Regional Technical Committee

11/13/2018
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 October 9, 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.

a.    PA19-04:  Allens Lane Bridge over SEPTA Rail Line (MPMS# 48193), City of Philadelphia – Add Project Back into TIP

b.    PA19-05:  PA 252 over Crum Creek (MPMS# 90128), Delaware County – Add Project Back into TIP

c.    PA19-06:  Darby-Paoli Road Bridges (2) Over Little Darby Creek and Wigwam Run (MPMS# 14891), Delaware County – Add Project Back into TIP

d.    PA19-07:  Stormwater Management and Wetland Site Repair (MPMS# 111513), Various Counties – Add New Project to TIP

e.    PA19-08:  ADA Ramp Study (Suburban Counties) (MPMS# 110407), Various Counties – Add New Project to TIP

f.     PA19-09:  2017 Green Light-Go Projects (Various MPMS #s), Various Counties – Approve List of Recommended Projects and Add New Projects to the TIP 

g.    PA19-10:  Edge Hill Road Reconstruction (MPMS# 57865), Montgomery County – Remove Project from TIP

h.    PA19-11:  SEPTA Bus Purchase Program (MPMS# 90512), SEPTA – Increase Funding

6. FY 2019 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.

a. Pennsylvania Coastal Resiliency

In Year Three of a multi-year project, DVRPC will continue to work with municipalities in the Delaware Estuary Coastal Zone to build capacity in assessing climate vulnerability and planning for climate adaptation and resiliency.  We will develop and promote an interactive, web-based story map that includes current and future vulnerabilities, current and future flood hazard zones, and adaptive steps that could be taken to reduce flooding and coastal hazard risks.

7. FY2018 DVRPC Competitive CMAQ Program for New Jersey Recommended Projects

Staff will present the recommended list of projects for Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) funding through the FY2018 Competitive CMAQ Program for New Jersey. In order to be eligible for CMAQ funding, projects must contribute to the improvement of regional air quality or reduce traffic congestion.  This list represents a diverse set of project types throughout the DVRPC New Jersey region. The projects were selected through an open solicitation and selection process and will be added to the FY2018 NJ TIP (Transportation Improvement Program).

8. Request to Open Public Comment Period for the Re-affirmation of the Conformity Determination of the Connections 2045 Long-Range Plan, FY 2018 TIP for New Jersey, and FY 2019 TIP for Pennsylvania

On August 3, 2018, the DVRPC planning region was designated as a nonattainment area for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The Clean Air Act requires that nonattainment areas must demonstrate transportation conformity to a newly enacted air quality standard within one-year of the effective date of the nonattainment area designations. DVRPC intends to meet this requirement by re-affirming the previous conformity analyses of the Connections 2045 Long-Range Plan and TIPs for New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Staff will request that the RTC recommend that the DVRPC Board approve the release of the Conformity reaffirmation document for a 30-day public comment period ending in January 2019.

PRESENTATION ITEMS

9. Reviving Vine- Improving Multimodal Connections on Vine Street

In July 2016, the USDOT Every Place Counts Design Challenge brought together community leaders, designers, and officials to address decades of community concerns around the Vine Street Expressway in Philadelphia. Participants developed a vision to improve neighborhood connections and enhance inclusive mobility options which formed the basis of the recently completed DVRPC concept and feasibility study for a road diet on Vine Street local. DVRPC staff will present the recommendations from this report, which includes designs for traffic calming and multimodal improvements that would contribute to a safer, more attractive and pedestrian-oriented corridor.

DISCUSSION ITEMS

10. FY 2020 UPWP Development

11. 2020 Aerial Imagery Project Planning

Staff will provide a brief background of DVRPC’s aerial imagery program.  Staff will also highlight the effort to assess how member governments are using existing aerial imagery products and how that might impact planning for the 2020 project.

INFORMATION ITEMS

12. Transit Asset Transportation Performance Management Rule for the Performance-Based Planning and Programming (PBPP) Chapter of the DVRPC FY2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Pennsylvania

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and subsequent Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act require State DOTs and MPOs to establish and use a performance-based approach to transportation decision making. Staff will discuss the requirement to add language detailing progress towards meeting targets of the Transit Asset Transportation Performance Management Rule in the DVRPC FY2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Pennsylvania. 

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, January 8, 2018.