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March 2018 JTC Meeting


Meeting Minutes of the Old Colony Joint Transportation Committee (JTC)
Old Colony Planning Council
70 School Street
Brockton, MA
March 1, 2018 at 12:00 P.M.

Attendance 
AbingtonBruce Hughes
BridgewaterRobert B. Wood
BrocktonRob May
BrocktonShane O'Brien
BrocktonChike Odunukwe
East BridgewaterJohn Haines
EastonDavid Field
HansonJamison Shave
HansonDonald H. Howard
PlymouthSid Kashi
StoughtonNoreen O'Toole
West BridgewaterChris Iannitelli
WhitmanDan Salvucci
BATGlenn Geiler
BATMichael Lambert
MassDOT District 5Tim Kochan
MassDOT PlanningDerek Kravat
Mass DevelopmentMary Ellen DeFrias
McMahon AssociatesAlex Bulhoes
Independence AssociatesBill Shine
OCPCKyle Mowatt
OCPCShawn Bailey
OCPCPaul Chenard
OCPCBill McNulty
OCPCCharles Kilmer
OCPCLaurie Muncy
OCPCJimmy Pereira
OCPCRay Guarino
OCPCLisa Sullivan
OCPCPat Ciaramella
  1. Call to Order and Introductions
    Chairperson Noreen O’Toole called the meeting to order at 12:05 P.M. and then read the Meeting Accessibility Statement and the Title VI Notice of Protection Statement. Those present then introduced themselves.
  2. Public Comments
    There were no public comments.
  3. Minutes of the February 1, 2018 Meeting
    Chairperson Noreen O’Toole asked if the members had reviewed the minutes of the February 1, 2018 Meeting. The members then voted to endorse the minutes of the February 1, 2018 Old Colony JTC Meeting.
  4. Communications
    Shawn Bailey reviewed the contents of the communications staff report. Included were letters of correspondence, as well as notices of workshops and conferences. They are as follows:
    • Letter to Secretary Matthew Beaton from Pasquale Ciaramella Regarding Obery Street Roadway Improvements Project
    • Announcement from the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration Regarding FY 2019 DER Culvert Replacement Municipal Assistance Program Grant
    • Notice of Availability for South Coast Rail’s Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report
    • Announcement Regarding South Coast Rail Public Meeting
    • Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan Emphasis Area Planning Meetings List
    • Annoucnement for Citizen Planner Training Collaborative 17th Annual Conference in March
    • MassDOT Blog Post Regarding $5.5 Million in Complete Street Funding Awards
  5. Reports
    1. Brockton Area Regional Transit Authority (BAT)
      Glenn Geiler stated that BAT has been working with OCPC on their Fare Analysis Study.
    2. Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA)
      Paul Chenard stated that GATRA’s new operator, Transdev, has fully taken over operations. Transdev may be looking for larger space for their staff in Plymouth. Once settled, they will be looking into what changes need to be made to the GATRA routes.
    3. South Coast Rail Project
      Paul Chenard stated that a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (DSEIR) is now available for public review and all comments on the document must be submitted by close of business on March 23, 2018. There will be a South Coast Rail Public Meeting on March 6th, 2018 at UMass Dartmouth.
  6. Old Business
    1. FFY 2017-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Implementation
      Charles Kilmer discussed the changes in the FFY 2018-2022 TIP. They are as follows:
      • FFY 2018 Projects:
        EASTON – ROUTE 138 @ UNION STREET SIGNALIZATION AND GEOMETRIC IMPROVEMENTS (607438)
        • · Plans, Specifications, and Estimates (PS&E) received by MassDOT (as of 01/11/2018)
      Dan Salvucci asked how much advance notice is provided to police regarding the availability of police details. Tim Kochan stated that there are preconstruction meetings at MassDOT District 5 where details similar to this are discussed.
      John Haines stated that MassDOT has been very involved in the East Bridgewater - Resurfacing and sidewalk construction on Bedford Street (Route 18) Project. There will be a public hearing for this project on March 21, 2018. All work for this project has been designated as night work.
  7. New Business
    1. Old Colony Planning Council Traffic Counting Program
      Kyle Mowatt provided a presentation on the Old Colony Planning Council Traffic Counting Program. Old Colony Planning Council is actively involved in traffic data collection. This data is used by planners and engineers to study existing road and highway conditions in order to forecast future increases in traffic and identify areas in need of improvement. In addition to monitoring key corridors and intersections within the region, OCPC responds to requests for traffic counts from the state, city and town officials. From these data collection activities, OCPC produces the Annual Traffic Volume Report, containing data from 1987 until the present.
