PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
Bradley Birge, City of
Frank Bonefide, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Robert Cherry, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Peter Comenzo, Town of
Todd Fabozzi, representing Rocky Ferraro, Capital District
Regional Planning Commission
David Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee
Andrew Kreshik, City of
Joseph LaCivita, Town of
Patrick McCarroll, NYS Thruway Authority
Barbara McHugh, Town of
Michael Morelli, Town of
Rosemary Nichols, City of
Dede Rudolph, City of
Ed Tremblay representing Melissa Ashline-Heil, City of
Steve Watts, Town of
Kristina Younger, Capital District Transportation
STAFF AND OTHERS
Patrick Bolton, NYSERDA
John Coluccio, City of
Christine Douglas, CHA
Ross Farrell, Capital District Transportation Authority
Shelly Johnston, Creighton Manning
Dick Lenseth, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Leah Mosall, Capital District Transportation Committee
Larry Mulvaney, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Sree Nampoothiri, Capital District Transportation Committee
Chris O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee
Chuck Rappazzo, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Steven Stella, The
Jennifer Thorne, Capital District Transportation Authority
Michael Wieszchowski, Laberge Group
Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately . There were no visitor’s issues.
Patrick Bolton from NYSERDA provided a brief overview of
the US Department of Energy (USDOE) funding program that is structured to
accelerate the deployment of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure and
charging stations. USDOE is making $5.0M
available for community-based efforts. Ten to fifteen awards will be made
nationally, with minimum award amounts of $250,000 and maximum award amounts of
$500,000. The USDOE monies are to be
used for planning and policy implementation for plug-in electric vehicles and
charging infrastructure. Plans must
address infrastructure deployment plans for light, medium and/or heavy duty
plug-in electric vehicles. NYSERDA is considering submitting one application
for the entire state, identifying local partners in each region. NYSERDA would provide match which would make
the application stronger since match is not a requirement. Patrick mentioned that NYSERDA will also be
announcing one or two Project Opportunity Notices in the near future for demo
projects ($8.0M) and for an electric vehicle support contractor ($1.0M). NYSERDA intends to submit a letter of intent
to USDOE by the May 16th deadline and will work with area
municipalities on a final application which is due June 13th. Members asked Patrick to provide
PRESENTATION ON THE WASHINGTON-WESTERN BUS RAPID TRANSIT STUDY
Ross Farrell from CDTA prepared a presentation summarizing the findings of the recently completed Washington/Western BRT Conceptual Design Study. CDTA through previous work has identified three corridors, based on ridership that could benefit from Bus Rapid Transit. CDTA just launched BusPlus along the Route 5 corridor; annual ridership on the pre-BusPlus Route 5 buses was near 3.5 million. The two other corridors identified for potential BRT service were the Route 32/Broadway corridor with over 2 million annual riders and the Washington/Western corridors with over 2.5 million riders.
The Conceptual Design Study for the Washington/Western BRT looked at feasibility, economic opportunities, solutions to existing road network inefficiencies, stakeholder buy-in and funding opportunities. Several route alternatives were developed with these criteria in mind. Ridership forecasts were also developed. Overall the study indicates that BRT in the Washington and Western Corridor will provide a number of benefits including improved transit service and travel options, support for urban revitalization and increased transit ridership with a limited increase in operating cost. Alternative B2, providing a short busway and a new regional transit hub at Crossgates Mall would provide a level of connectivity that is not possible using the current configuration of the road system in the area. This alternative would require the most investment (compared to the other alternatives) in capital costs, but would increase service and lower operating costs due to improved efficiencies. The Resolution distributed to members is required for CDTA to move forward with developing a package to FTA on the Alternatives Analysis portion of the Federal Small Starts or Very Small Starts program to further advance the feasibility study of the Washington/Western BRT project. Members approved the Resolution.
Frank Bonafide requested that the first sentence under NYSDOT (under Status of Planning Activities) be stricken from the notes. Chris O’Neill noted that the first sentence of the second paragraph under New Visions 2035 Maintenance Plan (page 4) referenced the wrong handout. Members approved the meeting notes with these corrections noted.
Year-End Budget Revisions
CDTC staff annually takes steps necessary to close out the fiscal year on March 31st, subject to Planning Committee approval and a subsequent annual audit. Requested grant close-out revisions involve grant NY-80-X018 and NY-80-X019. Specific detail is included in member’s mailout material. Members approved the budget revisions.
2011 Coordinated Public-Transit Human Services Transit Plan
Public Participation Policy
New Visions 2035 Maintenance Plan Update
Chris O’Neill distributed a summary of the initial findings of the Air Quality Conformity Determination for 2035. Chris is waiting for data from NYSDOT for Montgomery, Greene and Schoharie counties. A final version of the air quality statement will be presented to the Policy Board at the June meeting. Members approved the release of the Air Quality Conformity Statement to the Policy Board.
Chris O’Neill distributed a two page handout highlighting some text changes that were made to previously distributed status briefs on the individual topic areas of the New Visions 2035 Plan Update. Chris noted that the Status Brief on Infrastructure was re-drafted at the request of NYSDOT to include a discussion on bridge deck area deficiencies. An executive summary addressing each of the individual topic areas was included in members’ mailout material. The summary highlights accomplishments and the proposed focus for future work. Staff plans to add graphics and will present the summary document and individual topic papers to the Policy Board in June. Some additional tweaks will be required, such as adding information on CDTA’s Small Starts initiative (discussed today) and a few other minor accomplishments that have occurred since the Topic papers were drafted in January. Members approved the material for Policy Board review.
2010-15 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
Project RG96 Recreational Trails Project
NYSDOT explained that this project includes several trail improvement projects funded by FHWA recreational trail grants funneled through the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The actual grants awarded to Capital Region recipients exceeded the amount originally programmed on the TIP. This amendment adjusts that TIP amount to the correct allocation. Members approved the amendment.
Review of the Bike/Ped Project Cost Cap
CDTC members previously voted to cap the cost of bike/ped projects. This cap, unlike other projects in the TIP is a firm amount, and affords no adjustments for cost increases. At the May Planning Committee meeting, members requested that CDTC staff identify several options to serve as a starting point for discussion about this topic. Staff developed a few alternatives. These alternatives were discussed at length by members, and a few modified alternatives were proposed and discussed. Most members gravitated toward Option 2 – remove the firm cap on existing and future bike-ped projects on the TIP and consider cost and scope changes on a case by case basis, similar to how other non-bike/ped projects are currently treated in the TIP. This opened up a broader discussion regarding scope and budget changes for all TIP projects. Members approved option 2 with one abstention, but requested a broader investigation of policies regarding requests for scope and budget revisions for all projects.
Project A437—Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail
The City of
STATUS OF PLANNING ACTIVITIES
Due to time constraints, this section of the Agenda was skipped.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned
The next Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for
John P. Poorman