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Action Summary: Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board Meeting, April 19, 2012

Action Summary: Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board Meeting, April 19, 2012
The Regional Board Room, 723 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, Virginia

1. CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by the Chair at approximately 10:30 a.m.

2. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
There were no public comments.

3. COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD MEMBER COMMENT PERIOD
Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) members Mr. Aubrey Layne and Mr. W. Sheppard Miller III briefed the HRTPO Board on the actions of the April 18, 2012 CTB meeting. They noted that the CTB approved allocating $100 million to the Downtown Tunnel/Midtown Tunnel/MLK Freeway Extension project, thereby delaying tolls until January 2014. They also noted that the CTB approved several transportation enhancement projects in Hampton Roads. They also indicated that the draft FY 2013-2018 Six-Year Improvement Program was released and out for public review and that a public hearing was scheduled in Hampton Roads on May 7, 2012. Mr. Layne and Mr. Miller then referred to an article that had been printed in The Virginian-Pilot and clarified several misconceptions regarding the money allocated to delay the tolls as well as the voting intentions of the CTB members. In addition, the CTB members indicated that Hampton Roads is no longer a ‘donor’ region as the region is currently receiving approximately the same amount as it is contributing (~20%).

4. SUBMITTED PUBLIC COMMENTS
Submitted written public comments were provided to the HRTPO Board.

5. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
At the request of the Mr. William Bell, a new item was added under Old/New Business to discuss the HRTPO Freight Transportation Advisory Committee (FTAC) public outreach initiatives. The amended Agenda was approved.

CONSENT AGENDA:
Agenda items under the Consent Agenda were approved by the HRTPO Board.
6. Minutes
7. FY 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program: Suffolk

REGULAR AGENDA:
8. HRTPO FY 2013 Draft Budget
The HRTPO Board approved the HRTPO FY 2013 Budget with the exception of a 2% merit based adjustment. This will be addressed during the June HRPDC Executive Committee meeting.

9. FY 2013 Unified Planning Work Program: Final Document
The HRTPO Board approved the HRTPO FY 2013 Unified Planning Work Program.

10. HRTPO Regional Performance Measures: Final Report
The HRTPO Board approved the HRTPO Regional Performance Measures final report.

11. Hampton Roads Travel Time/Speed Study: Final Report
The HRTPO Board approved the Hampton Roads Travel Time/Speed Study final report.

12. Downtown Tunnel/Midtown Tunnel/MLK Freeway Extension Project Briefing
This item was for informational purposes only. The HRTPO Board took no action on this agenda item.

13. Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Comments and Updates
Ms. Thelma Drake briefly reported on the transit and rail funds included in the recently approved state budget as well as the flexibility for the CTB to utilize Rail Enhancement Funds to increase the number of trains for the Amtrak service to Norfolk. She also noted that the operating subsidy in the draft FY 2013-2018 Six-Year Improvement Program will most likely remain the same as last year’s program. Ms. Drake stated that the statewide transit assessment performance and financial study DRPT is conducting, as specified in the 2011 Senate Joint Resolution 297, will ultimately aid the Department in requesting more funds for transit.

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

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

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

17. Old/New Business
Mr. William Bell spoke on the public outreach the FTAC has initiated. He noted that the video ‘A Region United’ is the central point of their outreach and has been and will continue to be distributed. In addition, the FTAC will make presentations to groups/agencies/organizations on the topic of regional transportation initiatives to increase awareness.

In addition to this new item, the HRTPO Board approved the addition of a second New Business item per Chair Krasnoff’s request. Dr. Camelia Ravanbakht requested HRTPO Board approval of a resolution authorizing the HRTPO staff to execute and file an application for Federal Transit Administration Section 5303 Transit Technical Studies Funding. The HRTPO Board approved the resolution.

Per Delegate Cosgrove, Chair Krasnoff also requested that HRTPO Board members distribute the Downtown Tunnel/Midtown Tunnel/MLK Freeway Extension project presentation given by Mr. Tony Kinn to their councils and board of supervisors.

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