PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
April 29, May 6 and
Frank Bonafide, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Steven Caruso, City of
Phil Serafino, representing Bill Rinaldi, NYS Thruway Authority
Kristina Younger, Capital District Transportation Authority (Vice-Chair)
John Poorman requested the Committee’s concurrence with conducting the special April 29 meeting and the regularly-scheduled May 6 meeting as two sessions of the same meeting. Members agreed. [Secretary’s note: at the close of the May 6 session, members agreed to suspend discussion and conclude the meeting at a special May 13 session. These minutes reflect discussions and actions that took place April 29, May 6 and May 13.]
Frank Commisso from the Albany Port Commission commented
that the Port is in the midst of rehabilitating their docks and has enough
funding for Phase I of the dock work.
Phase II and
The meeting notes from the April 1st meeting were approved noting that the
sentence in the fifth paragraph on page 7 “the state has extended the time for
doing a STIP update indefinitely and therefore they are left with no choice”
should be changed to read “the schedule for submitting a new STIP has been
CDTA PRESENTATION—NORTH/SOUTH TRANSIT CORRIDOR STUDY RECOMMENDATIONS
Bus or rail solutions along I‐87 from
Bus or rail solutions along
US Route 9 from
Bus or rail solutions along
The consultants considered a spectrum of
· With the possible exception of the CPR Corridor, due to the relatively low return on ridership for a high transit investment, light rail should be deferred from consideration at this time for transit technologies in the North–South Corridors.
· For the US 9 and I‐87 corridors, improvements to the existing NX Service and local bus services appear to be sufficient to meet future demand. Managed lanes would be an option to prioritize transit.
· The River Corridor appears to have high potential benefits. Existing transit in this corridor enjoys high ridership, and transit improvements could reach new markets.
The full report can be downloaded off CDTA’s website.
CDTC Stimulus Funds Report
This report was reviewed at both the April 29th
and May 6th meetings. On May
6th a revised table was distributed that summarized the $48.846M in
projects that are in CDTC’s region that have been or will be submitted to the Governor
to be certified for ARRA funding. The CDTC total for TIP projects totals $65
million. RG 109—
At the May 13 meeting, the status of the eight-county Region 1 stimulus allocation was discussed. The expected allocation has been increased to $98 M, which is sufficient to cover the listed projects in the CDTC area.
Local and NYSDOT 1R Candidate Discussion
On April 29th, Committee members led by NYSDOT
staff reviewed the list of Local 1R projects that are identified in the Project
Log in the previously distributed material. A motion was made to adopt the
projects identified on the project log, with the addition of
NYSDOT distributed a table entitled “Projects Requiring Offsets” at the May 6th meeting. This table identified Region 1’s plans regarding the projects requiring offsets and the projects that provide offsets.
Within the eight counties, the ARRA projects, including the three Enhancement type projects—Spring Run, Hudson Mohawk (S176) and the Zim Smith account for $92.6M. Current CDTC policy states that these projects will be funded on a first come/first served basis. If these projects are listed in the TIP, and require more than the TIP estimate, they will draw down on the stimulus funds available; if no stimulus funds are available, then these TIP projects can draw down on the traditional TIP funds.
Resolution Certifying the Project Selection Criteria Used in Identifying projects for ARRA Funding
The Resolution Certifying the Project Selection Criteria Used in Identifying Projects for ARRA Funding included in the April 29th meeting material was approved as written. Policy Board action will be requested on June 4.
Discussion Regarding Addition of Three Stimulus Projects on May 13th
NYSDOT brought three projects to the table for discretionary
rail stimulus funding—Albany Rensselaer Station Capacity Phase II and Phase
The Albany Rensselaer Station Capacity projects would
complete the platform and rail work required at the Rensselaer Rail
Station. These two projects are on the
2007-12 TIP funded with State and Demo Fund sources. NYSDOT recommends moving these projects
forward with an application for discretionary FRA Stimulus Funds. $8.5B is available nationwide; the Empire
Corridor ranked 3rd on the prioritized list. Members approved the designation of $12.0M
for phase II and $15.210 for Phase
TIP Project S176, Schenectady Trail Rehabilitation is on the TIP funded with Thruway funds. NYSDOT proposed a fund source change from Thruway to ARRA, and also recommended increasing the funding from $0.750 to $1.650. Members approved the funding increase and fund source change. This action is consistent with CDTC’s intentions for the project as part of the stimulus plan. Under CDTC’s TIP Amendment Procedures, this change will require Policy Board approval.
