Here’s what’s coming up at the Jan. 18 TPB meeting

At its Jan 18 meeting the TPB is set to discuss new federal performance based planning (Mr.TinDC/Flickr)
At its Jan 18 meeting the TPB is set to discuss new federal performance-based planning requirements. (Mr.TinDC/Flickr)

The Transportation Planning Board is scheduled to meet at noon on Wednesday, January 18. 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:

Endorsing Environmental Justice analysis areas map. Staff have developed a new approach to assess whether major regional transportation investments will have disproportionate negative impacts on low-income and minority populations. The board will consider endorsing a map of geographic areas with high concentrations of these groups that will support the new approach.

Approving Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) appointments for 2017. The TPB will make appointments to its Citizen Advisory Committee. The committee is charged with promoting public involvement in transportation planning for the region and providing independent, region-oriented citizen advice to the TPB on transportation plans and issues.

Meeting new federal performance-based planning requirements. Federal law now requires metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to work with states to gather data and set targets on key performance measures, such as highway safety, or pavement conditions. The TPB will receive the first in a series of briefings planned for the coming year as it begins working to set targets and report on performance.

Discussing the next phase of the Long-Range Plan Task Force. The board will discuss the second phase of work of its Long-Range Plan Task Force. Last month, the board approved the task force’s Phase 1 report which identified the region’s unfunded capital needs and analyzed future travel conditions under low-investment and high-investment transportation scenarios.

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