PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
Birge, City of
Wayne Bonesteel, representing
Rocky Ferraro, Capital District Regional Planning Commission
Robert Hansen, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
McHugh, Town of
Michael Morelli, Town of
Nichols, City of
Pettit, City of
Roehr, City of
STAFF AND OTHERS
Jim Digioia, NYS Office of General Services
David Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee
Larry Mulvaney, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Chris O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee
Nelson Ronsvalle, Town of
Mike Wieszchowski, Laberge Group
Karen Williams, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Cathy Woodruff, Times
Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately .
Digioia addressed the Committee with a follow up to previous comments he had
made regarding the recent emergency on I-90 in
Approval of the
The minutes were approved without any modifications.
ECONOMIC STIMULUS PROGRAM
Bob Hansen reviewed various aspects of the Stimulus bill signed by the President. Of note is that 50% of the stimulus funds must be obligated within 120 days. He reported that there are sub-allocations within the stimulus funds for transportation enhancements (TEP), small and large urban, and rural, etc. Stringent reporting/auditing requirements will be required for each project receiving stimulus funds, with emphasis on number of jobs created by each. Furthermore, maintenance of effort, for both state and federal funds will need to be demonstrated.
Dave Jukins continued the discussion by drawing the group’s attention to Tables 1, 2 and 3 previously e-mailed to the Committee. He pointed out that back in December, it was expected that the eight counties in Region 1, including the CDTC and AGFTC areas, would receive roughly $127 million (about $100 million for the CDTC area). Dave reported that the current allocation target is much less, estimated at $87 million for Region 1 ($70-75 million for the CDTC area). An additional $14 million is expected for transit. Additional funds will be made available for airport and port projects. Bob Hansen indicated that these estimates are subject to change.
Dave reminded the group of previous discussion on the 11” x 17” table entitled Draft List of CDTC Candidate Stimulus Projects dated 1/21/09 and that the committee had agreed to a process that: (1) focused on current TIP projects that could be ready to go (which would allow us, at a later date to back-fill the void left by soliciting for new projects potentially); (2) looked at “upscoping” projects that have previously been pulled back on due to funding constraints; and (3) look to potential “ready-to-go” new projects if funds remain unspent.
Since development of that "candidate" table, NYSDOT
Region 1 staff has worked to identify “deliverability”, now within the 120 day
timeframe contained in the stimulus legislation. In addition, comments from the public and
agencies have been considered. As a result, CDTC staff, in collaboration with
NYSDOT Region 1 staff, produced “Table A, Revisions to CDTC’s Draft Stimulus
List Based on Information Provided by NYSDOT Region 1 at a Meeting Held at CDTC
Overall Project Selection Process
The Committee reviewed Table A line by line. The Table’s listing of projects for proposed removal from Table 1 (Draft List of CDTC Candidate Stimulus Projects) reflects: deliverability issues; the fact that some projects were tagged as “1R” projects (i.e. pavement resurfacing) on roadways requiring more extensive repairs, or are otherwise ineligible for federal funds.
As part of this discussion, several projects were added back into Table 1. These include TIP projects S190/S176 Rehab of Existing Canalway Trail/Mohawk Hudson Bike-Hike Trail/Canalway Trail-Schenectady Segment and SA195 Zim Smith Trail Contract 2. These enhancement projects were initially pulled off Table 1 to be applied against the TEP (Transportation Enhancements) set-aside in the stimulus legislation. The group indicated it makes sense to have one list from which the appropriate stimulus funds can be tapped, while providing flexibility to account for the likelihood that some projects will be able to be delivered as envisioned and others may not be.
Some discussion followed about S170, Schenectady Intermodal (Western Gateway) where Kristina indicated the cost should read $4.5M versus the $2.5M shown. Apparently the $2.5M amount relates to stabilization of the rail platform only while $4.5M is the estimate of the amount needed to complete the project. It was agreed to keep the project cost at $2.5 million for now until the cost issue can be resolved.
Mayor Gaughan of
Dave Jukins indicated that staff would eventually respond to each of the public/agency comments received.
Highway Programming Action
Jukins then referred to the narrative in the Planning Committee mail-out dated
Dave reminded members that one element of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act requires that “economic distress” of an area, as defined by the Public Works Act of 1965, be used to help prioritize projects. Projects located within an area of low per capita income and/or unemployment rates above the national average are defined as economically distressed. CDTC and CDRPC identified and mapped economically distressed census tracts within the CDTC area as well as stimulus projects located within economically distressed census tracts (previously distributed). NYSDOT is working to develop a better understanding of the Congressional intent of this requirement.
The Planning Committee recommended the following programming action:
A discussion ensued regarding how the Planning
Committee would have oversight with respect to the progress of stimulus funded
projects. This would allow the Committee
to have a handle on the amount of funds that would then become available for
future TIP programming on potential new TIP candidates.
Transit Programming Action
The Planning Committee considered the transit projects
contained in Table 1.
The Planning Committee approved the CDTA staff recommendation to add the four transit projects in Table 1 to the stimulus list, contingent on the CDTA Board’s approval. This would add $15M in stimulus funds with $9M of Section 5307 funds being moved from T17 to T57. Also, $4.5M of contingent discretionary stimulus funds would be added to T69, $10M to T70, and $22.5M to T17.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
A395 & S150
proposed project was discussed at the February 4, 2009 Planning Committee
meeting and is a NYSDOT/Amtrak Rail Initiative requiring Planning Committee and
Policy Board approval to be added to the TIP.
This project was previously on the TIP and was removed due to lack of
funding. The project involves providing
a double-track between the Rensselaer Rail station and
state did not accept the bids for this project as the lowest came in greater
than $20M more than the amount currently funded on the
Stimulus Project List Action
The Planning Committee considered and approved a motion to send the stimulus project list as approved and noted above to the Governor’s office and to incorporate the appropriate language and stimulus funding amounts into the TIP pending Policy Board consideration and approval at its March 2009 meeting.
2009–14 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE
Dave Jukins reported on the TIP Update Schedule. At the last NYSMPO Directors/NYSDOT RPPM meeting it was decided that TIP/STIP updates will be delayed for 3 to 6 months. This will provide time to work out available funds for update programming as the stimulus projects work through the process and a determination is made regarding what will be available for future project candidates. The update discussion will be revisited at the April Planning Committee meeting.
STATUS OF PLANNING
Due to the hour, the status of planning activities was not reported.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at