CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
Judy Breselor, City of
Frank Commisso, Albany Port District Commission
Rocky Ferraro, Capital District Regional Planning Commission
Bruce Hidley, City of
Marybeth Pettit, City of
David Rettig, NYSDOT Region 1
Deirdre Rudolph, City of
Bernard Sisson, City of
Erin Thomas, City of
Steve Watts, Town of
STAFF AND OTHERS
David Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee
Jeff Lipnicky, Town of
Fred Mastroianni, Foit-Albert Associates
Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee
Steve Szanto, Creighton Manning Engineering
Maggie Zandt, Greenman-Petersen, Inc.
Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately . He welcomed members and guests who introduced themselves. There were no requests from visitors to speak to the committee.
2005-10 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
T77 and T73, Preventative
New Freedoms Transit Service
Younger noted that this is a new, although small, funding program in SAFETEA-LU
not existing when the TIP was approved.
Projects must be solicited. Mr.
Poorman reminded members that the UPWP described the process for development of
a regional coordinated plan for these funds, welfare to work funds and Section
5310 (private non-profit vehicles) through a CDTC-led effort. Members agreed to add the new project to the
TIP. Due to the nature of the amendment,
Policy Board action will be sought on
T66, Welfare to Work
Younger explained that this aspect of the set of amendments requested by CDTA
reflects SAFETEA-LU’s conversion of Jobs Access / Reverse Commute (Welfare to
Work) funds to a formula basis. The
amendment is necessary to support CDTA’s upcoming grant submission and also
completes the programming of the funds for five years. One portion of the project is based on the
T69 and T70, NY 5 BRT Vehicles and NY 5 BRT Stations
Mr. Poorman noted that this item had been listed in the agenda, but the material was inadvertently left out of the mail out. Copies of the CDTA request letter were then distributed. Ms. Younger reported that SAFETEA-LU provides earmarks for the BRT initiative on NY 5. Because of this, CDTA proposes amending the project listings – switching the vehicle funding from formula (5307) to discretionary (5309) sources. A similar change is proposed for the BRT stations. For the station project, a portion of the funds is anticipated to come from earmarks that are currently not in the legislation. For this reason, CDTC will show a decrease in total project cost for the T70 tabular listing, with the anticipated additional funds described in the narrative of the project listing. (This is the approach used in projects such as the I-90 Exit 8 Phase II and the Exit 3 projects.) Members concurred with these requests.
All Other Section 5307 Projects
Ms. Younger reported that the passage of SAFETEA-LU, progress with the Transit Development Plan, and adoption by CDTA of a fleet replacement plan cause the need for this amendment. As part of this action, CDTA will shift to a more continuous vehicle replacement plan.
would prefer to wait until the TIP update, the upcoming FTA grant requires
action sooner. The gist of the amendment
is to concentrate available FTA formula funds in the coming grant and beyond
into a few projects: T17 (Vehicle
Replacement) T6B (STAR Bus Replacement) T11 (Passenger Facility Improvements,
Enhancement only), T57 (Preventative Maintenance), and T76 (Saratoga
Replacement Buses). Members approved the
changes. Due to the nature of some of
the changes (deleting federal funding entirely from some projects), action will
be sought from the CDTC Policy Board on
Mohawk Towpath Byway Trail Link
Hansen described this project as emerging from the NYSOPRHP process, from
projects submitted by byways committees.
Steve Feeney asked for further information on the process;
A471 and A474, Port of
Poorman reported that the action taken at the last Policy Board meeting to
create A474 to handle the recent earmark for the
Hansen reported that Region 1 has been working with
Hansen described the status of this project which earlier had been added to the
TIP for engineering phases to define the project(s). At this point, a determination has been made
in cooperation with the town of
SPOT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
SAFETEA-LU ENHANCEMENTS PROGRAM
also summarized the proposed approach to the Enhancement Program. NYSDOT will be soliciting approximately three
years’ worth of projects in the near future.
CDTC will be responsible for prioritizing projects (after NYSDOT
confirms eligibility) by September 1.
CDTC staff proposes some modifications to the CDTC evaluation process to
address concerns from the last round (2002).
The “overall impressions” and “feasibility” ranks are proposed for
deletion; concerns had been expressed that these ranks were too
subjective. Cost effectiveness will be
presented differently, by grouping projects by cost. After discussion, members approved the
revised evaluation process and schedule.
The schedule will require a mid-August
STATUS OF PLANNING ACTIVITIES
Mr. Poorman noted
Mr. Ferraro reported that the fiscal impact study is underway with interviews expected this spring. A contract with the Capital District Trade Strategies group has been signed for the Foreign Trade Zone marketing and development.
Ms.Younger reported that the CDTA board adopted
its budget, topping $60 M. Fit-up of the
Mr. Rettig reported that Region 1 will be submitting a Slingerlands Bypass TIP amendment next month to deal with project costs and the right-of-way cost impact of rezoning the property to commercial.
Steve Iachetta reported on progress on six grant
applications for the aviation portion of the Bond act. The roundabout on
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Bids and Lettings
Mr. Hansen reported that a traffic signal regional project was let. The only April-May bid scheduled is I-87 Northway / WSR bridge replacement (part of A370).