      Data is collected in a variety of ways. OCPC utilizes Automatic Traffic Recorders (ATRs) to conduct counts of traffic volume for a predetermined length of time. Turning Movement Counts (TMCs) are used to determine traffic movements through intersections. Pedestrians and bicyclists are also counted during TMCs. Kyle Mowatt then provided a demonstration of the MassDOT MS2 Website, which is an interactive map displaying ATR and TMC Data.
    2. Development of FFY 2019-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) – Universe of Projects
      Charles Kilmer reported on the development of the FFY 2019-2023 TIP and the results of TIP Readiness Day. The results and recommended year of programming are as follows:
      FFY 2018 Projects
      • EASTON - ROUTE 138 @ UNION STREET SIGNALIZATION AND GEOMETRIC IMPROVEMENTS (607438)
        · 2018
      • PEMBROKE - ROUTE 53 @ PLEASANT STREET SIGNALIZATION AND GEOMETRIC IMPROVEMENTS (607337)
        · 2018
      • PLYMOUTH - IMPROVEMENTS ON OBERY STREET, FROM SOUTH STREET TO A.C. CARANCI WAY/PLYMOUTH NORTH H.S. DRIVE INTERSECTION (606264)
        · 2018, pending programming of cost increase.
      • WHITMAN - TRAFFIC SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS & RELATED WORK ON BEDFORD STREET (ROUTE 18) @ 2 LOCATIONS: AUBURN STREET (ROUTE 14) & TEMPLE STREET (ROUTE 27) (607860)
        · 2018
      FFY 2019 Projects
      • ABINGTON/BROCKTON - NORTH QUINCY STREET, CHESTNUT STREET, AND BOUNDARY AVENUE ROUNDABOUT AND GEOMETRIC IMPROVEMENTS (608143)
        · 2019
      • AVON - INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS AT HARRISON BOULEVARD AND POND STREET (608086)
        · 2020; Town seeking change in roadway alignment on Pond Street (Two lanes from Harrison Boulevard to Bodwell Street). Design plans being revised.
      • BROCKTON - CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS ON ROUTE 123 (BELMONT STREET), FROM ANGUS BEATON DRIVE TO WEST STREET (608088)
        · 2020; Design Public Hearing to be scheduled in the Spring 2018.
      • EAST BRIDGEWATER - RESURFACING AND SIDEWALK CONSTRUCTION ON BEDFORD STREET (ROUTE 18), FROM WHITMAN STREET (ROUTE 106) TO CENTRAL STREET (607941)
        · 2020; Design Public Hearing to be scheduled in the Spring 2018.
      FFY 2020 Projects
      • EASTON - ROUTE 123 (DEPOT STREET) RECONSTRUCTION FROM NEWELL CIRCLE TO ROUTE 138 (607217)
        · 2020
      • STOUGHTON - IMPROVEMENTS AT WEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (SRTS) (608829)
        · 2020; Need meeting with Town.
      FFY 2021 Projects
      • BROCKTON - INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS AT CRESCENT STREET (ROUTE 27)/QUINCY STREET/MASSASOIT BOULEVARD (606143)
        · 2021
      • KINGSTON - BRIDGE REPLACEMENT, K-01-014, SMITHS LANE OVER ROUTE 3 (PILGRIM HIGHWAY) (608615)
        · N/A
      • STOUGHTON - CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS ON ROUTE 138 (607403)
        · 2021
      FFY 2022 Projects
      • PEMBROKE - REHABILITATION OF ROUTE 36 (CENTER STREET) FROM ROUTE 27 TO ROUTE 14 (600380)
        · 2022; Need Updated Project Design Schedule from Designer.
      • STOUGHTON - INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS AND RELATED WORK AT CENTRAL STREET, CANTON STREET AND TOSCA DRIVE (608279)
        · 2022; Need Updated Project Design Schedule from Designer.
    3. Development of FFY 2019 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)
      Charles Kilmer discussed the development of the FFY 2019 UPWP. The Draft Universe of Projects for Element 3000 the UPWP is as follows:
      • Brockton - North Main Street Corridor Study from Route 27 – Pleasant Street to Avon Town Line
        Rob May stated that it would be beneficial if this project were to extend to Harrison Boulevard.
      • Brockton - South Main Street Corridor Study from Route 123 – Belmont Street to West Bridgewater Town Line
      • Duxbury - Route 14 Corridor Study from Pembroke Town Line to Route 3A
      • Plymouth - Long Pond Road Corridor Study from Obery Street to Drew Road
      • Regional - Brockton Shuttle Service Connections to Logan Airport and T.F. Green Airport
      • Regional - Brockton – Taunton Transit Connection Study
      • Regional - Human Service Coordination Plan
      • Regional - Improving the Resiliency and Reliability of the Transportation System and Reducing and/ or Mitigating Impacts of Surface Transportation
      • Regional - Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)
      • Regional - Route 24 Safety and Mobility Study
      • Regional - Route 3 Safety and Mobility Study
      Rob May suggested extending the North Main Street Corridor to Harrison Boulevard in Avon.
