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Action Summary HRTPO Board Meeting January 16, 2014

Action Summary HRTPO Board Meeting January 16, 2014

1.     Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by the Chair at 10:31a.m.
 
2.     Approval of Agenda
At the request of the Hampton Roads Transit, a new agenda item (HRT Transit Studies – Norfolk Naval Station Transit Extension Study and the Peninsula Fixed Guideway Corridor Study) was added under New Business.  The amended agenda was approved.
 
WORKSHOP AGENDA
3.     Commonwealth Transportation Board Member Comments and Updates
Secretary of Transportation Layne briefed the HRTPO Board on the mission of the Governor’s mission for transportation, which included being a good steward of taxpayer dollars and being efficient with taxpayer dollars.  Secretary Layne indicated that he has ordered money to be spent on getting the necessary permits and fees in order to move forward with the Route 460 project; however no funds will be spent on acquiring Right of Way until the necessary permits and fees have been obtained.  Mr. Miller indicated that the CTB approved approximately $82 million to mitigate the tolls on the Downtown Tunnel/Midtown Tunnel/Martin Luther King Extension Project at its January 15, 2014 meeting.
 
4.     Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Comments and Updates
Ms. Stock stated that the new director of DRPT has commenced work, and stated that an agreement has been executed with Amtrak to staff the passenger rail station in Norfolk.  In addition, Ms. Stock stated DRPT is currently reviewing consultant proposals for the Southeast High-Speed Rail Environmental Impact Statement (Richmond and Washington, D.C.).
 
5.     Virginia Department of Transportation Comments and Updates
Mr. Utterback stated that the notice of intent to award for the Design-Build of the I-564 Intermodal Connector project has been issued.  In addition, three Design-Build interstate pavement projects have had the notice to proceed issued.
 
6.     Military Liaisons Comments and Updates
Captain Culler indicated that he met with HRT to promote the bus service, vanpool and carpool in order to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles commuting to the Naval Station Norfolk installation.  Captain Culler indicated that his change of command will be in February and that Captain Clark will be his replacement on the HRTPO Board.
 
7.     Cooperative Service Agreement: HRTPO and Christopher Newport University
Ms. Miller briefed the HRTPO Board on the staff’s recommendation to authorize the procurement of services of Christopher Newport University to conduct a two-part commuter toll pattern survey, which would assess the motorist’s familiarity with the tolls associated with the Downtown Tunnel/Midtown Tunnel/Martin Luther King Extension Project and their anticipated behavior in response to the initiation of tolls.  This item was under the Consent Agenda for approval.
 
8.     2034 LRTP and FY 2012-2015 TIP Amendment: I-64 Peninsula Widening – Segment 1
Dr. Camelia Ravanbakht briefed the HRTPO Board on the request to amend the 2034 Long-Range Transportation Plan and FY 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program to revise the limits of I-64 Peninsula Widening – Segment 1 to Mile Marker 248 and approval to allocate Hampton Roads Transportation Funds revenues.  After some discussion, the HRTPO Board agreed to allocate $44 million in HRTF revenues to this project.  This item was listed for approval.
 
9.     HRTPO FY 2015 Unified Planning Work Program
Dr. Camelia Ravanbakht briefed the HRTPO Board on the draft planning priorities for the FY 2015 UPWP.
 
10.  Hampton Roads Transportation Fund: Monthly Financial Report
Mr. Farmer briefed the HRTPO Board on the Hampton Roads Transportation Fund (HRTF) monthly reports and balance of funds.
 
11.  Hampton Roads Transportation Fund: Creation of Authority – VDOT Recommendation
Mr. Huber briefed the HRTPO Board on the twobills that have been submitted in the General Assembly 2014 Session that address bonding authority of HRTF revenues.  The HRTPO Board directed the HRTPO Legislative Ad-Hoc Committee to convene, review the submitted bills, and make a recommendation to the General Assembly on behalf of the HRTPO Board.
 
ACTION ITEMS AGENDA
12.  Public Comment Period
The Mayor of Windsor stated the town’s support for the HRTPO’s transportation plan for the region, including the proposed new Route 460, I-64 widening, Third Crossing, and light rail, as well as hurricane evaluation.  A citizen of Portsmouth addressed the HRTPO Board regarding the tolling details of the Downtown Tunnel/Midtown Tunnel/Martin Luther King Extension Project contract.  A citizen of Norfolk addressed the HRTPO Board regarding the tolling and light rail.
 
13.  Submitted Public Comments
A submitted public comment was included as a handout.
 
14.  Approval of Consent Items
The Consent Agenda were approved by the HRTPO Board.
 
15.  HRTPO Draft Reports for Public Review
This item was for informational purposes only.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.
 
16.  HRTPO Board Three-Month Tentative Schedule
This item was for informational purposes only.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.
 
17.  Correspondence of Interest
This item was for informational purposes only.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.
 
18. For Your Information
This item was for informational purposes only.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.
 
19.  Old/New Business

Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) briefed the HRTPO Board on the two transit studies – Norfolk Naval Station Transit Extension Study and the Peninsula Fixed Guideway Corridor Study) and their request from the HRTPO Board to support these projects.  The HRTPO Board approved a letter of support.

 

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