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Action Summary: October 20, 2011 Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board Meeting October 20, 2011

Action Summary: October 20, 2011 Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board Meeting October 20, 2011

By Jessica Banks, Senior Transportation Analyst

The Regional Board Room, 723 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, Virginia

102011 Meeting Action Summary.pdf (111.28 kb)


1.    CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by the Chair at approximately 10:30 a.m.

2.    HRTPO RESOLUTION OF APPRECIATION
The HRTPO Board recognized former Virginia General Assembly Delegate G. Glenn Oder for his contributions to the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization.

3.    PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
A private citizen from the City of Norfolk addressed the HRTPO Board regarding the light rail service, The Tide, in the City of Norfolk; a private citizen from the City of Newport News addressed the HRTPO Board regarding major regional projects and priorities.

4.    COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD MEMBER COMMENT PERIOD
Mr. Aubrey L. Layne, Jr. addressed the HRTPO Board reporting the highlights of the October 2011 Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) meeting, including the NEPA status of the Richmond/Hampton Roads passenger rail project; the CTB resolution requesting the General Assembly to fund High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail in Virginia; the CTB Subcommittee discussions for developing recommendations for the effective and equitable distribution of maintenance funds between localities and VDOT; the revision of secondary street acceptance requirements; and the CTB vote on authorizing the Secretary of Transportation to solicit public comments regarding the Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank.  Mr. Layne also indicated that while the General Assembly is considering amending the constitution to further protect property owners from eminent domain, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has no position on this issue.  Lastly,  Mr. Layne reported that $50 million in contracts have been awarded in Hampton Roads - $45 million to the Holland Road project in the City of Virginia Beach and $5 million to the Norview Avenue project in the City of Norfolk.

5.    SUBMITTED PUBLIC COMMENTS
Submitted written public comments were provided to the HRTPO Board.

6.    APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Mr. Dwight L. Farmer indicated that the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) requested that Agenda Item #12 - HRTPO High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Study: Phase 2A Scope of Work be deferred until the November 2011 HRTPO Board meeting.  In addition, Mr. Farmer requested to add a new item under New Business regarding a HRTPO Board support letter for a VDOT TIGER III proposal.  The Modified Agenda was approved.

CONSENT AGENDA:
Agenda items under the Consent Agenda were approved by the HRTPO Board.

7.    Minutes
8.    FY 2009-2012 Transportation Improvement Program: Coordinated Plan Projects
9.    Transportation Enhancement Program: Project Proposals

REGULAR AGENDA:
10.    FY 2011 Audit Report
The HRTPO Board approved the FY 2011 Audit Report.

11.    HRTPO 2012 Legislative Agenda
Changes to two legislative agenda items were made based on the request of HRTPO Board members: modifying the identification of a dedicated source of funds to support passenger rail operating costs between Richmond/Petersburg and Hampton Roads to include the Peninsula and Southside; and modifying the reconstitution of the representation on the Commonwealth Transportation Board to be more commensurate with the population distribution of the Commonwealth rather than by congressional districts.  The HRTPO Board approved the modified resolution as well as authorized the Executive Director to distribute the legislative language on metropolitan planning and programming to the Hampton Roads Legislative Caucus members.

12.    HRTPO High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Study: Phase 2A Scope of Work
The HRTPO Board deferred this agenda item to the November 2011 HRTPO Board meeting at the request of DRPT.

13.    2011 TTI Urban Mobility Report
This item was for informational purposes only.  The HRTPO Board took no action on this item.

14.    HRTPO Citizens Guide: Final Report
The HRTPO Board approved the 2011-2012 HRTPO Citizens Guide.

15.    HRTPO 2011 Annual Meeting: Election of Officers
The HRTPO Board accepted the officer recommendations from the HRTPO Nominating Committee and voted Mayor Molly J. Ward as Chair and Mayor Alan P. Krasnoff as Vice-Chair of the HRTPO Board.


16.    Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Comments and Updates
Ms. Amy Inman commended the efforts of the Hampton Roads Transit with the ridership success of the light rail service, The Tide, in the City of Norfolk.

17.    HRTPO Board Action Items: 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
Mr. Farmer indicated that VDOT had submitted a request for the HRTPO to submit a letter of support to the US Department of Transportation for the Route 460 project to be submitted for consideration under the TIGER III Discretionary Grants Program.  The HRTPO Board authorized the Executive Director to submit a letter of support certifying that the Route 460 project is included in the fiscal-constraint 2030 Long-Range Transportation Plan and the FY 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program.

ADJOURNMENT

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