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December 2018 JTC Meeting


Meeting Minutes of the Old Colony Joint Transportation Committee (JTC)
Old Colony Planning Council
70 School Street
Brockton, MA
December 6, 2018 at 12:00 P.M.

Attendance 
AbingtonBruce Hughes
AbingtonJohn Stone
BridgewaterRobert B. Wood
BrocktonShane O'Brien
BrocktonChike Odunukwe
EastonDavid Field
EastonGreg Swan
HansonDonald H. Howard
HansonJamison Shave
PembrokeBrandon Gulnick
PlymouthJames Downey
PlymouthSid Kashi
PlymouthNoreen O'Toole
WhitmanDaniel Salvucci
BATGlenn Geiler
BATMike Damon
MassDOTBen Muller
MassDOT District 5Tim Kochan
Safe Routes to SchoolEmily Budzynkiewicz
McMahon AssociatesAlex Bulhoes
OCPCKyle Mowatt
OCPCPaul Chenard
OCPCShawn Bailey
OCPCCharles Kilmer
OCPCBill McNulty
OCPCLaurie Muncy
OCPCJimmy Pereira
OCPCRay Guarino
OCPCPat Ciaramella
OCPCLisa Sullivan
OCPCPat Ciaramella
  1. Call to Order and Introductions
    Chairperson Noreen O’Toole called the meeting to order at 12:05 P.M. and then read the Meeting Accessibility Statement and the Title VI Notice of Protection Statement. Those present then introduced themselves.
  2. Public Comments
    There were no public comments at this time.
  3. Minutes of the November 8, 2018 Meeting
    Chairperson O’Toole asked if the members had reviewed the minutes of the November 8, 2018 Meeting. The members then voted to endorse the minutes of the November 8, 2018 Old Colony JTC Meeting.
  4. Communications
    Shawn Bailey reviewed the contents of the communications staff report. Included were letters of correspondence, as well as notices of workshops and conferences. They are as follows:
    • Letter to Shahpar Negah from Daniel Murphy, Jr. Regarding 100% Submission Package for North Quincy Street/ Chestnut Street/ Boundary Avenue Project in Abington and Brockton
    • Letter to Pat Ciaramella from Marc Tisdelle Regarding a Request for Technical Assistance
    • MassTrails Grant Program Overview
    • MassDOT Blog Post Regarding New Safe Routes to School Program Funding
  5. Reports
    1. Brockton Area Regional Transit Authority (BAT)
      Glenn Geiler stated that BAT has recently submitted applications for four grants:
      1. Applied for funds for a project identified in the CRTP.
      2. Increase service to Ashmont and Stoughton.
      3. Increase service from BAT Centre to Bridgewater State University.
      4. Automatic Passenger Counters (APCs) for all BAT Buses.
      Glenn Geiler then reported that BAT recently participated in a Climate Change Preparedness workshop.
    2. Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA)
      Paul Chenard stated that fixed route fares for GATRA will be raised from $1.00 to $1.50; Dial-A-Ride fare will increase from $1.25 to $1.75; and ADA Paratransit fares will increase from $1.25 to $3.00.
    3. South Coast Rail Project
      Paul Chenard stated that on October 25, there was a meeting in Freetown to discuss the Phase 1 status of South Coast Rail.
