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2011 Minutes - Technical Committee

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Minutes of the January 7, 2011 Tri-Cities Area Metropolitan Planning Organization – Technical Committee meeting held at 10:15 a.m. in the Colonial Heights Library.

MEMBERS PRESENT:    March Altman, Hopewell; Mike Briddell, Petersburg; George Schzenbacher, Colonial Heights; Ron Svejkovsky, (alternate) VDOT; Mark Bassett, Dinwiddie; Joyce Goode, PAT; Barbara Smith, Chesterfield; Joe Vinsh, Crater PDC

MEMBERS ABSENT:  Sharon Williams, Prince George VDR&PT (vacant);

OTHERS PRESENT:  Andrew Duggan, Ray Penn, Fort Lee; Mark Bittner, CPDC; Lamont Benjamin, Cary Batten, Dan Grinnell, VDOT

Chairman Altman called the meeting to order at approximately 10:10 a.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – November 5, 2010

Upon a motion by Mr. Bassett, seconded by Mr. Svejkovsky and carried, the minutes of the November 5, 2010 meeting were approved.

CITIZEN INFORMATION PERIOD

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REVIEW OF PUBLIC COMMENTS AND DEVELOPMENT OF RECOMMENDATION ON THE 2010 TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT PLAN (TDP) UPDATE

Mr. Vinsh stated the CPDC staff followed the adopted public participation process regarding review opportunities for the draft 2010 TDP and no public comments were received.  Comments provided by PAT prior to the public review period regarding modification of route maps illustrated in the document to reflect Petersburg Station as the PAT transfer point were completed by the project consultant, KFH, Inc.

After a brief period of discussion, Mr. Briddell made a motion, seconded by Ms. Smith and carried, that the MPO – Technical Committee endorse a recommendation was adopted that the MPO – Policy Committee approved the 2010 TDP update.

STATUS REPORT ON THE 2010 ROUTE 460 PPTA SOLICITATION
Mr. Vinsh stated project comments prepared on behalf of the MPO were submitted to VDOT and included concerns regarding the design of the western terminus interchange in Prince George and uncertainty of impacts for parcels adjoining the project corridor under one vendor proposal. VDOT has recently completed 2 project public hearings.

Mr. Vinsh added that the Independent Review Panel and the Commonwealth Transportation Board are scheduled to complete their review of the 3 conceptual proposals on January 19.  The CTB will determine if there is sufficient justification to advance the project to the detailed proposal stage.   
A brief period of further discussion followed.

 

REVIEW OF PROPOSED TRANSPORTATION AND LAND USE PERFORMANCE MEASURES
Crater staff distributed copies of draft performance measures under development by the State and MPO representatives.  The performance measures are designed to comply with State requirements under HB 30, Chapter 874, Item 436. The measures are to be adopted by each MPO over 200,000 in population and by the Commonwealth Transportation Board before July 1, 2011.  The first annual reporting period will start July 1, 2011.  The annual performance measures report will be forwarded to the State and posted on the MPO webpage.  At this time, it is not specified how these reports will be used in relation to the future allocation of transportation resources.

 

REVIEW OF INFORMATION FROM FUTURE OF HAMPTON ROADS, INC
Mr. Vinsh briefly commented that a resolution and letter had been received in December by the MPO Chair regarding a request for support on the need for provision of high-speed rail in conjunction with the Route 460 PPTA corridor currently under review.  This item would be reported during the next MPO- Policy Committee meeting for response.

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 11:10 a.m.



Minutes of the February 4, 2011 Tri-Cities Area Metropolitan Planning Organization – Technical Committee meeting held at 10:15 a.m. in the Colonial Heights Library.

MEMBERS PRESENT:    March Altman, Hopewell; Sharon Williams, Prince George; Mike Briddell, Petersburg; George Schanzenbacher, Colonial Heights; Ron Svejkovsky, (alternate) VDOT; Mark Bassett, Dinwiddie; Joyce Goode, PAT; Barbara Smith, Chesterfield; Joe Vinsh, Crater PDC.

MEMBERS ABSENT:  Mike Briddell, Petersburg; VDR&PT (vacant).

OTHERS PRESENT:  Andrew Duggan, Fort Lee; Mark Bittner, CPDC; Lamont Benjamin, Cary Batten, VDOT; Tammy Davis, FHWA.

Chairman Altman called the meeting to order at approximately 10:00 a.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – January 7, 2011

Upon a motion by Mr. Schanzenbacher, seconded by Mr. Bassett and carried, the minutes of the January 7, 2011 meeting were approved.

CITIZEN INFORMATION PERIOD

No comments

 
REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AND LAND USE PERFORMANCE MEASURES
Mr. Vinsh made reference to the final version attached to the agenda packet of the performance measures to be used by MPOs within urbanized areas over 200,000 in population, as required by State law.  Mr. Vinsh indicated his understanding is that the first report on regional performance measures is due to be posted on the MPO webpage on October 1, 2011. 

Upon a motion by Ms. Williams, seconded by Ms. Goode and carried, a motion was adopted to recommend adoption of the performance measure reporting format by the MPO – Policy Committee.

 

REVIEW OF 2035 SOCIO-ECONOMIC FORECAST
Mr. Vinsh made distributed a summary sheet of the 2035 forecast and made reference to the excel file attached to the agenda packet containing the project database.  Mr. Vinsh summarized the methodologies used by CPDC staff to prepare forecasts for housing units, total population, households, autos, total employment, retail employment, military employment, students and group quarters.  

Mr. Vinsh also made reference to a display map showing population change by percentage change for traffic zones located within the transportation study area.  Mr. Vinsh stated MPO approval of the 2035 forecast was needed by March 2011. 

Ms. Smith asked if this information had been sent to the Chesterfield Planning Department.

Mr. Vinsh stated the information has only been sent to MPO – Technical Committee members and the VDOT – Central Office.

After a period of discussion, it was the consensus of the Committee that comments on the 2035 forecast would be sent to CPDC staff before the March meeting.  

 

REVIEW OF RECOMMENTDATIONS REGARDING FUTURE CMAQ AND RSTP ALLOCATIONS
Mr. Vinsh distributed summary information on current CMAQ and RSTP projects, including recent revenue forecasts provided by VDOT.  Mr. Vinsh commented that VDOT- Central Office has indicated an urgent need to fully allocate all available CMAQ and RSTP revenues before March 14, 2011.  A quantity of these funds have held in reserve or contingency by the State and by MPO and not allocated to projects. This practice has created a view at the Federal and State levels that these funds are either not needed or current project allocation processes are not being carried out efficiently.   

