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02-01-18TAC1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 MESILLA VALLEY METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE The following are minutes for the meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Mesilla Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) which was held February 1, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. in Commission Chambers at Dona Ana County Government Building, 845 Motel Blvd., Las Cruces, New Mexico. MEMBERS PRESENT: David Armijo (SCRTD) Mike Bartholomew (CLC Transit) Dave Wallace proxy for Bill Childress (BLM) Michael Garza (DAC Flood Commission) Todd Gregory (LCPS) Soo Gyu Lee (CLC) Dale Harrell (NMSU) (arrived 4:15) Jolene Herrera (NMDOT) Harold Love (NMDOT) Jack Younker proxy for Debbie Lujan (Town of Mesilla) Robert Duran proxy for Rene Molina (DAC Eng.) Lily Sensiba (EBID) Larry Shannon (Town of Mesilla) Tony Trevino (CLC Public Works) MEMBERS ABSENT: Luis Marmolejo (DAC Planning) STAFF PRESENT: Andrew Wray (MPO Staff) Michael McAdams (MPO Staff) Dominic Loya (MPO) OTHERS PRESENT: Becky Baum, RC Creations, LLC, Recording Secretary 1. CALL TO ORDER (4:00 PM) Love: Okay. We'll call the meeting to order of the Mesilla Valley MPO Technical Advisory Committee. Let's start off by doing a roll call, starting to my far left. Gregory: Todd Gregory, Las Cruces Public Schools. Trevino: Tony Trevino, City of Las Cruces Public Works. DAVID WALLACE, PROXY FOR BILL CHILDRESS, MICROPHONE TURNED OFF. Herrera: Jolene Herrera, NMDOT. Duran: Robert Duran, Engineering, proxy for Rene Molina. 1 2 Armijo: David Armijo, South Central Regional Transit District. 3 4 Sensiba: Lily Sensiba, EBID. 5 6 Garza: Michael Garza, Dona Ana County Flood Commission. 7 8 Love: And I'm Harold Love with New Mexico DOT and Chairman of the 9 Committee. 10 11 2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA 12 13 Love: Next item is the approval of the agenda. IT be looking for a motion and a 14 second. 15 16 Trevino: Second. Motion to approve. 17 18 Herrera: Second. 19 20 Love: We have a motion and second. All in favor? 21 22 MOTION APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY. 23 24 3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES 25 26 3.1 January 4, 2018 27 28 Love: Next agenda item is the approval of the minutes and give a few minutes to 29 review and be looking for a motion and second. 30 31 Trevino: Motion to approve. 32 33 Armijo: Motion to second for the vote. 34 35 Love: Motion and second. All in favor? 36 37 MOTION APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY. 38 39 4. PUBLIC COMMENT 40 41 Love: Next item is public comment. Do we have any public comment? Seeing 42 none. 43 44 5. DISCUSSION ITEMS 45 46 5.1 Discussion of the 2019-2020 UPWP K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 Love: We'll move on to the discussion items. MPO staff. ANDREW WRAY GAVE HIS PRESENTATION. Herrera: Mr. Chair. Sorry Andrew. I do have a question. Related to 3.1, can you or will you be looking at including crash data ... Wray: Yes. Herrera: Possibly on the portal? Wray: Yes. Herrera: Okay. Wray: Yes. Herrera: Thanks. ANDREW WRAY CONTINUED HIS PRESENTATION. Herrera: Mr. Chair. Love: Go ahead. Herrera: I do have one comment. I think that we need to talk a little bit more about section 5.4, the A Mountain study area and that's probably a discussion that the NMDOT needs to have with MPO staff, just as far as the use of SPR funds. I don't know what the access to those kinds of funds is going to be like in the next fiscal year. So I just wanted to call attention to that. I'll check with our upper management in planning in Santa Fe and see about accessibility to those funds. But that might be an item that we have to remove depending on the availability of the funding. Wray: Staff was aware that that might be a possibility but we thought that since, it's in here because that was something that our Policy Committee in the last MTP specifically directed us to do and we have been unable to follow through with that. But we're aware with the potential funding issues with that. But thank you. I will make a note. Herrera: And they're welcome to fund it with local funds if it's a priority for the region. Love: Any other comments? 