TAC – TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization
Regional Partnership for Transportation Planning
Long-Range Transportation Plan • Transportation Improvement Program
Highway Planning • Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning • Transit Planning • Air Quality Issues
January 23, 2009 – 12:10 p.m.
Changes or Additions to Agenda Chuck McGrady
Welcome and Introductions Chuck McGrady
Approval of Minutes Chuck McGrady
MPO/RPO Staffing Update Carrie Runser-Turner
Land-of-Sky Regional Council has completed the hiring process for transportation planners to staff both
the MPO and the Land-of-Sky RPO and has hired two additional planners. Keith Bamberger will be
joining the staff as a full-time Regional Planner beginning on February 2nd. Keith holds a Master of
Public Administration degree from Western Carolina University and has worked for the NC Division of
Air Quality for the past four years. Additionally, Natalie Murdock is joining the staff as of January 20th
in a temporary, 32 hour a week position. Natalie also holds an MPA from Western Carolina and has
completed internships with Advantage West and the City of Asheville.
Recommended TAC Action: No action required.
Long-Range Transportation Plan Update Heather Strassberger, Linh Nguyen
The MPO’s Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) must be updated every five years. In order to
meet this requirement, the process of updating the LRTP must begin now. Carrie Runser-Turner will
provide an overview of the process and upcoming participation needed from local governments and
Linh Nguyen will go over the updating of socioeconomic data for the travel demand model and the role
TCC members will play in that process.
Recommended TAC Action: No action required. MPO Staff will be contacting individual local
governments to schedule meetings about the socioeconomic data update.
21st Century Transportation Committee Update Carrie Runser-Turner
The 21st Century Transportation Committee released its final report to the members of the 2009 North
Carolina General Assembly on December 10, 2008. Staff will provide a brief summary of their findings
and recommendations. The entire 52-page report may be viewed here.
Recommended TAC Action: No action required.
Administrative Modification to 2009-2015 MTIP Heather Strassberger
An administrative modification is needed for the 2009-2015 MTIP to reflect Henderson County’s plans
to purchase two replacement buses. The buses will be purchased by Asheville Transit under a lease
agreement with Henderson County.
Recommended TAC Action: Motion to recommend approval of the MTIP administrative modification
to the TAC.
Safe Routes to School Applications Heather Strassberger
Two municipalities and one school system within the MPO region have informed MPO staff that they
intend to apply for Safe Routes to School Infrastructure or Non-Infrastructure grants. These
applications are due on January 30th. MPO endorsement is required for Infrastructure Grant
applications and recommended for Non-Infrastructure projects. There is no limit on the number of
projects an MPO can endorse as long is there is no more than one infrastructure application per
municipality. Grants will be awarded by NCDOT on a competitive basis. The following entities have
requested the MPO’s endorsement of their applications (note: please click on the name of the applicant
to see the draft resolution of support):
City of Hendersonville – The city plans to construct sidewalks and crossing improvements near two
elementary schools and a middle school. City staff are working in conjunction with the Henderson
County Public Schools, who are completing a non-infrastructure application for education and
Town of Clyde – The town plans to construct sidewalks connecting a new housing development to
Clyde Elementary School.
Town of Maggie Valley – The town plans to construct sidewalks to improve pedestrian access to
Jonathan Valley Elementary School.
Henderson County Public Schools – The Henderson County Schools, in collaboration with the county
health department, are seeking funding to develop bicycle and pedestrian education programs to be
taught in physical education classes at the city’s elementary schools and middle school, and create
incentives for students to walk and ride their bicycles. They are collaborating with the City of
Hendersonville, which is applying for funds to construct pedestrian facilities around the three schools.
Recommended TAC Action: Motion to endorse all of the above Safe Routes to School Applications
UPWP (Unified Planning Work Program) Carrie Runser-Turner
MPO Staff need to submit a draft Unified Planning Work Program for FY 2009-2010 to the NCDOT
Transportation Planning Branch and Public Transportation Division by January 26th, 2009. Linh
Nguyen will need the MPO staff’s input several days prior to that deadline. Staff will circulate an email
to TCC and TAC members after the meeting requesting input on any upcoming projects that local
governments would like the MPO to be involved in during the upcoming fiscal year. A revised 5-year
calendar must also be developed. For reference, the FY 2008-2009 (U)PWP narrative may be viewed
here, the FY 2008-2009 (U)PWP funding table may be viewed here, and the previous draft 5-year
planning calendar can be viewed here.
Recommended TAC Action: Provide input on the upcoming year UPWP and 5-year planning
Letter of Support for Proposed Park and Ride Locations Carrie Runser-Turner
MPO Staff has been contacted regarding efforts in Haywood County to establish a Park and Ride Lot in
eastern Haywood County on I-40, for commuters traveling the corridor and in anticipation of future
transit service from Haywood into Buncombe Counties. Letters of support for the proposed lot have
been requested of the French Broad River MPO and Land-of-Sky RPO. During its January 16, 2009
meeting, the TCC discussed other potential park and ride lots and agreed that a letter of support should
indicate the MPO’s support for the Haywood County lot, as well as other potential park and ride
locations throughout the region.
Recommended TAC Action: Approval of draft letter of support.
Request for Potential Economic Stimulus Projects Carrie Runser-Turner
MPO staff has received information from NCDOT about the opportunity for MPOs and RPOs to provide
input to NCDOT regarding priority projects for consideration in the anticipated economic stimulus
package. NCDOT has requested that each MPO and RPO submit a prioritized list of projects by
January 27, 2009. Projects included must meet the following criteria:
Under contract within 180 days
Cash payout within 24 months
Federal-aid Category neutral
For more information, please see the cover memo from NCDOT regarding this opportunity, the project
submittal instructions, and the project submittal template. In addition, NCDOT previously circulated a
list of projects developed by the NCDOT for consideration by the Board of Transportation. That list may
be viewed here. MPO staff will review proposed projects received from the membership thus far and
requests additional input from TAC members.
Recommended TAC Action: Development and approval of FBRMPO potential economic stimulus
• Staff Update (as needed) MPO Staff
• NCDOT Division 13 update Jay Swain or Designee
• NCDOT Division 14 update Joel Setzer or Designee
• TDM Program Update (as needed) Kathy Molin
ANNOUNCEMENTS, NEWS Chuck McGrady
2009 Meeting Schedule
TCC (10:30 a.m.) TAC (12:10 p.m.)
January 16* January 23*
February 19 February 19
March 19 April 17* - 12 pm lunch w/RPO TAC, meeting at 1
May 21 – 11am followed by lunch w/ RPO TCC June 18
August 20 September 17
October 22** November 19
Unless indicated with a * or note, all meetings are on Thursdays. Unless otherwise noted, all TAC meetings are at 12:10 p.m.
and all TCC meetings are at 10:30 a.m. Unless otherwise noted, meetings will be held at the Land of Sky Regional Council
Offices, 339 New Leicester Highway, Suite 140, Asheville, NC 28806. Directions are available at www.landofsky.org, or by
calling the French Broad River MPO at (828) 251-6622.