"A. Public Participation Plan Review B. FY-2010 Unified Planning"
Minutes of Meeting SATS POLICY COMMITTEE November 13, 2008 ATTENDANCE Policy Committee Voting Members Chairman Jim Donelan City of Springfield Vice-Chairman* Sangamon County Tom Gray Village of Chatham Linda Tisdale Springfield Mass Transit District Eric Hansen Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission Bill Frey Illinois Department of Transportation: Region 4, District 6 * Represented By Tim Zahrn Policy Committee Non-Voting Members Betsy Tracy IDOT: Urban Program Planning JD Stevenson Federal Highway Administration: Illinois Division Office Federal Transit Administation Others Kim Cummins – IDOT District 6 Local Roads Russ Militello – IDOT District 6 Dale Schultz – Regional Planning Commission Mike Stead – Illinois Commerce Commission Linda Wheeland – Regional Planning Commission I. CALL TO ORDER Jim Donelan called the meeting of the SATS Policy Committee to order. II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Donelan asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes of the October 9, 2008 SATS Policy Committee meeting. There were none. Tim Zahrn made a motion to approve the minutes as mailed. Bill Frey seconded the motion which passed unanimously. III. REPORT OF THE TECHNICAL COMMITTEE A. Public Participation Plan Review Linda Wheeland reported that the Technical Committee has started working on updating the PPP. Staff and the Committee are seeking to resolve some issues that have come up since the plan was adopted in 2007. A draft plan should be complete by March. The plan will be finalized in May after a 45 day public comment period. B. FY-2010 Unified Planning Work Program Staff and the Technical Committee are working on the UPWP for the next fiscal year. They will be SATS-Policy/11-13-2008/pg. 2 looking to expand on the major issues and factors sections that were first introduced in the FY 2009 UPWP. C. Travel Demand Model Update Linda Wheeland stated that the TDM is on track and an existing network is now in place. Trip generation data is expected any day. The project is scheduled to be completed by April. Union Pacific Work on 10th St. Railroad Tracks Mike Stead was invited to follow up on the report given by John Blair at the November 6 Technical Committee Meeting. Stead stated that the work that Union Pacific is planning is a continuation of the work that occurred during the summer. Union Pacific will be required to install gates at all crossings along the 3rd St. corridor that currently do not have them. Stead also reported that there are several homestead locations that will need to be addressed because currently there are driveways that are within railroad property. Mike Stead reiterated that Union Pacific has indicated that it will participate in a railroad consolidation project when it comes to pass. Stead noted that consolidation is likely several years down the road and that Union Pacific is making a business decision. Stead suggested that these improvements can be considered short term. Bill Frey asked who the lead on the consolidation project is. Stead indicated that the City of Springfield, with the services of Hanson Professional Services, is the lead. Jim Donelan stated that the City of Springfield has concerns about investments into the 3rd St. tracks and sees it as a roadblock to consolidation efforts. Donelan stated that there are safety concerns about the planned higher speeds. Donelan suggested that this might be a time to invest in the 10th St. corridor. Mike Stead stated that a meeting of all the parties is very important at this time. Russ Militello asked if there would be a need for traffic signal interconnects at locations where improvements would be made. Stead stated that he did not believe that would be necessary. Militello also asked if the rail traffic would result in longer queuing times at intersections and if there are any statues regulating the amount of time a train may block traffic. Stead responded that queuing times may very well increase with the introduction of trains ranging from 100-150 cars. Stead stated that there is currently no statute restricting the amount of time a train can block traffic. Stead suggested that the City may want to implement “quiet zones” in which trains would not blow their horns when approaching and passing through intersections. Stead stated that he does not expect the intermodal center south of Joliet that would generate the additional train traffic to be open for at least 18-24 months. Jim Donelan stated that the City is in the process of trying to set up a meeting with Union Pacific. IV. FUNCTIONAL