Regional Technical Committee

3/7/2006
10:00 AM Meeting
12:00 Noon Lunch
Watch Recording

Commission Office
The ACP Building - 8th Floor
190 N. Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Please Use Sixth Street Entrance

AGENDA

1. Call to Order - Chairman''s Comments

2. Transportation Director''s Report

3. Report on Regional Citizens Committee Activities

ACTION ITEMS

4. Highlights of the Meeting of February 7, 2006

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. As situations arise, the PCC/RTC is asked to consider changes.

a. TIP Action NJ06-07: Sen-Han Transit Bus Replacement Program(DB #X065), Camden County

b. TIP Action NJ06-08: Tuckahoe Road (CR 557) Section 6, Marsh Lake Branch to Route 40 (DB #D026, Future Projects), Gloucester County

c. TIP Action PA05-64a: Upper Merion/Bridgeport Township Wide Traffic Signal Closed Loop (MPMS #58662), Montgomery County

d. TIP Action PA05-64b: PA 309 Connector Project (MPMS #16438), Montgomery County

e. TIP Action PA05-64c: Germantown Avenue over Cresheim Creek (Bridge) (MPMS #57899), Philadelphia

f. TIP Action PA05-64d: Germantown Avenue Reconstruction (MPMS #48191), Philadelphia

g. TIP Action PA05-65a: Upper Darby Earmark (New Proposed DEMO Project, MPMS #74799), Delaware County

h. TIP Action PA05-65b Tidal Schuylkill River Greenway & Trail (New Proposed DEMO Project, MPMS #68067), Philadelphia

i. TIP Action PA05-65c: Schuylkill Gateway Project (New Proposed DEMO Project, MPMS #74824) Philadelphia

6. Fiscal Year 2006 Planning Work Program Amendment
To respond to the needs of member governments and agencies, work program changes and additions are brought to the PCC/RTC to permit the timely undertaking of technical activity.

a. Ben Franklin Bridge West-side Roadways Congestion Mitigation Project

b. Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Transportation, Land Use, and Economic Development Integration Strategy and Action Plan

7. Draft Conformity Finding
The public consultation period on the draft conformity finding for the NY-NJ-CT PM2.5 Non-attainment Area will close on March 2, 2006. Staff will report on the outcome of the public involvement process, and request that the RTC recommend that the DVRPC Board adopt the draft conformity finding, which demonstrates that the DVRPC TIP and the Plan conform to the applicable final conformity guidance under the Clean Air Act as Amended (CAAA).

PRESENTATION ITEMS

8. South Jersey PIDN Study
Marlin Peterson of DMJM Harris will discuss the South Jersey Port Inland Distribution Network (PIDN) Study. The object of the study is to investigate the feasibility of creating a PIDN facility in South Jersey. A South Jersey PIDN facility could potentially offer benefits such as bolstering economic development initiatives and mitigating highway traffic impacts from maritime activity.

INFORMATION ITEMS

9. FY 2006 JARC Grant Program
DVRPC staff will brief the RTC on the FY 2006 Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Grant Program project ranking and prioritization. In southeastern Pennsylvania, there is an available balance of Fiscal Year 2004 and 2005 federal earmarks totaling $5.348 million. In New Jersey, NJ TRANSIT has a federal earmark of $5.2 million statewide.

10. Seamless Transportation Service to and through the Region''s Core
This briefing will provide an update on the FY06 project: Seamless Transportation Service to and through the Region''s Core. Highlights will include overview of coordination efforts, method of analysis, data collection, mapping and remaining steps.

11. Travel Simulation Validation for Conformity
The federally mandated planning programs require that travel simulation models be validated with current travel information that is less that 10 years old. The DVRPC model, which is used in conformity analyses, traffic design data, air quality studies, and environmental impact statements, was recently validated with the 2000 Census, home interview survey, traffic and transit counts and other current information. Staff will present a brief overview of the 2000 Travel Simulation Model validation process and results.

12. One Minute Reports
PCC/RTC Members and guests will be invited to provide updates on the activities of their agencies.

13. Old Business and New Business

14. Meeting Adjournment

The next scheduled meeting of the PCC/RTC is April 4, 2006.

Attachments
1. Highlights of the February 2006 RTC Meeting
2. Report on Citizens Committee Activity
3. TIP Actions, March 2006
4. JARC Program Materials