Mr. Vinsh and Mr. Svejkovsky indicated additional CMAQ funds are now available for project allocation beyond the list of prioritized projects developed in April 2010. 

Mr. Vinsh stated that a sufficient quantity of prioritized RSTP projects is currently available to fully allocate all available funds for the next 6 year period. 

Mr. Henley stated a revenue sharing agreement was entered into between the State and the City of Colonial Heights several years ago for the Route 1 & Dupuy Avenue intersection project.  The City does not currently have the matching funds for this project.  Mr. Henley asked if this project could be considered as a candidate CMAQ project and the existing agreement dissolved later. 

Mr. Benjamin stated the agreement could be dissolved.

After a period of further discussion, it was the consensus of the Committee that a new CMAQ project selection process would be initiated with the target of completing candidate project ratings and fully allocating all anticiapated CMAQ and RSTP revenues through the year 2017 before the March MPO – Policy Committee. 

 

REVIEW OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE FY 09 – FY12 TIP
Mr. Vinsh stated VDOT has requested 3 amendments as follows:
1/   Bridge replacement at Route 1 in Dinwiddie over the CSX at Route 1023 (UPC 93094);
2/   Route 144 & Dimmock Parkway intersection improvement (UPC 97691);
3/   Southpark Boulevard & Dimmock Parkway northbound right turn lane (UPC 97692).

Upon a motion by Mr. Schanzenbacher, seconded by Mr. Bassett and carried, a motion was endorsed to recommend MPO – Policy Committee approval of the 3 amendments.

REVIEW OF REPORT FROM THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE AUDIT AND REVIEW COMMISSION (JLARC) ON TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING IN VIRGINIA
Mr. Vinsh made reference to the project website and distributed a summary of the report recommendations.

A brief period of discussion followed regarding this information item.

 

REPORT ON MPO ARRA PROJECT EXPENDITURES AND REMAINING FUNDS
Mr. Svejkovsky stated that the #1 and #2 priority ARRA resurfacing projects had been completed for each jurisdiction and approximately $500,000 remains available to be allocated to new resurfacing projects. 

After a brief period of discussion, it was the consensus of the Committee that VDOT should continue working down the Tri-Cities prioritized ARRA list until all available ARRA funds were allocated and expended on resurfacing projects in the Tri-Cities.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 11:45 a.m.



Minutes of the March 4, 2011 Tri-Cities Area Metropolitan Planning Organization – Technical Committee meeting held at 10:15 a.m. in the Colonial Heights Library.

MEMBERS PRESENT:    March Altman, Hopewell; Sharon Williams, Prince George; George Schanzenbacher, Colonial Heights; Mike Briddell, Petersburg; Ron Svejkovsky, (alternate) VDOT; Mark Bassett, Dinwiddie; Joyce Goode, PAT; Barbara Smith, Chesterfield; Joe Vinsh, Crater PDC.

MEMBERS ABSENT:  VDR&PT (vacant).

OTHERS PRESENT:  Andrew Duggan, Fort Lee; Lamont Benjamin, Kerry Batten, Dan Grinnell, VDOT; Chuck Henley, Colonial Heights

Chairman Altman called the meeting to order at approximately 10:00 a.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – February 4, 2011

Upon a motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Mr. Schanzenbacher and carried, the minutes of the February 4, 2011 meeting were approved.

CITIZEN INFORMATION PERIOD

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REVIEW OF 2011 CANDIDATE CMAQ PROJECT LIST
Mr. Vinsh made reference to the draft 2011 candidate CMAQ project profiles attachment to the agenda packet and the diagrams mailed earlier of the project locations.  Mr. Vinsh indicated guidance received from the VDOT-Central Office in January 2011 indicates all available CMAQ and RSTP funds projected to be available for the next 6 year period are to be allocated to prioritized projects that can be advanced during the next 6 year period.  No contingencies or reserve funds are to be retained. 

A question and answer period of the candidate projects was followed by a discussion of the status of 3 fully funded but not completed CMAQ projects, including Rt. 10 & Hummel Ross Road, Rt. 460 and Rives Road and the Downtown Signal Optimization project in Petersburg.  After a period of discussion, it was the consensus of the Committee that the Rt. 10 & Hummel Ross Rd. project and the Downtown Signal Optimization project were now positioned to be advanced while it would not be prudent to advance the Rt. 460 & Rives Road project at this time because of the still pending Rt. 460 PPTA project.  While the Prince George representative suggested moving forward with this project, VDOT representatives indicated they would not move the project forward at this time because of the pending Rt. 460 PPTA project.  The consensus of the Committee was to recommend CMAQ funds allocated to the Rt. 460 & Rives Road project be transferred to the unallocated CMAQ balance for reallocation to a priority project that can be advanced at this time.

It was also the consensus of the Technical Committee that 10% is be added to the cost estimate for each candidate project, the project cost/benefit numbers be recalculated and the updated rating sheets be sent and returned completed before noon Wednesday, March 9, 2011.

Mr. Vinsh indicated the RSTP project rating completed in September 2010 will provide ample prioritized project need for allocating all RSTP funds available over the next 6 year period. 

 

REVIEW OF INFORMATION FOR THE FY12 – FY15 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (TIP)
Mr. Grinnell reviewed the schedule attached to the agenda packet for development of the FY12 – FY 15 TIP, including the conformity analysis.

 

REVIEW OF PRELIMINARY FY12 – FY15 TIP AND 2031 TRANSPORTATION PLAN CONFORMITY PROJECT LIST
Mr. Svejkovsky discussed the list of projects to be included in the next conformity review and indicated 3 projects needed to be added to the preliminary project list distributed with the meeting agenda packet, including Lakeview & Branders Bridge, Temple & Dimmock and the Rt. 630 (Rives Road) CMAQ  project. 

Copies of the draft FY12 – FY15 TIP project list were distributed. 

Upon a motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Mr. Briddell and carried a motion was adopted to recommend endorsement of the draft project list to be used for the next conformity analysis.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 11:45 a.m.



