CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

PLANNING COMMITTEE

 

Meeting Minutes

May 3, 2006

 

MEMBERS ATTENDING

 

Geoff Bornemann, City of Saratoga Springs (Vice Chairman)

Judy Breselor, City of Troy

Peter Comenzo, Town of Rotterdam

Steve Feeney, Schenectady County

Rocky Ferraro, Capital District Regional Planning Commission

Mike Franchini, Albany County (Chairman)

Stephen Iachetta, Albany County Airport Authority

Tom Kearney, Federal Highway Administration

Heather Mallozzi, Town of Malta

Barb McHugh, Town of Clifton Park

Marybeth Pettit, City of Rensselaer

John Poorman, Capital District Transportation Committee (Secretary)

David Rettig, NYSDOT Region 1

Jill Ross, NYS Thruway Authority

Bernard Sisson, City of Schenectady

John Stangle, Town of Colonie

Erin Thomas, City of Cohoes

Kristina Younger, Capital District Transportation Authority

 

STAFF AND OTHERS

 

Anne Benware, Capital District Transportation Committee

Michael Buser, Behan Planning Associates

Ken DeCerce, Saratoga County

Don DelManzo, Siena College

Robert Hansen, NYSDOT Region 1

Chris O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee

Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee

Sree Nampoothiri, Capital District Transportation Committee

Jason Purvis, Capital District Transportation Committee

Deb Stacey, Capital District Transportation Committee

Paul Stel, Siena College

 

VISITORS ISSUES

 

Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately 9:40 am.  He welcomed members and guests who introduced themselves.  There were no requests from visitors to speak to the committee.

 

 

Action Items

 

PRESENTATION OF THE HALFMOON TOWN CENTER LINKAGE PROJECT

 

Michael Buser of Behan Planning Associates presented a summary of the recently-completed Halfmoon Town Center Linkage study.  The study provides a vision and proposed town actions to foster attractive development in a broad area south of NY 146 and east of US 9.  Potential design treatments for access management, mixed use development and intersections are included.  Ken DeCerce commented favorably about the value of the study to the town and the town’s continuing efforts.

 

ADMINISTRATION

 

Approval of the April 5, 2006 Meeting Minutes

 

The minutes of the April 5, 2006 meeting were approved as written.

 

AIR QUALITY CONFORMITY

 

Conformity Determination from AGFTC Plan Adoption

 

John Poorman reported that the Policy Board had anticipated that the Adirondack Glens Falls Transportation Council’s interim long-range plan would trigger the need for a CDTC action on the Capital District Air Quality Conformity determination.  This responsibility was delegated to the Planning Committee.

 

He reported that the AGFTC plan does not change the conformity determination and that CDTC can take action to affirm this fact, and attest to the completion of a public review period on the determination.  Members agreed to this action.

 

2005-10 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS

 

Siena College Perimeter Road

 

Although not formally listed on the agenda, members agreed to review the requested TIP amendment for the Siena College High Priority Project.  Concerns had been expressed at the previous Planning Committee meeting regarding Town of Colonie review processes and regarding the lack of an identified public sponsor.  John Stangle indicated that the town is in discussion with the college.  Members then agreed to add the project to the TIP, with the understanding that the college is taking the lead on preliminary phases and that the town is the likely candidate to be project sponsor for construction.  Rocky Ferraro abstained from the vote.

 

Policy Board action is required.  [Secretary’s note:  Policy action was inadvertently delayed until the September meeting.  In the meantime, an engineering phase under $0.250 M (within Planning Committee authority) has been added to the TIP.]

 

A242, Slingerlands Bypass Phase 2

 

Dave Rettig reported that the need for a TIP amendment for this project is based on the cost of the right of way, engineering and construction increasing.  Construction costs continue to run approximately 15% over last year.  Kristina Younger noted that the right of way increase points to a need to review “fair share” cost sharing on projects of this type.  After further discussion, members concurred with this request.  Due to the nature of the change, Policy Board action will be requested at its June 1, 2006 meeting.

 

A433, CR53 Bridge Over CSX Selkirk Yard

 

Mike Franchini described the proposed amendment; when first added to the TIP, the project had an insufficient budget for engineering.  The requested change will bring the engineering budget to approximately 15% of construction, which is typical for projects of this type.  There was a brief discussion on the possible need for an adjustment to the construction budget.  Members decided to defer any consideration of the construction cost until the TIP update.  Members approved the requested increase of $0.770 M.

 

T17, Transit Bus Replacement

 

Mr. Poorman reported that the Federal Transit Administration has requested clarification on the project scope for this TIP project.  Because the fleet replacement will not result in an exact one-for-one vehicle replacement, Planning Committee concurrence is requested to describe this project as “Purchase Buses to Maintain Service Levels”.  Members agreed to the revision.

 

R257, NY43 over East Street:  Bridge Rehab

 

Mr. Poorman reported that NYSDOT has used its authority to fund the P and D phases of the project with STP-Flex instead of HBRR funds.  No action is required.

 

 

Discussion Items

 

 

STATUS OF PLANNING ACTIVITIES

 

CDTC

 

Mr. Poorman noted that discussions have been taking place regarding coordinating the time frame for TIP/STIP and NYSDOT capital program updates.  He also reported on progress of work with the New Visions Transportation Finance Task Force.

 

CDRPC

 

Mr. Ferraro reported that CDRPC is working on new employment projections and has provided comments on the Global Insights population and employment projections.  CDRPC is also working with NYSERDA on wind energy.  The combined sewer overflow study is progressing.

 

 

 

CDTA

 

Ms. Younger reported that CDTA has accepted five new commuter coaches for the “Northway Express” service.  The board has awarded a multi-year bus contract to Gillig Corp.  Six hybrid electric and sixteen regular replacement buses are the first order.  There is still no labor contract.

 

NYSDOT

 

Mr. Rettig reported that the I-87 corridor study has been released.  The I-90 rehab project is progressing well.

 

NYSTA

 

Jill Ross reported that personnel changes have been made.  Don Bell and Jill are both moving to headquarters.  Bill Renaldi is moving to operations and Phil Serafino will be assuming Jill’s place at the Planning Committee table.

 

Albany County Airport Authority

 

Steve Iachetta reported on progress on the safety program.  Additionally, there have been fuel storage upgrades and a natural gas conversion, as well CNG station upgrades and a retro-fit to clean diesel.  Terminal improvements continue.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

 

Bids and Lettings

 

Mr. Hansen reported that project SA199, Bryant’s Bridge / Fish Creek was let within the TIP budget. The only May-June bid scheduled is I-87 Northway / WSR bridge replacement (part of A370).

 

 

OTHER

 

The next Planning Committee meeting was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on July 5, 2006.  There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 12:05 p.m.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

 

John P. Poorman

Secretary