Regional Technical Committee

4/10/2018
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 March 13, 2018 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 require formal TIP Amendments or Modifications this month for the FY 2017 TIP for PA and the FY 2016 for NJ.

  1.  PA17-82:  Approval of Automated Red-Light Enforcement (ARLE) Round 7 (2017 Funding) Projects, (Various MPMS #s), Various Counties – Add New Proposed   Projects to the TIP
  2.  PA17-83:  PA 252 Bridge over Springton Reservoir, (MPMS #90128), Delaware County – Increase CON Funding
  3.  PA17-84:  Ardmore Transportation Center, (MPMS #73214), Montgomery County – Increase Funding
  4.  NJ18-018:  Paratransit Vehicles (Various DB #s), Various Counties – 
  5.  Cost Increase/Flex to NJ TRANSIT

             Camden County Bus Purchase (DB #D0601)

             Gloucester County Bus Purchase (DB #D9807)

             Mercer County Bus Purchase (DB #D1011)

6.     DVRPC Regional Trails Program Pennsylvania Grant Awards

DVRPC staff will present five projects for Regional Trails Program grant awards.  These projects will contribute to advancing key segments of the Circuit Trails in Pennsylvania.

7.     Authorization to Open a Public Comment Period for the Draft FY 2019 TIP for Pennsylvania; and the Draft Conformity Finding of the FY 2019 PA TIP

Staff requests authorization to open a minimum 30-day public comment period for the purpose of gathering public and agency comments on the Draft FY 2019-2022 TIP for Pennsylvania, and the Draft Conformity Determination of the FY 2019 TIP for Pennsylvania; to issue proper public notifications; to publish the draft documents of the respective Plan and TIPs and conformity findings on the internet; to make copies available at certain public libraries; and to hold public meetings.

PRESENTATION ITEMS

8.  Chester Valley Trail Extension to Downingtown Feasibility Study/Master Plan

The Chester County Planning Commission has recently completed this study for extending the Chester Valley Trail from Exton into Downingtown and connecting with the existing Struble and East Branch Brandywine Trails to expand the Circuit, Greater Philadelphia’s regional trail network.  The extension’s recommended alignment is to develop the trail within the inactive Philadelphia and Thorndale low grade rail corridor which parallels the Amtrak Keystone Corridor between Exton and Thorndale.  This unique corridor is a hidden gem that will provide for a safe and completely grade separated trail that will  attract many users due to its scenic and historic quality and proximity to regional rail stations including Exton, Whitford, Downingtown and Thorndale. More info on the plan – including a brief summary video - can be found on the project website: http://www.chescoplanning.org/transportation/cvte.cfm

9.  Update to DVRPC's Equity Analysis

Since 2001, the Indicators of Potential Disadvantage (IPD) has served as DVRPC's analysis tool for meeting Title VI requirements and Environmental Justice (EJ) recommendations. Staff evaluated the tool over the last year and a half to provide a meaningful update to the methodology, indicators, data analysis, and equity resources of the IPD. The updated IPD analysis tool can be viewed on DVRPC's website under: https://www.dvrpc.org/webmaps/IPD/.

INFORMATION ITEMS

10.   Performance Measures Update

There are several impending deadlines related to the MAP-21/FAST Act Performance Measures and staff will provide an update on various efforts related to target-setting for the System Performance measure and developing written procedures between planning partners on responsibilities for the Safety measure.

11. Enhancing Travel and Tourism Infrastructure

To further understand the economic impact of tourism on our regional economy and to ensure equitable and efficient transportation access to tourist destinations, DVRPC has      recently completed a data analysis and is undertaking a planning study to improve tourism and travel infrastructure.

12.  Building Resilience in Coastal New Jersey Municipalities

As part of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Resilient Coastal Communities Initiative, DVRPC worked with six municipalities along the Delaware River to assess their vulnerabilities to coastal hazards and develop strategies to improve their resilience.  The reports from this project are now published and available online.

13. One Minute Reports

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

14.    Old Business and New Business

 

15.    Meeting Adjournment

The next scheduled meeting of the RTC is Tuesday, May 8, 2018.