Meeting Minutes

July 6, 2005




Geoff Bornemann, City of Saratoga Springs (Vice-Chairman)

Judy Breselor, representing Fred Howard, Rensselaer County

Todd Fabozzi, representing Rocky Ferraro, CDRPC

Mike Franchini, Albany County (Chairman)

Barbara McHugh, Town of Clifton Park

Phil Pearson, Town of Colonie

Marybeth Pettit, City of Rensselaer

John Poorman, Capital District Transportation Committee (Secretary)

David Rettig, NYSDOT Region 1

Bernard Sisson, City of Schenectady

John Stangle, Village of Menands

Ed Tremblay, City of Cohoes

Kristina Younger, Capital District Transportation Authority




Frank Bonafide, NYSDOT Region 1

Shelley Lang, Capital District Transportation Committee

Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee

Jason Purvis, Capital District Transportation Committee





Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately 9:38 am.  He welcomed members and guests who introduced themselves.



Action Items




Approval of the May 4, 2005 Meeting Minutes


The minutes of the May 4, 2005 meeting were approved as written.


Year-End Budget Revisions


John Poorman directed members’ attention to the budget tables included in the meeting package.  These minor adjustments are necessary to close out 2004-05 grants, based on the completed verification of fringe and indirect rates.  Members authorized the changes.




John Poorman led members through a review of the previously-distributed proposal for functional classification changes necessary to permit state and federal approvals of TIP expenditures for the two-lane connector road between Everett Road and Central Avenue.  The new road is part of project A341 (Central Avenue), which includes rehabilitation of Central Avenue from Everett Rd. to the city line.  The budget also includes $3 M for advanced access management / service road work in conjunction with the private sector.  The city of Albany seeks classification of the proposed 0.28-mile connector road as an “urban collector” in order to be eligible to use the designated federal funds.  The Albany IDA is purchasing the land to allow the existing TIP budget to cover construction costs.  After a brief discussion, members approved the recommendation for a functional classification change which will be forwarded to NYSDOT and FHWA.




Mr. Poorman reviewed the previously-distributed material on the proposed work effort by a Transportation Finance Task Force.  A focused effort will update cost estimates for the existing plan, develop new baseline resource estimates and identify the financial aspects of New Visions 2030 materials and policy options.  The task force will be established this summer and get to work in the fall.


Members then discussed the potential membership list and added Lee Ecker (in place of Tom Karis), Joe Richardson from CEG, Phil Pearson, and a representative from NYSDOT Main Office to the invitation list.  The work program was also amended to include explicit review of public-private financing policies and options.  With these changes, members authorized the establishment of the task force.



Discussion Items




Kristina Younger shared the results of a consultant effort to survey the usage rate and makeup of users of the many park-and-ride lots in the Capital District designated for carpool and/or bus usage.  She distributed a technical memo with detailed results.  Information collected includes details about amenities at each site, which CDTC will post on the commuter register web site.  The usage rates indicate that there is a lot of remaining potential for increased usage at most of the sites.




Mr. Poorman reviewed the previously-distributed summary of the Center for Economic Growth’s efforts to advance a Regional Development Compact which individual communities are being encouraged to adopt as commitment to responsible growth. Rocky Ferraro and John Poorman had offered edited language to CEG, which CEG is using. Members discussed the generally-positive reaction to the compact at the local level; the next step for CEG is reaching out to communities that have not been involved in the development of the compact.  CDTC and CDRPC will continue to be involved with CEG in the overall effort.




Ms. Younger presented the previously-distributed summary of CDTA’s recently-adopted principles.  These principles will guide the development of the Transit Development Plan.  They are also consistent with CDTC’s adopted planning and investment principles.  The CDTA principles address a commitment to service development, leadership in regional growth, and integration of local planning considerations into service design.




Ms. Younger also presented a brief version of the PowerPoint slideshow on the NY5 BRT Conceptual Design that had been presented at the recent final public meeting.  The Conceptual Design study is complete and includes recommendations for BRT service, feeder service, location and amenities at stations, and budget and phasing details.  CDTA has asked its staff for additional detail and plans to act on the study in the fall.  The next step after that will be a CDTA effort to design and implement the BRT elements included in the TIP.




CDTC Staff


Mr. Poorman reported on the successful national “Colloquy” on future transportation factors to be held at the Rensselaerville Institute Conference Center in early June. 




Todd Fabozzi reported on work on age cohort projections (in final stages of internal review) and on New Visions working group A products.




Kristina Younger commented on CDTA’s efforts with mid-town Albany plans and a successful workshop in Saratoga Springs leading to an area transit plan by fall.




Dave Rettig reported on the generally-successful operation of weekend and night closures to help with the I-90 project.  He noted that final design of the Slingerlands Bypass is progressing with the incorporation of several roundabouts; a July 2006 letting is planned.  He reported that the schedule for project S124 (I-890, Campbell Rd. to the Thruway) may need to be postponed; Region 1 is stretched to the limit with other scheduled and emergency work.




Bids and Lettings


Frank Bonafide distributed a list of May/June lettings.  There are no scheduled July bids.  All four lettings came in somewhat higher than the TIP estimates (SA196, SA176, SA147 and A372).  A372 is the re-letting of the Watervliet-Shaker Rd. Phase 2 project deferred because of utility relocation delays.





The next Planning Committee meeting was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on August 3, 2005, if the agenda is sufficient to warrant a meeting.  The September meeting is set for September 7, 2005 at 9:20 a.m.


There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 11:30 a.m.


Respectfully submitted,





John P. Poorman