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2010 Minutes - Policy Committee

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Minutes of the April 29, 2010 Tri-Cities Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee meeting held at 4:30 p.m. in the Crater Planning District Commission Office located at 1964 Wakefield Street in Petersburg, Virginia.

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Annie Mickens, Petersburg; Jerry Skalsky, Prince George; Dorothy Jaeckle, Chesterfield; Doretha Moody, Dinwiddie; John Wood, Colonial Heights; Brenda Pelham, Hopewell; Tom Hawthorne, VDOT; Joyce Goode, PAT; Denny Morris, Crater PDC.

MEMBERS ABSENT:  Joyce Goode, PAT

OTHERS PRESENT: Joanne Williams, Petersburg; Barbara Smith, Chesterfield; Ron Svejkovsky, VDOT; Christine Fix, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation; Andrew Duggan, Ray Penn, Fort Lee; Joe Vinsh, Crater PDC.

Ms. Mickens called the meeting to order at 4:35 p.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – March 11, 2010

Upon a motion by Mr. Wood, seconded by Mr. Skalsky and carried, the minutes of the March 11, 2010 meeting were approved with a correction to the spelling of Jaeckle.

CITIZEN INFORMATION PERIOD

No comments


REPORT ON LOCAL SUPPORT FOR ALTERNATIVES EVALUATED FOR THE 2009 TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT PLAN UPDATE
Mr. Vinsh distributed a report summarizing local support for existing, new and organizational alternatives evaluated by the project consultant.

Mr. Vinsh indicated PAT had requested further information from the project consultant on the existing service alternative to split the Blandford portion of former Hopewell/Fort Lee route and pair it with the Southpark Mall route.  PAT generally supports other alternatives evaluated, provided adequate funding is available.

Mr. Vinsh further indicted no locality has offered to fund the local share of routes currently operated by PAT outside Petersburg corporate limits.

Hopewell has expressed support for a Hopewell Circulator Route using CMAQ funds for a 2-3 year demonstration period. 

Colonial Heights and Prince George support the new service alternatives as vision projects only. 

Chesterfield indicated it has no comments and Dinwiddie is still reviewing the alternatives.

No interest was expressed in any of the organizational alternatives outlined by the project consultant.

Mr. Duggan stated Fort Lee has just initiated an internal evaluation of transit needs for its Advanced Individual Training (AIT) students living on the base. 

Mr. Morris stated that of the 8,000 AIT students that will be living on post during any one time after BRAC is fully implemented.  Of the 8,000, approximately 20% or 1,600 would be eligible to make trips off-post on weekend during certain hours.

Mr. Skalsky commented on a new apartment development near the Shop Road Gate entrance to Fort Lee and the potential demand for transit service from these units.

Mr. Duggan indicated the Fort Lee analysis is on-going and would likely consider similar developments. 

Mr. Skalsky also commented on a request he has received from consideration for an additional bus stop with the Crossings Shopping Center near a health care provider.

Mr. Vinsh indicated the request has been forwarded to PAT.

Ms. Mickens indicated depending on the location, the property owner may need to provide permission for a bus stop.

Upon a motion by Mr. Skalsky, seconded by Ms. Jaeckle and carried, the Policy Committee accepted the report prepared by the CPDC staff on local support for the transit alternatives evaluated by the project consultant.

REVIEW AND ENDORSEMENT OF FY10 CMAQ AND RSTP PROJECT ALLOCATONS
Mr. Vinsh stated the Technical Committee has recommended the following:
Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality

  • UPC T204       Richmond Ridefinders           8,000
  • UPC52434      Rt. 1 Westover to Windsor     1,016,013
  • UPC90374      Rt. 1 Windsor to Pickwick     26,178
  • UPC90367      Rt. 1 at Woods Edge              50,000

Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP)

  • UPC72904     MPO Supplemental Planning  72,765
  • UPC73268     Rt. 1 & Rt. 226                       1,172,912
  • UPC84728     Hickory Hill (Phase I)             250,174

Mr. Vinsh also stated UPC73268 (Rt. 1 & Rt. 226) project is the only remaining RSTP project with some funding allocation and is the next priority project.  The scope for this project is still under development.  The county administration has indicated the Dinwiddie Board of Supervisors would probably make a determination in June 2010 regarding a final scope for this project.  The Policy Committee needed to make a determination on its responsibility regarding funding for this project which was deferred several years ago for BRAC projects at Fort Lee.  Mr. Vinsh suggested the Policy Committee wait until June to consider additional action regarding UPC73268. 

