PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
July 11, 2012
Melissa Ashline-Heil, City of Cohoes
Bradley Birge, City of Saratoga Springs
Frank Bonafide, NYS Department of Transportation R1
Wayne Bonesteel, Rensselaer County
Robert Cherry, NYS Department of Transportation R1
Darrell Duncan, Albany County
Todd Fabozzi, representing Rocky Ferraro, Capital District
Regional Planning Commission
Ross Farrell, Capital District Transportation Authority
Michael Franchini, Capital District Transportation Committee
Nadine Fuda, Town of Schodack
Bruce Hidley, representing Rosemary Nichols, City of Watervliet
Steve Iachetta, Albany County Airport Authority
Joe LaCivita, Town of Colonie
Patrick McCarroll, representing Michael Loftus, NYS Thruway
Mike Morelli, Town of Bethlehem
Ozzie Priotti, representing Sarah Crowell, City of Rensselaer
Paul Reuss, Village of Menands
Tom Richardson, City of Mechanicville
Steven Strichman, City of Schenectady
Tony Tozzi, Town of Malta
Mike Valentine, Saratoga County
Steve Watts, Town of Halfmoon
STAFF AND OTHERS
William Anslow, Albany County
Rick Bennett, New York State Department of Transportation
Anne Benware, Capital District Transportation Committee
Joe Cimino, CHA
Diane Conroy-LaCivita, Albany County
Mike Cooper, Bergmann Associates
Kristen Devoe, Albany County
Mayor James Gaughan, Village of Altamont
Robert Hansen, Creighton Manning
Tom Hoffman, New York State Department of Transportation
Karen Hulihan, New York State Department of Transportation R1 Tom Johnson, Interested Citizen
Dave Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee
Christine Kingery, Spectra Engineering
Teresa LaSalle, Capital District Transportation Committee
Scott Lewendon, MHLC
Sandy Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee
Leah Mosall, Capital District Transportation Committee
Larry Mulvaney, NYS Department of Transportation R1
Chris O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee
Glenn Posca, Capital District Transportation Committee
Jason Purvis, Capital District Transportation Committee
Jim Rivers, Greenman Pedersen Inc.
Joseph Teliska, representing Wayne Bonesteel, Rensselaer County
Carrie Ward, Capital District Transportation Authority
Steve Iachetta opened the meeting at approximately 9:32 AM. There were no visitors’ issues.
Mike Franchini introduced himself as the new CDTC Executive Director and explained that CDTC staff is here to serve the members.
Approval of the May 2, 2012 Meeting Minutes
Steve Strichman noted that his name was misspelled. With this correction, members approved the May 2nd minutes.
CDTC STAFF PRESENTATION: A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT OF CAR-SHARING IN THE CAPITAL DISTRICT
Sam Piper gave a presentation about Car-sharing. CDTC has recently commissioned a study that seeks to set the foundation for the creation of a car sharing organization in the Capital District, and the study is nearing completion. The study evaluated demand and locations for an initial car-sharing service.
UNIFIED PLANNING WORK PROGRAM
Dave Jukins distributed the progress report as a handout. This will be included in the mail out for the August 1 Planning Committee.
Dave Jukins presented the proposed budget amendment for two different FTA grants, which was included in the mail out. Members approved the budget revisions.
NY 156 Functional Re-classification Request
Dave Jukins explained that the Village of Altamont has requested that NY 156 between NY 146 (Main Street) and the south Village line be functionally reclassified from minor rural collector to major rural collector. Dave referred to an analysis prepared by staff included in the mail out. Mayor Gaughan thanked the CDTC staff and NYSDOT for their assistance on this issue. Frank Bonafide explained that if the Planning Committee and Policy Board approve this reclassification, it is still subject to approval by the NYSDOT Main Office. Members approved the reclassification Option 1 recommendation that the Policy Board approve the Village’s request.
