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Action Summary Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board Meeting November 21, 2013

Action Summary Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board Meeting November 21, 2013

1.     Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by the Chair at 10:31a.m.
 
2.     Approval of Agenda
The Agenda was approved.
 
WORKSHOP AGENDA
3.     Commonwealth Transportation Board Member Comments and Updates
Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) member Mr. Miller stated that the CTB did not meet in November and informed the HRTPO Board that the 2013 Governor’s Transportation Conference will take place on December 4-6, 2013 in Richmond, VA.
 
4.     Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Comments and Updates
Ms. Drake stated that efforts between the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and CSX are ongoing regarding trains 2 and 3 to Norfolk.  In addition, she stated that the CTB is scheduled to review the transit performance metrics at its meeting on December 4, 2013.  Lastly, Ms. Drake indicated that DRPT will be working on expanding carpools and vanpools as a method to reduce congestion.
 
5.     Virginia Department of Transportation Comments and Updates
There were no comments.
 
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, and introduced Rear Admiral Dixon R. Smith as the recently assigned commander to the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic.  Rear Admiral Smith thanked the HRTPO and stated that transportation continues to be important in the Navy’s ability to execute their mission.
 
7.     Hampton Roads Transportation Fund: Monthly Financial Report
Mr. Dwight Farmer briefed the HRTPO Board on the Hampton Roads Transportation Fund (HRTF) monthly reports from the last two months.
 
8.     HRTPO Legislative Ad-hoc Committee
Mr. Dwight Farmer briefed the HRTPO Board on the HRTPO’s proposed two personnel positions to handle the HRTF project and financial administration.  After some discussion, there was a general consensus among the HRTPO Board to defer this item until the January 2014 HRTPO Board meeting so that the HRTPO staff can provide additional information as requested by the HRTPO Board.
 
Dr. Camelia Ravanbakht briefed the HRTPO Board on the legislative priorities for consideration for the 2014 General Assembly session as recommended by the HRTPO Legislative Ad-Hoc Committee, as well as an additional priority for the HRTPO Board to consider adding to the HRTPO 2014 Legislative Agenda.  After some discussion, there was a general consensus to amend the  draft HRTPO 2014 Legislative Agenda to include a legislative priority indicating that the HRTPO supports a regional bonding authority for the Hampton Roads region.  This item was under the Consent Agenda for approval.
 
Dr. Camelia Ravanbakht briefed the HRTPO Board on the resolution recommended by the HRTPO Legislative Ad-Hoc Committee regarding the support of the passage by the U.S. Congress of legislation that would ensure the long-term solvency of the National Highway Trust Fund.  This item was under the Consent Agenda for approval.
 
9.     I-64 Peninsula Widening Project Briefing: VDOT
Mr. Jim Utterback briefed the HRTPO Board on the I-64 Peninsula widening from Jefferson Avenue (Exit 255) to Fort Eustis Boulevard (Exit 250) and listed the section from Fort Eustis Boulevard to Route 199 (Exit 242).  This item was for informational purposes only.
 
10.  FY 2015-2020 Six-Year Improvement Program: Draft Project List
Dr. Camelia Ravanbakht briefed the HRTPO Board on the list of HRTPO projects for the FY 2015-2020 Six-Year Improvement Program.  Mr. Jim Bourey explained that the City of Newport News wished to add two projects, Atkinson Boulevard and the Amtrak Station, to the list.  Mr. Bourey noted that both projects had previously been fully funded, but were no longer so due to cost increases.  The Board agreed to add the two projects to the list.  This item was under the Consent Agenda for approval.
 
11.  2040 LRTP – Vision Statement and Goals
Ms. Dale Stith briefed the HRTPO Board on the 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Vision Statement and Goals.  This item was under the Consent Agenda for approval.
 
ACTION ITEMS AGENDA
12.  Public Comment Period
A resident from the City of Norfolk spoke against proposed legislation to repeal HB2313.  A resident from Chesapeake spoke about building a freight tunnel between port facilities in lieu of building the Patriots Crossing.
 
13.  Submitted Public Comments
Submitted public comments were included in the HRTPO Board agenda.  There were no additional submitted public comments.
 
14.  HRTPO 2014 Legislative Agenda – HRTPO Resolution
The resolution, as amended during the Workshop discussion on this item, was approved by the HRTPO Board.
 
15.  Approval of Consent Items
With the exception of Items 15-J-a, items under the Consent Agenda were approved by the HRTPO Board.
 
16.  HRTPO Draft Reports for Public Review
This item was for informational purposes only.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.
 
17.  HRTPO Board Three-Month Tentative Schedule
This item was for informational purposes only.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.
 
18.  Correspondence of Interest
This item was for informational purposes only.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.
 
19. For Your Information
This item was for informational purposes only.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.
 
20.  Old/New Business
There was no new business.
 
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