Upon a motion by Mr. Wood, seconded by Mr. Morris and carried, a motion was adopted that the recommended FY10 CMAQ & RSTP project allocations be endorsed. 

Mr. Vinsh also stated the VDOT Central Office has indicated a need that the MPO make multi-year project allocations CMAQ & RSTP for inclusion in Six-Year Improvement Program updates. 

Mr. Vinsh also reported the Technical Committee is working on a 3 part process regarding project prioritization.  First, a new CMAQ project rating has been completed and forecasted CMAQ funds have been allocated to future projects to FY14.  Mr. Vinsh distributed a handout showing tentative CMAQ project allocation through FY14.  The second step will be to review existing rating criteria, identify future candidate RSTP projects, conduct the rating and allocate forecasted RSTP funds over the next 6 year period.  The third step in the regional prioritization process will be to develop a list of additional prioritized projects reflecting transportation needs beyond the CMAQ and RSTP funding programs.

Mr. Wood commented on the need to make multi-year allocations before these funds evaporate.

Mr. Skalsky commented the roundabout at Rt. 106 and Allin Road in Prince George will soon be open to traffic as a roundabout in the near future and could provide the Dinwiddie representatives with an example to consider.


REPORT ON RICHMOND TO NORFOLK PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE
Ms. Fix stated in February the Commonwealth Transportation Board selected Alternative 1 from the project Tier I draft environment impact statement as the preferred alternative for enhanced passenger rail service between Richmond and Hampton Roads.  This alternative includes up to three conventional trains on the Peninsula/CSXT route to Newport News running at a maximum of 79 mph and up to 6 higher speed trains running at a maximum of 90 mph along the Southside/NS route to Norfolk.  From downtown Norfolk the Southside/NS route is mostly along U.S. Route 460 and then from Petersburg the service would go to the Staples Mill station.  This environmental document has been forwarded to Federal Railroad Administration for its review.

Ms. Fix commented that there is major interest in this potential project as over 1,000 people attended public hearings in the Hampton Roads.  Ms. Fix explained that the General Assembly acted during its recent session to waive the 30% match requirement for rail enhancement funds for restoring passenger rail service between Richmond and Norfolk via the N/S route that generally parallels Route 460.   Preliminary plans include in-kind contributions from Norfolk Southern.  Conventional service is expected to be available within the next 6 year period.

Mr. Morris asked about the relationship between this service and SEHSR.  

Ms. Fix stated the Federal Railroad Administration (FTA) recently authorized the release of the SEHSR Tier II DEIS document for public review.  Public meetings will be advertised for this summer.

Mr. Morris asked about the time frame for consideration of a new passenger rail station in the Tri-Cities. 

Ms. Fix stated the ideal time to begin a station location study would be after the SEHSR Tier II public meetings. 

Ms. Fix further indicated the FTA policy on rail stations is to let the local governments determine what they want as land use is a significant consideration.  The State would views station location from a rail function perspective.  Several public funding sources have been used for passenger rail stations.


ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at approximately 5:20 p.m.



Minutes of the June 29, 2010 Tri-Cities Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee meeting held at 4:30 p.m. in the Crater Planning District Commission Office located at 1964 Wakefield Street in Petersburg, Virginia.

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Annie Mickens, Petersburg; Jerry Skalsky, Prince George; Barbara Smith (alternate) Chesterfield; Doretha Moody, Dinwiddie; Tom Hawthorne, VDOT; Joyce Goode, PAT; Denny Morris, Crater PDC.

MEMBERS ABSENT:  John Wood, Colonial Heights; Brenda Pelham Hopewell.

OTHERS PRESENT: Joanne Williams, Petersburg; Mark Riblett; Ron Svejkovsky, VDOT; Andrew Duggan, Ray Penn, Fort Lee; Tammye Davis, FHWA; Joann Williams, Petersburg; Douglas Miles, Prince George; Joe Vinsh, Crater PDC.

Ms. Mickens called the meeting to order at 4:35 p.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – April 29, 2010

Upon a motion by Mr. Wood, seconded by Mr. Skalsky and carried, the minutes of the April 29, 2010 meeting were approved.

