Meeting Minutes

May 7, 2008




Melissa Ashline-Heil, City of Cohoes

Bradley Birge, City of Saratoga Springs

Peter Comenzo, Town of Rotterdam

Kevin Corcoran, Town of Glenville

Steve Feeney, Schenectady County

Rocky Ferraro, Capital District Regional Planning

Michael Franchini, Albany County (Chairman)

Robert Hansen, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1

Fred Howard, Rensselaer County

Steve Iachetta, Albany County Airport Authority

George Leveille, Town of Bethlehem

Barbara McHugh, Town of Clifton Park

Marybeth Pettit, City of Rensselaer

John Poorman, Capital District Transportation Committee (Secretary)

Bill Roehr, City of Troy

Dede Rudolph, City of Albany

Phil Serafino, NYS Thruway Authority

Mike Valentine, Saratoga County

Kristina Younger, Capital District Transportation Authority (Vice-Chair)




Anne Benware, Capital District Transportation Committee

Frank Bonafide, NYSDOT Region 1

Wayne Bonesteel, Rensselaer County

Patrick Campbell, Capital District Transportation Authority

Stephen Caruso, City of Schenectady

Jennifer Ceponis, Capital District Transportation Committee

Rob Cherry, NYSDOT Region 1 Planning

R. Mark Dempf, Stantec, Town of New Scotland

James Haggerty, NYSDOT Traffic Safety

Dodou Jammeh, NYS DOT Region 1 Design

Shelly Johnston, Creighton Manning

David Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee

Fred Mastroianni, Foit Albert Associates

Doug Melnick, City of Albany

Chris Millington, City of Albany

Sandy Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee

Larry Mulvaney, NYS DOT Region 1 Program Management

Sree Nampoothiri, Capital District Transportation Committee

Chris O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee

Jason Purvis, Capital District Transportation Committee

Chuck Rappazzo, NYSDOT Public Transportation Bureau

Paul Reuss, Village of Menands

Deborah Stacey, Capital District Transportation Committee

Joe Tanski, NYSDOT Region 1

Matthew Vasilow, NYSDOT Region 1 Design

Karen Williams, NYSDOT Region 1 Planning




Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately 9:35 am.  There were no visitor’s issues.




Nan Stolzenberg attended the meeting to provide a brief overview of the Berne Linkage Study.  The budget for this Linkage study is the smallest to date, but not the least contentious.  The Study area included Warners Lake and the Hamlet.  The study looked at many characteristics in the town, including zoning, traffic, building permit data, pedestrian features, etc.  Buildout with existing zoning was estimated to provide a picture of potential future development under current zoning.  Three public meetings were held; about 50-60 people attended each workshop.  Although the community was quite negative at the meetings, new goals and objectives regarding development in the town were agreed upon.  These new goals and objectives will be incorporated into the work the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee is doing to update the 1992 Comprehensive Plan.


Action Items





Approval of the April 2, 2008 Meeting Minutes


The meeting minutes from the April 2nd meeting were approved with one minor correction.  Under Status of Planning Activities, CDRPC asked that “population projections” in the third paragraph be changed to “employment projections”.





Year End Budget Revisions


CDTC staff annually takes the necessary steps to close out the fiscal year as of March 31st subject to Planning Committee approval.  Revisions to the 2006-07 and 2007-08 FTA Section 5303 budgets are required to close out the fiscal year.  Members approved the requested revisions. . 


Harriman Linkage Study Resolution


Sandy Misiewicz reported that the resolution was brought to the committee in September to adopt as part of new visions because the Harriman campus redevelopment is of regional significance.  Action was tabled in September because one of the major players, the city of Albany was absent.  Since then, presentations on the study findings were given to the various partners and the city of Albany formally adopted the study on April 7th.  The resolution, if approved by the Planning Committee, needs to be presented to the Policy Board for adoption. 


This action is timely, given the recent activity in the campus area, including a BRT feasibility study, a TMA feasibility study and a pending RFP for a Master Developer.  The Committee members adopted the resolution.





Spot Improvement Program


CDTC staff has prepared a solicitation package for the Spot Improvement program.  However, NYSDOT has indicated that some issues have arisen with the abbreviated process that is typically followed for implementing the Spot projects.  FHWA is taking a closer look at these projects and is requiring more detailed environmental/historic preservation/wetland examination.  Right-of-way certifications, if applicable, are also now required.  After some discussion, it was decided to modify the spot improvement program solicitation material to request sponsors to identify potential environmental/historic preservation/wetland issues in their application.  In addition, it was recommended that the screening criteria incorporate a screen that looks at the probability of going to construction (i.e. absence of environment-tal/historic preservation/wetland issues) in the programming period.