Minutes of the April 1, 2011 Tri-Cities Area Metropolitan Planning Organization – Technical Committee meeting held at 10:15 a.m. in the Colonial Heights Library.

MEMBERS PRESENT:    March Altman, Hopewell; Sharon Williams, Prince George; George Schanzenbacher, Colonial Heights; Steven Hennessee, VDR&PT; Ron Svejkovsky, (alternate) VDOT; Mark Bassett, Dinwiddie; Joyce Goode, PAT; Barbara Smith, Chesterfield; Joe Vinsh, Crater PDC.

MEMBERS ABSENT:  Mike Briddell, Petersburg.

OTHERS PRESENT:  Andrew Duggan, Fort Lee; Lamont Benjamin, Kerry Batten, Dan Grinnell, VDOT; Von Tisdale, Cherika Ruffin, Richmond Ridefinders.

Chairman Altman called the meeting to order at approximately 10:15 a.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – March 4, 2011

Upon a motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Ms. Williams and carried, the minutes of the March 4, 2011 meeting were approved.

CITIZEN INFORMATION PERIOD

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REVIEW OF CMAQ AND RSTP PRIORITIES AND SIX-YEAR ALLOCATIONS
Mr. Vinsh made reference to the lists of recently endorsed project priorities under both the CMAQ and RSTP Programs.  Mr. Vinsh indicated the MPO – Policy Committee endorsed the findings of the rating processes during its March 10 meeting with the modification that sufficient CMAQ funds would be provided for the Rt. 1 & Dupuy Avenue intersection project in order for this project to proceed with construction scheduled for spring 2012.   The Policy Committee also indicated the current RSTP project evaluation criteria should be modified for the next rating to include consideration of non-RSTP funding, similar to the consideration given for candidate CMAQ projects.

Mr. Svejkovsky reviewed a spreadsheet showing RSTP project allocations by phase by date over the next six year period.  The number of currently prioritized RSTP and CMAQ projects is sufficient to assure available funds will be allocated to projects over the next 6 year period.

Mr. Vinsh initiated a discussion on several points related to MPO practice for allocations.

Ms. Williams commented on the reasonableness of awarding points during the recent CMAQ rating process under criteria #2 (local/private funding and/or in-kind contributions) for candidate projects without any commitment for these funds.

Mr. Vinsh indicated a need for the Technical Committee to address several items regarding the administration CMAQ and RSTP programs. 

After a period of discussion, it was the consensus of the MPO – Technical Committee that the following practices shown in italic print be recommended to the MPO – Policy Committee for consideration.

  • How frequently should new candidate lists of projects be developed for prioritization?  Candidate lists of projects for both programs should be prepared annually beginning in November and rated.  Projects with some obligation should not be rated again.
  • How much scope modification (none, some, unlimited) should be allowed after a project has been rated?  This question needs to be addressed on a case-by-case basis at the time the project scope changes.  If a project scope is unclear consideration should be given to a preliminary engineering project only.  After the project scope is defined based on the results of the preliminary engineering study, the project can be rated at the time of the next annual review. 
  • Should there be upper and/or lower limits on the amount of CMAQ or RSTP allocation for a project?  There should be no limits on the amount of CMAQ or RSTP allocation to a project.
  • If a project is cancelled or put on-hold for a period of time and later reactivated, should the previous allocation be restored or should the project be required to go through the rating process again?  The project should not be rated again and previous allocations should be restored.


CONTINUE REVIEW OF FY12 – FY15 OBLIGATION REPORT FOR AIR QUALITY CONFORMITY ANALYSIS
Mr. Svejkovsky commented the project list discussed at the March meeting has been updated to include several changes within the Richmond MPO portion and to ungroup selected projects.  The 14 Tri-Cities project highlighted in green are likely to be selected by the Interagency Consultation Group (ICG) as regionally significant for the air quality conformity analysis.

Mr. Grinnell indicated action by the MPO – Policy Committee endorsing the updated list is needed during the April 14 meeting.

Upon a motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Mr. Bassett and carried, the MPO – Technical Committee recommended endorsement of the updated project listing for purpose of the next conformity analysis.


REVIEW OF FY 12 UNIFIED TRANSPORTATION PLANNING WORK PROGRAM
Mr. Vinsh made reference to the draft document attached to the agenda packet and reviewed updated sections on planning priorities for the upcoming year, including preparation of the first annual performance measures report and continuation of the transportation plan update for the year 2035.   Mr. Vinsh explained new responsibilities for selected work tasks associated with the regional travel model have been transferred from VDOT – Central Office to the MPO.  Crater PDC staff has been receiving training for this work. 

Mr. Vinsh asked Technical Committee members to begin the local review process for updating the recommended project improvement listings in the 2031 Transportation Plan.

Mr. Svejkovsky indicated 2035 revenue forecast will be available during the summer of 2011. 

After a brief period of further discussion, Ms. Smith made a motion seconded by Mr. Bassett and carried, that the FY 12 Unified Transportation Planning Work Program be recommended to the MPO – Policy Committee for adoption.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 11:50 a.m.



Minutes of the June 3, 2011 Tri-Cities Area Metropolitan Planning Organization – Technical Committee meeting held at 10:15 a.m. in the Colonial Heights Library.

MEMBERS PRESENT:    March Altman, Hopewell; Sharon Williams, Prince George; George Schanzenbacher, Colonial Heights; Mike Briddell, Petersburg; Mark Ledford, (alternate) VDR&PT; Ron Svejkovsky, (alternate) VDOT; Mark Bassett, Dinwiddie; Joyce Goode, PAT; Barbara Smith, Chesterfield; Joe Vinsh, Crater PDC.

OTHERS PRESENT:  Andrew Duggan, Fort Lee; Lamont Benjamin, Kerry Batten, Dan Grinnell, VDOT; Pam Thompson, Prince George

Chairman Altman called the meeting to order at approximately 10:15 a.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – April 1, 2011

Upon a motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Mr. Schanzenbacher and carried, the minutes of the April 1, 2011 meeting were approved.

