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Minutes - Transportation - 8/9/2010 CITY OF BOULDER BOULDER, COLORADO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS MEETING THEME MINUTES Name of Board/ Commission: Transportation Advisory Board Date of Meeting: 9 August 2010 Contact Information Preparing Summary: Laurel Olsen-Boren 303-441-3266 Board Members Present: Michael Deragisch, David Driscoll, Spenser Havlick, Matt Moseley, Jessica Yates Board Members Absent: None Staff Present: Tracy Winfree, Director of Public Works for Transportation Mike Gardner-Sweeney, Transportation Planning and Operations Coordinator Randall Rutsch, Senior Transportation Planner Chris Hagelin, Senior Transportation Planner Cris Jones, Transportation Planner II Laurel Olsen-Horen, Board Secretary Type of Meeting: Advisory/ Regular Agenda Item 1: Call to Order [6:00 p.m.] The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. Agenda Item 2: Approval of minutes from 12 July 2010 [6:00 p.m.] Deferred until the Sept. meeting to allow for staff to complete the review process Agenda Item 3: Public Participation [6:01 p.m.] None Agenda Item 4: Public hearing and consideration of a recommendation to the City Council on proposed project submittals for the Denver Regional Council of Government's 2010-2017 Transportation Improvements Program [6:01 p.m.] Randall Rutsch presented item to board Executive Summary from Packet Materials: The Transportation Improvements Program (TIP) process is the primary mechanism for local governments to receive federal transportation dollars. A new TIP is developed by the Denver Regional Council of Governments every four years through a competitive submittal process- This memo provides an overview of the transportation projects that the city is considering as submittals for the 2012-2017 TIP. The city can submit up to eight projects. In preparation for the TIP submittal, city staff has developed a list of projects for consideration by the TAB. Each TIP cycle, DRCOG revises the criteria by which projects are scored. The final criteria are scheduled to be released in early August as part of the solicitation announcement. At that point, staff will have more insight into how the projects will score and funding amounts by project category. A 20% local match for funding is also required. Developing the final list of TIP projects is a balance between several factors: which projects will score' the best, which category they will compete in, how much money is available in each category, how much local match the City can identify, and which projects will best forward the goals of the community as laid out in the Transportation Master Plan. To maximize the City's flexibility in packaging the most advantageous list of projects, Table 1 presents 12 projects that staff supports for inclusion the City's submittal to DRCOG for the 2012-2017 TIP. Staff proposes to submit the eight projects which have the best chance of being selected for TIP funding. The other projects serve as "back-ups" in case one of the top eight projects become unfeasible due to issues in the local match, from a design or cost perspective, or due to changes in the criteria. Also shown in Table 1 are projects which may be submitted by regional partners with some participation by the City of Boulder. Public Comment: None Board Discussion and Comments Included: [6:07 p.m.] Each protect was briefly discussed individually. TAB Theme Minutes 9 August 2010 Page I of 4 • Flexibility and Ongoing Evaluation: Is it still the direction from staff to support items 1-8? Staff response: they are the most developed, however staff would like to have the board endorse more than eight in order to have flexibility to identify the most competitive projects based on local match, scoring ability and funding pools. • Project Scalability: As staff looks at the scoring of all of the projects, it may become clear that some of the more expensive projects may turn out to be non fundable and either eliminated from consideration or scaled back. • Local Match for Flood-Related Projects: Wonderland Creek Project clarification - none of the matching funds will come out of the transportation budget. They will come from the utilities budget and potentially the urban drainage district, similar to other flood-related projects. Motion: Deragish moved to give the transportation department the authority to advance all projects listed and to submit up to eight of the highest scoring, most competitive projects for the TIP process. Moseley seconded. Clarification to endorse the project list that begins on page five. Board understands that there are unknowns regarding endorsing each individual project based on information not available yet. Motion passes: 5:0 Agenda Item 5. Public hearing and consideration of a recommendation regarding the 14 September 2010 (Moved to 28 September 2010) City Council Transportation Finance Study Session [6:50 p.m.] Randall Rutsch presented item to board Power Point presentation presented for item Executive Summary from Packet Materials: Over the past several years, the Transportation Advisory Board ("I'AB) and staff have worked together to explore additional funding options for transportation. This memo shares the draft memo for an upcoming study session with City Council on transportation