PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
David Bailey, City of
Joel Cochran, representing Larry Benton,
Judy Breselor, representing Fred Howard,
Kevin Corcoran, Town of
Todd Fabozzi, representing Rocky Ferraro, Capital
Regional Planning Commission
Bruce Hidley, City of
Barbara McHugh, Town of
Phil Pearson, Town of
Marybeth Pettit, City of
John Poorman, Capital District Transportation Committee (Secretary)
Dave Rettig, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Jill Ross-Schmelz, representing Don Bell, NYS Thruway Authority
Dede Rudolph, City of
Bernie Sisson, City of
Steve Watts, Town of
STAFF AND OTHERS
Frank Bonafide, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Bob Hansen, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Mary Marsh, Capital District Transportation Authority
Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee
Jason Newman, FHWA/CDTC
Ann Sutkin, NYSDOT Region 1
Paul Tazbir, Town of
Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately . There were no visitors requesting to speak.
Bruce Hidley noted that he was present at the meeting
but not listed in the minutes; the spelling of Lee Ecker was also
corrected. The minutes of the
UNIFIED PLANNING WORK PROGRAM
2005-06 Linkage Program
Sandy Misiewicz reviewed the previously-distributed summary of Linkage program requests. The 2005-06 program focuses on several evaluation criteria, with emphasis on the degree to which each submission addresses six particular program strategies. Proposed studies were rated from A to C by a review committee composed of CDTC and CDRPC staff. The summary material lists four proposals in a Group 1 with the highest relative ranking (A); three in a Group 2 with a high relative ranking (B+); and seven in a Group 3 with a slightly lower relative ranking (B through C).
Members discussed the rankings and reviewed the four
programming options identified in the summary material. It was agreed to use the $15,000 (federal)
released from the Arbor Hill Gateway study to augment the approximate $200,000
reserved for the program. After further
discussion, members agreed to follow Option 3 from the summary material. This funds all submissions in Group 1 and
Group 2 (Malta Route 9, Harriman Campus, Stillwater Route 4; Saratoga Springs
Downtown; Guilderland Hamlet;
Draft 2005-06 UPWP
He noted that the financial requirements of the program cannot be sustained past 2005-06 (particularly the scale of Linkage activities) without an increase in the planning budget in the TEA-21 Reauthorization. Reauthorization discussions have resumed in Congress.
2003-08 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENT
This project is a proposed addition to the current TIP
to permit a continuation of an existing project that provides an operational
subsidy for the container barge service to
Frank Commisso provided further detail on current operations. Mr. Rettig reported that the CMAQ funds to be used for the project are statewide CMAQ funds to be added to the Capital District CMAQ allocation. There will be no impact on other projects or on the TIP development effort.
Members approved the requested amendment. Kristina Younger abstained from the
vote. Because of the nature of the
amendment, the amendment will be included for action on the
2005-10 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE
Review of Actions to Date and Additional Information
Mr. Poorman directed members’ attention to the previously-distributed updated table of fund availability and project costs, and a list of thirteen changes to project details received from Region 1 since the January 26 meeting. Members reviewed the list, which included several additions and subtractions of project costs on the NHS system. After discussion, Dave Rettig requested that the fund source switches listed as items 10 and 12 not be included in the action. With those exceptions, members agreed to the changes listed in the summary list.
Review of Candidate Projects’ Screening and Eligibility Issues
Mr. Poorman reviewed the previously-distributed summary
of resolution of outstanding screening and eligibility issues. Some questions relate to the
Members also discussed the
NHS eligibility of the Broadway project in
Members concurred that the County Routes 65 and 74
Reconfiguration submission from
Programming: The first set of candidates’ merit evaluations reviewed was the
list of NHS-eligible pavement projects.
As a result of the budgeting agreement at the last meeting and further
cost and fund source adjustments, the resulting seven-year NHS budget appears
sufficient to fund all three NHS pavement projects on the table. Mr. Poorman distributed an updated version of
the previously-distributed summary of candidate projects. He noted that the cost of the
There was some discussion of the fact that two of the three are NHS-eligible but are, in part or in whole, off the NHS network. Mr. Rettig noted a concern with the precedent established, given the needs on the NHS system and the potential for diluting the NHS program. After further discussion, members agreed to include all three projects in the draft 2005-10 TIP.
CMAQ Programming: The second set of candidates considered was the list of CMAQ-eligible projects. The challenges in this exercise were recognized, in that projects on the table were all CMAQ eligible but of widely varying types and air quality impacts. Some of the project types, such as the Fuller / Washington intersection reconstruction / roundabout project and the Helderberg-Hudson bike-hike trail, go beyond the range of project types funded with CMAQ funds by CDTC in the past.
Mr. Poorman reviewed the programming options in the previously-distributed summary material to initiate programming discussions. Option 1 relies on drawing from existing funds in RG1 (Park and Ride Lots) and RG39 (ITS Signals) to fund the CDTA-proposed NY 5 park and ride lot and transit signal priority (TSP) projects. Additionally, Option 1 would limit programming of CMAQ to new candidates to the Saratoga Van Pool project and three high-ranking bike/pedestrian network projects. A large balance would remain to add to regional set-asides for projects to be identified during the year.
Option 2 was described as financially feasible, but
going beyond the range of purposes typically supported by CDTC with CMAQ
funds. It would additionally fund the
Fuller/Western intersection, the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, and two queue
jumper projects on
A lengthy discussion ensued regarding programming
choices. The merit of the
Mr. Rettig repeated his previous requests for consideration of programming capacity in set-asides to address the products of both NYSDOT’s current “maintenance and operations first” strategy and the upcoming CDTC UPWP effort to identify CMAQ-eligible operations projects. He also expressed concern with the low emissions reduction benefits from the bike/ped candidates with regard to the use of CMAQ funds.
Further discussion ensued regarding equitable treatment
of projects on the table that resulted from CDTC’s solicitation versus
candidates not yet articulated. A proposal
was put forth to agree to Option 2 with the addition of the
A list of proposed new HBRR projects from Region 1 was distributed for review.
Mr. Poorman noted that the full draft TIP reflecting all
the agreements to date will be provided for
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Bids and Lettings
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at