CITIZEN INFORMATION PERIOD

No comments


REVIEW OF CMAQ, RSTP AND SECTION 5307 ALLOCATIONS FOR THE FY 12 – FY17 DRAFT SIX YEAR IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (SYIP)  
Mr. Vinsh made reference to an excel report attached to the agenda package listing transportation improvement projects proposed for allocation in the Tri-Cities Area over the next 6 year period. 
Mr. Vinsh commented that this is the first time 6 years of allocations are being shown for CMAQ and RSTP prioritized projects for the Tri-Cities.  Under this new procedure for allocating CMAQ and RSTP funds, needs of higher priority projects take precedence over the funding needs of lower priority projects.  This change in allocation procedure has been required in order to show 6 years of allocations for prioritized projects for anticipated funds under these programs.

Mr. Batten commented that the schedule for the Hickory Hill Road Phase II project has been accelerated as the scope is now basically a resurfacing project.  

Mr. Vinsh commented that a portion of the Hickory Hill Road Phase II project is inside the fence at Fort Lee.  FHWA requirements for spending RSTP fund inside the fence have been satisfied for this project.  Approximately, $1.6m in State VNDIA funds previously scheduled for Fort Lee expansion projects need to be placed on a new transportation projects directed towards Fort Lee expansion.   The VNDIA funds are 50 percent match funds.  Some VNDIA and RSTP funds that had previously been allocated to the split intersection project at Rt. 36 & Rt. 144 are no longer needed because State ARRA funds are now being used for an expanded project scope at this location.  Also, the bid price for Hickory Hill Road – Phase I was lower than the estimate.  Therefore, a proposal for use of these additional VNDIA funds also needs to be developed or the State VNDIA funds will lapse.

Mr. Vinsh indicated a meeting has been suggested between Fort Lee and VDOT to review a concept for a new project involving improvements at the Lee Avenue Gate and the use of remaining VNDIA funds.

Mr. Batten asked for a project scope and cost estimate for this proposed project.

Mr. Duggan indicated he did not have an estimated cost at this time.  He outlined a proposed concept for a project scope aimed at reducing peak hour storage problems and backups on Rt. 36 at the existing Lee Avenue Gate entrance. 

Mr. Vinsh indicated a need to have VDOT review this project concept before approaching FHWA with a request for use of RSTP funds inside the fence at Fort Lee for this potential improvement project.

Mr. Briddell asked if the security station at the Lee Gate is part of the problem.

Mr. Duggan indicated that it was a contributing factor and this project was not included in the Baker recommendations.

Mr. Briddell also commented that information on the lodging center and university was not available at the time the Baker Study was prepared. 

Mr. Svejkovsky commented that some refinement has been made regarding project cost estimates and allocations regarding the 6 years of allocations for prioritized CMAQ projects.   As cost estimates change, funds need to be shifted with a amendments.  Projects need to be kept moving and funds spent in a timely manner. 

Mr. Vinsh mentioned a need for new candidate CMAQ projects to be identified for a fall 2011 rating procedure.

STATUS REPORT ON ADOPTED MPO LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION PERFORMANCE MEASURES
Mr. Vinsh reported the Commonwealth Transportation Board received a presentation on May 18th by the Secretary of Transportation’s Office on behalf of the MPOs located in urbanized areas over 200,000 in population regarding land use and transportation performance measures.  The report summarized performance measures adopted by MPOs representing Hampton Road, Richmond, Tri-Cities and Fredericksburg.  A point was made that urbanized areas with populations greater than 200,000 are generally considered “growth areas” and potential targets for future transportation investments.  The question on future transportation investment prospects for urbanized areas under 200,000 was raised by some members.  Staff maintained the measures are not being linked to funding at the present time and the State will be working with MPOs to develop goals for the performance measures over the next 2 to 4 months.  The report was accepted by the Commonwealth Transportation Board for consideration of action during the June meeting.  

 

STATUS REPORT ON CORRIDORS OF STATEWIDE SIGNIFICANCE
Mr. Vinsh reported the Commonwealth Transportation Board received a presentation on May 18th by the Secretary of Transportation’s Office identifying corridors of significance as an outcome or product of a statewide transportation planning process called VTRANS.  These corridors, mostly interstates highways, contain existing major roadways and/or rail facilities. These facilities have been determined through the VTRANS process as, in addition to providing significant transportation services, influence economic conditions in the Commonwealth.  The report recommended these corridors be divided into segments and a prioritization method applied to the corridor segments.  In the Tri-Cities Area, Route 460 and I-95 were among the corridors identified as being of statewide significance.

Members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board did not accept the report.  Some members expressed uncertainty over how the proposed rating process would be used with regard to allocation of future resources.  The staff was directed to meet with members individually to review the report and proposed corridor rating process in detail.

 

DISCUSSION OF FY12 TRANSPORTATION PLANNING WORK PROGRAM
Mr. Vinsh indicated following endorsement of the FY12 work program during the April meetings, the VDR&PT suggested several changes related to Section 5303 funded tasks.  Mr. Vinsh made reference to an attachment to the agenda package summarizing existing tasks and dollar amounts in relation to the suggested changes. 

Mr. Vinsh indicated the CPDC staff does not have any recommendations regarding this item at this time and stated the purpose of this item on the agenda was to explain the status of the FY12 work program.

Mr. Vinsh summarized the DR&PT suggested changes.

  • Under the task 1.0 (Administration), include additional funds to update the 2003 Bikeways Plan and to prepare a pedestrian plan.  Mr. Vinsh indicated normally the administration task was used to charge time for activities related to maintaining the committees, such as preparing minutes, correspondence and attending meetings.  Specific tasks such as a bikeways plan update or a pedestrian plan would be identified separate tasks.
  • Under the task 2.2 (Security), BRAC related projects at Fort Lee gates is not considered an eligible Section 5303 planning activity by VDR&PT.  Also, additional narrative was requested on the relationship of this task to transit or multi-modal.
  • Under the task 2.4 (Coordination), the Route 460 PPTA was not considered an eligible Section 5303 planning activity by VDR&PT and additional narrative was requested to show how Section 5303 funds would be used for each sub-activity identified.  Mr. Vinsh mentioned the Richmond MPO has recently initiated an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) working group and the CPDC staff will be representing the Tri-Cities Area in this process.
  • Under task 3.1 (Congestion Management Process), funds for this activity would be transferred to task 1.0.  Mr. Vinsh added that funding for Congestion Management Process would need to be shifted to Section 112 or RSTP in order to accomplish the suggested changes for the bikeways plan update and the pedestrian plan work suggested to be added under task 1.0. 