  6. Old Business
    1. FFY 2019-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Implementation
      Charles Kilmer provided a report on the project changes in the FFY 2019-2023 TIP. They are as follows:
      • FFY 2019 Projects:
        ABINGTON/BROCKTON - NORTH QUINCY STREET, CHESTNUT STREET, AND BOUNDARY AVENUE ROUNDABOUT AND GEOMETRIC IMPROVEMENTS (608143)
        • 100% Package received by MassDOT (as of 11/02/2018)
      • FFY 2022 Projects:
        STOUGHTON - INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS AND RELATED WORK AT CENTRAL STREET, CANTON STREET AND TOSCA DRIVE (608279)
        • MassDOT comments on the 25% Package have been returned to the Design Engineer (as of 11/08/2018)
  7. New Business
    1. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program and Infrastructure Application Process· Emily Budzynkiewicz, Massachusetts Safe Routes to School, MassDOT
      Emily Budzynkiewicz provided a presentation on SRTS and Infrastructure Application Process. Highlights from the presentation included:
      • A variety of project types are eligible and awards may range from $100,000 to $1 Million Project Funding
      • Sidewalk improvements, traffic calming, crossing improvements, on and off street bicycle & pedestrian facilities, traffic diversion
      • Massachusetts Project Intake Tool (MaPIT) streamlines and simplifies the application process
      • Submissions reviewed by Project Selection Committee
      • Selected projects advance to complete Project Need Form (PNF) and Project Initiation Form (PIF)
      • Projects presented to Project Review Committee and then programmed into State
      • Transportation Improvement Program for design and construction
      Dan Salvucci asked about the eligibility of Whitman-Hanson High School and its sidewalks. Emily Budzynkiewicz replied that this school would not be eligible because it is a high school. Discussion followed.
    2. Development of 2020 Old Colony Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)
      Bill McNulty provided an update on the 2020 Old Colony Long Range Transportation Plan. The LRTP attempts to forecast an area’s mobility needs to a point in the future based on projected travel demands. Long Range Transportation Plans much have at least a twenty-year planning horizon. RTPs are also comprised of two major components: a needs component that identifies what projects are “needed” to meet the travel demands identified over the study period, and a financially feasible component that identifies what projects an area can afford based on its projected financial resources. The goal is to present a completed draft of the Plan to the JTC at the May or June 2019 meeting and to the Old Colony MPO no later than July 2019. The 2020 LRTP is organized into the following chapters:
      Chapter 1: Introduction and Planning ProcessChapter 6: Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation
      Chapter 2: Regional Goals, Objectives, and Performance MeasuresChapter 7: Environmental Quality, Climate Change, and Hazards
      Chapter 3: Regional Profile and LivabilityChapter 8: Safety and Security
      Chapter 4: Regional Highway SystemChapter 9: Finance
      Chapter 5: Regional Transit SystemChapter 10: Conclusions and Recommendations
      Derek Krevat asked if OCPC could share the Public Participation materials they are using. Bill McNulty stated that OCPC would share those.
    3. Development of Old Colony Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Transportation (HST) Plan
      Paul Chenard provided an update on the Development of the Old Colony Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Transportation (HST) Plan.
      Plan Goals:
      • Identify needs and gaps in human transportation services for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Additionally, assess medical and aging in place transportation needs.
      • Promote inter-agency cooperation to provide needed transportation services in a cost effective way utilizing existing resources.
      • Improve the availability of transportation service to persons who need them the most and have no other transportation options.rement to Record and Report Title VI Investigations, Complaints and Lawsuits
      Procedures:
      • Work with Seniors, individuals with disabilities and other members of the public or their representatives in crafting the plan.
      • Coordinate with private and non-profit transportation and human services providers to gather their input for inclusion into the document.
      • Collaborate with Area Agency on Aging, BAT, GATRA, SSCAC, Regional Coordinating Councils, and Councils on Aging to understand what they think and their constituents want to see in transportation service throughout the region.
  8. Other Business and Public Comment
    1. Community Local Technical Assistance Studies
      Bill McNulty reported on the following Community Local Technical Assistance Studies:
      • Abington
        • Technical Assistance for HCVE Application for Birch Street: Data Collection completed; Analysis and report preparation underway
      • Brockton
        • Pine Street and Thatcher Street Traffic Study: Data collection completed; Road Safety Audit to be scheduled
        • North Cary Street at Ames Street Road Safety Audit: Data collection completed; Road Safety Audit to be scheduled
        • Belmont Street (Route 123) at Pearl Street Road Safety Audit: Road Safety Audit to be scheduled
        • Main Street at Centre Street and Legion Parkway Road Safety Audit: Road Safety Audit completed; report preparation underway
        • North Quincy Street at North Cary Street Road Safety Audit: Data collection planned for September 2018
        • West Chestnut Street at Ash Street Road Safety Audit: Road Safety Audit to be scheduled
      • Halifax
        • All-Way Stop Control Warrant Analysis for Circuit Street and Laurel Street: Data collection
        • programmed for September 2018
      • Kingston
        • Traffic Study for Kingston Historic District: Data collection in progress
        • Traffic Study for Smith’s Lane at Crescent Street and Main Street (Route 3A), and Howland Lane Traffic and Speed Analysis: Data collected; Report in Development
      • Pembroke
        • Pembroke Center Traffic Study: Data collection in progress
      • Plymouth
        • Raymond Road Multiway Stop Warrant Analyses: Data collection in progress
      • Stoughton
        • Traffic counts for Peters Drive and Station Street: Data collection scheduled for Fall 2018
    2. Staff Reviews on ENFs, EIRs, and NPCs
      Charles Kilmer summarized the Environmental Notification Forms (ENFs), Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs), Notices of Project Changes (NPCs), and Certificates for projects within the OCPC region that are undergoing Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office review.
