CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
Dave Bailey, City of
Peter Comenzo, Town of
Frank Commisso, Albany Port District Commission
Todd Fabozzi, representing Rocky Ferraro, CDRPC
Tom Kearney, FHWA
Barb McHugh, Town of
Phil Pearson, Town of
Marybeth Pettit, City of
Dave Rettig, NYSDOT Region 1
Jill Ross, NYS Thruway Authority
Deirdre Rudolph, City of
Bernard Sisson, City of
Erin Thomas, City of
Steve Watts, Town of
STAFF AND OTHERS
Jeff Lipnicky, Town of
Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee
Philip Parella, Jr., Capital District Transportation Authority
Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately . He welcomed members and guests who introduced themselves.
The minutes of the
Election of Officers
After expressing thanks to current officers, a motion
was made and unanimously approved to re-elect Michael Franchini as Chairman and
Semi-Annual Progress Report
2006-08 UNIFIED PLANNING WORK PROGRAM
He noted that recent discussions between CDTC and CDTA indicate that the $200,000 consultant effort listed in the draft to develop a regional coordination plan for human service transportation can be deleted. Staff effort should be adequate for the task.
For the next draft, financial tables for CDTA and CDRPC tasks will be included. Planning Committee and Policy Board action in February is planned.
PROPOSED MODIFIED MEETING SCHEDULE
Mr. Poorman reviewed the concept of a revised meeting schedule and indicated that there are modest pros and cons of the revised schedule. Members discussed the concept and took action to adopt the new schedule, to take effect April 2006. The new schedule is:
January: Planning Committee first or second Wednesday AM
February: Planning Committee first Wednesday AM
March: Policy Board first Thursday PM
April: Planning Committee first Wednesday AM
May: Planning Committee first Wednesday AM
June: Policy Board first Thursday PM
July: Planning Committee first or second Wednesday AM
August: Planning Committee first Wednesday AM
September: Policy Board first Thursday PM
October: Planning Committee first Wednesday AM
November: Planning Committee first Wednesday AM
December: Policy Board first Thursday PM
2006-07 LINKAGE PROGRAM SUBMISSIONS
Discussion ensued about the budgets for the proposed projects, relative to their ambitious scopes. CDTC staff will try to refine the scopes and costs before CDTC action on the program. A review team of CDTC staff, CDRPC, NYSDOT and CDTA will evaluate the submissions and offer programming choices for the Planning Committee to consider in February. Due to the tight timeframe, material may be e-mailed to the Planning Committee after the mailout is distributed for the February 1 meeting.
Mr. Poorman also noted that the option exists to select the Linkage projects after February if the programming decision appears rushed; the UPWP can be approved with the funds blocked out.
STATUS OF PLANNING ACTIVITIES
Dave Rettig noted that Region 1 is preparing to restart
the work on the major I-90 project as early as February with activity on the I-90
over the CSX bridge. One roundabout at
the Exit 12 project is open; other work will continue in the spring. Final design work continues on the
Slingerlands Bypass with a July letting planned. He reported that the Crosstown Arterial
project was awarded in December and that the
Jill Ross noted that the Thruway is expanding it E-ZPass recognition striping and labeling program to other toll plazas across the system.
Steve Iachetta reported on the importance of progress with the Exit 3 project. He noted that the runway 19 project is 65% complete and that terminal improvements are ongoing.
Albany Port District Commission
Frank Commisso reported that the port is actively pursuing additional warehouse space and is in the process of acquiring 22 acres adjacent to the port.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Bids and Lettings
Mr. Rettig distributed a copy of the summary of December lettings and upcoming January/February bids. Members discussed the costs of project A196 (Rt 7/I-890 Curry Rd.) and the pattern of high bids. Mr. Rettig noted that a large number of bids are scheduled for March.