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Action Summary Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board Meeting January 21, 2016

Action Summary Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board Meeting January 21, 2016

1.     Call to Order
  The meeting was called to order by the Chair at 10:40 a.m.
 
2.     Approval of Agenda
The Board approved the agenda.
 
3.     Executive Director Report
Mr. Robert Crum provided a brief summary of current work activities of the HRTPO and thanked Secretary Layne and Mr. Malbon for their diligence and hard work during the HB2 scoring process. He announced that the CTB has recommended that the Hampton Roads Region receive over $335 million in HB2 funding which includes $145 million for the I-64 Peninsula Widening project. Mr. Crum mentioned that HRTPO and HRPDC representatives will be attending a meeting in Richmond on January 28, 2016 at 8:00am with the Hampton Roads Caucus of the General Assembly, led by Senator Cosgrove, to discuss regional legislative priorities related to transportation and public education funding.
 
WORKSHOP AGENDA
 
4.     Commonwealth Transportation Board Member Update
Mr. John Malbon had no comments or updates.
 
5.     Virginia Department of Transportation Update
Mr. James Utterback had no comments or updates.
 
6.     Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Update
Ms. Cheryl Openshaw reported that all grant applications are due by February 1, 2016 with the exception of 5303 applications which are due by May 1, 2016. She stated that more information on the application process is available on the DRPT website.
 
7.     Military Liaisons Updates
The military liaisons had no comments.
 
8.     Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission Update
Mr. Kevin Page reported on HRTAC efforts that were currently underway – in particular, work on a financial plan for construction of the regional priority projects. He stated that the Funding Strategies Advisory Committee should have a fiscally constrained finance plan available in March 2016 for use in the 2040 LRTP.
 
9.     FY 2015 Audited Financial Report
Ms. Leslie F. Roberts of Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP briefed the HRTPO Board on the outcome of the FY 2015 audited financial report.  It was noted that the audit went smoothly and that the organization cooperated fully.  It was concluded that: No significant deficiencies, material weaknesses, compliance matters, internal control issues were found and that the organization “presented fairly.” This item was included in the meeting agenda for approval under Item #20-C.
 
 
10. I-64 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) to High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Southside Conversion Study
Secretary Aubrey Layne briefed the HRTPO Board on a variety of items which included HB2 scoring results and recommendations, proposed legislation related to tolling and raising the floor of the regional gas tax, the Hampton Roads Crossing Study Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), and the proposed I-64 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) to High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Southside Conversion Study. Mr. Utterback provided the HRTPO Board with a presentation and additional details on the feasibility study and stated that a final report on the study is due in May 2016. This item was included in the meeting agenda for approval under Item #17.
 
11. I-64/High-Rise Bridge Project Concept
Mr. Utterback briefed the HRTPO Board on the status of the I-64/High Rise Bridge Project and provided information on a phased construction approach option. This item was included in the meeting agenda for approval under Item #18.
 
12. 2034 LRTP/Craney Island Connector Update
Dr. Camelia Ravanbakht briefed the HRTPO Board on the status of the Craney Island Connector (CIC) Project as it relates to the 2034 LRTP and the Hampton Roads Crossing Study SEIS. This item was included in the meeting agenda for approval under Item #19.
 
13. HRTPO 2040 LRTP Status Report
The HRTPO Board deferred this item to a future meeting due to time constraints.
 
 
ACTION ITEMS AGENDA
 
14. Public Comment Period (limit 3 minutes per individual)
A citizen from the Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance (HRPTA) announced that the Hampton Roads Community Transportation Association of Virginia Legislative Day and Reception will take place in Richmond on January 25, 2016 commencing at 9 am.  He mentioned that all interested parties are welcome and that a bus will be provided for the trip.
 
A citizen from Virginia Beach commented that the implementation of High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes on the Peninsula and Southside of Hampton Roads is not feasible and would create dangerous traffic movements.  
 
15. Submitted Public Comments
There were no submitted public comments.
 
16. Transcribed Public Comments From Previous HRTPO Meeting
This item was for informational purposes.
 
17. I-64/HOV to HOT Southside Conversion Study
The HRTPO Board unanimously endorsed the study and designated HRTPO staff to work on the study in coordination with the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment.
 
18. I-64/High-Rise Bridge Project Concept
The HRTPO Board unanimously endorsed the construction phasing strategy.  
 
 
19. 2034 LRTP/Craney Island Connector
The HRTPO Board agreed to table this item.
 
20. Approval of Consent Items
The HRTPO Board unanimously approved the Consent Agenda items.
 
21. HRTPO Draft Reports for Public Review and Comment
This item was for informational purposes.
 
22. HRTPO Board Three-Month Tentative Schedule
This item was for informational purposes.
 
23. Correspondence of Interest
This item was for informational purposes.
 
24. Minutes of HRTPO Committee Meetings
 This item was for informational purposes.
 
25. For Your Information
This item was for informational purposes.
 
26. Old/New Business
There was no old/new business.
 
 
ADJOURNMENT
 

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