THE DELAWARE VALLEY REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION (DVRPC) ANNOUNCES FOR PUBLIC REVIEW:
- FY 2009-2012 NEW JERSEY TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (TIP);
- FY 2009-2012 PENNSYLVANIA TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (TIP);
- AMENDMENTS TO THE DESTINATION 2030 LONG-RANGE PLAN; and
CONFORMITY FINDINGS FOR:
- FY 2009 NEW JERSEY TIP;
- FY 2009 PENNSYLVANIA TIP; and
- DESTINATION 2030 LONG-RANGE PLAN AMENDMENTS
DVRPC is seeking public review and will open two public comment periods for the documents listed above.
As the federally designated metropolitan planning organization, DVRPC develops the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is the regionally agreed-upon list of priority projects, as required by federal law. The TIP document must list all projects that intend to use federal funds, along with nonfederally funded projects that are regionally significant. Also included are all other state funded capital projects. The projects are multi-modal; that is, they include bicycle, pedestrian, freight-related projects, and innovative air quality projects, as well as the more traditional highway and public transit projects.
DVRPC will open a public comment period for the Draft FY 2009 TIP for New Jersey, which covers Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties; and for Pennsylvania, which includes Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester and Bucks counties. The Draft TIP for New Jersey contains over 135 projects totaling more than $1.5 billion for phases to be advanced over the next four years, while the Draft Pennsylvania TIP contains approximately 350 projects totaling over $4 billion for phases over the next four years. The public comment period for the Draft TIPs will open on May 2, 2008.
In conjunction with the Draft FY 2009 NJ TIP and Draft FY 2009 PA TIP, DVRPC will need to amend the Destination 2030 Long-Range Plan, and conduct a Transportation Conformity finding. Destination 2030 is DVRPC's federally mandated long-range plan, which is being updated as a result of changes to the TIP. Transportation Conformity is the process that ensures that plans and programs receiving federal funding are consistent with the region's air quality goals. The public comment period for the Destination 2030 amendments and the Transportation Conformity finding of the TIPs as well as the Destination 2030 amendments will begin on May 16, 2008.
Please join us for a public meeting and information session on the Draft TIPs, amendments to the Destination 2030 Plan, and the Transportation Conformity findings between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m. on:
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
DVRPC Conference Center
190 North Independence Mall West, 8thFl.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Cherry Hill Library
1100 Kings Highway North
Cherry Hill, NJ
These public meetings will also serve as the public meeting for the Draft FY 2009-2018 New Jersey Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). For the first time, NJDOT has developed a STIP with a 10 year horizon, looking beyond the federal requirement of a 4 year STIP. The New Jersey STIP is available on the web at http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/capital/.
Copies of the Draft TIPs, Destination 2030 Plan amendments, and the Draft Transportation Conformity findings are available for review on the DVRPC website at www.dvrpc.org, in DVRPC's Resource Center, and at various libraries throughout the Delaware Valley. The documents will also be on hand for review at the information sessions, and can be translated into alternative languages or formats, if requested. Written comments and questions may be addressed to Plan/TIP/Conformity Comments, c/o DVRPC Public Affairs Office, 190 N. Independence Mall West, 8th Fl., Philadelphia, PA 19106 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments pertaining to the Draft TIPs must be received no later than 5 p.m. on June 2, 2008. All comments pertaining to the Destination 2030 amendments and the Transportation Conformity findings must be received no later than 5 p.m. on June 20, 2008.