      • Projects Currently Under review as of August 22, 2018
        • EEA #15902 - Elm Street Dam Removal (Kingston) (ENF)
          The project involves the removal of the Elm Street Dam. The Jones River, located in Kingston, is a low gradient river typical of many of the coastal systems in southeastern Massachusetts. The Jones River has been altered by the placement of numerous in-stream structures including water intakes, roadway crossings, and dams. Further, the stream’s hydrology has been altered through water diversions into and out of the river to support historic mill operations, drinking water supplies, and cranberry production. This has negatively affected aquatic habitat, including fish migration in the river.
        • EEA #4959 - Lakeshore Center (Bridgewater) (SDEIR)
          The proposed apartment complex will consist of two buildings and will be classified under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40B. The units will include an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center. The proposed 5-story buildings will consist of a mix of studio, one, two, and three bedroom units. The parking will include 540 parking spaces outside and 60 spaces provided in garages.
        • EEA #15639 - North Carver Development (Carver) (EIR)
          The project involves the construction of approximately 1.77 million square feet of new warehouse/distribution facilities with ancillary office uses, provides approximately 1,883 parking spaces, and provides paved access roads. The project site will be accessed from a reconfigured intersection of Montello Street and Route 58 and a new configuration for Montello Street.
      • MEPA Certificates
        • EEA #4959 - Lakeshore Center (Bridgewater) (NPC)
          The proposed apartment complex will consist of two buildings and will be classified under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40B. The units will include an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center. The proposed 5-story buildings will consist of a mix of studio, one, two, and three bedroom units. The parking will include 540 parking spaces outside and 60 spaces provided in garages.
        • EEA #15883 - Ricketts Pond Business Park (Carver and Plympton) (ENF)
          Ricketts Pond Business Park is proposed as a 4-lot subdivision comprised of mixed-use office/storage buildings as well as self-storage buildings. It is anticipated that the project will be constructed in phases. The first phase will involve the construction of the lot and building located off Spring Street. The following phase will include the construction of the 1,123 ft. roadway and infrastructure. The subsequent phase will conclude the construction of the light industrial buildings.
        • EEA #15870 - Plymouth Light Station Revetment (Plymouth) (ENF)
          The purpose of the currently proposed project is to limit the amount of future erosion along the coastal bank and to protect pre-1978 buildings and structures. The proposed project will include a one-time sand replenishment. This replenishment will consist of placing beach-compatible sediment at the toe of the proposed revetment, in order to mitigate potential loss of sediment supply to the coastal system, because of the proposed armoring of the coastal bank.
        • EEA #15892 – Plymouth Long Beach Cottage Demolition (Plymouth) (ENF)
          The proposed project includes the demolition of the existing single-family cottage, and repurposing the disturbed area, including the footprint of the cottage and existing driveway for public parking. Following demolition of the cottage, the previously disturbed areas on the property, to include the footprint of the cottage and the existing pervious driveway, will be repurposed for public parking.
    3. Regional Concerns and Local Community Transportation Issues
      • There were no Regional Concerns or Local Community Transportation Issues at this time.
  9. Adjournment
    The meeting adjourned at 12:51 PM
    Respectfully submitted,
    Kyle Mowatt
    Transportation Planner

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