Regional Technical Committee

4/7/2009
10:00 A.M.
Coffee will be available at 9:30 a.m. and a light 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. Report on Regional Citizens Committee Activities

ACTION ITEMS

4. Highlights of the Meeting of March 10, 2009

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. 

a. NJ09-20: Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities and Street Lighting in Haddon Heights, (MPMS #TBD) Camden County - Proposed New DEMO Project 

b. PA09-31: Capital Assistance for Purchase of Accessible Small Transit Vehicles Section 5310 Program (MPMS #82860), PennDOT's Bureau of Public Transportation - Proposed New Project 

c.PA09-32a: US 202 Parkway, Pickertown Road to PA 611 (Sec. 721) (MPMS #47395), Bucks County - Cost Increase

d. PA09-32b: US 202 Parkway, PA 463 to Pickertown Road (Sec. 711) (MPMS #47396), Bucks County - Cost Increase

e. PA09-33: US 202, 5-Points Intersection (Sec. 71A) (MPMS #63493), Montgomery County - Defer Construction to LFY (Technical Deletion)

f. PA09-35: Swamp Road Corridor Improvement (MPMS #64780), Bucks County - Delete Project due to Reduced Project Scope

g. PA09-36: PA 309 Connector Project - Phase I (MPMS# 16438), Montgomery County - Cost Increase 

h. PA09-37: Regional Rail Signal Modernization Program - (MPMS #60255), SEPTA - Scope Change to include Positive Train Control System  

6. Draft Aviation Re-Authorization Letter From Regional Aviation Committee (RAC) Regional Congressional Delegation

The RAC, at its March 19, 2009 meeting, requested that the attached letter be sent to our regional Congressional representatives in preparation for legislative deliberations regarding re-funding of the airport and aviation operations nationally.  This communication supplements the regional priorities transmitted to congressional representatives on May 2, 2008.  No progress was made on the re-authorization in the last Congress, and airport development grants are proceeding within the limitations of the previous authorization under a current continuing resolution.

7. Historic Wayne Station Renovation 

SEPTA has FTA Transportation Enhancement (TE) funds that they wish to obligate within this fiscal year.  The TE funds ($1,749,489) are from the FY 2007 and 2008 FTA funding distribution.  The funding would be used for rehabilitation of Wayne Station.  Improvements include the inbound/outbound canopies building, installation of way finding and station identification signage and graphics, construction of new high level platforms and shelters, site drainage, and retaining walls.

8. Grays Ferry Avenue Streetscape/Schuylkill River Trail

The Schuylkill River Development Corporation is requesting that $1 million in Discretionary Transportation Enhancements funding be transferred to The Schuylkill River Trail from MPMS #77451 Grays Ferry Avenue Streetscape because of scope and priority changes, effectively dropping the streetscape project from the Transportation Enhancements Program and the FY09 TIP for Pennsylvania. 

9. Efficient Growth in Growing Suburbs (EGGS) Program Project Selection

The EGGS grant program is a new initiative targeted toward the region’s growing suburbs to improve growth management and community design and to optimize the efficiency of the transportation network.  A total of 16 applications requesting more than double the amount of funding available were received.  DVRPC will explain the selection process and present the selected projects to the RTC.

10.  Approval of FY10 New Jersey Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) and New Freedom Recommendations

DVRPC facilitates the selection process for the FY10 FTA Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) and New Freedom (NF) grants under the Coordinated Human Service Transportation Planning (CHSTP) program. The New Jersey CHSTP Sub-Committee met on March 20, 2009 to make recommendations for FFY2008 and FFY2009 service and project funding, and is now requesting that the RTC recommend Board approval.

PRESENTATION ITEMS

11. New Jersey Roads Feasibility Study

The roads of the recently completed Feasibility Study for a Statewide Road Centerline Data Set will be presented by staff from New Jersey Office of Information Technology, Office of GIS.  The study examined the feasibility of developing and maintaining a single, comprehensive statewide road centerline data set that could serve the needs of the entire GIS user community in New Jersey.

12. DVRPC Incident Management Task Forces Update

DVRPC has established Incident Management Task Forces (IMTF) for the following areas: I-76 / I-476 Crossroads; I-676, I-76 Philadelphia; I-95 / I-476 Delaware County, and NJ 42 / NJ 55, I-76 /I-676 / I-295 (New Jersey).  The purpose of the IMTFs is to foster communication and cooperation between organizations that are involved in responding to traffic incidents.  A presentation will be made on recent task force activities and a workshop being created by DVRPC to help other agencies develop their own IMTFs.

INFORMATION ITEMS

13.  One Minute Reports  

PCC/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 PCC/RTC is Tuesday, May 12, 2009.

Attachments  
1.Minutes of the March 17, 2009 RCC Meeting
2.Highlights of the March 10, 2009 RTC Meeting
3.TIP Actions, April 2009
4.   Draft Letter to Senator Arlen Specter Re: FAA/AIP Reauthorization
5.Historic Station Renovation
6.Tital Schuylkill Greenway Project MPMS# 68067
7.   Agenda for the April 7, 2007 Regional Transit Advisory Committee