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Action Summary Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board Meeting April 16, 2015

Action Summary Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board Meeting April 16, 2015

Action Summary
Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board Meeting
April 16, 2015
The Regional Board Room, 723 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, Virginia
 

1.     Call to Order
  The meeting was called to order by the Chair at 10:57 a.m.
 
2.     Approval of Agenda
The agenda was amended to add an item regarding the hiring of the HRPDC/HRTPO Executive Director.
The Board approved the agenda as amended.
 
WORKSHOP AGENDA
 
3.     Commonwealth Transportation Board Members Comments and Updates
Mr. Malbon reported to the HRTPO Board that the contract between VDOT and US 460 Mobility Partners has been terminated on the U.S. Route 460 Corridor Improvements project.  Also, VDOT is firm in their  commitment and support of the Virginia Beach Light Rail Transit Extension Project.  He reported that the Route 13/I-64 interchange will be enhanced, if necessary, to accommodate for the safe operation and flow of traffic at the interchange.
 
4.     Virginia Department of Transportation Comments and Updates
  Mr. James Utterback had no comments or updates.
 
5.     Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Comments and Updates
  There were no comments or updates from the DRPT.
 
6.     Military Liaisons Comments and Updates
Captain Robert Geis noted that talks are underway with HRT concerning ways to increase transit ridership to and from military installations in the Hampton Roads area.
 
7.     (New Item) Hiring of  the New HRPDC/HRTPO Executive Director
The Chair read a motion to “authorize the hiring of Mr. Robert Crum as the Executive Director of the HRPDC/HRTPO and to allow the Joint Personnel & Budget Committee, on behalf of the Commission, to negotiate and execute the salary and benefits for the position subject to the limitations as defined in the advertised position profile.”
The Board approved the motion.
 
8.     Draft FY 2016 HRTPO Budget
Ms. Nancy Collins briefed the HRTPO Board on the Draft FY 2016 HRTPO Budget.  She outlined that there was a 4.9% decrease in the total budget over FY 2015.  The decrease in the FY 2016 Budget is primarily related to personnel and pass-thru expenditures.  This item was included in the meeting agenda for approval under item #16-D. 
 
9.     FY 2015 HRTPO VDOT Title VI Compliance Review
Ms. Kendall Miller briefed the HRTPO Board on the FY 2015 HRTPO VDOT Title VI Review Process.  She stated that the compliance review form and supporting documentation were submitted to VDOT on April 8, 2015. She stated that the HRTPO Board will be notified of the findings of the review at the June 18, 2015 meeting.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.
 
10. Transportation Alternatives Program: Selected Projects and Funding Allocations
Mr. Mike Kimbrel briefed the HRTPO Board on the FY 2016 TAP Project Selection Process.  He stated that there were thirteen candidate projects in the HRTPO area with a total funding request totaling $6.5 million.  He outlined the TAP project funding recommendations made by the HRTPO Transportation Technical Advisory Committee. This item was included in the meeting agenda for approval under item #16-F.
 
11. Analyzing and Mitigating the Impacts of Tolls at the Midtown and Downtown Tunnels: Draft Report
Mr. Keith Nichols briefed the HRTPO Board on the “before and “after” analysis of traffic volumes at the Midtown and Downtown Tunnels.  The draft report is currently undergoing public review.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.
 
12. Project Status Update: VDOT
A.    I-64 Peninsula Widening – Segment 2
Ms. Janet Hedrick briefed the HRTPO Board on the updated schedule for the I-64 Peninsula Widening – Segment 2 Project.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.
 
B.    I-64/I-264 Interchange
Ms. Salvija Hofheimer briefed the HRTPO Board on the accelerated schedule for the I-64/I-264 Interchange Project.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.
 
13. 2034 Long-Range Transportation Plan Amendment: Clarification of Revenue Assumptions
Ms. Dale Stith briefed the HRTPO Board on a clarification of revenue assumptions associated with a previous amendment to the 2034 Long-Range Transportation plan to add the Hampton Roads Transportation Fund Candidate Projects.
 
Mr. Ivan Rucker expressed continued concern by FHWA regarding fiscal-constraint of the amended LRTP and suggested the issue could be resolved by amending the LRTP again to change one of the HRTF projects to a study.
 
The HRTPO Board approved an amendment to the 2034 LRTP to include the I-664 Widening portion of the Hampton Roads Third Crossing Project as a study only.
 
ACTION ITEMS AGENDA
 
14. Public Comment Period (limit 3 minutes per individual)
A citizen from Portsmouth commented on the wise use of resources in an era of shrinking budgets and the   importance of transforming patterns of leadership to realize a more diverse transportation mode share profile in the Hampton Roads area.  He announced a “Mobility in Action” gathering set for May 1, 2015 at MacArthur Square in Norfolk.
 
A representative from the Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance mentioned that it is important to pursue alternate modes of transportation and offered that there is an inherent conflict between passenger and freight rail which will continue to worsen over the next fifty years.
 
A citizen from Norfolk complimented the TPO on their ability to work through difficult situations in a positive manner and expressed support of light rail expansion as well as the pursuit of reclaiming funds spent on the U.S. Route 460 Corridor Improvement Project.
 
A citizen from Virginia Beach noted that the route 460 project will benefit the ports.
 
15. Submitted Public Comments
 There were no submitted public comments.
 
16. 2040 LRTP Prioritization of Transportation Projects : Project Evaluation and Scoring
 The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.
 
17. Approval of Consent Items
The HRTPO Board approved the Consent Agenda items.
 
18. HRTPO Board Three-Month Tentative Schedule
This item was for informational purposes only.
 
19. HRTPO Draft Reports for Public Review and Comment
This item was for informational purposes only.
 
20. Correspondence of Interest
This item was for informational purposes only.
 
21. Minutes of HRTPO Committee Meetings
This item was for informational purposes only.
 
22. For Your Information
This item was for informational purposes only.
 
23. Old/New Business
There was no Old/New business.
 
ADJOURNMENT

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