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Action Summary: Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board Meeting, June 21, 2012

Action Summary: Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board Meeting, June 21, 2012
The Regional Board Room, 723 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, Virginia

1.    CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by the Chair at approximately 10:40 a.m.

2.    PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
A resident from the City of Portsmouth addressed the HRTPO Board regarding the E-ZPass transponder monthly fee proposed by VDOT.  A resident from the City of Norfolk addressed the HRTPO Board regarding the Old Dominion University Transportation Center and the importance of light rail transit.

3.    COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD MEMBER COMMENT PERIOD
Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) members Mr. Aubrey Layne and Mr. W. Sheppard Miller III briefed the HRTPO Board on the actions of the June 20, 2012 CTB meeting.  They noted that the CTB approved the FY 2013-2018 Six-Year Improvement Program as well as the FY 2013 annual budgets for the Commonwealth Transportation Fund, VDOT and DRPT.  The CTB also approved an $80 million line of credit through the Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank to enhance the financing of the 85 Connector/Route 460 project.  They noted that the Commonwealth will have a different approach for the Route 460 PPTA project (Design-Build-Finance (DBF)) than the Midtown Tunnel PPTA project (Concession Model).  Additionally, the CTB members provided an update to the Local Government Workgroup Update, stating that the subcommittee is advancing its evaluation of the equalization of maintenance fund allocations through the collection and analysis of pavement data for arterial routes.  They anticipate findings will be presented to the CTB in spring 2013.  Lastly, the CTB members identified the potential locations of the gantry systems of the proposed tolling of I-95, stating that the gantry systems locations would not affect interregional commuting.

4.    Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Comments and Updates
Ms. Thelma Drake briefly reported that DRPT is updating the Commonwealth’s Statewide Transit and Transportation Demand Management Plan (Transit/TDM Plan).  She also noted that DRPT is close to announcing the opening date of the Amtrak Virginia: Next Stop Norfolk project.  Ms. Drake also stated that she anticipates that a Record of Decision will be announced soon on the Richmond/Hampton Roads Passenger Rail Project Tier I Environmental Impact Statement.  Lastly, Ms. Drake stated that the recently approved Six-Year Improvement Program will provide two years of funding for the operating costs to subsidize the state-supported Amtrak routes in Virginia.

5.    SUBMITTED PUBLIC COMMENTS
There were no submitted written public comments.

6.    APPROVAL OF AGENDA
At the request of the Mayor Krasnoff, a new item was added under Old/New Business to discuss the grand opening of the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge.  The amended Agenda was approved.

CONSENT AGENDA:
Agenda items under the Consent Agenda were approved by the HRTPO Board.
7.    Minutes
8.    HRTPO Financial Report
9.    FY 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program: Hampton
10.    FY 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program: HRT
11.    FY 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program: VDOT
12.    FY 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program: Dominion Boulevard
13.    HRTPO CMAQ/RSTP Project Selection Process Guide: Revision
14.
    Congestion Management Process – State of Transportation in Hampton Roads: Final Report

REGULAR AGENDA:
15.    HRTPO Legislative Ad-Hoc Committee
The HRTPO Board Chair appointed Senator Frank W. Wagner to the HRTPO Legislative Ad-Hoc Committee.

16.    2012 HRTPO Quadrennial Federal Certification Review: FHWA
This item was for informational purposes only.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this agenda item.

17.    2012 HRTPO Board Retreat: Next Steps
This item was for informational purposes only.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this agenda item.

18.    HRTPO Board Action Items: Three-Month Tentative Schedule
This item was for informational purposes only.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.

19.    Correspondence of Interest
This item was for informational purposes only.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.

20.    For Your Information
This item was for informational purposes only.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.

21.    Old/New Business
Mayor Krasnoff announced the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in July 2012.  The grand opening of the bridge will be commemorated on July 14, 2012 with an event, Bridge Bash and River Run, which will include a day of events and activities.

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