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Action Summary Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board Meeting June 19, 2014

Action Summary Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board Meeting June 19, 2014

The Regional Board Room, 723 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, Virginia
Prior to the beginning of the HRTPO Board meeting, a combined HRPDC and HRTPO Resolution was presented to Mr. Dwight Farmer, Executive Director, as recognition of the occasion of his retirement after 36 years of service.

1.     Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by the Chair at 10:43 a.m.
2.     Approval of Agenda
The agenda was approved.
3.     Commonwealth Transportation Board Member Comments and Updates
Mr. Malbon stated that the CTB approved the FY 2015-2020 Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP) during its meeting on June 18, 2014.  He mentioned other items discussed during the CTB meeting, including continued discussion on project prioritization and scoring related to HB2 and a planned website that will improve the transparency of the work done by the CTB on project selection and funding.  Mr. Malbon stated that the Governor attended the CTB meeting and expressed concerns about the possible impacts on the SYIP should a reauthorization of federal funding legislation not be forthcoming.  The Governor also told the CTB to be engaged and willing to scrap outdated and ineffective processes and devise better ones.  Mr. Malbon noted that an unofficial meeting of the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HTAC) was being held on Friday, June 20, 2014 to provide some orientation for HTAC members.
4.     Virginia Department of Transportation Comments and Updates
Mr. Utterback stated that rehabilitation work is continuing on the Southside and that completion of this work on I-64 is expected to be completed later this calendar year.  He stated that this is a heavy construction season and noted that there is currently an average of 1100 lane closures per week.  He stated that Segment 1 of the I-64 Peninsula Widening project is fully funded in the new SYIP and that construction is scheduled to begin on the project in mid-2015.
5.     Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Comments and Updates
Ms. Mitchell stated that the new SYIP included several key Hampton Roads public transportation projects, including $82 million to improve tracks to allow for two more trains in the Norfolk passenger rail service, $7.7 million for a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Naval Station Norfolk Transit Extension, several Port of Virginia rail projects, and the new Amtrak station in Newport News.
6.     Military Liaisons Comments and Updates
7.     2034 LRTP Amendment and FY 2012-2015 TIP Amendment: Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
Mr. Holland briefed the HRTPO Board on the project to add a second 2-lane tunnel along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel across Thimble Shoal Channel.
8.     Hampton Roads Regional Safety Study 2013/2014 Update: Part II – Crash Countermeasures: Draft
Mr. Nichols briefed the HRTPO Board on the draft report.
9.     Hurricane Evacuation
Mr. Utterback provided a brief summary of activities going on at the state level, noting that the Virginia Department of Emergency Management is the lead agency in the state’s current review of the hurricane evacuation plan and said the HRTPO Board would receive a more detailed briefing during its meeting on July 17, 2014.
10.  Public Comment Period
11.  Submitted Public Comments
12.  Approval of Consent Items
The HRTPO Board approved the Consent Agenda items.
13.  Additional HRTPO Draft Reports Undergoing Public Review
This item was for informational purposes only.
14.  HRTPO Board Three-Month Tentative Schedule
This item was for informational purposes only.
15. Correspondence of Interest
This item was for informational purposes only.
16. Minutes of HRTPO Committee Meetings
This item was for informational purposes only.
17. For Your Information
This item was for informational purposes only.
18.  Old/New Business
Deputy Secretary of Transportation Grindly Johnson addressed the HRTPO Board, stating that she wanted to dispel any rumors associated with the HTAC.  She stated that the HRTAC does not become effective until July 1, 2014.  She further stated that Secretary Layne is convening a meeting of the mayors and board of supervisors’ chairs on Friday, June 20, 2014, to dispel rumors associated with the HTAC.  She said it is not an organizational meeting and that the date of the first official meeting of the HTAC has not been set.
19.  Virginia Secretary of Veterans & Defense Affairs John C. Harvey, Jr.
Secretary Harvey briefly addressed the HRTPO Board, noting that the decisions made by the Board are very important with regard to the region’s economy and ability to move people and goods.