Local Pedestrian Safety Project Solicitation

NYSDOT in coordination with the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) is pleased to announce the local solicitation for pedestrian safety projects included in the Statewide Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) that was announced in June of 2016. The local solicitation for pedestrian safety projects includes $40,000,000 statewide in federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds for systemic pedestrian safety projects on local and county urban roads and streets. Note that projects will only be eligible within CDTC’s 2010 Adjusted Urbanized Area Boundary. You can view that boundary here. There is a $250,000 minimum to apply for system level projects.

A webinar about the program was held on November 14th at 2 p.m. A link to the recording will be available soon. Additional information about the call for projects, program guidance, application forms and related materials are available at https://www.dot.ny.gov/divisions/operating/osss/highway/psap.

Applications must be submitted to CDTC by email only by March 09, 2018.

Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon Interim MUTCD Approval Terminated

Termination Notice

On December 21, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a Memo that officially rescinds the MUTCD - Interim Approval for Optional Use of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons issued on July 16, 2008.

As background, Federal regulation, through the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways (MUTCD), prohibits the use of patented devices under an interim approval. The FHWA has learned of the existence of four issued U.S. patents, and at least one pending patent application, covering aspects of the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) device originally approved under July 16, 2008 Interim Approval. For the aforementioned reasons, FHWA has rescinded the Interim Approval for all new installations of RRFB devices. Installed RRFBs may remain in service until the end of useful life of those devices and need not be removed.

The MUTCD is incorporated by reference at 23 CFR, Part 655, Subpart F, and is recognized as the national standard for all traffic control devices in accordance with 23 U.S.C. 109(d) and 402(a). For more information visit the MUTCD Terminated Interim Approvals Website.

What does this mean to those who had planned to use an RRFB?

Additional guidance is forthcoming from NYSDOT but as of December 21, 2017, if RRFB's were purchased prior to the date of the FHWA memo, they may be installed as part of the transition. If RRFB's were planned for a project but not purchased, they may not be installed as part of the transition.

Is there a substitute treatment?

There appears to be two MUTCD compliant alternatives: push button activated flashing beacons and push button activated LED enhanced pedestrian warning signs. The New York State Department of Transportation is in the process of reviewing the alternatives and will be providing guidance, particularly with respect to which one will be eligible for Pedestrian Safety Action Plan related projects.

Example of a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon
on Morris Avenue in Albany, NY

CDTC/CDRPC Technical Assistance Program Call for Projects

The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) and the Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) are pleased to announce a collaborative technical assistance program aimed at helping area communities advance local projects that resonate with the New Visions 2040 Regional Transportation Plan. Eligible project categories include, but are not limited to, project support and development; data analysis and mapping; transportation planning and analysis; and local land use planning activities.

Municipalities within the counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady, with the exception of the Village of South Glens Falls and the Town of Moreau, are eligible to apply. Examples of eligible projects may include: traffic modeling or transportation safety projects, grant writing assistance, community connectivity or trail development planning, and GIS mapping and analysis.

If you have an idea for an eligible project, please contact us at techassist@cdrpc.org to arrange a time to discuss your project with our staff. Applications for this round are due at 4 p.m. on March 9, 2018.

2018 CDTC/CDRPC Technical Assistance Program Call for Projects

Program Guidelines

Application and Match Worksheet (save to your computer)

Deadline: 4 p.m. March 9, 2018
email completed applications to techassist@cdrpc.org

Complete Streets Educational and Technical Workshop Series

The primary purpose of CDTC's Educational & Technical Workshop Series is to assist local governments with developing and implementing Complete Streets policies. Many communities in the Capital District have developed, and/or are in the process of developing, Complete Streets policies. Also, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Complete Streets Act (Chapter 398, Laws of New York) on August 15, 2011, requiring state, county and local agencies to consider the convenience and mobility of all users when developing transportation projects that receive state and federal funding.

These free workshops are highly interactive in nature, with the goal of building local capacity to implement Complete Streets approaches, and strengthen relationships between transportation practitioners, other departments, and the community. Key decision makers, stakeholders, and agency professionals learn how to more effectively balance the needs of all users and routinely create and maintain Complete Streets.

Please visit the Complete Streets Educational and Technical Workshop Series page for more information on upcoming workshop opportunities.

2018 Traffic Safety Ambassador Program Solicitation

Since 2016 as part of the Capital Coexist initiative, CDTC has been support a Traffic Safety Ambassador Program in which over $70,000 in bicycle and pedestrian safety projects and programs have been completed.

CDTC is currently soliciting for projects for the 2018 Program which is open to local governments, certified first responders, 501(c)3 non-profits, and for-profit organizations. Proposed projects or programs can request up to $5,000 for Safe Routes to School projects, slow down campaigns, helmet giveaways, pop-up events and demonstration projects, and bicycle skills training. The mini-grant will cover up to 75% of the proposed project or program costs. Visit the 2018 Capital Coexist Mini Grant Page for more information.

CDPHP Cycle! Rolls into the Capital Region

CDTA in partnership with CDPHP have launched the first bike share program in the Capital Region. CDPHP Cycle! officially launched on July 27, 2017 and bikes are initally available in the Cities of Albany, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady and Troy. Read More...