Mr. Vinsh added that the total dollar amount would be unchanged but the suggested changes would impact task priorities which involve action by the MPO to modify the FY12 work program.  Mr. Vinsh also added that transportation plan update needs to be the top priority for FY12.  Given known CPDC staff resources for FY12, priorities probably need to be set for federal and State transportation planning requirements.  The Tri-Cities MPO is located in an urbanized area over 200,000 in population and is required coordinate with the Richmond MPO on several joint requirements.

Ms. Smith suggested a pedestrian plan should be more of a local effort than a regional effort, unless the task was directed as a policy level document. 

Mr. Vinsh indicated he did not have a scope of work for a pedestrian planning project but that a task force would likely need to be created to include representation from the public works departments.

Ms. Smith asked for VDOT’s comment on the suggestion for a pedestrian plan.

Mr. Svejkovsky stated we are just hearing about this.

Ms. Smith asked if the MPO is required to make the suggested changes.

Mr. Vinsh stated that he did not know.  The changes would involve rewriting portions of the work program and shifting some Section 5303 funds.  However, the total amount of Section 5303 funds would not change.

Mr. Altman asked if other MPOs had pedestrian plans.

Mr. Vinsh stated he thought pedestrian plans were eligible for Section 5303 funding.

Mr. Ledford commented many MPOs have a pedestrian plan but not necessarily in Virginia.  DR&PT is trying to bring them on at the MPO level in Virginia. 

Mr. Ledford clarified DR&PT’s suggestion that task 3.1 does not have to be changed if additional documentation is provided in the work program explaining how Section 5303 funds would be used for the congestion management process sub-tasks listed and narrative added to explain the connection of these sub-tasks to transit or multi-modal. 

Ms. Smith asked if Section 5303 funds could only be used for transit or multi-modal.

Mr. Vinsh stated this question was subject to interpretation and made reference to project eligibility criteria show in the agenda attached taken from federal legislation regarding the Section 5303 program.  He further stated he believed the current tasks in the FY12 work program and the tasks suggested by VDR&PT are all eligible under the Section 5303 program.   In the Tri-Cities, a prioritization of the MPO planning requirements will be needed.

Ms. Thompson asked if the MPO is supposed to set the priorities for this region.

Ms. Smith emphasized the need for VDOT to comment on this item.

Mr. Ledford stated DR&PT is responsible for administration of the Section 5303 program.  He further stated MPOs are being requested to add documentation to work programs providing more detail on specific planning projects scheduled for the 2012 fiscal year.

Mr. Vinsh indicated more narrative can be added to the work program.  Transit alternatives in the Tri-Cities has been thoroughly considered during the previous 2 fiscal years and the priority or staff focus for FY12 clearly needs to be on the long range plan update and keeping up with activities at the Richmond MPO and the State transportation planning requirements. 

Mr. Vinsh indicated the CPDC will have less staff for fiscal year 2012 than for the current year.

Mr. Svejkovsky suggested the planning requirements be scheduled for completion by fiscal year over time.

Ms. Thompson indicated congestion management was more of a need than developing a pedestrian plan.

Mr. Ledford suggested moving some of the funds shown under task 2.4 into task 1.0 and used by CPDC staff to assist with facilitating the proposed rail station alternatives analysis study to be prepared by a DR&PT on-call consultant.

After a period of further discussion, it was the consensus that more detail would be added to the FY12 work program narrative, some funds would be shifted from task 2.4 (Coordination) to task (1.0) Administration, suggestions for the bikeways plan update and development of a pedestrian plan would either be handled by a VDR&PT on-call consultant or deferred to a future year. The concept for development of a pedestrian plan was viewed more as a local rather than regional project.  Some Section 5303 funds would be added to task 2.0 for long range planning.  The FY12 work program narrative would be revised and reviewed during the next meeting.

 

REVIEW OF DRAFT FY12 – FY15 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (TIP)
AND CONFORMITY REPORT
Mr. Vinsh indicated the draft documents had been attached to the agenda package for Committee review.

Mr. Grinnell distributed a handout and discussed summary findings of the conformity analysis showing applicable tests had been satisfied.  A brief discussion period followed.

 

REQUEST FOR AUTHORIZATION FOR THE CPDC STAFF TO ADVERTISE THE DRAFT FY12 – FY15 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AND THE AIR QUALITY CONFORMITY REPORT OF THE TIP AND THE YEAR 2031 TRANSPORTATION PLAN FOR PUBLIC REVIEW
Mr. Vinsh stated the Policy Committee has authorized the Technical Committee to authorize the CPDC staff to advertise the draft documents for public review.

Upon a motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Mr. Bassett and carried, the CPDC staff was authorized to advertise the draft documents for public review.

 

REVIEW OF EXISTING RSTP PROJECT RATING CRITERIA
Mr. Vinsh stated during its April meeting the Policy Committee directed the Technical Committee to revise the current criteria used to rate candidate RSTP project and provide consideration for local/private funds.  Mr. Vinsh also mentioned that Prince George County representatives have commented that consideration should given for candidate RSTP projects involving safety concerns on low volume roadways. 

After a brief period of discussion it was the consensus that a subcommittee would be formed and would meet on June 28th at the Crater PDC office at 10:00 am to consider revisions to current RSTP candidate project rating criteria.

 
STATUS REPORTS ON LOCAL UPDATES OF TRANSPORTATION PROJECT PRIORITIES
After a brief period of discussion, it was the consensus that a copy of the 2031 Plan project listing would be sent to each local government and a target date of December 2011 would be set for completion of the local reviews.  Also, it was the consensus that the CPDC staff would provide a schedule for the 2035 plan development process.

 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Upon a motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Mr. Bassett and carried, the current officers were unanimously reelected for another year

 

REVIEW OF FY2011 MPO SELF-CERTIFICAITON STATEMENT
Upon a motion by Mr. Briddell, seconded by Ms. Williams and carried, a recommendation was made that the 2011 self-certification statement be adopted by the MPO – Policy Committee.

 

REPORT ON MAY 24, 2011 VAMPO MEETING
Mr. Vinsh stated that he and MPO Chair Skalsky attended the May 2011 VAMPO meeting in Charlottesville.  SB1112 and the roles of transportation planning agencies in Virginia were discussed during the morning session and prioritization experiences of several mpos were discussed during the afternoon session.  