Safe Routes to School


Jason Purvis reviewed the Safe Routes to School program, stating that 17 applications were received, eleven from the CDTC planning area.  A project evaluation committee consisting of two people from NYSDOT Region 1, two people from CDTC and one person from A/GFTC met several times to discuss and rank the projects.  The group placed the projects into three groups.  The evaluation team recommends that all five projects listed in the first group be funded.  If those projects are funded, there is about $74,000 left to partially fund an additional project.  The evaluation team recommends that any of the projects in group two be partially funded.  Peter Comenzo offered to increase the town of Rotterdam’s local match to make it possible to fund the entire Rotterdam project.  Bob Hansen indicated that NYSDOT Region 1 is leaning toward funding the Town of Warrensburg and Town of Greenville projects instead.  The Committee members objected to funding the Greenville project from group 3 but were reminded that this is a state program and the region takes the Planning Committee recommendations into consideration when selecting Safe Routes to School projects for funding, but can make final decisions that contradict Planning Committee direction, if so desired.  The Planning Committee made a motion to approve the five projects in group one for funding and stated a desire to approve either the Town of Rotterdam or the Warrensburg Projects for partial funding.  The motion was approved with NYSDOT abstaining.


Non-State Safety/Local Traffic Signal ITS/Roundabout/Bike-Ped Set-Aside Screening


Members received a set of tables in their meeting material that provide information about the projects submitted under each set aside and their eligibility under each set-aside.  In addition, tables showing the initial screening process were also distributed.  One project, the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail Watervliet Study did not pass screen because design studies alone are ineligible for CMAQ funding.  The two traffic signal projects submitted by the Town of Niskayuna fall into a “grey area” for eligibility and will have to be looked at more closely.  Staff is moving on detailed evaluations and will present the evaluations to the members at the July Planning Committee meeting.  Because these projects are applying for set-aside monies, they do not need Policy Board approval.  The Planning Committee endorsed the proposed approach that CDTC staff laid out.  Staff will identify projects that can be funded under more than one set-aside category.


Diesel Retrofit Set-Aside


Deb Stacey reviewed the solicitation guidelines for members.  Four projects were received in response to the diesel retrofit solicitation.  The City of Watervliet, City of Schenectady, Schenectady County and the Town of Glenville submitted applications to retrofit a total of 58 vehicles (5 off-road), one light tower and one diesel generator that are used in construction projects.  Priority was to be given to off road retrofit projects.  The retrofit of this equipment will cost $207,525 which leaves a total of $292,475 on the table.  The committee was reminded that the set-aside was for non-CDTA vehicles.  However, CDTA is under an unfunded state mandate to retrofit 74 buses this year.  In anticipation that the Diesel retrofit solicitation would not garner enough interest to spend the entire $500,000, CDTA submitted an application.  It is estimated that CDTA can retrofit 25 buses with the remaining $292,475.  If members agree to fund all four applications received, there are three remaining options:


1.    approve CDTA for partial funding to retrofit about 25 of the 74 buses (up to a total of $292,475)

2.    add $292,475 to next year’s solicitation (municipalities will likely face an unfunded mandate in the near future)

3.    resolicit for non-diesel retrofit projects costing a total of $292,475 this year


Members approved the four retrofit projects applications for funding and chose Option 1 to retrofit up to 25 CDTA buses.


RG 28: ITS Implementation Set-Aside: CDTA Off-Board Fare Collection System


If approved, this set-aside will fund ticket vending machines to be placed at the BRT Stations along Central Avenue and at other major bus stops.  A total of fifty machines would be funded with this grant.  CDTA is funding a $100,000 design study this year.  The project application is phased over three years.  A motion to fund the first year at $750,000 was made.  Members approved the motion. This project will show up in the 2007-12 TIP as Facility Improvements/Fare Collection Equipment.




Discussion Items




STIP Discussion


Bob Hansen requested this addition to the agenda. Bob indicated that an issue has arisen regarding project rollovers on the TIP.  CDTC’s policy has been to automatically roll projects over into the next year of the TIP if they are not completed in the year that they were programmed.  FHWA has told NYSDOT that the STIP is 1.5 billion over-programmed and that offsets are required.  About $50 million is over-programmed in Region 1.  Much of the over-programming has to do with the local program.  The region’s “quick fix” idea is to move the 4th year of the local projects to the 5th year, so the local projects programmed in the first and second years can keep moving forward.  NYSDOT staff is contacting local sponsors to verify the status of their projects.


2008-2013 Program Update


The NYSDOT Main Office has asked CDTC to abide by an accelerated schedule for developing the 2008-2013 Transportation Improvement Program.  The Main Office has requested a draft TIP by late Fall 2008.  There are 62 projects that were programmed in the 1999-2004 Transportation Improvement Program that are still resident in the current TIP.  The information NYSDOT Region 1 is collecting to reconcile the STIP will help CDTC staff deal with these 62 projects.


TIP Amendment/Public Review Process


Legislation requires a 30 day public review period for any major change to the Transportation Improvement Program.  CDTC currently flags major changes which go to the Policy Board for review.  This process will now include a 30 day review period.





The status was skipped in interest of ending this meeting by noon.





There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 12:10 p.m.  There is a Policy Board meeting scheduled for June 5th.  The July Planning Committee meeting will be held on July 2nd.



Respectfully submitted,





John P. Poorman