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Action Summary Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board Meeting October 18, 2012
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Posted October 18, 2012
Posted by Jessica Nappi, AICP, Senior Transportation Analyst
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Action Summary
Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board Meeting
October 18, 2012

The Regional Board Room, 723 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, Virginia

1.Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by the Chair at 10:38 a.m.

2.Approval of Agenda
The Agenda was approved.

WORKSHOP AGENDA

3.Commonwealth Transportation Board Member Comments and Updates
Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) members Mr. Layne and Mr. Miller briefed the HRTPO Board on the actions of the October 17, 2012 CTB meeting.  They noted that the tolls for the Route 460 PPTA project were approved and that the project was moving forward.  Mr. Layne noted that the CTB also restored the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge in Chesapeake as a truck route.  Mr. Layne also noted that the CTB discussed the expansion of light rail transit into Virginia Beach.  Mr. Miller noted that they approved a resolution adopting a policy and criteria governing the selection of Transportation Alternatives Program projects for FY 2014.

4.Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Comments and Updates
Ms. Drake reported that the inaugural passenger train to Norfolk was set for December 11, 2012.  She also stated that tickets for the new rail service may be purchased now online.  Ms. Drake mentioned the fast ferry feasibility study and said she expects that time trials for the service would be conducted in the near future.  She also noted that a draft transit funding study was presented by DRPT to the CTB during its October 17, 2012 meeting and that the report is currently undergoing public review and comment. Finally, she noted that the environmental impact statement for bringing high-speed rail to Norfolk was completed and that public comments are currently being addressed.

5.Military Liaisons Comments and Updates
Ms. Vachet, on behalf of Captain Culler, expressed appreciation for the HRTPO Military Survey, noting the findings of the survey were very valuable to the Navy.  Lt Colonel Tyler noted that work was continuing at the LaSalle Avenue gate to Langley A.F.B. 

6.Hampton Roads Regional Bridge Study – 2012 Update
This item was for informational purposes only.

7.Minimizing the Impacts of Lane Closures
This item was for informational purposes only.

8.HRTPO 2013 Recommended Legislative Priorities
This item was for informational purposes only.

ACTION ITEMS AGENDA

9.Public Comment Period
A resident of Newport News stated that, with regard to General Assembly representatives serving on the HRTPO Board, the Board Bylaws specify that one senator and one delegate will reside in Southside localities and one senator and one delegate will reside in Peninsula localities.  He noted that currently three of the GA representatives reside in Southside localities and one GA representative resides on the Peninsula.  He recommended that the HRTPO Board coordinate with the GA delegation to attempt to rectify that situation.

A resident of Norfolk noted the upcoming vote in Virginia Beach on a referendum regarding extending light rail transit into the City, recommending that HRTPO Board members keep accurate information regarding the Tide LRT handy to answer questions of citizens.  He also expressed concerns regarding possible security risks involved with providing fast ferry service to military facilities.  Finally, he asked what the transportation issues will be should the moratorium on uranium mining be lifted.

10.Submitted Public Comments
The Chair noted one submitted written public comment handed out during the meeting.

11.Approval of Consent Items
Agenda items under the Consent Agenda were approved by the HRTPO Board.

12.HRTPO 2012 Annual Meeting: Election of Officers
Mayor Wright, Chair of the Nominating Committee, stated that the recommendations of the Committee for officers of the HRTPO Board were as follows: Chair – Mayor Molly Ward; Vice-Chair – Mayor Alan Krasnoff; Secretary – Mr. Dwight Farmer.  The HRTPO Board elected the recommended individuals.

13.HRTPO Board Three-Month Tentative Schedule
This item was for informational purposes only.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.

14.Correspondence of Interest
This item was for informational purposes only.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.

15.For Your Information
This item was for informational purposes only.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.

16.Old/New Business
There was no Old/New Business.

ADJOURNMENT