PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
April 7, 2010
Melissa Ashline-Heil, City of Cohoes
Bradley Birge, City of Saratoga Springs
Wayne Bonesteel, Rensselaer County
Peter Comenzo, Town of Rotterdam
Frank Commisso, Albany Port District Commission
Rocky Ferraro, Capital District Regional Planning Commission
Michael Franchini, Albany County (Chairman)
Steve Iachetta, Albany County Airport Authority
David P. Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee
Andrew Kreshik, City of Troy
Joe LaCivita, Town of Colonie
Kathy Matern, Town of Niskayuna
Barb McHugh, Town of Clifton Park
Mike Morelli, Town of Bethlehem
Paul Reuss, Village of Menands
Tom Richardson, City of Mechanicville
Deidre Rudolph, City of Albany
Steve Watts, Town of Halfmoon
Jen Ceponis, Capital District Transportation Committee
Tom Dolin, Town of New Scotland
Shelly Johnston, Creighton Manning Association
Tammy Kirkwood, GMB Engineers and Planners
Colleen Smith Lemmar, NYS Department of Transportation
Maryanne Mariotti, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee
Christopher O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee
Don Rhodes, Village of Colonie
Bruce Secor, Stantac Consulting
Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately . There were no visitors wishing to speak.
Approval of the February 10, 2010 Meeting Minutes
The minutes from the February 10, 2010 meeting were approved as written.
CDTC STAFF PRESENTATION`
CDTA’s Bike Rack Program
The Capital Region Bike Rack Program is a new addition to the set of Travel Demand Management (TDM) activities that are administered cooperatively by CDTA and CDTC. The program provides free bike racks (up to $1000) to the public sector and non-profits and provides a 50/50 cost sharing arrangement for bike racks for the private sector. Eighty-two organizations submitted applications for bike racks under the 2010 solicitation, for a total of $54,500. Seventy-seven applications were approved for 335 bike racks (totaling $50,000). About 900 bicycle parking spaces will be created as a result of this program. Project sponsors must sign an MOU and commit to installation within a two month time frame. The first delivery of racks will be available for pickup by project sponsors on April 19th.
Revision to the 2008-10 UPWP PL Budget
The UPWP PL budget needs to be revised due to greater than expected staff time spent on the TIP update. To balance the PL budget, staff recommended moving monies out of tens code 30 and reallocating to tens codes 10 and 40. Members approved the UPWP revision.
CDRPC also submitted (distributed at the meeting) a
request to amend the 2009-10 approved UPWP budget, moving $8500 out of
Provision of Services and moving $8500 into Socio-Economic
2007-12 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
Broadway over AMTRAK Service Road (R243)
The City of Rensselaer is requesting an increase of $492,000 in construction funding for the Rehabilitation of the Broadway Bridge over Amtrak (TIP Project R243). The bridge requires immediate repair as it has numerous safety flags. The project also requires an increase of $141,000 in design funds due to coordination issues with Amtrak. Members approved the proposed amendment.
Diesel Retrofit Discussion
CDTC initially received and approved four project proposals—
• The City of Watervliet -- $50,400
• The City of Schenectady -- $100,000
• Schenectady County -- $30,000
• The Town of Niskayuna -- $27,125
Subsequent to the city of Schenectady’s CMAQ award, several fleet vehicles were retired and a few others were purchased. The city now has 17 vehicles that would benefit from diesel retrofit technology. However, the technology has improved greatly, as has the cost. Federal law requires that CMAQ be used to fund retrofits using Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART). In the city’s case, this is Level 3 technology that will reduce Particulate Matter (PM) emissions by 85% (as compared to 20% that the 2008 technology would have achieved) at a cost of $14,799 per vehicle (total cost $251,583). The city is asking the Planning Committee to approve the increase in cost to retrofit the 17 vehicles. Members approved the cost increase.
2010-15 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE CONTINUATION OF ROUND 2 PROGRAMMING
Summary of Actions Previously Completed
During Round one programming, $71M was programmed, mostly for highway projects. Top ranked projects were selected for funding under Round 1. During Round 2, three safety projects were programmed and members approved funding for several set-asides (ADA, Spot Improvement, Linkage Transition Engineering and Bridges). With a $150M programming target, about $64M is left to program in Round 2 and Round 3. Approximately $56M should be programmed under Round 2, leaving $8M for Round three.
New Scotland Project Candidate (Candidate #18)
Tom Dolin, Town of New Scotland Supervisor, reported
that the scope of the candidate project submitted by the Town, Rehabilitation/ Reconstruction
of Krumkill Road listed under candidate pavement projects in Table 7 of members
packets, has substantially changed. A engineering study suggests that the road
can be realigned for $3M, with the same benefit of the former $9M project (that
was submitted for consideration for the
Watervliet Hudson Mohawk Bike Trail Completion Candidate (Candidate #25)
Public Comment Received as of March 30, 2010
The Draft 2010-15 Transportation Improvement Program was released for public review on March 4, 2010. As of March 30, twenty-one written comments were received. Most comments voiced support or had questions about specific projects on the candidate list. Additional comments received by May 4, 2010 will be considered at the May 5th Planning Committee meeting.
Discussion on the Village of Altamont Letter
Mayor Gaughan submitted a letter that further articulates his concern regarding how TIP project candidates are evaluated. The Mayor attended the February 3rd Planning Committee meeting and introduced his concerns at that meeting. Basically, the Mayor feels that small projects from rural communities, are not given an “equitable” evaluation, with larger urban needs taking precedence. Dave Jukins reminded members that Round 2 and 3 considers criteria other than rank for project selection.
Additional Round 2 Programming
Members were reminded that Round 2 programming is not on
the critical path to adopting the
As a starting point for discussion,
After a spirited discussion, Committee members requested CDTC staff to identify three to four options for funding allocations with attendant lists of candidate projects. Members will use these lists a starting point for discussions at the May meeting.
NYSDOT ARRA REPORT
Bob Hansen reported on the progression of the ARRA projects. The Asphalt Index has been rising, which is affecting budgets for ARRA Pavement projects. Early on, there were some savings in completed ARRA projects, theses savings can be passed on to other ARRA projects in the pipeline, on a first come first served basis.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 12:25 p.m. The next Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for May 5, 2010.