PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
Ashline-Heil, City of
Birge, City of
Comenzo, Town of
Frank Commisso, Albany Port District Commission
Rocky Ferraro, Capital District Regional Planning Commission
Dave Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee (representing John Poorman, Secretary)
Pettit, City of
Dave Rettig, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Bill Roehr, City of
Dede Rudolph, City of
Phil Serafino, representing Bill Rinaldi, New York State Thruway Authority
Bernard Sisson, City of
Watts, Town of
Patrick Campbell, Capital District Transportation Authority
R. Mark Dempf, Town of New
Chris Millington, City of
Mike Morelli, Town of
Sree Nampoothiri, Capital District Transportation Committee
Christopher O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee
Maggie Zandt, Greenman Pederson
Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately . There were no visitor’s issues.
The meeting notes from the February 6th meeting were approved as written.
2007-12 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (TIP) AMENDMENT
Dave Jukins called attention to information in the handout regarding NYSDOT’s proposed TIP Amendment for platform and track capacity improvements at the Rensselaer Train Station. The purpose of the project is to create additional train capacity and operational flexibility at the station. Funding for the improvements is available through a Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) discretionary program. FRA solicited for applications after the last Planning Committee meeting; they must be submitted before the next Policy Board meeting. This was brought to the Policy Board’s attention at their March meeting where they granted authority to the Planning Committee to review and consider the TIP amendment. The project must be on the TIP before the application can be submitted. Dave Rettig pointed out that 50% of project funding would be from the FRA, if approved, and 50% would be state funds. The project was derived from the high speed rail task force study and is consistent with CDTA’s rail planning initiative, REVEST, the NYS Transportation Master Plan and CDTC’s New Visions plan. Members approved the amendment.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
SAFETEA-LU Transportation Enhancements Program
Information on the proposed evaluation methodology for potential
sponsors and Capital District applicants to this program was included in the
TIP Set-Aside Solicitation
CDTC staff distributed a brief summary list of the 22 proposals received. Costs reflect what was offered by the applicants
and will be verified; some may change from what is listed. Since proposals were due
Staff will prioritize evaluation of Bike/Pedestrian projects so these can be discussed and potentially selected for recommendation to the Policy Board at the May Planning Committee meeting. This will allow unsuccessful candidates to decide if they want to submit to the Enhancements program or potentially the upcoming Spot Improvement program. In addition, depending on complexity of the projects, staff may be able to complete evaluations for the other set-aside categories. It was noted that the Planning Committee authorized adjustments to the fund source or set-aside used for a particular proposed project based on the scope of work for the project and overall fit with the stated purpose of each set-aside.
There was discussion about the low number of safety set-aside
It was noted that Safe Routes to School proposals were due
TIP Amendment Process
Dave Jukins directed members to the information included in the handout regarding Possible Changes to TIP Amendment Procedures as per FHWA Guidance. He noted that our federal partners have questioned NYMTC's TIP amendment process with respect to limited public process and review of major TIP amendments. The purpose of bringing this to the Planning Committee’s attention is to share information on this issue.
Mr. Jukins stated CDTC has a pretty rigorous process in place to deal with “large” amendments going to the Policy Board and more minor, administrative amendments sent to the Planning Committee.
The intent is to keep any changes in process simple to efficiently meet the spirit of the federal guidance; NYSDOT is reviewing TIP amendment procedures at all the upstate MPOs.
Dave Rettig suggested this be discussed at the upcoming certification review with FHWA/FTA as that will be an opportunity to determine what they are looking for.
Dave Jukins indicated that we may need to shift some types of amendments that are currently handled by the Planning Committee to the Policy Board but that remains to be seen.
There was discussion regarding what should be considered a “minor”
NYSDOT Multimodal Transportation Program Submission 2009-14
This program submission to the NYS Legislature by NYSDOT was triggered by the MTA budget submission. NYSDOT was asked to assemble a program for the next 5 years out of sync with the TIP/STIP update process which they were required to comply with. The program listing potential projects can be found on NYSDOT’s website at www.nysdot.gov.
It was highlighted that throughout the program submission there is a note that listed projects are subject to MPO concurrence. The submission represents a list of potential projects based on assumptions including the need for potential projects to compete at the TIP table, Federal & State budgets, and inflation rates.
Dave Rettig pointed out that the submission had to be put together very quickly as "candidates for funding". The intent was to show the needs which resulted in a very large program totaling $24B over 5 years; the last program was $18 Billion.
Dave Rettig noted that the State Legislature will vote on the NYC Congestion Pricing Plan on April 7th. If it is approved we may be on a different TIP update schedule; it will be expedited compared to the normal 18 month TIP update process.
Various linkage studies are coming to a close with several new ones starting over the next month as staff/sponsors are working together to complete draft scopes. A rebranded/updated version of CDTC’s newsletter is being printed; the plan is to publish one four times a year. In addition, the New Visions 2030 summary brochure is being developed by a marketing/design firm team with assistance from staff.
Dave Jukins noted that FHWA will be conducting a Certification Site Review of CDTC on April 15 & 16th. Participants will include FTA, FHWA, NYSDOT, CDTA and CDTC.
Rocky Ferraro reported that the Fiscal Impact Study is getting good publicity. He recently made a presentation to the Colonie Business Council and he'll be taping the presentation for broadcast on Colonie’s Public Access channel.
The Audubon Society is hosting a Sustainable Communities Summit on June 11th. The study will be presented by CDRPC and CDTC. There's a good conversation going on about the fiscal impact study with both public and private groups including business groups and non-transportation entities.
The population projections should be completed fairly soon after a little bit of a delay.
Rocky has been asked to chair the
On May 28th CDRPC will be conducting an all day planners training workshop at HVCC. Notices will be sent out soon.
The $5M Combined Sewer Overflow Study public meeting held on
CDTA has $2M in consultant projects out for bid at the moment covering the BRT: Queue Jumper (QJ)/Transit Signal Priority (TSP)/Arterial Management (AM) RFQ; the Transportation Management Association (TMA) for Harriman Campus, and the BRT for the Washington/Western corridor.
Work is progressing quite positively on CDTA’s NYSMPO
Shared Cost Initiative (SCI) Transit Supportive Development Case Study that is
examining options for an
Major restructuring of
Dave Rettig reported on bids and lettings. Estimates have been in fairly good alignment with incoming bids, although in some cases there has been a wide range of bids; the bids for the Twin Bridges projects are consistent with estimates. There is some concern about the Route 7 over Exit 6 job in terms of how high bids might come in.
NYSDOT is in the process of hiring a consultant for the
Dave Rettig informed the group that he will be taking a new position at NYSDOT’s Main Office and will no longer be the Region 1 RPPM. It is unknown who will fill that position at this time. Dave Jukins congratulated Dave, which was echoed by the other members.
Steve Iachetta announced the Airport won a FAA award under the “Good Neighbor” program for their runway approach program/safety work. In addition, a four-way $1.1M agreement was reached on funding for a new roundabout at Exit 5.
Mr. Iachetta also reported that National Grid has made $500,000 worth of improvements into the airport and that through the Clean Cities program biodiesel projects are being implemented at the airport, one of which is for diesel retrofits on Delta Airlines equipment. There is a joint project for hydrogen fuel vehicles involving demo airport vehicles and CDTA supervisor vehicles.
Mike Franchini gave a brief
status report on the County’s
Dave Jukins pointed out that there is an upcoming grant for covered bridges in April 2008 and a training opportunity regarding road safety audits available through NYSDOT.
Upcoming meetings include the NYSMPO conference on June 12th
and 13th in
The May Planning Committee meeting will be held on
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at
David Jukins for