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May 2016 MPO Meeting Minutes


Meeting Minutes of the Old Colony MPO Meeting,
Old Colony Planning Council Offices, 70 School Street, Brockton, MA 02301

Signatories Present:
Trey Wadsworth, Representing Stephanie Pollack, Secretary and CEO, MassDOT
Pamela Haznar, Representing Thomas Tinlin, P.E., Administrator, MassDOT Highway Division
Eldon Moreira, Chairman, West Bridgewater Board of Selectmen
Pat Ciaramella, Executive Director, OCPC, Representing Lee Hartmann, President, OCPC
Nick Giaquinto, Brockton, Representing Mayor Bill Carpenter
Lee Hartmann, Plymouth, Representing Kenneth Tavares, Chairman, Board of Selectmen
Ray Ledoux, Administrator, Brockton Area Transit Authority (BAT)
Dan Salvucci, Vice-Chairman, Whitman Board of Selectmen
 
Others Present:
Phil Sheppard, Massasoit Community College
Timothy Kochan, MassDOT District 5
Glenn Geiler, BAT
Annie Lemelin, Conservation Law Foundation
Gary St. Fleur, MassRIDES
Richard O'Flaherty, East Bridgewater
David Field, Easton
Bill Shine, Independence Associates
Eric Arbeene, Old Colony Planning Council
Shawn Bailey, Old Colony Planning Council
Paul Chenard, Old Colony Planning Council
Charles Kilmer, Old Colony Planning Council
Kyle Mowatt, Old Colony Planning Council
Ray Guarino, Old Colony Planning Council
Bill McNulty, Old Colony Planning Council
Jimmy Pereira, Old Colony Planning Council

1. Call to Order and Introductions

Chairperson Wadsworth called the meeting to order at 10:00 A.M. and then read the meeting accessibility statement. Those in attendance then introduced themselves.

2. Public Comments

There were no public comments at this time.

3. Minutes of the April 19, 2016 Meeting

Chairperson Wadsworth asked the Signatories for comments or changes regarding the minutes of the April 19, 2016 meeting. The Old Colony MPO then endorsed the minutes of the April 19, 2016 Old Colony MPO Meeting.

4. Brockton Area Transit (BAT) Report

Vice-Chairman Ledoux stated that BAT is working with OCPC on diving deeper into the Comprehensive Regional Transportation Plan (CRTP). Route modifications will be examined, as well as fare strategy and new Charlie Card opportunities. This is expected to be done in the next 6 weeks.

BAT will be applying for federal funds for OCPC to embark on additional planning efforts for BAT under the UPWP.

BAT will be receiving some capital funds over the next three (3) years to obtain sixteen (16) new busses. An order has been placed for eight (8) of them which will be delivered prior to June 30, 2017. These new busses will have a more modern/European design. WiFi will be offered on all the new busses.

On June 7 and 8, 2016, in Worcester, the 2016 Northeast Transportation Safety Conference is taking place. Along with transit administrators being present, Mayor Carpenter will also be there moderating a session at the conference.

Richard O'Flaherty commented that he understands some routes are more productive than other and that some routes may need to be reduced or eliminated. Where there is an elimination, there could be an opportunity to provide bus service where there currently none exists. As an example, Stonehill College presently has no BAT service within the campus.

Richard O'Flaherty then stated that there is a need for new bus stop identification markers on the telephone poles and on the street. Vice-Chairman Ledoux stated that he will bring this up at the BAT management meeting.

Discussion followed.

5. MassDOT District 5 Briefing on Highway and Bridge Projects Under Design and Construction in the Old Colony Region

Pamela Haznar provided a briefing on Highway and Bridge Projects under Design and Construction in the Old Colony Region.

6. Development of the FFY 2016-2019 Old Colony Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendment 2

Charles Kilmer provided an overview of the FFY 2016-2019 TIP Amendment 2.

  1. AVON: INSTALLATION OF A MEDIAN BARRIER ON HARRISON BOULEVARD (608085)
    AMENDMENT: INCREASE COST AND CHANGE FUNDING PROGRAM - Amend cost from $460,000 to $2,316,349 and change funding program from HSIP to STP and Other TBD.
  2. BROCKTON: SIGNAL & INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS @ ROUTE 123 (BELMONT STREET)/ LINWOOD STREET/LORRAINE AVENUE (606036)
    AMENDMENT: INCREASE COST AND FUNDING PROGRAMS - Amend cost from $3,541,396 to $4,237,493.

Chairperson Wadsworth stated that at this time there is no additional information regarding this amendment. MassDOT is aware of the cost increases and is evaluating all of the options. This problem is occurring statewide. MassDOT is trying to determine what strategy to go with to make sure all projects move forward. At the June MPO meeting there will be more information provided.

7. Development of the FFY 2017-2021 Old Colony Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Charles Kilmer summarized the FFY 2017-2021 Old Colony TIP Development Schedule.

The FFY 2017-2021 Old Colony TIP Development Schedule is as follows:

Charles Kilmer then summarized the Draft Old Colony FFY 2017-2021 TIP Projects Table.

Pam Haznar stated that it would be beneficial to have proponents of projects to come to the MPO and JTC meetings to give an update on their projects. Charles Kilmer agreed and suggested that it would take place at the June JTC Meeting.

8. FFY 2016 Old Colony Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Adjustment

Charles Kilmer provided an overview on the FFY 2016 Old Colony UPWP Adjustment that was requested by BAT.

The FFY 2016 UPWP Adjustment is as follows:

TASK 4200: BAT PLANNING, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, AND STUDIES

Chairperson Wadsworth asked if there is a motion to approve the FFY 2016 Old Colony UPWP Adjustment. A motion was made and was seconded.

The Old Colony MPO voted unanimously to approve the FFY 2016 Old Colony UPWP Adjustment.

9. Administrative Matters, Other Business, and Date and Time of Next Meeting(s)

Chairperson Wadsworth stated that the MassDOT Capital Investment Plan (CIP) public comment period closed last Friday. Over 500 written comments were received in addition to comments that were received at publicly held meetings. Charles Kilmer stated that the Chapter 90 amount included in the CIP is $200 Million, and noted that the communities are interested in a higher amount. The next MPO meetings are scheduled for June 21st and July 26th.

10. Adjournment

Chairperson Wadsworth adjourned the meeting at 11:03 A.M.
Respectfully submitted,
Kyle Mowatt, Transportation Planner

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