CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
Geoff Bornemann, City of
Peter Comenzo, Town of
Frank Commisso, Albany Port District Commission
David Rettig, NYSDOT Region 1
Dede Rudolph, City of
John Stangle, Town of
Steve Watts, Town of
STAFF AND OTHERS
Robert Hansen, NYSDOT Region 1
Jeff Lipnicky, Town of
Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee
Sree Nampoothiri, Capital District Transportation Committee
Fred Mastroianni, Foit-Albert Associates
Dennis O’Malley, Village of
Steve Szanto, Luther Forest Technology Campus
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.
The minutes of the
UNIFIED PLANNING WORK PROGRAM
Closeout Budget Revisions
Mr. Poorman summarized the previously-distributed material on the Luther Forest Technology Campus transportation plan. The Round Lake Bypass has received state funding commitment. Dave Rettig reported that the funding will come from existing upstate NYSDOT state funding allocations. Mr. Poorman noted that the Bypass is considered under CDTC’s terminology as a “community compatibility” project rather than a capacity project.
CDTC will need to update the regional transportation plan to show the Bypass and to re-assess air quality conformity by modeling the impacts of all the Luther Forest Technology Campus transportation plan’s elements.
Jack Kelley and
Members agreed to recommend the plan amendment and authorized the air quality conformity review. Mr. Poorman noted that FHWA has raised the possibility that CDTC may be required to undertake a full plan update in order to meet federal guidance that a 20-year plan horizon remain at the time of a major plan amendment. CDTC’s New Visions 2025 plan has 19 ½ years remaining in its horizon.
2005-10 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
Mr. Hansen noted that project SA225 still has funds that have not been assigned to particular projects. As part of the Luther Forest Technology Campus transportation plan, NYSDOT is ready to program some of that available funding toward engineering. A request was made and approved by members to program an additional $0.650 M of available earmarked funds for engineering. It is expected that amendments to program the balance of the funds will be on the agenda for the August 23 Planning Committee meeting.
A289, Grade Separation of
Mr. Rettig described the need for the amendment. Due to uncertainty about the state’s CMAQ-funded high-speed rail initiatives, these two CMAQ-funded rail crossing elimination projects must be deferred beyond the 2005-10 TIP period. NYSDOT has initiated more modest grade crossing warning device upgrades to deal with safety needs for the foreseeable future. Members agreed to the project deferrals. Due to the nature of the action, Policy Board concurrence will be required at its meeting on September 7.
RG29, CDTC Technical Services
Rettig reported that the proposed amendment will add $250,000 in STP funds to
the CDTC technical services contract for the purpose of a joint CDTC-NYSDOT
planning effort regarding system planning issues related to the
Mr. Poorman introduced the amendment request, noting that project RG39 is a set-aside for local ITS signal initiatives. Dennis O’Malley described the project as one which both upgrades antiquated signal equipment and allows integration into alternative routing plans for incidents on the I-787/NY-787 corridor. A total of $0.190 M would be used of CDTC’s 2006-07 budget for RG39 with the amendment. The village also requests NYSDOT to examine the cash flow potential to fund the project in the current year. Members approved the amendment.
NEW VISIONS STATUS
Mr. Poorman shared an updated version of the status report presented to the Policy Board in June. Work continues with the finance task force, with major issues emerging regarding the adequacy of funding to meet pavement needs. A color version of the Big Ideas paper is available in draft and the June workshop on Greenway system concepts was successful. The recent AMD announcement has the effect of increasing the plausibility of major initiatives and regional dialogue on “urgency” can be expected.
STATUS OF PLANNING ACTIVITIES
Mr. Ferraro reported that CDRPC has been assisting with CDTC’s trail surveys as part of the UPWP effort; is participating in CDTC’s Human Service Agency work; has accepted the Global Insight population projections; will have regional employment projections completed by September; and continues to be engaged in 2010 Census preparations. He noted that CDRPC is participating in a statewide NYSERDA project regarding wind energy and that the joint fiscal analysis effort with CEG is progressing well.
Ms. Younger reported that CDTA has agreed to a new contract with the labor unions; is in the process of awarding BRT contracts for station design ($0.500 M, operating plans ($0.400 M) and branding ($50-75 K); will be unveiling five new Northway Express buses on Friday; has adopted the Saratoga Springs TDP element; and has implemented a new Saratoga Springs visitor’s pass TDM project.
Mr. Rettig reported that the I-90 rehab project is
progressing well; the
Mr. Hansen reported that Region 1 is involved in a pilot program using special software to improve documentation of construction inspection and change orders on locally-administered federal aid contracts.
Phil Serafino indicated there was nothing major to report.
Steve Iachetta reported that the airport has opened $10 M in bids. Progress on hanger, ramp and security/terminal work continues.
Albany Port District Commission
Frank Commisso reported favorably on current port activity. Tonnage is up; windmill shipments are a new activity; additional acreage has been acquired for expansion. The barge service has been discontinued, but may restart.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Bids and Lettings
Mr. Hansen distributed a summary of May-June lettings and July-August scheduled bid openings. The I-87 Exit 5 bridge was let, with the low bid again higher than the TIP estimate. Projects SA122 (I-87/D&H), A242 (Slingerlands Bypass) and S129 (Rt 159/Conrail) are scheduled for July. Discussion ensued regarding problems with bids exceeding engineer’s estimates; Mr. Iachetta reported that the airport is not experiencing the same phenomenon.