, and serves as a blueprint for prioritizing transportation funding over the next 28 years. It was developed with the input and support of DVRPC’s working committees, regional planning partners, stakeholder groups, and residents

8.        Adoption of the DVRPC FY2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for New Jersey

Federal law and planning regulations require the development of a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) in order for the metropolitan region to be eligible to receive and spend federal transportation funds.  The creation of the TIP is to be done by the MPO in cooperation with the state and transit operators, and must provide opportunity for input and comment by the public. A 30-day comment period must be conducted prior to a formal action to adopt the TIP.  For the Draft DVRPC FY2018 TIP for NJ, staff will present an overview of the program, comments received during the public comment period, any recommended changes to the final program, and will ask the RTC to recommend the Board approve final adoption.

9.        Fiscal Year 2018 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. PennDOT, District 6 Modeling Assistance

            Provides for technical and planning assistance to PennDOT, District 6 for I-95 Reconstruction and other traffic studies via a new staff member dedicated to modeling District 6 traffic studies.

        b.  DVRPC Freight Model Enhancement

             This project will update and enhance DVRPC's regional travel model to improve its freight and commercial vehicle forecasting capabilities.

 PRESENTATION ITEMS

10.    King of Prussia Rail Update and Draft Environmental Impact Statement Release

SEPTA will give a presentation detailing current status of the KOP Rail project, including an overview of new design options and the schedule for DEIS release.

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, November 14, 2017.