PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
Melissa Ashline-Heil, City of
Bradley Birge, City of
Wayne Bonesteel, representing Fred Howard,
Peter Comenzo, Town of
Rocky Ferraro, Capital District Regional Planning Commission
Robert Hansen, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Jeff Lipnicky, Town of
Kate Maynard, Town of
Barbara McHugh, Town of
John Poorman, Capital District Transportation Committee (Secretary)
Tom Richardson, City of
Phil Serafino, representing Bill Rinaldi, NYS Thruway Authority
James Allen, Buckeye
Frank Bonafide, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Rich Filkins, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
David Kahlbaugh, Clough, Harbour Associates
Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee
Susan Pedo, NSI
Mike Wieszchowski, Laberge Group
Geoff Wood, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Cathy Woodruf, Times
Rich Filkens from NYSDOT provided an overview of the
long-range vision and proposed short term
NYSMPO ASSOCIATION SAFETY ASSESSMENT PROCESS & GUIDELINES
Approval of the April 29, May 6 and May 13th 2009 Meeting Minutes
The meeting notes from the Planning Committee that started on April 29th and ended on May 6th meeting were approved.
2009-14 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE
Draft Project Listings since
Members were directed to the information that was previously distributed regarding editorial changes to TIP listings (no action required) and Corrections to Actions already taken (action required). Each item listed was discussed in turn, and the description of the TIP action was noted in the distributed material. One additional handout was also distributed that noted additional editorial changes and corrections to actions already taken. Additional information about several of the listings was provided during this discussion:
i. Roundabouts—The wording “final design will be determined” will be added to this listing to show that a non-roundabout intersection project can be funded if AQ benefits result.
ii. NY 2 Rehabilitation Project—several issues need to be sorted out regarding this project, but the project will be added to the TIP with a non-competitive fund source for now.
iii. New Post Period Projects (handout)—These projects are shown in the post period with non-competitive fund sources and are shown to indicate that they are in the set of the “next projects to go forward” and that CDTC has made a commitment to these projects.
Members approved all of the corrections noted in the mailout material and in the handout that required Planning Committee approval.
TIP Update, Schedule and Solicitation Proposal
NYS will not be updating the STIP in 2009, but will be waiting until 2010 to do so. CDTC has made a commitment to completing the 2009-14 update, given that much of the work has already been completed. Staff suggests that the Planning Committee and Policy Board seriously consider the following approach or a variation to it as an alternative to completing the 2009-14 TIP in a traditional fashion. The suggested approach both preserves the value of work completed to date and also allows CDTC to solicit for the next set of projects with an adequate amount of time:
1. Estimate a working budget target for “competitive fund sources” for the 2009 through 2015 programming period.
2. Undertake a full CDTC TIP solicitation, evaluation and programming exercise as intended by New Visions.
3. Amend the current STIP to reflect the project listings of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 years of the draft 2009-14 TIP. These amendments would give status to the work done by the Planning Committee over the past six months without requiring a wholesale adoption of the 2009-14 TIP.
4. Use the draft 2009-14 TIP and the prioritized list of new projects as the building blocks of a draft 2010-15 TIP.
5. Reconcile the draft to new legislation, new NYSDOT allocations, etc., and release the draft 2010-15 TIP in March, 2010.
6. Adopt the 2010-15 TIP in June, 2010 for inclusion in the new STIP.
The Planning Committee embraced this approach and approved the motion to approve all the changes that have been made to the TIP so far for presentation to the Policy Board and to reflect the updated TIP in the last two year’s of the STIP.
Fiscal Constraint and the 2009-14 TIP Update
A summary was provided in the previously distributed material that describes the fiscal constraint issues that NYSDOT and CDTC face. In interest of time, NYSDOT will meet with CDTC staff to identify actual over/under programmed funding by fund source.
Report on Stimulus Funding and Programming
CDTC has identified $98.1 M in projects eligible for
Stimulus Funds. Projects totaling about $92M
have been certified by the Governor’s office.
Two small projects have been rejected—one in
TIP ARRA Amendments
Zim Smith Phase 2—members were under the impression that this project was already added to the TIP, since it was approved for ARRA funding at an earlier meeting and presented to the Policy Board. Members approved the motion to include the Zim Smith Phase 2 Project as an amendment to the existing project.
CP Rail Ballston Spa Siding—This project would construct a second main track between
Ballston Spa and
TIGER Discretionary Grant Program
The ARRA includes a discretionary transit program, labeled Transportation Investment Generating Recovery (TIGER). The deadline for applications is September 15th. The size for individual projects will range from $20M to $300M, but not state will receive more than $300M. Geographic balance will be a criteria for funding awards. It is proposed that the CDTC put forth the BRT project for consideration, since it meets all the criteria, and is “shovel ready”. Discussion about putting forth the statewide canal project and/or the Downtown Intermodal Station as projects, but only the state can propose the former, and the Downtown Intermodal Station is not shovel ready. BRT is clearly the strongest candidate, and submitting a list would dilute the changes for the BRT to be funded. Members approved the strategy to put our best project forward, which in this case, is the BRT.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
SA220—Stewart Dam Bridge over the Sacandaga and SA221—Geyser Road Bridge over the D&H RR
Both of these projects were deferred to make room for
STATUS OF PLANNING
In the interest of time, this agenda item was skipped.
The next Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for
Wednesday August 5th at .
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at