PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
Bradley Birge, City of
Peter Comenzo, Town of
Frank Commisso, Albany Port District Commission
Rocky Ferraro, Capital District Regional Planning Commission
Joe LaCivita, Town of
Kate Maynard, Town of
Barb McHugh, Town of
Mike Morelli, Town of
Tom Richardson, City of
Jim Rivers, representing Bill Roehr, City of
Deidre Rudolph, City of
Steve Watts, Town of
Jen Ceponis, Capital District Transportation Committee
Natalie Cook, CDTC Intern
Don Csaposs, Town of
Mayor Jim Gaughan,
Shelly Johnston, Creighton Manning Association
David P. Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee
Andrew Kreshik, City of
Maryanne Mariotti, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee
Sree Nampoothiri, Capital District Transportation Committee
Christopher O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee
Phil Pearson, Interested Citizen
Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately .
Phil Pearson addressed the Committee. He asked the Committee to support the Route
85 project in the Town of
Devon Dal Pos, from the Southwest Saratoga Springs Neighborhood
Association, addressed the committee regarding the Geyser Road Trail Project. Mr. Dal Pos stated that the trail is a much
needed component of the existing trail network in the city, and would serve the
Geyser Crest neighborhood, SPAC and would connect to the Town of
Mayor Gaughan from the
Mr. Franchini thanked today’s visitors for their comments.
The minutes from the
ARRA High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Planning Studies
Dave Jukins redistributed NYSDOT’s ARRA High Speed
Intercity Passenger Rail Project table that was previously distributed at the
February 3rd meeting. The new
handout was annotated to identify which projects were approved for inclusion in
Members approved addition of the Empire Corridor Program and NY/VT Bi-State Intercity Passenger Rail Program planning studies to CDTC’s 2010-12 UPWP.
Bob Hansen was asked for some clarification of the previously
approved ARRA rail TIP projects approved for the region. Bob indicated that the Albany-Schenectady Double Track project does include funds to
improve the grade crossings at Morris/Cordell and at
2007-12 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
Background for TIP Amendments RG110, RG111 and RG115
NYSDOT provided a table that summarizes programmed and actual figures for TIP projects A512, RG115, A513, S198, RG114, RG110 and RG111. This table provided the information required for members to consider Items A, B, C and D on the agenda. After some discussion, members approved the proposed amendments to RG110, RG115 and RG111, since the savings shown in some projects covered the additional cost in project RG111.
The TIP amendment described under Item B on the agenda,
spurred a discussion among members.
NYSDOT asked committee members to approve a $3.24M funding increase to
cover the cost of seven 1R projects.
These 1R projects, by definition, do not have structural needs, and are
currently in good condition. NYSDOT would
like to repave sections of the seven roads to avoid costly reconstruction in
the near future as their condition declines.
If approved, the life of each of the seven roads will be extended by 10-15
years. Members voiced concern about
setting a precedent of using regular federal program funds for 1R projects. Members were also concerned that other worthy
projects would not get funded by taking money off the table to fund the 1R’s. A
discussion regarding the bleak forecast of both state and federal funding for
transportation followed. Members asked
2010-11 LINKAGE PROGRAM
Members requested that CDTC staff work with the town of
2010-15 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE
Summary of Remaining Candidate Projects
Before Round 2 discussions began,
Approximately $78M is on the table for Round 2
programming. This leaves a noticeable amount for Round 3 to take care of
programming oversights and public input.
Safety: Members approved the three safety projects that had B/C ratios of 1.0 or greater. Referring to project tables included in the Planning Committee materials, TIP project candidates #5, #37 and #47 were approved by this action.
Regional Set-Asides: Members approved funding for TIP project candidate #78 (ADA Set-aside) at $5M; TIP Project candidate #81 (Linkage Transition Engineering) at $1.0M and TIP project candidate #84 (CDTC Spot Improvement Program) at $0.75M. Members discussed funding TIP project candidate #83 (Regional Operations Support Initiative) at a scaled back amount of $4.5M. The motion to add this project to the draft program did not pass.
Further Round 2 and Round 3 programming was tabled until the April 7th meeting.
Change to Project Selection Procedures
Changes to the Draft 2010-15 Project Listings
A handout was distributed at the meeting that identified editorial changes, significant cost increases and decreases for some projects. SA152 was previously shown as a cost increase but should instead be shown with a cost decrease of $4.3M. Members approved the changes to the project listings, as identified in the handout, with this correction noted.
Bob Hansen distributed a list of bridge projects for
possible inclusion in the draft
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned
at The next
Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for
John P. Poorman