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 12:15 p.m.



Minutes of the July 1, 2011 Tri-Cities Area Metropolitan Planning Organization – Technical Committee meeting held at 10:15 a.m. in the Colonial Heights Library.

MEMBERS PRESENT:    March Altman, Hopewell; Sharon Williams, Prince George; George Schanzenbacher, Colonial Heights; Mike Briddell, Petersburg; Steven Hennessee, VDR&PT; Ron Svejkovsky, (alternate) VDOT; Barbara Smith, Chesterfield; Joe Vinsh, Crater PDC.

Members Absent:  Mark Bassett, Dinwiddie, Joyce Goode, PAT

OTHERS PRESENT:  Andrew Duggan, Fort Lee; Dan Grinnell, VDOT; Mark Manasco, Crater PDC; Chris Nicolas, Prince George; Tammie Davis, FHWA

Chairman Altman called the meeting to order at approximately 10:15 a.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – June 3, 2011
Mr. Grinnell commented the need to make a correction to the June 3 minutes to clarify that the CPDC staff was actually authorized to advertise the draft TIP and Conformity report for public review and federal review, pending public review.  

Upon a motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Mr. Schanzenbacher and carried, the minutes of the June 3, 2011 meeting were approved, as corrected.

CITIZEN INFORMATION PERIOD

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REVIEW OF REPORT BY RSTP/CMAQ SUBCOMMITTEE ON RATING CRITERIA-  
Ms. Smith provided summary information discussed by the Subcommittee during its June 30 meeting.  The information included additional numerical factors that would be applied to the initial rating received by each candidate project.   The additional factor for LOS A or LOS B would be 1 point and up to 2 points for a LOS of E or F.  The additional factor would be multiplied times the LOS rating factor.  The additional factor for cost/benefit ranged from 1 point for a candidate project scoring 201 or greater up to 4 points for an initial project scoring of 100 or less. 

Ms. Smith asked Technical Committee members to review these suggested rating changes with sample candidate projects for discussion during future Technical Committee meetings.

Mr. Vinsh commented that there is currently an ample supply of prioritized RSTP projects. 

REVIEW OF PROPOSED CHANGES IN SECTION 5303 FUNDED TASKS IN THE FY12 UNIFIED TRANSPORTATION PLANNING WORK PROGRAM (UTPWP)
Mr. Vinsh made reference to an attachment to the agenda package with changes discussed during the June meeting for several proposed Section 5303 funded tasks.  

In addition, Mr. Vinsh suggested eliminating Task #2.2 (security) add transferring $7,000 to Task 2.0 (long range planning).  The addition of $7,000 to Task# 2.0 would be for an assessment by Crater PDC contract staff for the preparation of a report outlining freight movement issues and potential future planning activities for the Tri-Cities MPO.

Mr. Vinsh introduced Mark Manasco, a contract staff person employed by the Crater Planning District Commission to help establish the Virginia Logistics Research Center (VLRC).  Mr. Manasco provided the Committee an overview of the concept plan for the development of the VLRC.  The overview was followed by a brief question and answer period.

Upon a motion by Ms. Williams, seconded by Mr. Hennessee, and carried the proposed changes were recommended for approval by the Policy Committee.

 

REVIEW OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE FY09 – FY12 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (TIP)
Mr. Vinsh distributed information describing proposed amendments involving the following projects:

  • UPC 98994  Rt. 144 Harrowgate Road & South Street
  • UPC 98882  Rt. 144 Temple & Conduit
  • UPC 95540  Hickory Hill Rd. – Phase II
  • UPC 101033/T10730 Sycamore/Crater/Walnut intersection signal upgrade
  • UPC 101287/T10731 Dupuy Avenue Improvements (WCL to Chesterfield Avenue)
  • UPC 101030/T10732 Puddledock Road w/Rt. 36 Intersection Improvements
  • UPC 101288/T10733 Lakeview Avenue (Brijadan – Boulevard)
  • UPC 90018 Cedar Level Road Widening – Cobblestone Parkway to Miles Avenue

Mr. Svejkovsky reviewed the information and indicated a need to process amendments for these projects.

Upon a motion by Mr. Schanzenbacher, seconded by Mr. Briddell and carried, the amendments were recommended for approval by the MPO – Policy Committee.

 

REPORT ON JUNE 30, 2011 VAMPO MEETING
Mr. Vinsh stated he attended the June 30 VAMPO meeting in Richmond.   The meeting was attended by MPO representatives from Richmond, Hampton Roads, Fredericksburg and Tri-Cities.  VDOT senior management and the Deputy Secretary of Transportation also attended.  Other MPOs were connected via teleconference. 

The following meeting notes were taken by Mr. Vinsh:

VDOT indicated the State will be partnering with MPOs this fall with the beginning of the next Six Year Program Update.  A schedule for this activity will be available later this summer. 

VDOT has set-aside $60m for PE work to get projects ready-to-go to construction.  Projects must be ready to go within 10 years or the PE work will be considered too old.

Deputy Secretary stressed the importance for MPOs to have priorities established and for local governments to pursue supplemental funding for top priority projects.  PPTA projects will be an increased emphasis area in the future.  Larger projects are more desirable, especially when supplemented by non-traditional sources, including private funding.

There was agreement that work would begin on devising an agreement between MPOs and the State for future roles in the development of the six-year improvement program. 

There was also agreement that VAMPO would respond to JLARC report by indicating what
activities VAMPO is currently engaged.  VAMPO will also pursue changes in the State code to
define agency roles and responsibilities. 

VDOT will conduct of selected State DOTs to determine how allocation and obligation documents
have been merged into one document.  VAMPO will contact the American Association of MPOs
(AMPO) and the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) to see how these documents
have been merged in some states.

Regarding reauthorization, the discussion indicated a number of changes are likely, including provision for federal performance measures.  The current extension of SAFETEA-LU expires in September 2011. 

The next VAMPO meeting will be in Hampton Roads. 

Mr. Vinsh indicated the direction of the discussion during the meeting regarding MPOs and project programming was reflective of the JLARC report released in December 2010 and discussed during the previous VAMPO meeting held in Charlottesville on May 24.

A brief period of general discussion followed.

 
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 12:05 p.m.