CITIZEN INFORMATION PERIOD

No comments

STATUS REPORT ON AMERICAN RECOVERY & REINVESTMENT ACT (ARRA) MPO STIMULUS PROJECTS
Mr. Riblett indicated following the bid openings for the Colonial Heights and VDOT administered MPO ARRA projects, some ARRA funds remain unobligated under both projects.  He stressed the importance for the MPO to select additional projects for these remaining funds before the federal obligation deadline.   

Mr. Vinsh commented the estimated remaining ARRA funds for the Colonial Heights administered project is $163,000 and $490,000 for the VDOT administered project.  Colonial Heights has recommended resurfacing Southpark Circle for the next Colonial Heights administered MPO ARRA project.  VDOT has recommended resurfacing the Rt. 106 & Rt. 460 intersection as the next VDOT administered MPO ARRA project.  

After a brief period of discussion, Mr. Morris made a motion, seconded by Mr. Skalsky and carried, a motion was adopted that the MPO – Technical Committee be delegated the role of selecting additional projects for the remaining MPO ARRA funds.

Mr. Skalsky asked when would the Rt. 106 & Rt. 460 resurfacing project be scheduled, if approved?

Mr. Riblett indicated it would likely be this summer.

 

REPORT ON THE 2010 REGIONAL SURFACE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM (RSTP)
Mr. Vinsh made reference to the revised RSTP candidate project profile and rating procedure attached to the agenda packet.  Mr. Vinsh indicated the Technical Committee formed a Subcommittee and revised the existing RSTP candidate profile and rating procedure to provide more project detail and a better understanding of how each candidate project related to the rating criteria. 

Mr. Vinsh indicated MPO – Policy Committee endorsement of the revised procedure was requested.

Upon a motion by Mr. Skalsky, seconded by Ms. Goode and carried, a motion was adopted to endorse the revised RSTP candidate rating procedure.

 

STATUS REPORT ON THE RT. 1 & RT. 226 RSTP PROJECT
Mr. Vinsh indicated approximately $3.2m in RSTP funds had previously been moved from the Rt. 1 & Rt. 226 project to help fund some of the Fort Lee expansion transportation projects.  The MPO is now in the process of reallocating funds to the Rt.1 & Rt. 226 project.  The cost estimate for this project is now $4.0m and approximately $1.6m in RSTP funds is currently allocated.  The additional amount needed is approximately $2.4m.  The question to be resolved by the Policy Committee is whether the MPO should fund the entire project with RSTP funds or only reallocate the amount of funds transferred to the Fort Lee projects.

Upon a motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Mr. Morris and carried, a motion was adopted to fully fund the Rt.1 & Rt. 226 intersection improvement project with RSTP funds. 

 

SOUTHEAST HIGH SPEED RAIL (SEHSR) TIER II ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENT
Mr. Vinsh stated public hearings have been scheduled by the study sponsors on July 21st in Petersburg and July 22 in Dinwiddie regarding the TIER II EIS for the portion of the SEHSR corridor between Richmond and Raleigh. 

Mr. Morris stated staff would be pursuing a meeting with the staff of the VDR&PT regarding the next step in the identification of a potential new passenger rail station location for the Tri-Cities.  The TIER II environmental document made a preliminary assessment of 3 new locations from an access perspective and concluded all alternate locations had access advantages over the current Ettrick station location.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS
After period of discussion, it was the consensus this item would be deferred until the August meeting.

 

OTHER BUSINESS – BONUS OBLIGATION AUTHORITY
Mr. Riblett stated at this time the State has some federal funds that are not obligated to any project and is searching for potential projects that are ready-to-go and can be obligated before the end of the current fiscal year (September 30).   

After a brief period of discussion, it was the consensus that this item be referred to the Technical Committee for input.

 

ADJOURNMENT    
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at approximately 5:20 p.m.



Minutes of the September 9, 2010 Tri-Cities Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee meeting held at 4:30 p.m. in the Crater Planning District Commission Office located at 1964 Wakefield Street in Petersburg, Virginia.

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Annie Mickens, Petersburg; Jerry Skalsky, Prince George; Barbara Smith (alternate) Chesterfield; Doretha Moody, Dinwiddie;  Christine Luman-Bailey, Hopewell; John Wood, Colonial Heights; Ron Svejkovsky (alternate), VDOT; Joyce Goode, PAT; Denny Morris, Crater PDC.

OTHERS PRESENT: Joanne Williams, Petersburg; Andrew Duggan, Ray Penn, Fort Lee; Tammye Davis, FHWA; Barbara Smith, Chesterfield; Joe Vinsh, Crater PDC.