2007-12 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS (listed in April 29th mailout)
A. S175—CR 103 Bridge Over Normanskill
HBRR will be used to fund this project for both design and construction. The TIP listing showed STP-Flex for design. An offset was found for this project. Members approved the amendment.
B & C.
R256—Caretaker Bridge over
This amendment is required to change the funding source for the construction phase of these two projects from HBRR to Stimulus and to modify the budgets. Members approved the amendment.
This amendment is required to move $1.596M in local
funding to stimulus funding for the construction phase of the project. A significant portion of this project’s
design was funded using local funds. The
additional funds are authorized for stimulus funding only. If stimulus funds are used, the local funds
freed up will be used for additional construction projects in the Airport GEIS
area in the Town of
This amendment adds several local 1R projects to the list of projects to be funded with stimulus funds. The programmed cost is $8.2M to complete these projects in the four county area. Members approved the addition of the draw-downs from the RG108 set-aside to the 2007-12 TIP. Federal aid for these projects is capped.
Upon review of NYSDOT’s offset plan on May 6, members
revisited the current policy that limits TIP commitment to these projects to
stimulus funds only. Members agreed that
the status of the 1R initiative has changed from that of concept to that of
specific projects with good faith work being completed by sponsors to get the
projects obligated. Members modified the
TIP approval to reassert the “first come, first served” access of these
projects and all others to stimulus funds and to allow the 1R projects to use
traditional federal aid if the projects are ready for obligation prior to
This amendment would assign $3.14M to the Museum
project. This project was approved as a Transportation Enhancement Project
(TEP) by the statewide review committee (TEAC).
Members discussed the TEP selection process and were reminded that the
evaluation team assembled by CDTC rated this project 19th out of 20th. NYSDOT rated this project as their #1 priority. Prior to this round of TEP evaluations,
NYSDOT was part of the evaluation committee assembled by CDTC. Members had asked CDTC to schedule a meeting
In response to the Planning Committee’s concerns, Dave Rettig from NYSDOT Main Office met with John Poorman and Jason Purvis on May 5. NYSDOT plans to review the evaluation practices prior to the next Enhancement solicitation.
NYSDOT withdrew this amendment at the May 13th Planning Committee meeting.
Set-Aside and SA108 and S96 (
TIP Project SA108/S96 is currently funded with STP
Flex. NYSDOT would like to substitute
HSIP for STP Flex as the fund source, because there is a time limit on using
HSIP funds. The amendment is to show HSIP
as the fund source for $0.792 in
NYSDOT described an interim improvement schedule for
this corridor, which would include improvements at
I. I-90 Resurfacing
This amendment requires Policy Board action as well. Members approved the assignment of Interstate Maintenance funds to complete this project. Offsets have been identified for this project.
J. RG112—Bridge 5 to 7 Repairs
NYSDOT recommends using HBRR funds in place of stimulus funds for this project. Offsets have been identified for this project. The amendment was approved.
K. RG110—Bridge Cleaning
NYSDOT recommends using IM and HBRR funds in place of stimulus funds for this project. Offsets have been identified for this project. The amendment was approved.
L/O/P & Q. RG111—Bridge Painting, I-88 Bridge Deck Phase I, I-787 Pier and Cap Beam Repair and Emergency Demand and Flag Repair JOC #3
NYSDOT recommends using HBRR and/or IM funds in place of stimulus funds for these projects (items L, O, P and Q listed under amendments in the April 29th mailout material). Some funding increases were also noted. Offsets have been identified for these projects. Members approved the projects listed under items L, O, P and Q.
M. I-88 Bridge Deck Phase II
NYSDOT tabled this amendment at the May 13th meeting.
N. Pavement Maintenance
NYSDOT withdrew this amendment from consideration at the April 29th meeting.
R. Emergency Demand and Flag Repair JOC #3
NYSDOT recommends using HBRR funds for this $2.3M project. Offsets have been identified for this project. The amendment was approved.
4/29 HANDOUT OF TRANS
A multi-page handout was distributed on April 29th,
identifying additional requests for TIP Amendments. The requests were labeled A through F. G—
It was determined at the April 29th Planning Committee meeting that $150,000 of this project is ineligible because Myrtle Street is not on the Federal Aid system and consequently Federal funds can not be used to fund this portion of the Project. On May 6th, a revised description of this project was distributed to the Committee. The Myrtle Street portion was eliminated from the project scope, but an additional $0.420M was added for Pedestrian Lighting and an additional sidewalk along Myrtle Street (the sidewalk is eligible for Federal Funding). The city is requesting ARRA funds for this project. A discussion followed regarding TIP status for the additional $0.420M if this project is not certified by the Governor for ARRA funding. It was determined that this project is not capped in the unlikely event that it is not funded with ARRA monies (this project is shovel ready and with the first come first served policy, will in all likelihood be funded with stimulus funds). Members approved the amendment for project SA216. Under CDTC’s TIP Amendment Procedures, this change will require Policy Board approval.