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 5.2 Presentation on the eSTIP Love: We move on to item 5.2, presentation on the eSTIP. ANDREW WRAY GAVE HIS PRESENTATION. Love: Next item, 6.1, Committee comments ... Bartholomew: I did have a question real quick. Love: Go ahead please. Bartholomew: I know when we submit our grants on the FTA side you're supposed to refer to where in the STIP the projects are, so for now until I find out what FTA wants I think I've got a solution for that, but as there are amendments done I noticed on each of the projects it shows when it's amended. So when a TIP is amended does that amend all the projects or are there going to be different amendment dates on different projects in there? Wray: That is actually a very good question because that could directly impact the solution that you have. I don't know. I will have to look into that. Just for everyone's information, Mr. Bartholomew has to cite the page, formally the page in the STIP to FTA for his project amendments. There is no longer going to be a physical copy of the STIP in existence anywhere and we are trying to work around that, and what we're doing, our suggestion is that he utilize the URL of the project page in the eSTIP, but that will change via amendment. We'll have to work on that. Bartholomew: Okay. Wray: We'll have to work on that. Bartholomew: There's also a spot in there to put when the STIP was last updated, yeah. You're supposed to put the date there so that was the basis of that question, is if one project is amended does that basically amend every project in there, so. Wray: It may be safest to update with the most recent concluded cycle of the STIP just in future as to when the update is, because I imagine, and Ms. Herrera can correct me, but I imagine the entire eSTIP is considered as being amended any time a change is adopted by the Transportation Commission. Is that the attitude going forward? Herrera: No, I don't think so. So the projects that are not changing shouldn't be amended. But I still see how it can be an issue if you're pointing to a specific URL. So I think Andrew and I can work with the nm.stip rd 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 coordinator to figure out a better process for you so that when FTA goes looking they're able to find something. Bartholomew: Thank you. Love: Any other comments or questions? Okay. 6. COMMITTEE AND STAFF COMMENTS 6.1 City of Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, Town of Mesilla, Las Cruces Public Schools, RoadRUNNER Transit, SCRTD Project Updates Love: We'll move on to item number 6.1, Committee comments. We'll start with the City of Las Cruces. Trevino: Similar to last month, Roadrunner Parkway, we opened up bids this past month and surprisingly they came out fairly low, below the engineer's estimate. Hopefully get those contracts executed and begin construction by hopefully April, March/April. Harrelson will be put out to bid, it is advertising. We do open up bids the 17th of February, I believe and South Telshor ADA improvements which is Co -Op money will be going out to bid in March 2018. So that about sums it up for me right now. Love: Dona Ana County. Duran: Soledad Canyon is moving along. It's at 85% complete, construction to begin September 2018. The Camino Real/Dona Ana School Road project, we did receive the right-of-way certification from DOT. We do have to update the utility cert. and get a new CTSC and after all that, construction will begin. Love: Town of Mesilla. Shannon: Town of Mesilla has nothing to report at the moment. Love: Las Cruces Public Schools. Gregory: So we still continue our coordination of our weekly/monthly walking events. We had a lot of themed walking events over December and we continue our education, our bike safety and pedestrian safety education at the elementary schools and have completed most of the schools and continue to do that. A lot of the coordination is working with some of the bike groups and walking groups at many of the elementary schools or middle schools that have been participating. Again, a lot of our walking events, we ended up getting a lot of other parties involved. We had Border Patrol, Texas Roadhouse, cheer squads, high school basketball 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 teams that came out and helped participate in our bigger events, and again one of our other big events was Southwest Disposal had donated 74 bikes and helmets to our students at Conlee right before the break. And then our other, that last month of December we had a little over 1,800 walkers, 84 bikers, and 516 volunteer staff or parents kind of helping out. And that's fairly good for a cold, for this time of year. So it's working pretty good. And then we just keep continuing to try to participate in the BPAC and some of the other transportation committees with some of our champions and coordinators. We still reach out with flyers, bulletin boards, Facebook, Sun News to kind of do our outreach. And that's probably good enough. Love: RoadRUNNER Transit. Bartholomew: Not too much to update from last month. We're still continuing to work on implementing some route changes that we want to do in March. These route changes will be a permanent addition of an additional route. This is actually the first additional main City route that we've added probably in my tenure here at the City of Las Cruces. Also today we did just receive on our lot two brand-new heavy-duty buses. One of them is going to be a replacement bus for a 2000 bus