CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
Geoff Bornemann, City of
Judy Breselor, City of
Peter Comenzo, Town of
Rocky Ferraro, Capital District Regional Planning Commission
Heather Mallozzi, Town of
Barb McHugh, Town of
Marybeth Pettit, City of
David Rettig, NYSDOT Region 1
Jill Ross, NYS Thruway Authority
Bernard Sisson, City of
John Stangle, Town of
Erin Thomas, City of
Kristina Younger, Capital District Transportation Authority
STAFF AND OTHERS
Anne Benware, Capital District Transportation Committee
Michael Buser, Behan Planning Associates
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
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.
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.
The minutes of the
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
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
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
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
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
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.
STATUS OF PLANNING ACTIVITIES
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Rettig reported that the I-87 corridor study has been released. The I-90 rehab project is progressing well.
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.
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).