A quorum of the MATS Policy Committee met starting at 9:30 a.m. on June 8, 2016 at 682 Cherry Street, Suite 1000. The agenda and March 9, 2016 Policy Committee meeting minutes were approved (1st Delong; 2nd: Clifford).

Committee Reports:
Greg Brown, MATS Planner, summarized the discussion at the Citizen Advisory Committee meeting held April 13, 2016. The CAC approved moving its meeting time to 6 p.m. and reducing the quorum from 11 to 7. Two additional committee members were approved. The CAC also approved proposed amendments to the TIP and LRTP.

Mike Greenwald, MATS Technical Director, summarized the discussion at the Technical Committee meeting held April 20, 2016. The TCC approved proposed amendments to the TIP and LRTP. GDOT and transportation modeling consultant – Cambridge Systematics – presented the modeling process that will be used for the LRTP update.

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendment:
Mike Greenwald, MATS Technical Coordinator, presented the document entitled “Amendment 2 for the 2040 LRTP and Amendment 2 for the FY 2014-2017 TIP – May 2016.” Tom McQueen, GDOT, asked that the descriptions of the amendments for project #5 & 6 strike the sentence “Moved from Long Range into FY 17. Mr. McQueen also asked that the TIP & LRTP Amendment project sheets for the bridge replacement projects over several Norfolk Southern rail lines (PI#: 0014895, 0014898 & 0014899) be amended to reflect that zero state funds are going into the projects and that the $100,000 listed as state funding should be moved to indicate a local funding source, which in the case of these projects is Norfolk Southern.

Public comment was received related to the bridge replacement projects at Oglethorpe Street (PI# 0014898) and College Street (PI#0014899) that expressed concern for the impact that bridge replacement may have on historical resources including, but not limited to the bridges and surrounding properties.

Motion Approved: The Policy Committee directs staff to forward the public comment to GDOT for consideration during the preliminary engineering planning process (1st:C. Whitby, 2nd: C. Yearty).

Motion Approved: The Policy Committee adopts Amendment 2 for the 2014-2017 TIP as amended. (1st: C. Yearty, 2nd: S. Shepherd)

The Mayor noted that Norfolk Southern is considering double tracking the “S-Route” through Macon and that the bridge replacement projects are proposed to be wide enough to allow for double tracking as well as double stacking railcars.

Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP):
M. Greenwald, MATS Technical Coordinator, presented the document entitled “Working DRAFT – LRTP Project Update List v. 6/7/2016.” M. Bilderback, Monroe County, requested the inclusion of a pedestrian/bicycle improvements along US 41 and Bass Road and around Bolingbroke.

Motion Approved: The Policy Committee supports the inclusion of pedestrian/bicycle improvements along US 41 and Bass Road and around Bolingbroke in the 2040 LRTP Update (1st: M. Bilderback, 2nd: D. Martin).

Additional changes to the projects outlined on the “Working DRAFT – LRTP Project Update List v. 6/7/2016,” included:

  • Adding the Central Georgia Rail Trail to the 2030 Network.
  • Adding the Avondale Mill Rd. tunnel at Macon Airport to the 2030 Network.

The August 3, 2016 Policy Committee meeting will be the last time that new projects will be considered for inclusion in the LRTP update.

After brief discussion, the Policy Committee adopted the LRTP amendments outlined in the document entitled “Amendment 2 for the 2040 LRTP and Amendment 2 for the FY 2014-2017 TIP – May 2016” and discussed in depth as part of the TIP amendment process.

Motion Approved: The Policy Committee adopts “Amendment 2 for the 2040 LRTP” (1st: C. Yearty, 2nd: S. Shepherd).

MATS Website: Mark Strozier, MATS web specialist, shared the new MATS website and project map now available at www.mats2040.org.

Agenda Item – Project Status Report: Jack Reed, GDOT District 3 Planning and Programming Engineer, reviewed GDOT’s list of “Projects in Current TIP and Maintenance Projects” for the MATS region. Reed also provided the following updates on projects under construction:

  • Jeffersonville Road widening between Emery Hwy and Millerfield Rd. will be let between Nov. 2016 and Jan. 2017. D. Fortson, County Engineer, noted that there may be need to modify the bridge design over Walnut Creek and to coordinate the relocation of the fiberoptics owned by AT&T. These modifications may cause some delay in letting these projects.
  • Ocmulgee Heritage Trail – Walnut Creek Extension may be delayed until trail maintenance concerns raised by the Ocmulgee National Monument can be addressed.
  • D. Fortson, County Engineer, shared that GDOT is about to start a project not included on the project status report that will improve the intersection alignment at Forsyth Rd & Old Forsyth.

Agenda Item – Old Business
None offered.

Agenda Item – New Business
None offered.

There being no further discussion, the meeting concluded at approximately 11:15 a.m.

Download full report with attendance list: MATS Policy Meeting Results June 8 2016 [PDF]