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Action Summary

Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board Meeting
January 17, 2013
The Regional Board Room, 723 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, Virginia
 

1.     Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by the Chair at 10:32 a.m.
 
2.     Approval of Agenda
Mr. Farmer asked to remove Item 13-G from the Consent Agenda.  The Agenda was approved with the requested change.
 
WORKSHOP AGENDA
3.     Commonwealth Transportation Board Member Comments and Updates
Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) members Mr. Layne, Mr. Miller, and Mr. Ellis briefed the HRTPO Board on the actions of the January 16, 2013 CTB meeting. They stated that the CTB received a briefing on the pertinent filed legislation of the 2013 General Assembly.  They noted that the CTB endorsed the concept of the Governor’s plan to generate revenues for transportation.  Furthermore, they stated that they would like feedback from the HRTPO Board members on the Governor’s plan.  They also stated that there is proposed legislation to modify the membership of the CTB.  They noted they support increasing CTB membership based on population.  In addition, they stated they were briefed on the FY 2013 VDOT budget, which indicated future Six-Year Improvement Programs will be adversely impacted as there will be a reduction of $766 million over the next five years due to updated Federal and state revenue forecasts.  Lastly, they noted that the draft VTrans2035 Update Report is out for public review and the Virginia Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment will accept comments until January 30, 2013.
 
4.     Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Comments and Updates
Ms. Stock reported that DRPT is supportive of the Governor’s plan to generate revenues for transportation as it dedicates a portion of funding for rail and transit, and calls for transit performance metrics.  She also indicated that the Amtrak to Norfolk train has had better than expected passenger trips thus far.
 
5.     Military Liaisons Comments and Updates
Captain Culler noted that in an effort to alleviate congestion, the commands have shifted work hours.  In addition, he stated that VDOT and the Navy have signed a memorandum of agreement that will allow work to begin on the I-564 Intermodal Connector on the grounds of Naval Station Norfolk. Lastly, Captain Culler indicated that an Anti-Terrorism exercise will be conducted at all installations during the third week of February.
 
6.     Proposed Regional Referendum for Transportation Funding
This item was for informational purposes only.
 
7.     FY 2014 HRTPO Unified Planning Work Program: Planning Priorities
This item was for informational purposes only.
 
8.     FY 2014-2019 Six-Year Improvement Program: HRTPO Priority Projects
This item was for informational purposes only.
 
9.     I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel: Draft Environmental Impact Statement
This item was for informational purposes only.
 
10.  Virginia Beach Extension Study: HRT
This item was for informational purposes only.
 
ACTION ITEMS AGENDA
11.  Public Comment Period
A representative from HR4Rail, a subchapter of Virginians for High Speed Rail, provided a narrated visual briefing of the December 12, 2012 opening day of the Amtrak service to Norfolk.  He stated that over 100 individuals participated in the group’s rail party to travel to Washington, DC for the day to spotlight multi-modal transportation choices for Hampton Roads.  A resident from the City of Portsmouth spoke to the proposed transportation revenue-generating legislation in the current 2013 General Assembly session. He noted that he cannot support a regional-only solution nor does he find the proposed fees on alternative and diesel fuels equitable.
 
12.  Submitted Public Comments
Submitted written public comments were included in the agenda packet.
 
13.  Approval of Consent Items
At the request of Poquoson, Agenda Item 13-J was removed from the Approval of Consent Items to be voted on separately.  Agenda items under the Consent Agenda were approved by the HRTPO Board, excluding Items 13-G and 13-J.  A motion was made to defer the vote on HRTPO Board Resolution 2013-01 (Item 13-J) to a later date.  A roll call vote was taken and the motion failed.  A second motion was made to vote immediately on HRTPO Board Resolution 2013-01.   A roll call vote was taken and the motion failed.
 
14.  HRTPO Board 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.  Minutes of the HRTPO Board Committees
This item was for informational purposes only.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.
 
17. For Your Information
This item was for informational purposes only.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.
 
18.  Old/New Business
There was no Old/New Business.
 
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