CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
David Bailey, City of
Judy Breselor, representing Fred Howard,
Frank Commisso, Albany Port District Commission
Leif Engstrom, representing
Bruce Hidley, City of
Barbara McHugh, Town of
Marybeth Pettit, City of
Jack Reilly, Capital District Transportation Authority
Bernard Sisson, City of
STAFF AND OTHERS
Tom Connolly, Town of
Kevin Crosier, Town of
Shelly Johnston, Creighton Manning Engineering
Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee
Sree Nampoothiri, Capital District Transportation Committee
Jason Newman, FHWA/CDTC
Chris O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee
Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately . Kevin Crosier ,
Supervisor of the town of
UNIFIED PLANNING WORK PROGRAM
Approval of the Draft UPWP
Mr. Poorman reviewed the previously-distributed document, noting that the document now contains completed tables and other minor changes from the previous draft. He reminded members that continuing the current scale of the planning effort is dependent upon favorable treatment of metropolitan planning in the TEA-21 reauthorization. He noted that the draft document now includes entries for each of the Linkage studies agreed to at the February meeting.
Members discussed Mr. Crosier’s request. Mr. Poorman acknowledged that the
With this modification, members approved the draft
2005-06 UPWP for consideration by the
2003-08 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENT
Commuter Services Preventative Maintenance Reporting to National Transit Database
Mr. Poorman related to members the origins of this
project. NYSDOT has been active in
encouraging private operators to report legitimate transit service data to FTA;
doing so increases the formula FTA urban funds to
The proposed project will create a TIP entry for similar supplemental funds for the Capital District related to Adirondack Trailways’ reporting of its transit data for the Capital District. CDTA will administer the federal funds which will be used by Adirondack Trailways to maintain its fleet. A portion of the total project funding will be used by CDTA to cover administrative expenses; another small portion will be used to help integrate the Adirondack Trailways services into the regional transit system (schedule coordination, etc.).
Members approved the proposed project. Due to the nature of the action, this will
also be on the March 24
T66, Welfare to Work
Jack Reilly noted that the funding for the current year’s Jobs Access / Reverse Commute federal funding is included in the draft 2005-10 TIP. Because CDTA will be applying for these funds this month, the current TIP also needs to be amended to reflect the $0.495 M amount. Members approved this request.
2005-10 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE
Review of Actions to Date and Additional Information
Mr. Poorman directed members’ attention to the previously-distributed list of eleven items regarding updated information and corrections from the previous agreements and understandings of projects. Discussion ensued on each item.
One item noted that A290 shows no design phases during the five-year period. This item was not resolved and will require additional discussion during the public review period.
It was noted that CR4 in Hadley should be added to the list of HBRR projects.
Another item highlighted federal aid projects on the Thruway system and canal system previously not shown in the 2005-10 TIP document. Jill Schmelz noted that R247 and S163 should be shown with Thruway funds.
Additionally, the draft TIP shows for information purposes Thruway-funded reconstruction projects in the Capital District. After discussion, members agreed that CDTC will not show linear widening for A458 (Exit 24 to 25) in its air quality conformity assessment because such a widening would appear to be inconsistent with the New Visions plan and CDTC’s Congestion Management System. A455 (Exit 23 to 24) is somewhat different because any capacity concerns are not related to local traffic. Jill Schmelz noted that actual scopes of these projects will not be known until the project development and environmental phases progress.
Another item highlighted FTA funded TIP listings for
CDTA that previously had not received direct attention by the
Additionally, it was noted that the listing for A289 (Lincoln Ave. Grade Crossing) will be maintained as it had shown in the 2003-08 TIP.
Another entry related to A342 (Morris-Cordell Grade Crossing). Mr. Poorman noted that CDTA has requested forgiveness for the payback of $5 M associated with this project. Members agreed to defer consideration of this request until the 2007-12 TIP update due to the post-2010 construction schedule for the project.
Other items on the list directed members’ attention to
specific items on the draft TIP not previously discussed by the
Next, Mr. Poorman distributed a supplemental list of
He also described the error in CDTC’s TIP database that
showed up in recent days, leading to the e-mail to members after the mailout
was distributed. The net effect is that
Members discussed options for addressing the issue,
ranging from accepting a degree of overprogramming to identifying projects from
the agreed list to remove. After
discussion, members concurred that they would have acted differently in
February had the correct funding balance been known at the time. They further agreed to retain the commitment
to the CMAQ candidates from “Option 1” in the
Members also concurred with showing the park-and-ride piece of the US 20 Rensselaer CMAQ project as a drawdown from RG1.
Approval of the Draft 2005-10 TIP
With the changes and understandings reflected in the
previous discussion, members agreed to recommend that the
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Bids and Lettings
Time did not permit a discussion of bids and lettings. (The summary of this information is attached.)
In the interest of time, discussion of the status of
planning activities was deferred. Ms.
Schmelz noted that a public hearing on the Thruway’s toll increase is scheduled
for on April 6 at
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at