PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
Melissa Ashline-Heil, City of
Bradley Birge, City of
Frank Bonafide, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Robert Cherry, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Peter Comenzo, Town of
Frank Commisso, Albany Port District Commission
Sarah Crowell, City of
Todd Fabozzi, representing Rocky Ferraro, Capital District
Regional Planning Commission
Andrew Kreshik, City of
Joseph LaCivita, Town of
Patrick McCarroll, representing Michael Loftus, NYS
Rosemary Nichols, City of
Tom Richardson, City of
Steve Watts, Town of
Kristina Younger, Capital District Transportation Authority
STAFF AND OTHERS
Susan Andrews, NYS Department of Transportation
Marie Corrado, NYS Department of Transportation
Erik Deyoe, Town of
Rich Filkins, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
David Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee
Rob Leslie, Town of
Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee
Larry Mulvaney, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Chris O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee
Gregory Roy, McFarland Johnson
Angelo Trichilo, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately . There were no visitor’s issues.
Rob Leslie of the Town of
New York State Department of Transportation: Rail Projects and High Speed Rail
Susan Andrews and Marie Corrado of the New York State
Department of Transportation Office of Major Projects gave a presentation on
rail projects and high speed rail, focusing on the Capital District. High speed rail goals for
Discussion followed about the
New York State Department of Transportation: I-87 Exit 3-4 Project
Angelo Trichilo gave a presentation on the I-87 Exit 3-4
Project. Primary project objectives
include improving access between I-87 and
Two alternatives are being dismissed: the Exit 4 Upgrades alternative and the Single Point Urban Interchange alternatives. Two alternatives are being carried forward: the Diamond Alternative, $36.5M construction, $20.0M ROW; and the Flyover Alternative, $26.3M construction, $9.0M ROW. The project schedule indicates bid letting for the replacement of the bridges in September 2013, with construction of the bridges in 2014 and 2015. Letting and construction of the remainder of the project will be subject to availability of federal funds and cost of the final alternative selected. The CDTC TIP has funding programmed in 2010-2015 that would be enough to fund the flyover alternative.
New York State Department of Transportation: Route 146 Corridor
Rich Filkins presented the status of the
TDM, transit and park and ride lots are being considered. A two way left turn lane is also being considered. The schedule calls for construction beginning in 2014.
Members approved the May 4th meeting notes as written.
HUD SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES REGIONAL PLANNING GRANT
Resolution Supporting CDTC as a Co-Applicant with CDRPC
Todd Fabozzi explained that there will be a second round of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program, and CDRPC will be applying again. The application proposal will be very similar to last year. CDTC will be a co-applicant and additional consortium members are still being identified and reaffirmed by CDRPC. There is a new section in this year’s grant requirement regarding energy efficiency, and CDRPC’s pending application for a NYSERDA grant should address this issue. Members approved a resolution confirming CDTC’s participation as a co-applicant.
UNIFIED PLANNING WORK PROGRAM
The CDTC Progress Report for
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Section 5310 Project Evaluations
Section 5317 New Freedom Program Report
CDTA as the designated recipient for New Freedom Funds, conducted an area wide solicitation for applications for projects for 2011 New Freedom activities in February. One application was received, with four agencies collaborating. Because the New Freedom program encourages collaboration, this can be regarded as a strong application. The application is to purchase Digital Mobile Radio technology for the aggregate fleet of 124 vehicles. In addition, $23,000 in federal funds allocated to Saratoga County and $5,500 remaining in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy allocation will be added to the Accessible Taxi program to allow it to expand to eight taxis. The figure of $267,500 needs to be included in the 2010-15 Transportation Program for the proposed New Freedom activities to proceed ($238,750 for A-S-T and $28,750 for Saratoga). The members approved this action item.
R240 (1755.20) Brookside Avenue over Wynanskill
R198 (1754.70) New Sidewalks on the east side of Brookside Avenue
The above two items were presented and discussed together. Joe Cimino presented information about both projects. The R240 amendment does not involve a scope change, but involves a requested increase in funding. He also mentioned that the project schedule is shown incorrectly on the STIP, but correctly on the CDTC TIP. The R198 amendment is requesting a scope change. Originally the scope was to construct an asphalt strip on the west side of the street. Because of drainage issues and other considerations, the Town would like to construct a sidewalk with a curb and closed drainage on the east side of the street and provide an overlay the entire roadway.
After discussion it was concluded that the R240 amendment would need an HBRR offset that has not yet been identified. It was also explained that the incorrect schedule on the STIP requires a simple correction to agree with the TIP, and no action is required by the Planning Committee to change the STIP. The members voted to table action on R240 until NYSDOT could look into finding an HBRR offset and report back.
A number of members expressed the opinion that due to the size of the proposed amendment for R198, a TIP amendment would not be appropriate, and that instead the proposed new scope would need to compete as a new project in a future TIP project solicitation. However, it was explained that if the project is not advanced, the Town would owe the federal government roughly $15,000 for charges already expended on the project. The members approved a motion to deny the amendment for R198, and to give the Town a chance to hear and discuss potential ramifications before removing the project from the TIP.
A532 (1933.16) & RG40, Warning Device Upgrade – New Courtland St., Cohoes
A533 (1933.17) & RG40, Municipal work at various rail crossing locations, Cohoes
R303 (1932.08) & RG40, Hunt Road Crossing of Pan Am Railways, Pittstown
The above three items were discussed and voted on together. Frank Bonafide explained the need for these three TIP amendments. The amendments were approved by the members.
TIP Project Monitoring, Tracking and Amendments
John Poorman explained that NYSDOT is upgrading its monitoring system to result in better management of project schedules. This initiative is consistent with desires expressed by staff and Planning Committee members to more carefully monitor projects and prevent excessive project delays. Staff will put together a proposal to address these issues. One aspect of this can be to develop percentage guidelines for TIP amendments that will trigger comparisons with other project candidates that did or will compete with the project for funding. Frank Bonafide expressed caution that procedures should not be overly prescriptive but should leave room for judgment which this Committee has been good at.
TCSP PROGRESS REPORT
Frank Bonafide explained that about $6 million is available statewide, and FHWA will make the decisions for this program. Information is limited at this time. Many good proposals have been submitted, some based on Linkage Studies. Selections are expected by the end of the federal fiscal year. John Poorman said that FHWA has left the MPOs out of the loop for this program.
STATUS OF PLANNING ACTIVITIES
Frank Bonafide reported that 17 people from Design will be leaving Region 1 as a result of layoffs. This will impact the Region’s ability to deliver the program. Statewide, 199 people will be leaving NYSDOT.
Kristina Younger reported that CDTA will be holding four public meetings to discuss the Albany County Route Restructuring Plan.
Albany County Airport Authority
Steve Iachetta reported that May 2011 enplanements (departing passengers) were 2.7% higher than May 2010. The Airport is commencing construction on $3.8M in Runway 10-28 related taxiways and air cargo ramp pavement rehabilitation.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 12:13 PM. The next Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for August 3, 2011.
John P. Poorman