funding. TAB is asked to respond to the questions being posed to Council. This information will be incorporated into the final memo for Council. Please note that the attached memo is still a work-in-progress, and further staff review may result in minor changes to the memo to improve clarity and communication. Board Discussion and Comments Included: [6:59 p.m.] • Are there other funding sources to be considered beyond the Transportation Maintenance Fee ('IMF)'? The Development Excise Tax could be a possibility for consideration as an increased source of revenue. However, this source of funding does not address ongoing maintenance and operations. Perhaps this and other revenue sources could also be considered, though not all TAB members supported a DET increase. • Clearly communicate the need for additional transportation funding Board would like to create a message from TAB to endorse Council move to secure more adequate funding for the city's transportation future. They ought to not wait too much longer. The board feels that it is in their prevue to ensure that Council understands the necessity to find additional funding. Board would like to present transportation issues as a value to Council. The board would like to emphasize that this is a unanimous statement. The board realizes that they are representatives of the community, and thus should not have to worry about the overall politics. TAB chair and Vice Chair could go to the Study Session to present the TAB's view point. Driscoll and Moseley have volunteered to work on a rough draft for Council to present TAB's views on transportation funding for the Study Session. • Comments on the draft memorandum: Board would like to place emphasis on the statement in the Executive Summary where it states, "while these statistics are impressive, the city is not on track on meeting its goals on reducing single occupancy vehicles." Also, that the city knows where it wants to go to improve the transportation system, but the funding again, is an obstacle. Public Comment: None Motion: Driscoll moved to give staff the privilege to proceed with presenting this item to Council with the suggestions from the board included. Yates seconded Motion passes: 5:0 TAB Theme Minutes 9 August 2010 Page 2 of 4 Agenda Item 6: [7:26 p.m.] Matters from the Board Included: Individual TAB members raised the following: • What is the status of Bike Share? Staff response: we have selected B-Cycle to work with, and are currently working through the project design and hope to have something going in 2011. B-Cycles is currently out in the community doing some fundraising now. Board members asked more detailed questions about B-Cycle operations, such as how helmets are dealt with. Staff will return to the board with a more formal update in the future. • Board volunteer for the Farmer's Market bicycle parking survey. Staff response: Hagelin has completed the downtown survey, and it appears that we need additional bicycle parking facilities. Staff will solicit the board for help again next year. • What is the possibility for a bike corral in the downtown area? Staff response: Marni Ratzel is currently working on the bike corral demonstration. • Board Retreat and Bike Tour: 25 August 2010.4:00 p.m. bike tour; 6:00 p.m. retreat to be held at David's house. • Is the city charging enough for the permits for residents and commuters alike? Is it in the best interest in the city's TDM to price the permits at such a cheap cost? Staff response: we have scheduled an agenda item for November board meeting with Molly Winter for the board to discuss policy alignment between the TMP and the city's parking pricing policies and practices - variable parking prices by demand also was cited as an idea. Matters from staff / non-agenda included: [7:57 p.m.] • Driven to Drive Less outreach Campaign update o CMAC grant given to the city in 2009. a City is working with Sukel Advertising, ideas were presented to board. • Regional Studies Update o Increased ridership estimates for NW Rail and BRT o Quiet Zone report for NW Rail that came out last week. • Project Updates / Closures (i.e. progress, Council action, "after" studies) o North Broadway Project will be opening up prior to school starting. o Broadway / Euclid Project, utility work is commencing. Students are participating on the underpass art projects. o Baseline signal is underway with a goal of being operational by first day of classes. • Other Matters Agenda Item 7: Future Schedule Discussion: [8:19 p.m.] TAB retreat on the Wednesday, 25'x` of August Agenda Item 8: Adjournment [8:20p.m.] There being no further business to come before the board at this time, by motion regularly adopted, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m. Motion: Yates moved to adjourn; seconded by Deragisch Motion passes 5:0 Date, Time, and Location of Next Meeting: The next meeting will be a regular work meeting on Monday, 13 September 2010 in the Council Chambers at 6 m.; unless othe wise decided by staff and the Board. APPROVED 'Y-~ ATTESTED Board Chair Bo ci r 3 13 7ere l bd 0610 Date Date TAB Theme Minutes 9 August 2010 Page 3 o f 4 An audio recording of the full meeting for which these minutes are a summary is available on the Transportation Advisory Board web page. a.`y TAB Theme Minutes 9 August 2010 Page 4 of 4