Bio-Fuels Transfer Project and
At the May 6th meeting, Committee members voted to table the decision on this project until FHWA provides a ruling on the eligibility of the Port’s project. NYSDOT abstained from the vote.
Correspondence from FHWA received by the May 13th meeting confirmed that the Port project is eligible for funding. Based on this confirmation, a motion to approve both the Port and Rail Bio-fuel project was approved, with three caveats--that the bio-fuel project will be eligible for funding only after the Port project is approved and obligated; that these projects can be funded only if the region receives more than the $98 million in ARRA funds that are expected and that the bio-fuel project can only apply for up to $4.2 million.
This is a $46.0M project that is eligible for the discretionary FRA portion of the ARRA funds. This project was on the TIP years ago and needs to be re-added in order to be eligible for rail funds. Committee members stressed concern that the pedestrian component will be dropped; this project will be added back on the TIP with scope showing the pedestrian component intact. This listing will show on the TIP similar to the way the double track project shows on the TIP. Members approved the amendment. The Planning Committee would like to remain informed about the status of the pedestrian component of this project.
NYSDOT withdrew this amendment at the May 13th meeting, because it was determined that no TIP action was required because CDTC’s authorization for the use of stimulus funds extends to all pre-existing projects on the TIP.
This project was approved as an Enhancement Project ($3.063M in STP Enhancement and $.062M in local share). This project is represented by both AGFTC and CDTC, but would be wholly shown in CDTC’s TIP. Members approved the amendment at the May 13th meeting.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE
Updated Tables 11 through 14 and two memos were distributed to members at the May 13th meeting. Table 11 identifies new projects proposed by NYSDOT. Funding sources for projects identified by sequence numbers 1,6,8,9,and 10 are non-contentious fund sources (IM and STP-Rail). Members approved these for inclusion in the draft 2009-14 TIP. Funding sources for projects identified by sequence numbers 2-5 are STP-Flex and CMAQ; these projects are new initiatives or major funding increases to existing projects and will be evaluated as candidates for the TIP.
Table 12 identifies projects rolling off the 2007-12
TIP. Projects identified by sequence
Table 13 identifies proposed changes for existing TIP Demonstration Projects. Projects identified by sequence numbers 1 and 2 (Rensselaer Amtrak Station Phase II and III) were acted upon earlier and should not longer be listed in this table. Project SA225, from Table 14 should be listed on this table. Members approved the motion to approve Table 13, removing projects identified by sequence numbers 1 & 2, and adding SA225.
Table 14 identifies cost data fixes for several existing
TIP projects. Some project sponsors are
incorrect on this table. SA225 was moved to Table 13. Table 14, minus SA225 was approved by members.
Memo 1—Accumulated Changes to Draft Project Listings since January 2009 (Proposed Changes Already Reflected in the Draft Listings) was reviewed by members. Members concurred with the information noted in this memo and approved a motion to replenish the set-asides for the 2009-14 TIP for the time being.
Memo 2—Accumulated Changes to the Draft Project Listings since January 2009 (Proposed Changes Not reflected in the Draft Listings) was discussed briefly. Members expressed a desire to have additional discussions regarding TIP Project RG616 after CDTC staff and NYSDOT staff confer regarding the budget of the existing regional operations project (RG37/RG37A) and the scope of the proposed work to outfit the new TMC building The memo was approved as shown, with the exclusion of RG616.
Members reviewed the final table in the handout that summarizes the Draft 2007-12 Funds by Project Costs and Fund Source. This table is presented as an FYI, subject to discussion at the July Planning Committee meeting. This table will be revised before the next meeting and will serve as the starting point for discussions regarding a TIP solicitation. The requested change in scope for the Mechanicville project will also be discussed.
UPWP BUDGET REVISIONS
At the May 6th meeting, CDTC staff
distributed a summary of the Proposed Fiscal Year Closeout. This handout provides information on the
steps that were taken to close out CDTC’s fiscal year as of
At the May 13th meeting, CDTA distributed information on bus stop consolidation and bus route changes. Some stops have been eliminated as were some routes. This is due to performance, budgetary concerns and in some cases bus stops will be moved because of road construction.