CLASSIFICATION ASSIGNMENT A. Lincolnshire Boulevard Linda Wheeland stated that the FHWA requires that all roads be given a functional classification. Given this requirement, it is necessary to assign a functional classification to the recently opened Lincolnshire Boulevard from 6th St. to 11th St. It also behooves the MPO to anticipate planned construction. This is the reason for including Lincolnshire Boulevard from Chatham Road to 6th St. as part of the resolution to assign a functional classification to this corridor. The details of the functional classification assignment are below: SATS-Policy/11-13-2008/pg. 3 Beginning Jurisdiction Road/Street Existing Location Old Proposed Justification New Key & Ending & Name Key Route Termini FC FC for Change Route Sta/ Length Maintenance Functions as a minor arterial. Urban Lincolnshire FROM 6th Street Urban Minor Located between City of FAU 8095 Local .30 mile FAU 8095 Boulevard TO 11th Street Arterial a minor arterial Springfield Road and a principal arterial. Potential for development. Will eventually connect Lincolnshire FROM Chatham Road Urban Minor City of NA No Road 11th St. and 2.31 miles FAU 8095 Boulevard TO 6th Street Arterial Springfield Chatham Road (two minor arterials). Linda Tisdale made a motion for approval of the resolution for a functional classification assignment of minor arterial to Lincolnshire Boulevard. Tim Zahrn seconded the motion which was unanimously approved. V. TIP AMENDMENTS A. TIP Amendment #2 Tim Zahrn introduced TIP Amendment #2 on behalf of Sangamon County which includes the following details: Project/ Jurisdiction/ Location Action/Comments Funding Source Total Cost Class Farmingdale Rd Termini: Spot improvements through Safety Improvement County 10,000 reverse curves near intersections with Old Salem Ln Rural Safety and Old Jacksonville Rd Innovation Program 40,000 County Contract# Minor Arterial TIP 03-2009-07 $50,000 The spot improvements will include actuated flashers and advanced warning signs. Bill Frey made a motion for approval of the second amendment of the TIP. Linda Tisdale seconded the motion which was unanimously approved. B. TIP Amendment #3 Jim Donelan introduced TIP Amendment #3 on behalf of the City of Springfield which includes the following details: TIP # Jurisdiction Location Action Funding Source Total Cost 02-2009-07 Springfield Oak Ridge Roadway Federal Fiscal Year $245,000 Cemetery Resurfacing Appropriation Earmark $245,000 Donelan stated that the money would be used to improve roadways in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Linda Tisdale made a motion for approval of the third amendment of the TIP. Tim Zahrn seconded the motion which was unanimously approved. SATS-Policy/11-13-2008/pg. 4 VI. TECHNICAL ADVISOR UPDATES A. Illinois Department of Transportation: Central Bureau of Urban Program Planning No report was given. B. Federal Highway Administration: Illinois Division Office No report was given. VII. AGENCY UPDATES A. Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission Linda Wheeland reported that the Planning Commission is beginning work on a Comprehensive Plan for the entire county and that all of the communities have agreed to participate. The first meeting will be held in December. B. Springfield Mass Transit District Linda Tisdale reported that the SMTD would be holding its pre-proposal meeting for the Comprehensive Operational Analysis in the afternoon. Proposals are due on December 18 and hopefully a contract can be awarded at the January SMTD board meeting. SMTD has also applied for more funding for land acquisition for the multi-modal center. C. City of Springfield No report was given. D. Sangamon County Tim Zahrn reported that the Rochester Bridge project is complete and that the roadway is open to traffic. Zahrn also noted that the E. Lake Shore Dr. project is moving along. E. Illinois Department of Transportation: Region 4, District 6 Bill Frey stated that IDOT is close to shutting down work for the winter. F. Village of Chatham No report was given. VIII. PUBLIC COMMENTS There were no public comments. IX. UNFINISHED BUSINESS There was no unfinished business. SATS-Policy/11-13-2008/pg. 5 X. NEW BUSINESS A. The next SATS Policy Committee meeting is scheduled for 12pm, December 11. A schedule of meetings for 2009 will be distributed at the December meeting. Due to the first Thursday in January falling on a holiday, the SATS Technical and Policy Committee meetings will each be pushed back one week. XI. ADJOURNMENT There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned. Respectfully Submitted, Dale Schultz Recording Secretary