BRT_ PMT _ TOD Presentation by the Delaware Valley Regional

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					December 8, 2006 / Baltimore Metropolitan Council

Cooperative Planning for
BRT, PM2.5 & TOD
Mid-Atlantic Regional Roundtable – III for the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Super-Region

                                                         Richard G. Bickel, AICP
                                                         Director, Division of Planning
                                                         215-238-2830 /

Summarize DVRPC’s involvement in
Inter-Regional and Statewide planning and
implementation activities related to…
 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
  for the Princeton / Route 1 Corridor in New Jersey
 PM2.5 Air Quality Improvement
  for the Multi-State region from Maryland to
 Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)
  in PA and NJ
DVRPC Region

               Trenton Region
                  - 3833 sq. miles
                  - 353 townships,
                    boroughs & cities
               In 2000…
                  - 5.4 million pop.
                  - 2.7 million jobs
               Destination 2030
                  - 6.1 million pop.
                  - 3.2 million jobs
Central Jersey Transportation Forum

 Route 1 corridor crosses two New Jersey MPOs
  (NJTPA & DVRPC) and many jurisdictions
 Forum has been holding well-attended meetings
  3 to 4 times a year since 1999 to improve
  coordination, provide education and initiate projects
 Goal: Improved and more integrated regional land
  use and transportation planning
 Major Initiative: Enhanced Corridor Accessibility
Forum Area

             Includes 21
             from four
             two MPOs;
             and various
             state agencies
Route 1 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

 Core Service Concept
  36 miles of guideway, mostly parallel to Route 1; 22
  stations; 7 park and ride lots; shuttle services; retains
  the 2.8 mile Dinky rail line
 BRT would serve approximately 44,000 riders per
 BRT would cost $600-$700 million to implement at
  one time, but is expected to occur in phases, often
  integrated with other public / private projects
BRT Core Service Concept
Status and Next Steps

 BRT to proceed in stages starting with integration
  in area projects and protecting right-of-way
 Included in NJDOT Route 1 Regional Growth
  Strategy and DVRPC / NJTPA Long Range Plans
 Forum is working on next transportation and land
  use steps
 More Information
Lessons Learned

 This large, voluntary group needs a sense that it is
  accomplishing something real. The action plan includes big
  projects (such as the BRT), medium-scale efforts and small
  projects which allow for some early “wins” along the way
 Attributes that have helped the Forum are:
    Leadership from several organizations
    Participation by high level decision-makers
    Getting relevant, important speakers
    Initiating projects and recognizing accomplishments
    Filling a regional need
PM2.5 Multi-Jurisdictional Non-Attainment Areas

Purpose: Achieving Multi-Region and State
Cooperation to Accomplish Improved Air Quality

                      What is Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5)?
                         Mixture of microscopic solids and
                        liquid droplets suspended in the air
                         Elevated exposure to PM2.5 is
                          associated with premature death
                         Designated as a criteria air pollutant in
                        the National Ambient Air Quality
                        Standards (NAAQS) in 2005
                         Part of the federally mandated
                          transportation conformity process
 PM2.5 Multi-Jurisdictional Non-Attainment Areas

Joint Conformity Demonstration Process
 New PM2.5 designation tied 11 MPOs in 5 states together temporarily, until
  development of State Implementation Plans (SIPs) and Budgets
 Coordinated all planning assumptions, quantitative analysis methodology,
  interagency coordination, public participation, MPO adoptions and federal
 Held 24+ meetings / conference calls from Feb 2005 to March 2006
Collaborative Effort / Shared Outcome Required
 All pass or all fail (i.e. conformity lapse)
 Non-negotiable deadline: federal approval required by April 5, 2006
 Forced MPOs to think beyond own boundaries, processes and timeline
 Worked together to resolve technical differences, accommodate procedural
  steps and meet deadlines
PM2.5 Multi-Jurisdictional Non-Attainment Areas
PM2.5 Multi-Jurisdictional Non-Attainment Areas

Issues and Lessons Learned
 Start the process early and be inclusive
 Document all discussions and agreements reached
 Designate single agency as clearinghouse / lead
 Assign and delegate clear tasks; give firm deadlines
 Above all, apply common sense

Status / Next Steps
 Prompt state action (State Implementation Plan in NJ) changed the initial
  multi-region linkage
 DVRPC currently linked only with WILMAPCO
 EPA’s revised daily PM2.5 standards, to become effective in 2010, may
  trigger another need for broader, multi-state cooperation and
     TOD Report Card for Greater Philadelphia Region

                                                  Regional Vision
                                                  Strong Respected
                         Proposed Mixed use at     Institutions
                         Marcus Hook station
                                                  High Quality
                                                   Transit Service
                                                  Regional Growth
     Burlington                                   Station Areas with
  Metropolitan                                     Development Potential
Inn, now senior
                                                  Long-Term Focus
                                                  Transit-Supportive
                                                  Regional and Local
 Proposed TOD, Delanco
                                                   Policies to Support TOD
DVRPC’s Role in TOD

                  Promoting TOD: broker,
                   facilitator, funding, advocate,
                  Long-range planning policies
                  TOD implementation brochure
                   for municipalities
                  Great Places With Transit
                  Case Studies research and site
                  TCDI grant program
NJDOT Transit Village Initiative

                            Commons,    17 designated transit villages
                            Orange      Grants, technical assistance and
                                         priority funding from state
                                        Supported by cooperative and
                                         engaged transit agencies
                                              NJ Transit’s Transit-
                                             Friendly Communities
                                              DRPA TOD planning
 LumberYard Condos, Collingswood
                                             studies for PATCO stations
PA Transit Revitalization Investment Districts (TRID)

 New enabling legislation (December 2004)
 Administered by PA DCED with PennDOT
 Not mandatory, but offers prospect of state support for planning and
  implementation funding ($75,000 max. grant; 25% local match)
 Offers municipal officials & development community an approach to
  plan for and implement TOD; support local economic development

Offers transit agencies the opportunity to:
 Partner with local government and developers
 Increase transit ridership
 Share in real estate tax revenues to support capital projects and
  maintenance in TRID areas
Benefit and Innovation of TRID is partnerships and value capture
 Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI)

 Provides funding to support local redevelopment and planning efforts in
  DVRPC region’s core cities and older suburbs (208 eligible
        communities; also CDCs and non-profits in Philadelphia)
 Current grant maximum of $100,000; requires 20% local match
 Of the 99 grants awarded to date, 11 have supported creation of new
  TOD plans and several others have funded projects with
  TOD component
          In PA: Bristol, Doylestown, Downingtown, Conshohocken,
           Bryn Mawr, Ardmore, North Wales, Lansdale, Cheltenham, Yeadon,
           Upper Darby, Marcus Hook, Philadelphia
           (West Market Street, Frankford TC, Mt. Airy)
          In NJ: Riverside, Bordentown, Beverly, Burlington City, Trenton
Lessons Learned / DVRPC Roles

Roles Applicable to Other Regions
 Partner (formal and informal)
 Technical Analyst
 Honest Broker
 Advocate
 Grantmaker
Next Steps
 Continue current programs and projects
 Strive for a more permanent (legally binding) cooperative
  agreement for air quality conformity
 Replicate NJ Forum approach in other venues as opportunities
 Maintain TCDI grant program; FY 2007 TOD Status Report in
For More Information…

NJ Forum / BRT          Air Quality        TOD / TRID
Zoe Neaderland          Michael Boyer      Karin Morris
215.238.2839            215.238.2848       215.238.2858

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