Ms. Mickens called the meeting to order at 4:35 p.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES –June 29, 2010

Upon a motion by Ms. Jaeckle, seconded by Mr. Skalsky and carried, the minutes of the June 29, 2010 meeting were approved.

CITIZEN INFORMATION PERIOD

No comments


REPORT ON DRAFT 2010 TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM UPDATE
Mr. Vinsh introduced Ms. Fetting of KFH Group, Inc.  Ms. Fetting distributed information and made a presentation on the recommended transit service plan, along with capital needs and a multi-year financial plan. 

Mr. Vinsh indicated the draft final report had been reviewed by the MPO – Technical Committee and recommendation made to authorize the CPDC staff to advertise the document for public review.   

Mr. Skalsky asked if the nursing school in Petersburg receives transit service.

Ms. Mickens stated the current location receives service but the new location will not be served. 

Mr. Morris asked if many riders are going to the hospital now.

Ms. Goode stated that a considerable number of riders are using transit service to get to the new hospital.

Mr. Skalsky asked if Fort Lee provides transit service.

Mr. Duggan stated Fort Lee provides a transit service internal to the base. 

Mr. Skalsky commented on the need for a PAT stop at the health care facility in the Crossings Shopping Center in Prince George.

After a brief period of further discussion, upon a motion by Ms. Jaeckle, seconded by Mr. Skalsky and carried, action was taken to authorize the CPDC staff to advertise the draft document for public review. 

 

REPORT ON THE 2010 REGIONAL SURFACE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM (RSTP)
CANDIDATE PROJECT RATINGS
Mr. Vinsh distributed information showing results of the recent ratings and reviewed the procedures used by the MPO – Technical Committee for the 16 candidate projects.  

Mr. Vinsh indicated MPO – Policy Committee endorsement of the 2010 rating results was needed because the ratings would be the basis for making future RSTP allocations. 

Upon a motion by Ms. Jaeckle, seconded by Mr. Skalsky and carried, a motion was adopted to endorse the results of the 2010 RSTP project ratings.

Mr. Vinsh stated a direction was needed from the MPO – Policy Committee regarding the scope and cost for the Rt. 1 & Rt. 226 RSTP project.  This RSTP project was identified and received allocations prior to the adopted rating procedures.  Previous allocations totaling $3.4m were transferred from this project to Fort Lee projects with the understanding enough funding to continue PE would be provided and the $3.4m would be replaced with future allocations. 

Mr. Vinsh further stated approximately $1.6m of the $3.4m amount has been replaced.  The original project scope was the addition of a travel lane between the Petersburg corporate limits and the Rt. 460 intersection at Rt. 1.  The cost estimate provided by VDOT for this project was $3.4m.  During the following 2 years the cost estimate for the additional travel lane increased to $14m.  Subsequently, the project scope was revised to only include improvement to the Rt. 1 & Rt. 226 intersection.  Recently, a need has been identified to construct a roundabout at the nearby Rt. 226 and Ferndale intersection.  As traffic movements at the 2 intersections are interconnected, Dinwiddie County has proposed both intersections be improved with RSTP funds.  Approximately, $.9m in County secondary funds is available for the Rt. 226 and Ferndale project.

Mr. Vinsh indicated the Technical Committee requested an interpretation from FHWA on the question using RSTP funds for both projects.

Ms. Davis indicated FHWA suggests the two projects be grouped as one and RSTP funds could be used.

After a period of further discussion, upon motion by Ms. Jaeckle, seconded by Ms. Moody and carried, action was taken to endorse the use of RSTP funds for both projects.

 

PRELIMINARY REPORT ON 2010 FEDERAL CERTIFICATION REVIEW
Ms. Davis stated the public meeting for the review was held on August 9 and the actual review was conducted on August 10.  The preliminary findings of the review were no corrective actions and 4 recommendations, as follows:

  1. Environmental Justice, the MPO should undertake efforts to identify limited English speaking population and initiate out-reach efforts, as needed.
  2. Public Participation - The MPO should consult with low-income, minority population regarding the periodic evaluation of out-reach efforts.
  3. MPO – Policy Committee Membership - The MPO should add the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation as a voting member.
  4. Congestion Management Process – The MPO should adopt CMP performance measures, add further language to address security in the 2031Transportation Plan and participate in DOD joint land-use study.

Ms. Davis indicated the written report on the 2010 certification review should be available in December 2010.

