DCHC-MPO Transportation Advisory Committee, September 2013


Wednesday, September 11, 2013 -
9:00am to 11:00am


Committee Room, 2nd Floor, Durham City Hall, Durham NC
The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) is the policy body within the DCHC-MPO which coordinates and makes decisions on transportation planning issues.

The Transportation Advisory Committee is comprised of elected and appointed officials from the City of Durham, the Town of Chapel Hill, the Town of Carrboro, the Town of Hillsborough, Durham County, Orange County, Chatham County, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation.  The TAC also has advisory (non-voting) members from Triangle Transit, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina.

The Transportation Advisory Committee is governed by a set of Bylaws (25 KB), revised November 9, 2005.

The TAC normally meets the second Wednesday of each month in the Durham City Council Committee Room at 9 a.m.  There is typically no meeting in July.  Some meetings may take place in the evening to facilitate participation in public hearings.  Check the calendar for upcoming meeting dates.



Carrboro: Lydia Lavelle; Damon Seils (alternate);Chapel Hill: Mark Kleinschmidt; myself (alternate);Orange County: Alice Gordon; Bernadette Pelissier (alternate).    Ed Harrison

These MPO meetings are traditionally quite tedious, dry, and wonky and very few citizens ever attend. But traffic issues are on everyone's mind right now. Knowledge of the MPO process and activities is a necessary but not sufficient condition for improvement.There is at least one interesting item on the agenda: http://www.dchcmpo.org/agenda/agendafiles/tac/2013-09-11/individual/Att%...>>>A new smartphone app for traffic-choked commuters won't part the seas of cars on the freeway, but it will at least get your annoyed voice heard by elected officials. "I'm Stuck" was created by Building America's Future, a political coalition dedicated to encouraging more investment in roads, bridges, and other infrastructure. (co-chairs include Michael Bloomberg, former Pennsylvania governor Edward Rendell, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.). In a week since its release, the app has been downloa ded almost 10,000 times, sending out around 1,700 letters to elected officials from people in 37 states. Commuters who find themselves trapped in traffic, airplane passengers who are stuck on a tarmac, bus riders stranded at the bus stop: All are encourage d to report their problem via "I'm Stuck," which will shoot a quick, pre-written complaint to the appropriate U.S. representative or senator, tailored to their specific mode of transit and current situation.<<<(via Fastcompany.com)Naturally our Town Council members will want citizens to wait until they arrive at their destination before "texting" them about the tieups...  



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It'll be a busy week across Orange County this week. The Carrboro Alderfolks will discuss bicycle-friendliness and the Lloyd Farm propery mediation process, while the Chapel Hill Town Council will get an update on UNC-related development. Both school boards will review the student performance data recently released by the state, while the Hillsborough Town Board will get an update on the Colonial Inn. The county commmissioners will meet with the Mebane City Council on public transportation and the Buckhorn EDD, and will get an update on Southern Branch Library in a serperate meeting.

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