Minutes of the September 2, 2011 Tri-Cities Area Metropolitan Planning Organization – Technical Committee meeting held at 10:15 a.m. in the Colonial Heights Library.

MEMBERS PRESENT:   George Schanzenbacher, Colonial Heights; Mike Briddell, Petersburg; Steven Hennessee, VDR&PT; Ron Svejkovsky, (alternate) VDOT; Mark Bassett, Dinwiddie; Gha-is Bashir; PAT; Joe Vinsh, Crater PDC.

Members Absent:  March Altman, Hopewell; Barbara Smith, Chesterfield; Douglas Miles (alternate), Prince George

OTHERS PRESENT:  Andrew Duggan, Fort Lee; Dan Grinnell, Kerry Batten, VDOT;

Vice-Chairman Schanzenbacher called the meeting to order at approximately 10:15 a.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – July 1, 2011
Upon a motion by Mr. Bassett, seconded by Mr. Svejkovsky and carried the minutes of the July 1, 2011 meeting were approved.  

CITIZEN INFORMATION PERIOD

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REVIEW OF 2035 TRANSPORTATION PLAN CANDIDATE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT 
Each Committee member present reviewed the status of its work in developing a candidate project list.  

Mr. Svejkovsky indicated VDOT would be developing a list of candidate projects for safety, bridge and interstate improvements.

After a period of discussion, it was agreed November 1, 2011 would be the last date to submit candidate projects for the 2035 Plan update.  I was also agreed that projects not currently fully funded in the Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP) would be included on the lists as top priority projects. 

DISCUSSION OF PROPOSED SCHEDULE FOR COMPLETION OF THE 2035 TRANSPORTATION PLAN UPDATE
Mr. Vinsh and Mr. Grinnell reviewed the proposed schedule and indicated after January 2012 key dates related to the conformity work will drive the plan development schedule. 

 
REPORT ON JULY 29, 2011 VAMPO MEETING
Mr. Vinsh stated he attended the July 29th VAMPO meeting in Virginia Beach and indicated the VAMPO Executive Committee is in process of drafting a memorandum of understanding with the State regarding future development of the Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP). 

Mr. Vinsh further stated VAMPO is also following-up on provisions contained in SB1112 regarding transportation planning and programming in the Commonwealth and consistency with applicable federal regulations.  

 

REVIEW OF PROPOSED METHOD FOR PRIORITIZING CANDIDATE PROJECTS ON A REGIONAL BASIS FOR THE 2035 TRANSPORTATION PLAN UPDATE
Mr. Vinsh made reference to a proposed method for ranking candidate projects that considers planning factors, cost/benefit and level of service.

The consensus of the Committee was not to discuss the ranking procedure until the regional list was developed.

 

DISCUSSION OF AVAILABLE INFORMATION ON FUTURE ROLE OF THE MPO IN DEVELOPMENT OF THE SIX YEAR IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (SYIP)
Mr. Svejkovsky stated a process is being developed similar to the process used several years ago to have MPOs participate during public meetings on development of the next SYIP.  MPOs will be asked t submit priority projects.

Mr. Vinsh indicated that, other than RSTP and CMAQ, the only available regional project priorities for Tri-Cities MPO would be stated in the resolution adopted by the MPO – Policy Committee in November 2010 identifying 5 general projects.

REVIEW OF INFORMATION ON CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROCESS (CMP)
Mr. Vinsh distributed information profiling segments in the CMP network.  Data provided by VDOT for the segments included vehicles per day, volume/capacity and level of service for the years 2009, 2020 and 2035.   Segments with volume/capacity 1.0 or greater are considered congested.  As improvements involving these segments, specific strategies selected as appropriate for the Tri-Cities are evaluated as solutions.   

Mr. Vinsh added that this CMP update will form the short range element of the 2035 Transportation Plan update.

Committee members commented on some of the information contained in the spreadsheet.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 11:50 a.m.

 


Minutes of the October 7, 2011 Tri-Cities Area Metropolitan Planning Organization – Technical Committee meeting held at 10:15 a.m. in the Colonial Heights Library.

MEMBERS PRESENT:   March Altman, Hopewell; George Schanzenbacher, Colonial Heights; Mike Briddell, Petersburg; Barbara Smith, Chesterfield; Mark Ledford (alternate), VDR&PT; Ron Svejkovsky, (alternate) VDOT; Mark Bassett, Dinwiddie; Gha-is Bashir; PAT; Joe Vinsh, Crater PDC.

MEMBER ABSENT:  Mike Briddell, Petersburg

OTHERS PRESENT:  Andrew Duggan, Fort Lee; Tammy Davis, FHWA; Brian Copple, Colonial Heights; Kerry Batten, VDOT;

Chairman Altman called the meeting to order at approximately 10:15 a.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – September 2, 2011
Upon a motion by Mr. Schzanbacher, seconded by Mr. Bassett and carried the minutes of the September 2, 2011 meeting were approved.  

CITIZEN INFORMATION PERIOD

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REVIEW OF 2035 TRANSPORTATION PLAN CANDIDATE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT 
Mr. Schzanbacher indicated a draft project list had been submitted from Colonial Heights. 

Mr. Altman stated the Hopewell list is under development.  Projects listed in the City’s comprehensive plan are being used to develop the 2035 candidate list for Hopewell.

Mr. Bassett indicated a committee has been formed to address this task in Dinwiddie.

Ms. Williams stated a committee has also been formed in Prince George to address this task.

Mr. Bashir stated Mike Briddell was working on the Petersburg list.

Mr. Duggan asked about the inclusion of Fort Lee expansion projects listed in the 2031 plan that have not been constructed. 

Mr. Vinsh stated each 2035 candidate project needed to be suggested or recommended by a sponsor in order to be rated for the regional list.  Mr. Vinsh also stated the expectation was that VDOT would provide its recommendations for candidate projects not identified by local governments.

Mr. Duggan indicated Fort Lee would probably not want to make recommendations on Fort Lee expansion projects for inclusion in the 2035 candidate project list because the remaining projects from the Baker Study were generally located some distance away from the entrances to the base.  

Mr. Vinsh mentioned this question could be addressed by the Policy Committee.

After a period of discussion, it was the consensus that discussion of this item would be continued at the next meeting.

