PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
May 2, 2012
Melissa Ashline-Heil, City of Cohoes
Bradley Birge, City of Saratoga Springs
Frank Bonafide, NYS Department of Transportation R1
Robert Cherry, NYS Department of Transportation R1
Darrell Duncan, Albany County
Ross Farrell, Capital District Transportation Authority
Rocky Ferraro, Capital District Regional Planning Commission
Steve Iachetta, Albany County Airport Authority
David Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee
Andrew Kreshik, City of Troy
Joe LaCivita, Town of Colonie
Patrick McCarroll, representing Michael Loftus, NYS
Mike Morelli, Town of Bethlehem
Rosemary Nichols, City of Watervliet
Dede Rudolph, City of Albany
Stephen Strichman, City of Schenectady
Joseph Teliska, representing Wayne Bonesteel, Rensselaer County
Steve Watts, Town of Halfmoon
STAFF AND OTHERS
William Anslow, Albany County
Anne Benware, Capital District Transportation Committee
Mike Cooper, Bergmann Associates
Lee Ecker, Clough Harbour Associates
Kathy Fisher, Town of Rotterdam CAC
Bob Hansen, Creighton Manning
Karen Hulihan, NYS Department of Transportation R1
Teresa LaSalle, Capital District Transportation Committee
Larry Mulvaney, NYS Department of Transportation R1
Chris O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee
John Poorman, Capital District Transportation Committee
Glenn Posca, Capital District Transportation Committee
Jason Purvis, Capital District Transportation Committee
Jim Rivers, Greenman Pedersen Inc.
Gregory Roy, McFarland Johnson
Carrie Ward, Capital District Transportation Authority
Mike Wieszchowski, Laberge Group
Ed Wolk, Capital District Transportation Authority
Steve Iachetta opened the meeting at approximately 9:31 AM. He invited visitors to comment. Kathy Fisher spoke in favor of ensuring that the Western Gateway Bridge project provides high quality bicycle and pedestrian facilities as part of the deck reconstruction.
Approval of the April 4, 2012 Meeting Minutes
Bradley Birge noted that the April 4th minutes, as mailed, incorrectly indicated that he had stated that there was enough capacity on the Western Gateway Bridge for bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, while he had actually said that the capacity of the bridge should be reviewed to determine if there is adequate capacity for bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. With this correction, members approved the April 4th minutes.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
T17 (1820.48), Transit Bus Replacement/Expansion
Ross Farrell explained that CDTA has received approval for their application to the (FTA) Section 5308 Clean Fuels Competitive Discretionary funding program. They were awarded $2,500,000 in federal dollars for a project total of $3,012,048. Members approved the amendment.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Transportation Improvement Program 2013-18 Update
John Poorman explained that work will begin on an update of the TIP this summer. An update of the STIP will be required by June 2013. Funding allocations are expected this summer. Frank Bonafide explained that most likely the program will be flat.
New York Works Infrastructure Program Report
Frank Bonafide distributed two handouts (attached to these minutes) showing the status of the SFY 2013 program in the CDTC area based on conversations with sponsors and their consultants. Frank also distributed a list of projects (attached) that Mary Ivey has committed to deliver on time and within the current budget. Any delay in the PS&E delivery beyond the current schedule could result in the project letting being held by DOT until adequate funding is available. NYSDOT is expected to tighten the delivery of projects on the State side and the local side. Project sponsors have been notified. Region 1 staff will work with project sponsors to help meet their proposed schedules. It was agreed that, based on CDTC’s procedures, NYSDOT has discretion in moving schedules. John Poorman stated that he appreciates the great job Region 1 is doing to facilitate project delivery. He also noted that delays can potentially cause Region 1 and CDTC to lose money.
LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING PROGRAM REPORT
Jason Purvis reported on the Continuum of Training for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety for Law Enforcement recently conducted by CDTC. Officers learned how Engineering, Education and Enforcement must work together to make the bicycle and pedestrian travel environment safer for people of all ages and abilities. The 2 day in-person training was held on April 30th and May 1st at the NYS Police Training Academy on the Harriman Campus. Twenty one officers from across the Capital Region were fully engaged and participated. Feedback has been very positive. There have been discussions of either offering the same training again or expanding it to include more subject matter.
FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION BILL AUTHORIZATION
John Poorman explained that the House and the Senate will form a conference committee on the reauthorization of surface transportation legislation. There are big policy differences and many feel that agreement is unlikely. The working assumption is that Congress may continue to continue extending the old bill through the end of the calendar year.
STATUS OF PLANNING ACTIVITES
Dave Jukins announced a retirement gathering for John Poorman for May 10th. A number of members spoke about the importance of John’s service as staff director and suggested different ways to show the Committee’s appreciation for John.
Rocky Ferraro reported that CDRPC will be hosting a Local Government Planning & Zoning Workshop on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. In addition to traditional topics, there will be sessions on green infrastructure and storm water management. CDRPC is continuing work on age cohort projections, with Schenectady and Albany Counties completed. The NYSERDA contract for the Climate Smart Communities initiative was signed.
Ross Farrell reported that CDTA service planning continues, with Phase 2 of the Albany County restructuring under development. CDTA is planning changes to the Northway NX service. CDTA will progress a river corridor BRT initiative concurrently with the Washington Western BRT Alternatives Analysis. CDTA would like to begin BRT serving Albany, Menands, Watervliet, Cohoes and Troy in the next two years.
John Poorman commented that is nice to see the positive press that CDTA been receiving. Ross Farrell noted the Times Union article about businesses nearby BRT stations that see their location as favorable to business.
Frank Bonafide commented on John Poorman’s unique ability to see both sides of an issue, and to consistently lead a diverse group to consensus. He commented that CDTC members are always collaborative even when they disagree. This is due in no small part to John’s work.
New York State Thruway Authority
Patrick McCarroll reported that construction on the Thruway between Exits 23 and 24 is going well. Nine different noise barriers are included in the project.
Albany Airport Authority
Steve Iachetta noted the ABC news special on Global Foundries. Passenger growth has been experienced for three consecutive months, for the first time since 2006, with 3% growth so far this year.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 10:55 PM. The next Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for July 11, 2012. The next Policy Board Meeting is scheduled for June 7, 2012.
Michael V. Franchini