that we're no longer using. The old bus doesn't work. And the other one we're going to make an expansion bus out of it for this new route. That's all I have. Love: Regional Transit District. Armijo: Good afternoon. A couple items, we're now coming on the 22nd of this month will be two-year anniversary since we rolled out services, so we're going to go out into the public, have a couple meetings before the end of the month and I'll have a deadline, or dates on that and send that out to folks. But give people an opportunity to evaluate, review the services that we have. The services have really grown quite a bit over the last year but I think one of the four routes, the Blue Route is pretty slow. So that one comes into Mesilla so we'll have to look at what alternatives we have if we decide to make changes there. In addition to that we would look at some additional services. We moved half of our operation out to Anthony and that's resulted in a real cost savings to us, especially on fuel. I think our fuel cost is down about 15% not having to run all that deadhead miles. But with that we also added some trips so a lot of the cost savings was kind of eaten up from that, but we still have a positive in the reduction of fuel and labor costs for that. So as we look at that, we look at the future. The other aspect and probably the second thing that's most important I've been working on it for about a year, we're going to roll out sometime in probably the early spring, maybe six weeks from now our first Google Map. So we'll have an app and that's going to play really well. 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 We've had some interesting times. This is my third time I've done this and Google has become more bureaucratic than some government agencies, I can tell you that much. I've got two IT people working on this thing and the other IT person left. I think Google broke him. But I think the significance of that Google app is that it will show in our region where there's transportation. So our bus stops will come up onto the Google system throughout some of the areas coming in from Otero County, Dona Ana, and of course soon will be Sierra County as we begin to look at some services out there in the next few months. But most importantly we'll actually show our connectivity with the RoadRUNNER at the Move It Center at the Mesilla Valley Intermodal. It'll also show the connections to Sun Metro at El Paso's northeast and the west side, and I think as we grow that system I hope to work with some of our companions over in El Paso County Transit and Sunland Park, because we do a lot of transfers and connections with them as well. So I think that's part of the mission statement of the organization. Our board just had a kind of a mini -retreat, workshop, and that's one of the things we're changing is the actual mission statement. So we'll be rolling that out. I encourage you to go to our website scrtd.org and catch up. I'm still doing a lot of tinkering with that. So that's the end of my report. 6.2 NMDOT Projects Update Love: DOT project updates. Herrera: Thank you Mr. Chair. Just real quick, we only have one project going on actively in construction right now, and it's Spitz/Solano and Three Crosses. We are on schedule, finishing up just a little bit of utility work and then they'll put in the final pavement. We're still looking at end of April if not sooner to have that project complete. So I know that we're all eagerly awaiting that date. Upcoming we have Valley Drive. It's in the award process right now. We should be looking at having construction start probably later this spring, early summer, so after Spitz/Solano/Three Crosses is done then we'll be working on Valley. Simultaneously we are in design for the University/1-25 interchange project. We're at about 60% right now and we're looking to let that project in October of this year. So we'll have two major projects ongoing within City limits sort of at the same time, so look forward to that. And that's all I have. 6.3 MPO Staff Projects Update Love: MPO staff updates. 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Wray: Thank you Mr. Chair. MPO staff wishes to invite everyone to attend the Active Transportation Plan open meeting that is scheduled for this coming Saturday, February 3rd. It's going to be from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Bank of the West lobby there in Downtown. It's an open meeting so anyone and everyone is invited to attend and staff wishes for as many of you to attend as desire to be there. I do not believe staff has any other updates. 7. PUBLIC COMMENT Love: Move on to next item. Any public comment? Seeing none. 8. ADJOURNMENT (4:35 PM) Love: We'll move to adjournment. Looking for a motion. Herrera: So moved. Bartholomew: Second. Love: All in favor? MOTION APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY. Love: We are adjourned. Cha Fp s rf