What’s coming up at the Feb. 15 TPB meeting

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At its February 15 meeting, the TPB will discuss the potential long-range, regional impacts of Metro’s proposed FY 18 budget, which includes fare increases and service cuts. (Larry Levine/WMATA)

The Transportation Planning Board is scheduled to meet at noon on Wednesday, February 15. The official agenda and all meeting materials will be posted on the Thursday before the meeting. Here’s a quick preview of what’s coming up:

Discussing potential long-range, regional impacts of Metro’s proposed FY 18 budget. Board members will hear from Metro about the fare increases and service cuts the agency is proposing as part of its FY 2018 budget. The key points of the board’s discussion will be transmitted to Metro’s board of directors before the body considers the budget for final approval in March.

Discussing the next phase of the Long-Range Plan Task Force. The board will continue its discussion from last month of the future of the TPB’s Long-Range Plan Task Force. In December the task force completed Phase 1 of its work, which focused on identifying and analyzing the region’s unfunded capital needs. The board will discuss what the overarching goals and objectives of the next phase of the task force’s work should be.

Reviewing draft work plans and budgets for FY 2018. The board will review the draft work plans and budgets for both the TPB and the TPB’s Commuter Connections program for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1. The board will be asked to approve the work plans and budgets at its March meeting.

Approving a change to TPB membership requirements. The board will consider an amendment to the TPB Bylaws that would require “alternate members” to be elected officials from or a paid employee of the jurisdiction they’re representing. The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) proposed the amendment at the TPB’s January meeting.

Programming notes:

  • The board will defer by an additional month its endorsement of a new map and methodology for assessing the impacts of the region’s transportation plans on low-income and minority communities.
  • A board briefing on federal performance-based planning requirements that had been scheduled for the TPB’s January meeting will be touched upon in the Director’s Report.
  • Following a change to the TPB Bylaws in January, board members will now be able to participate remotely in monthly TPB meetings under certain conditions and stipulations.

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