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March 2017 MPO Meeting Minutes


Meeting Minutes of the Old Colony MPO Meeting, March 21, 2017, 10 AM
Old Colony Planning Council Offices, 70 School Street, Brockton, MA 02301

Signatories Present:
Stephen Woelfel, 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 Frank Staffier, President, OCPC
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
Nicholas Giaquinto, Representing Mayor Bill Carpenter, City of Brockton
Ken Miller, FHWA, Massachusetts Division
 
Others Present:
Glenn Geiler, Brockton Area Transit Authority (BAT)
Paul Umano, City of Brockton
Annie Lemelin, Conservation Law Foundation
Bill Shine, Independence Associates
Phil Sheppard, Massasoit Community College
Trey Wadsworth, MassDOT
Timothy Kochan, MassDOT District 5
Shawn Bailey, Old Colony Planning Council
Bruce Hughes, Old Colony Planning Council
Ray Guarino, Old Colony Planning Council
Charles Kilmer, Old Colony Planning Council
Kyle Mowatt, Old Colony Planning Council
Jimmy Pereira, Old Colony Planning Council

1. Call to Order and Introductions

Chairperson Woelfel 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.

3. Minutes of the February 21, 2017 Meeting

Chairperson Woelfel asked the Signatories for comments or changes regarding the minutes of the February 21, 2017 meeting. The Old Colony MPO then endorsed the minutes of the February 21, 2017 Old Colony MPO Meeting.

4. Brockton Area Transit (BAT) Report

Ray Ledoux reported on the following:

5. Draft Old Colony Public Participation Plan (PPP)
· Public Comments and Potential Endorsement

Charles Kilmer provided a summary of the public comments received in regards to the Draft Old Colony Public Participation Plan (PPP), and noted that a revised Draft Report, reflective of the public comments, is attached to the staff report.

Public comments are as follows:

Charles Kilmer stated that an additional public comment period can be provided by an MPO vote. The following is stated on Page 15 of the PPP: “After the public comment period, the Old Colony MPO can endorse, reject or re-release the draft document for an additional comment period by vote. An additional opportunity for public comment will be provided if the final RTP or TIP differs significantly from the version that was made available for public comment by the MPO and raises new material issues that interested parties could not reasonably have foreseen from the public involvement efforts.” This explanation in the PPP is being provided as a follow up to one of the recommendations included in the Transportation Planning Certification Review Report.

Chairperson Woelfel asked if there is a motion to approve the Draft Old Colony Public Participation Plan (PPP). A motion was made and was seconded.

The Old Colony MPO voted unanimously to approve the Draft Old Colony Public Participation Plan (PPP).

6. Development of the FFY 2018-2022 Old Colony Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Charles Kilmer provided an overview of the two potential alternatives for the MPO’s consideration. In Alternative 1, Brockton - Belmont Phase 3 Project (608088) would stay programmed in 2019 and Pembroke - Route 36 (600380) project would be added to 2022. In Alternative 2, Brockton - Belmont Phase 3 Project (608088) would move out one year to 2020, and the Easton - Route 123 Reconstruction (607217) project would move out one year from 2020 to 2021. The movement of these two projects creates some regional target space in 2020, so this would allow the moving up of the Brockton - Intersection Improvements at Crescent Street/ Quincy/ Massasoit Boulevard (606143) project from 2021 to 2020 in Alternative 2. Stoughton - Route 138 (607403) project would move out one year from 2021 to 2022 in Alternative 2. Pembroke - Route 36 (600380) project would be dropped in Alternative 2 and Easton – Route 138 and Elm Street (608195) would be brought in.

Chairperson Woelfel asked the MPO members if they have a preference with regard to the two alternatives. Pat Ciaramella stated that OCPC’s preference is Alternative 1.

Pam Haznar provided updates on some projects:

Trey Wadsworth stated that draft targets are up slightly in each year, and to just be mindful of available funds in each year.

Chairperson Woelfel asked if it is the consensus of the MPO to continue working on Alternative 1 for now. The MPO members agreed.

The list of projects for Alternative 1 is as follows:

7. Duxbury Route 3A Corridor Study – Findings and Recommendations

Ray Guarino discussed the Duxbury Route 3A Corridor Study – Findings and Recommendations.

Traffic volumes vary along the corridor, with generally lighter volumes on the northern half of the corridor towards Marshfield, and heavier volumes on the southern half towards Kingston. Traffic speeds are fairly consistent throughout the corridor, with recorded prevailing speeds between 38 and 41 miles per hour at most locations.

Three locations (Route 3A at Route 139; Route 3A at Route 14; Route 3A at Depot Street) have elevated crash rates which are above the regional MassDOT District 5 average for intersections. Four of the intersections analyzed have level of service grades of “F” during the peak demand hours.

Pedestrian and bicycle mobility and safety are generally poor along the Route 3A corridor in Duxbury. The corridor does not have any sidewalks, and paved shoulders are not wide enough to adequately accommodate bicyclists.

Recommendations:

8. Avon and Brockton Route 28 Corridor Study – Findings and Recommendations

Ray Guarino discussed the Avon and Brockton Route 28 Corridor Study – Findings and Recommendations. Corridor wide findings and recommendations are as follows:

Findings:

Recommendations:

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

The time of the next meeting is April 18, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

Charles Kilmer announced that the Massachusetts Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Board (MBPAB) is having their March meeting at OCPC tomorrow, March 22nd at 1:00 PM.

Charles Kilmer announced that on May 18th at 6:00 PM, at the 1620 Hotel in Plymouth, the Old Colony Planning Council 50th Anniversary celebration will be taking place.

Tim Kochan offered that it would be helpful to allow people to patch in remotely via conference call for the JTC and MPO meetings. Chairperson Woelfel stated that MassDOT has looked into this in the past. Vice-Chairperson Ledoux noted that it is better to have people engage in the meeting face to face, and then voiced his opposition of this idea going forward. Chairperson Woelfel agreed with Vice-Chairperson Ledoux, but stated he would bring this back to MassDOT and discuss it further.

10. Adjournment

Chairperson Woelfel adjourned the meeting at 10:48 AM.

Respectfully submitted,
Kyle Mowatt, Transportation Planner

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