 

REVIEW OF INFORMATION ON PREPARING PRELIMINARY COST ESTIMATES FOR 2035 CANDIDATE PROJECTS
Mr. Svejkovsky indicated the local governments have been asked to prepare cost estimates for 2035 candidate projects because the Blueprint reorganization at VDOT has reduced available personnel to perform this task.  Mr. Svejkovsky presented information on Project Cost Estimation Software (PCES) used by VDOT. 

Mr. Svejkovsky and Mr. Batten responded to questions/comments from Committee members and made reference to a 2009 manual cost estimation information developed by the VDOT – Central Office.

Mr. Svejkovsky indicated VDOT would be available to provide assistance and review the results of the cost estimates.

REPORT ON SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 VAMPO MEETING
Mr. Vinsh stated the Executive Committee of Virginia Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (VAMPO) is working with VDOT on an agreement for MPO participation in the development of future Six-Year Improvement Programs.  

Mr. Vinsh also stated VAMPO is working towards achieving more consistency with federal and State regulations regarding transportation planning and programming.


STATUS REPORT ON DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROPOSED TEMPLE AVENUE CORRIDOR STUDY
Mr. Svejkovsky indicated the I-95/I-64 Interchange Study has consumed available VDOT funds for on-call consultant work at this time.   Mr. Svejkovsky also stated VDOT Central Office recognizes the need and is looking for other funds for a Temple Avenue Corridor Study.

The Committee briefly discussed the need for both the Temple Avenue and the I-95/I-85/Rt. 460 studies.  After a period of discussion, it was decided VDOT and CPDC staff would develop information on a scope and a cost estimate for a Temple Avenue Corridor Study.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 11:50 a.m.


Minutes of the November 4, 2011 Tri-Cities Area Metropolitan Planning Organization – Technical Committee meeting held at 10:15 a.m. in the Colonial Heights Library.

MEMBERS PRESENT:   March Altman, Hopewell; George Schanzenbacher, Colonial Heights; Barbara Smith, Chesterfield; Steven Hennessee, VDR&PT; Ron Svejkovsky, (alternate) VDOT; Mark Bassett, Dinwiddie; Gha-is Bashir; PAT; Joe Vinsh, Crater PDC.

MEMBER ABSENT:  Mike Briddell, Petersburg; Sharon Williams, Prince George

OTHERS PRESENT:  Andrew Duggan, Fort Lee; Tammy Davis, FHWA; Paul Agnello, VDOT; Mark Bittner - Crater PDC.

Chairman Altman called the meeting to order at approximately 10:15 a.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – October 7, 2011
Upon a motion by Mr. Schzanbacher, seconded by Mr. Bassett and carried the minutes of the October 7, 2011 meeting was approved.  

CITIZEN INFORMATION PERIOD

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REVIEW OF 2035 TRANSPORTATION PLAN CANDIDATE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT 
Committee members reviewed the status of their 2035 candidate project lists.   Several committee members indicated a desire to refine their candidate list to reduce the number of projects.  It was decided that the 2009 planning level cost estimate worksheets provided VDOT- Central Office would be used for the 2035 candidate projects.  It was the consensus of the Committee that candidate project would be grouped by functional classification: Interstate, Arterial, Collector, Local, bike & pedestrian; transit and the Rt. 460 PPTA project would continue to be listed in a separate category. 

It was also the consensus of the Committee that intersection projects be listed by the highest classification of the roadways proposed in the candidate project and that, if needed, the 2031 project list be used as the default list for candidate projects, any less projects completed.

 

REVIEW OF UPDATED CONGESTED MANAGEMENT PROCESS (CMP) DATABASE
Mr. Agnello presented information profiling roadway segments in the transportation study area, including updated 2009 and 2035 V/C information.  Mr. Agnello explained the new CMP database shows less congested segments that an earlier database reviewed with the Committee several months ago because updated assumptions were used in the calculations and yielded different results. 

Mr. Vins asked if the new database shows no 2009 roadway segments with a V/C of 1.0 or higher, does this mean there is not present-day congestion in Tri-Cities. 

Mr. Agnello stated traffic congestion is relative, depending on the study area.  It would be better to consider congestion and the database in terms of the 10 segments with the highest V/C values be considered the most congested segments in the Tri-Cities. 

After a period of further discussion, it was the consensus that the new CMP database would be used in the 2035 candidate rating procedure.

Mr. Agnello commented that I-95 is currently a major State corridor of focus, particularly since the federal authorization has been received for tolling this facility.  Mr. Agnello also commented on the I-95/I-64 Interchange Study scheduled to be completed during the spring of 2012.  Mr. Agnello mentioned that the I-95/I-85/Rt. 460 interchange may be studied next year.

Mr. Svejkovsky stated that VDOT was prepared to use in-house resources to assist with the signal coordination project programmed for the Temple Avenue Corridor because there were no funds were currently available to used on-call consultant services for this project. 

 

DISCUSSION OF PROPOSED RATING PROCEDURE FOR 2035 CANDIDATE PROJECTS
Mr. Vinsh reviewed materials attached to the agenda packet modifying procedures previously used for rating candidate RSTP project.  After a period of discussion, it was the consensus that the planning factors would be used for rating candidate projects along with cost/benefit and LOS considerations. 

 

REPORT ON TRI-CITIES AREA PASSENGER RAIL STATION ALTERNATIVES ANALYSIS
Mr. Vinsh stated AMTRAK has decided to conduct an in-house alternatives analysis of 2 new station locations along with the existing Ettrick Station.   The focus of this effort will on operational and potential ridership (revenue) considerations.  AMTRAK has indicated a willingness to share the results of their analysis.  The 2 new sites to be considered are the North Collier Yard area and the West Washington Street in Petersburg. 

Mr. Vinsh indicated the AMTRAK analysis is expected to be completed during the Spring of 2012.   

 

DISCUSSION OF NOVEMBER 30, 2011 PRESENTATION FOR THE SIX-YEAR IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (SYIP) UPDATE 

Mr. Vinsh indicated MPOs are being invited by the State to have a presence at the next series of SYIP update public meetings.  Mr. Vinsh indicated the regional priority transportation projects to be featured from Tri-Cities include the Route 460 Corridor Improvements (Route 460 PPTA), I-95/I-85/Rt. 460 interchange improvement needs, rail and port improvements (restoration of Richmond to Norfolk passenger rail service) and regional transit improvements (completion of Petersburg Station). 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 11:50 a.m.

 

 

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