The DVRPC Board

7/28/2016
10:00 am

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

CALL TO ORDER - CHAIR'S COMMENTS

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS ON AGENDA and NON-AGENDA ITEMS

 

ACTION ITEMS

1. Minutes of Meeting of June 23, 2016

 

2. DVRPC Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Actions

  1. PA15-92: I-95 Columbia Avenue to Ann Street (GR1), (MPMS #79686), City of Philadelphia
  2. PA15-93: Repurposing of Unobligated Earmark Balances, (Various MPMS #s), Various Counties in Pennsylvania
  3. NJ16-043: Repurposing of Unobligated Earmark Balances, (Various DB #s), Various Counties in New Jersey

3. 2045 Population Forecasts

As a part of the Commission’s long-range planning activities, DVRPC is required to maintain population and employment forecasts with at least a 20-year horizon, or to the horizon year of the long-range plan. In recent months, staff has worked collaboratively with county planning staffs to develop population forecasts in five-year increments through 2045. Staff will present the population forecasts, and request that the Board adopt the 2045 population forecasts in five-year increments, as presented.

4. Long-Range Plan Amendment

The I-76 Integrated Corridor Management Program is proposed as an amendment  to the list of fiscally-constrained transportation investments in the Connections 2040 Long-Range Plan. Staff will provide an overview of the project, as well as a summary of the public comment process. Staff will request that the Board approve the amendment.

5. Recommendation for Adoption of Conformity Determination of the Connections 2040 Long-Range Plan and FY 2017–2020 TIP for Pennsylvania

DVRPC is demonstrating conformity for the Connections 2040 Long-Range Plan (Plan) and FY 2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Pennsylvania. This demonstration is necessitated by an amendment to the Long-Range Plan, and a new TIP for Pennsylvania.  A public comment period was held from June 3, 2016 to July 5, 2016 and a public meeting was held on June 21, 2016. Staff will present the results of the Transportation Conformity Determination and request that the Board adopt the findings.

6. FY17 PA TIP Adoption and FY17 PA TIP MOU

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 FY2017 TIP for PA, staff will present an overview of the program, comments received during the public comment period, any recommended changes, an update to the MOU for Procedures on Amending and Modifying the TIP, and will ask the Board to approve final adoption.

7. DVRPC Competitive CMAQ Program for Pennsylvania (FY 2017-FY 2020) Recommended Projects

Staff will present the list of projects recommended to be funded through the 2016 DVRPC Competitive Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) for Pennsylvania. CMAQ funding has been set aside in the FY 2017 Draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Pennsylvania and staff is recommending that 17 projects be funded for a total of $20.9 million. 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 region. The projects were selected through an open solicitation and selection process.

8. Work Program Amendment: PA 420 Operations Analysis

Roadway improvements are being considered on a section of PA 420 in Tinicum Township and Prospect Park Borough in Delaware County.  This project will test various lane configurations between US 13 Chester Pike and I-95 with the goal of evaluating traffic flow and accommodating a multi-use trail.  

INFORMATION ITEMS

9. Proposed USDOT Rules for MPO Coordination and Planning Area Reform

The U.S. Department of Transportation has recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for revisions to the transportation planning regulations which could significantly affect how DVRPC works with adjoining regions and prepares its long-range plan, TIP and performance measures. DVRPC staff will present the proposed rules and their implications.

DISCUSSION ITEMS

10. One Minute Reports

Board Members and Alternates are invited to provide updates on the activities of their counties/agencies.

11. Executive Director's Report

  1. New Jersey Transportation Funding and Projects
  2. Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI)
  3. CMAQ Press Event
  4. National Association of Regional Councils conference
  5. USDOT Roundtable
  6. Integrating Health into Comprehensive Planning
  7. New Releases

12.   Committee Reports

  1. Regional Technical Committee
  2. Public Participation Task Force
  3. Delaware Valley Goods Movement Task Force

OLD BUSINESS

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Attachments:

  1. Draft Minutes of Meeting of June 23, 2016
  2. Commissioner’s Summary Sheets (Action Items 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8)