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Action Summary HRTPO Board Meeting June 16, 2016

Action Summary HRTPO Board Meeting June 16, 2016

Action Summary
Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board Meeting
June 16, 2016
The Regional Board Room, 723 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, Virginia

1.     Call to Order
  The meeting was called to order by the Chair at 10:42 a.m.
2.     Approval of Agenda
The Board approved the agenda with the addition of one item from VDOT requesting HRTPO Board support of an Advanced Transportation  Congestion Management Technology application. This item was added to the consent agenda under #17-J.
3.     Resolutions of Appreciation
Chair Linda Johnson recognized Mayor Paul Fraim of Norfolk, Mayor Clyde Haulman of Williamsburg, and Mayor George Wallace of Hampton. These HRTPO voting members were presented with individual plaques commemorating their years of dedicated service to the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization.
4.     Executive Director Report
Mr. Robert Crum provided a brief summary of current work activities of the HRTPO, making particular note of ongoing work by the TPO Legislative Ad-hoc Committee pertaining to the development of legislative priorities for the next General Assembly session.  He mentioned that he was invited by Secretary Aubrey Layne to address the Commonwealth Transportation Board in July on the status of transportation planning work in the Hampton Roads region.
5.     Commonwealth Transportation Board Member Update
Mr. John Malbon reported that at the most recent CTB meeting, the Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP) was adopted and includes $1.6 billion ($365 million is HRTF fund) in transportation funding for the Hampton Roads Region.
6.     Virginia Department of Transportation Update
Mr. James Utterback provided updates on the progress of the Midtown Tunnel and the I-64/I-264 Interchange projects. He announced that the CTB approved $14.4 billion for the FY 2017-2022 SYIP.  Mr. Utterback mentioned that Hampton Roads received $178 million through the District Grant Program and $154 million from the High Priority Projects Program.
7.     Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Update
Mr. Chris Arabia reported that the DRPT is busy working on project agreements for FY 2017 and that Jennifer DeBruhl has accepted the position of Chief of Public Transportation at DRPT.
8.     Virginia Port Authority Update
Mr. Jeff Florin provided the Board with an update on the expansions at the Norfolk International and the Virginia International Gateway Terminals.  He stated that the Governor announced $350 million in bonds for the project. Mr. Florin added that the VPA is continuing work with the Army Corp of Engineers to deepen the channel to 55 feet.
9.     HRT and WATA Updates
Mr. Ray Amoruso of HRT announced that a “Transformational Transit” summit will be held at the Westin Town Center in Virginia Beach on June 27, 2016 beginning at 7:30 am. He encouraged the Board and other stakeholders to attend.
Mr. Todd Tyree of WATA announced that the proposed changes to the current bus routes were approved by their board and that the changes are set to be implemented by August 15, 2016.
10. Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee Update
Mr. Greg Edwards, CTAC Chair, announced that CTAC members will engage in the public comment period for the Hampton Roads Crossing Study SEIS and will provide a briefing to the Board at the July 21, 2016 meeting.
11. Military Liaisons Updates
Capt. Robert Geis announced that he is retiring at the end of the month and that his replacement beginning in August 2016 will be Capt. Michael Moore.
Capt. Rick Wester reported that the repairs to the North Landing Bridge are ongoing and that the bridge was struck by another barge.  He mentioned that the bridge will be opening just once per day.
12. 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan: Final Fiscally-Constrained Projects
Ms. Dale Stith provided a briefing on the Final Fiscally-Constrained List of Projects. She highlighted project impacts and performance measures of the 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan. This item was included in the meeting agenda for approval under item #17-H.
13. Hampton Roads Crossing Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) Update
Mr. Scott Smizik provided a briefing on the status of the Hampton Roads Crossing Study SEIS, highlighting Alternatives A-D as well as describing Operationally Independent Sections (OIS). He announced that a Draft SEIS will be published in August 2016 for public review.
14. Public Comment Period (limit 3 minutes per individual)
A citizen from Virginia Beach commented on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics income data for Northern Virginia communities and tolling of high occupancy lanes.  He stated that he is against tolling in the Hampton Roads Region.
A citizen from Norfolk commented that he does not support a proposed alternative for Light Rail expansion in Norfolk to the Sentara Leigh Medical Complex.
A citizen from Portsmouth commented that there are diminishing returns from investments in transportation.  He mentioned that incident management is a valuable tool in reducing congestion across the Hampton Roads Region.
15. Submitted Public Comments
There was one submitted public comment.
16. Transcribed Public Comments From Previous HRTPO Meeting
This item was for informational purposes.
17. Approval of Consent Items
The HRTPO Board unanimously approved the Consent Agenda items.
18. HRTPO Board Three-Month Tentative Schedule
This item was for informational purposes.
19. Correspondence of Interest
This item was for informational purposes.
20. Minutes of HRTPO Committee Meetings
 This item was for informational purposes.
21. For Your Information
This item was for informational purposes.
22. Old/New Business
There was no Old/New Business.

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