 

REVIEW OF PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE FY11 UNIFIED TRANSPORTATION WORK PROGRAM
Mr. Vinsh stated the FY11 Section 5303 grant award to the Crater Planning District Commission has been increased by $26.  Action is needed to accept the increase from the State and include this additional amount under task 3.0 of the FY11 Unified Transportation Work Program.

Upon a motion by Ms. Jaeckle, seconded by Mr. Morris and carried, an amendment to the FY Unified Transportation Planning Work Program as adopted to accept the above referenced increased funding.

 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS
After brief period of discussion, Ms. Mickens was unanimously reelected Chair and Mr. Skalsky was unanimously elected Vice-Chair.

ADJOURNMENT    
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at approximately 5:10 p.m.

 


Minutes of the November 30, 2010 Tri-Cities Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee meeting held at 4:30 p.m. in the Petersburg Union Train Station located at 103 River Street in Petersburg, Virginia.

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Annie Mickens, Petersburg; Jerry Skalsky, Prince George; Dorothy Jaeckle, Chesterfield; Doretha Moody, Dinwiddie;  Tom Hawthorne, VDOT; Joyce Goode, PAT; Denny Morris, Crater PDC.

MEMBERS ABSENT:  Christina Luman-Bailey, Hopewell; John Wood, Colonial Heights

OTHERS PRESENT: Andrew Duggan, Ray Penn, Fort Lee; Joann Williams, Petersburg; Ron Svejkovsky, VDOT; Joe Vinsh, Crater PDC.

Ms. Mickens called the meeting to order at 4:35 p.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES –October 14, 2010

Upon a motion by Ms. Jaeckle, seconded by Mr. Morris and carried, the minutes of the October 14, 2010 meeting were approved.

CITIZEN INFORMATION PERIOD

No comments

REPORT ON PROPOSED MPO COMMENTS REGARDING 2010 CONCEPTUAL ROUTE 460 PPTA PROPOSALS
Mr. Vinsh made reference to the project website and reviewed proposed comments prepared by the Crater PDC staff attached to the agenda package. Most questions/comments were addressed to the proposal by Route 460 Partners, Inc. primarily related to the operation of a proposed economic development authority along the project corridor as a means of securing additional revenue to construct and operate the toll facility over an extended period of time.  Other questions/comments were addressed to VDOT and related to projected benefits and costs under the conceptual proposal advanced by Route 460 Partners, Inc. 

Mr. Morris commented that the focus of upcoming project public meetings were to obtain comments on the 3 proposals and not on the approved project alignment. 

Mr. Skalsky asked if a change in the corridor location in the New Bohemia area was out of the picture.

Mr. Hawthorne stated that the corridor is approved and no changes are anticipated.

Mr. Morris commented on the project environmental impact work that had been completed.

Mr. Hawthorne further stated that the General Assembly had specified the project termini.
Mr. Skalsky commented that the Prince George Board of Supervisors would be commenting on the proposals but would not meet until December 14.

After a brief period of further discussion, Ms. Jaeckle made a motion, seconded by Ms. Moody and carried, that the draft comments would be acceptable and that any additional comments from the Prince George Board of Supervisors would be added.

 

DISCUSSION OF REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECT PRIORITIES
Mr. Vinsh stated the Technical Committee has responded to a previous request by the Policy Committee to review the tentative project list and make recommendations on this item.  One project was added and the 5 projects were prioritized, as follows:  1) Route 460 PPTA; 2) Rail & Port improvements; 3) 1-95/I-85/Rt.460 Interchange Improvements; 4) Chesterfield-Dinwiddie North/South Connector; and, 5) regional transit service.

Upon a motion by Mr. Skalsky, seconded by Ms. Jaeckle and carried, the recommendations of the MPO – Technical Committee regarding the establishment of regional transportation improvement project priority list was endorsed.

 

DISCUSSION OF ESTABLISHING REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AND LAND USE PERFORMANCE MEASURES
As an other business item, Mr. Vinsh made reference to previous discussion during the October meeting regarding the State requirement for MPOs to establish performance measures.  Mr. Vinsh stated measurement concepts related to transportation performance, such as congestion, safety and air quality are currently used in conjunction with MPO planning activities.  However, measurement concepts related to land use performance, such as jobs to housing ratios, were new to MPO planning activities.  Background information related to land use performance measures were distributed and a period of general discussion followed.

 

ADJOURNMENT    
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at approximately 5:10 p.m.

 

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