      Shane O’Brien suggested considering the Reynolds Memorial Highway (Route 27) for a corridor study.
  8. Other Business and Public Comment
    1. Community Local Technical Assistance Studies
      Bill McNulty reported on the following Community Local Technical Assistance Studies:
      • Abington
        • Road Safety Audit for Washington Street at Shaw Avenue and Adams Street - Data and analysis distributed to Town; Working with Town on scheduling Audit
      • Brockton
        • Pine Street and Thatcher Street Traffic Study - Data collection to be conducted spring 2018
        • North Cary Street at Ames Street Road Safety Audit - Data collection to be conducted spring 2018
      • Duxbury
        • Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Study for Railroad Avenue - Report in development
        • Road Safety Audit for 3 Route 3A Corridor Locations - Report in development
      • Easton
        • Traffic Study for Turnpike Street at Purchase Street, and Washington Street (Route 138) at Turnpike Street - Report in Development
        • Belmont Street (Route 123) Traffic Study - Data collection to be conducted spring 2018
      • Kingston
        • Traffic Study for Kingston Historic District - Data collection to be conducted spring 2018
      • Hanover
        • Broadway Traffic Study - Initial findings distributed to Town; Final report in development
      • Pembroke
        • Pembroke Center Traffic Study - Data collection to be conducted spring 2018 (weather permitting)
      • Plymouth
        • Plympton Road (Route 80) / West Elementary School SRTS Traffic Study - Report in development
        • Raymond Road Multiway Stop Warrant Analyses - Data collection planned for summer 2018
      • Stoughton
        • Island Street and Mill Street HCVE Proposal - Report in development
        • Road Safety Audits for Canton Street (Route 27) and School Street, and Pleasant Street (Route 139) and Lincoln Street - Data collection to be conducted spring 2018
    2. Staff Reviews on ENFs, EIRs, and NPCs
      Charles Kilmer summarized the Environmental Notification Forms (ENFs), Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs), Notices of Project Changes (NPCs), and Certificates for projects within the OCPC region that are undergoing Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office review.
      • Projects Currently Under Review
        • EEA #15806 – Obery Street Roadway Improvement Project (ENF), Plymouth
          The projects will reconstruct approximately 2,950 feet of Obery Street from South Street to a point approximately 450 feet north of High School Drive. Approximately 930 feet of South Street will also be reconstructed.
        • EEA #15816 – Plymouth Water System Expansion, Plymouth
          The Plymouth Water System Expansion consists of the development of a new water supply at Forges Field. Preliminary hydraulic modeling of the expanded Bradford Pressure Zone with the addition of the Forges Field water supply has been completed.
        • EEA #14346 – South Coast Rail Project (SDEIR)
          The DSEIR analyzes new project elements associated with Phase 1, including improvements to track infrastructure on the Middleborough Secondary (an active freight line), Southern Triangle construction, a new station constructed in Middleborough at Pilgrim Junction, a new station in East Taunton, and modifications to previously studied stations at Freetown and Fall River.
        • EEA #11202 – MassDOT Snow and Ice Control Program (FEIR/ESPR), Statewide
          The final ESPR provides an update on the tools and technologies used by MassDOT to enhance winter maintenance operations, reduce de-icing material usage and program costs, and potential environmental impacts.
    3. Regional Concerns and Local Community Transportation Issues
      Rob May stated that the Transit Matters, Regional Rail Initiative is well worth a read, and would benefit our region. It proposes low cost changes to the regional transit rail system over the next few years.
      Bruce Hughes stated that there is a Columbia Gas Presentation attached to the staff report. It talks about replacing gas lines.
      Dan Salvucci stated that Route 14 in East Bridgewater is in terrible shape. John Haines stated that Route 14 was resurfaced in 2006. It is a busy road since it is now a truck route. East Bridgewater is looking at an April timeline to replace that section.
      Charles Kilmer thanked MassDOT for their Complete Streets Program. Easton, Hanson, and Plymouth all received money. Charles Kilmer then inquired about the possibility of having additional Complete Streets Trainings in the area.
      Jimmy Pereira stated that the OCPC Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity Study would be on the website promptly.
      Tim Kochan offered his appreciation for the JTC in holding a moment of silence for his late mother.
  9. Adjournment
    The meeting adjourned at 1:11 PM
    Respectfully submitted,
    Kyle Mowatt
    Transportation Planner

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