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ACTION SUMMARY FROM THE HRTPO BOARD RETREAT: MEETING ENGAGES REGIONAL LEADERS IN TRANSPORTATION CONVERSATION

ACTION SUMMARY FROM THE HRTPO BOARD RETREAT: MEETING ENGAGES REGIONAL LEADERS IN  TRANSPORTATION CONVERSATION

Action Summary
Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board
Retreat
May 16, 2013
The Regional Board Room, 723 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, Virginia
 

1.     Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by the Chair at 10:05 a.m.
 
2.     Public Comment Period
A resident from the City of Newport News spoke to the importance of the role of the HRTPO as prescribed in the HB2313 legislation and its associated revenues generated from the regional component.
 
3.     Submitted Public Comments
There were no submitted public comments.
 
4.     Approval of Agenda
At the request of Mr. Danker, Consent Item #6A was pulled for discussion.  In addition, at the request of Mr. Florin and Mayor Price, they each withdrew their respective projects for HRTPO Board endorsement in Consent Item #6C.  The Agenda was approved as amended.
 
5.     Draft FY 2014-2019 Six-Year Improvement Program
Mr. Layne briefed the HRTPO Board on the Draft FY 2014-2019 Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP) released by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) on May 15, 2013.  Mr. Layne indicated that the Draft SYIP totals $14.1 billion for VDOT and DRPT combined, which includes $0.8 billion in new capital funding for DRPT and $2.7 billion for VDOT for construction from the new HB2313 legislation.  In addition to stating the CTB priorities for the Draft SYIP, Mr. Layne noted that there is significant funding for the I-64 widening project from Newport News to Williamsburg, Military Highway widening in Norfolk, and the reconstruction of deteriorated pavement on I-64 Southside and I-264.  Mr. Layne noted that the HB2313 “regional” component funds will generate approximately $1.3 billion in revenues over the six-year period for the Hampton Roads Transportation Fund and while this has been captured in the Draft SYIP, the funds will remain as a balance entry until the specific projects are identified by the HRTPO.
 
6.     Approval of Consent Items
After a brief discussion on the equality of the CMAQ/RSTP reallocations during the FY 2014-2019 Six-Year Improvement Program period, Consent Item #6A (FY 2014-2019 SYIP: CMAQ and RSTP Projects and Allocations) was approved by the HRTPO Board.
 
Consent Item #6B (FY 2014-2019 SYIP: Transportation Alternatives Program Projects and Allocations) was approved by the HRTPO Board.
 
Consent Item #6C (FY 2013 TIGER Grant: Project Endorsements) was approved as amended by the HRTPO Board, thereby endorsing the Route 58 (Holland Road) Widening in the City of Suffolk for consideration for the FY 2013 TIGER Grant.
 
7.     Regional Transportation Funding
Mr. Farmer briefed the HRTPO Board on the regional transportation needs, additional revenues generated from the HB2313 legislation, and strategies on how to maximize HB2313 “regional” component funds to fund regional projects.  Furthermore, Mr. Farmer discussed the ongoing coordination between the Commonwealth and HRTPO on the revenue collection, distribution process, programming, and reporting of the HB2313 “regional” component funds, and its associated Memorandum of Agreement between VDOT and the HRTPO Board currently under development by VDOT.  In addition, Mr. Huber from Wilcox & Savage and Mr. Masvidal from PFM, Inc. briefed the HRTPO Board on the potential policy and financial strategies the HRTPO can take regarding the HB2313 “regional” component funds.
 
8.     Memorandum of Agreement between the HRTPO Board and the City of Franklin and Southampton and Surry Counties
Mr. Farmer briefed the HRTPO Board on the status of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the HRTPO Board and the City of Franklin and Southampton and Surry Counties, indicating that the City of Franklin and Southampton County have provided the HRTPO approval to enter into an MOA while Surry County is awaiting clarification from the Secretary of Transportation on the legality of its membership to Planning District 23.  Mr. Farmer indicated that three separate MOAs between each locality will be brought to the HRTPO Board at its June 2013 meeting for consideration and approval.
 
9.     I-64 Peninsula Widening: HRTPO Preferred Alternative
Mr. Estes briefed the HRTPO Board on the VDOT strategies to effectively utilize funding from HB2313 to provide intermediate relief as well as ensure a cost effective and efficient implementation plan on the I-64 Peninsula Widening.  Mr. Farmer indicated that a resolution will be brought to the HRTPO Board at its June 2013 meeting for consideration and approval on the HRTPO preference of the VDOT $260 million 6-Lane Option Segments 1 and 2 (Jefferson Avenue to Humelsine Parkway) for immediate and intermediate congestion relief on the condition that this preference would not preclude the I-64 Peninsula widening expansion of an 8-Lane or future associated funding.
 
10.  Hampton Roads Crossing – Patriots Crossing and HRBT: HRTPO Preferred Alternative
Mr. Farmer briefed the HRTPO Board on scenarios of funding the Patriots Crossing through bonding of HB2313 “regional” component funds as well as contributions from the Commonwealth and Federal government and tolling while achieving a desirable level-of-service on the existing HRBT.
 
11.  Congestion Pricing
A video from TED Talks on Stockholm Congestion Charge featuring Mr. Jonas Eliasson was presented to the HRTPO Board.  The video detailed how congestion pricing can be utilized to reduce peak hour congestion by affecting driver behavior and their travel decisions through congestion pricing.
 
12.  Planned Update to Project Prioritization List Scores
Mr. Farmer briefed the HRTPO Board on the HRTPO staff planned update to the Project Prioritization list of scores.  Mr. Farmer indicated that this item will be brought to the HRTPO Board at its June 2013 meeting seeking action and guidance from the HRTPO Board on the framework of the update to the Project Prioritization list of scores.
 
13.  Old/New Business
There was no new business.
 
ADJOURNMENT

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