PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
Melissa Ashline-Heil, City of
Bradley Birge, City of
Paul Casillo, City of
Peter Comenzo, Town of
Frank Commisso, Albany Port District Commission
Robert Hansen, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Joe LaCivita, Town of
Barb McHugh, Town of
Mike Morelli, Town of
Marybeth Pettit, City of
Tom Richardson, City of
Jim Rivers, representing Bill Roehr, City of
Deidre Rudolph, City of
Steve Watts, Town of
Louis Acosta, Capital District Transportation Authority
Jen Ceponis, Capital District Transportation Committee
Shelly Johnston, Creighton Manning Association
David P. Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee
Andrew Kreshik, City of
Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee
Sree Nampoothiri, Capital District Transportation Committee
Christopher O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee
Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately . Virginia Hammer
from Pine Hills Neighborhood Association addressed the committee. Ms. Hammer voiced concern that the Madison Avenue
project proposed by the City of
Mr. Franchini thanked Ms. Hammer for her comments.
Update on Governor’s Budget and on ARRA Programming
Mr. Hansen reported that all of the Capital Region’s ARRA funded projects have been let; the funds must be obligated by March 31st. Some savings will be realized, but NYSDOT is waiting for guidance from the Governor’s office.
The Governor’s budget for transportation is essentially the same as last year’s (minus the ARRA funds) and is $90 M as an on-state system letting target for all of Region One. The CHIPS program will be maintained at last year’s levels, while CDTA’s budget will be cut by an additional $250,000.
2010-15 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE
Before the programming discussion began,
In addition, John stated that there is a need to re-evaluate the “big-ticket” projects and other commitments shown in the post-14 column of the current draft TIP (the “post period”). Some have been there for a long time. The Planning Committee must reconfirm the feasibility, desirability and priority of these projects before establishing priorities for projects chosen from the current solicitation. The post-14 projects with NHS or STP fund commitments are (with the approximate post-14 NHS or STP construction values):
1. Exit 3 ($15M)
2. Selkirk ByPass ($8M)
5. Alternate route 7 ($9M)
Questions such as priority (compared to the newly proposed projects) need to be addressed. After some discussion, members approved a motion that directs staff to provide a narrative evaluation of these “post” projects at the next Planning Committee meeting.
A short discussion regarding TIP Set-asides followed. Members approved the motion to replenish the set-asides.
Round One Programming
Round One programming is traditionally dedicated to categories in the New Visions Plan that are under-represented in the TIP. These are Highway Rehabilitation, Highway and Bridge Maintenance, ITS, Goods Movement and Community Compatibility/Economic Development. Traditionally, all projects are eligible under Round Two.
The projects shown in the table entitled, “Summary of Candidate Projects Filtered then Ranked by Merit for Round 1” shows all of the newly proposed projects. Projects above the dark line in each funding category pass the Round One Screen and are ranked according to the B/C ratio.
Members discussed the pros and cons of using $100M as the programming target vs. $150M as the programming target. Since these are just targets, members decided that it would be worthwhile to have a “larger” list of projects ready to move forward (in the post 2015 column), so that when additional funding becomes available, the region will be well poised to move projects. Members approved the motion to use a $150M scale, making $75M available for Round One programming--$65 M for Highway Rehabilitation projects, $5M for Highway and Bridge Maintenance projects, $2M for ITS projects, $1M for Goods Movement Projects and $2M for Community Compatibility/Economic Development projects. This would leave $75M for Round Two (and 3) project selection.
Looking at the list, with the Round 1 programming targets in mind, members identified the projects (above the line) that fit the budget in each category:
Highway Rehabilitation-- Members approved the first six projects on the list, skipped project #17 (because the cost exceeded the remaining budget), and approved the 8th and 10th projects (#’s 64 and 68) on the ranked list. NYSDOT clarified that staffing is an issue for the local projects (#1, 28, 61, 59, 64 & 68) on the list, and that the sponsors need to be aware that they will have to locally administer the project and bond the project, as the funds are reimbursed. Members approved the motion to add these projects to the Round One funding list, but to first confirm with the sponsors that they are aware that they will have to locally administer the project and pay for the job up front, before being reimbursed.
Highway and Bridge Maintenance—Project #80 ($4.2 M for Pavement Maintenance Set-aside) fits within the $5M target; members approved this project for Round 1 funding. The bridge maintenance candidate is eligible for HBRR funding and does not have to compete for STP/NHS/CMAQ competitive funding.
ITS—None of the ITS projects above the line on the ranked list fit within the $2M budget. Members discussed the option of funding a first year phase of one of the projects, but decided to table action and leave the $2M for Round 2 funding.
Community Compatibility/Economic Development—Only two projects are above the line in this category, and both are expected to cost $16.5M. Members decided to table action and leave the $2M for Round 2 funding.
Goods Movement—Project #82 under regional set-asides is the only Goods Movement project on the list. Members approved $0.6M for the goods Movement Set-aside.
Tom Richardson questioned the status of the
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 12:30 p.m. The next Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for February 3, 2010.