2010-15 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
T87, Park and Ride Lot Signage
Ross Farrell explained that CDTA is requesting a TIP amendment to purchase and install signage for the region’s Park & Ride lots for $174,000. This will complete the signage recommendations for the recently completed Park and Ride/Express Bus Study. Members approved the amendment
RG110 (1808.05), High Function State Bridge Preservation
A451 (1051.57), I-787, NYS Thruway Exit 23 to South Mall Expressway
SA233 (1722.23), NY 50 Bridges over I-87: Bridge Replacement
A240 (1721.51), I-87 Exit 3 or 4 Airport Connector
Frank Bonafide presented the above four TIP amendments as a group and explained that the primary reason is to ensure there are adequate funds to complete the I-787 bridge and resurfacing work during the time frame needed for required coordination with other projects in that area. Brad Birge asked why the Route 50 bridges over the Northway went from replacement to rehabilitation. Frank explained that the Department has determined that there is still life in the structures, and there is a need to get as much life out of rehabilitation as possible with the Department’s new approach. Brad asked if capacity could be considered in the assessment. Frank explained that we are not going to build our way out of congestion; however that contributions from developers would be welcome. Brad Birge and Mike Valentine suggested that more discussion was needed. Tom Hoffman explained that NYSDOT will still go through a scoping process for this bridge. Frank explained that the scope can be discussed, but because of NYSDOT policies, it is unlikely that the bridge will be replaced. Pedestrian issues can be discussed. Dave Jukins suggested there could be further discussion at the program level.
Members approved the above four TIP amendments as described in the mail out.
A464 (1757.32), Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail: Phase 1
Bill Anslow explained that a scope change is proposed. The proposed scope will provide a path from Voorheesville to Delaware Avenue, not all with pavement. Work will include rehabilitation of two bridges, as well as culverts between Rockefeller Road and Route 32. A paved, shared use trail will be constructed between Delaware Avenue and the Port of Albany. An on-road alternative to the New Scotland Avenue bridge will be provided. A handout (attached) was distributed that showed an increase of CMAQ funding of $0.618M. An offset was not identified. Members approved the TIP amendment as presented.
2013-18 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE
Forward Four: NYSDOT Presentation on Pavement and Bridge Preservation Strategies
Frank Bonafide explained that the new NYSDOT policy is preservation first, and that they must get as much life out of every asset as possible. Rick Bennett gave a presentation on the Department’s pavement strategy, explaining that we don’t have enough money to take care of everything. An important strategy is to invest in keeping good condition pavements from going to fair condition, because the cost per mile is much less. Another consideration is that low VMT roadways may need to be deferred. Rick will make his presentation available to members. His email is Rick.Bennett@dot.ny.gov.
Glenn Posca explained that CDTC has collected pavement data for local roads for the last 30 years, and that he will try to make this available to NYSDOT.
At this point, Steve Iachetta was excused, and Mike Franchini chaired the meeting for the remainder of the meeting.
Tom Hoffman gave a presentation on bridge conditions. He explained the importance of maintenance first for bridges. He explained how different treatments can extend the life of a bridge. His e-mail is email@example.com.
Mike Franchini stated that it is our responsibility to let the public know that we don’t have enough money, and to explain the situation. CDTC staff is working with NYSDOT to get a new TIP update schedule. NYSDOT is trying to determine funding levels based on the new transportation bill. Funding levels are desired by September 1st, and a new TIP is needed by June 2013. There is a very slim chance of solicitation for new projects.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
Jason Purvis explained that NYSDOT recently announced applications are available for SRTS funding, as explained in the mail out. There is a chance for a pre-review of your application prior to August 31, to tell you if you need more. The application deadline is October 5, with announcements in November.
UNIFIED PLANNING WORK PROGRAM
Status of TCSP Award Schedule (related to UPWP Task 3.11 I-787 Integrated Corridor Study)
Dave Jukins explained that CDTC submitted an application for the Transportation, Community and System Preservation Program. CDTC has submitted an application for an initiative, called the I-787 Livable Corridor Planning Initiative, under FHWA’s TCSP program. If successful, this $340,000 initiative would be funded through a combination of TCSP Program funds, CDTC FHWA PL funds, and State/Local matching funds. Approval of submissions has been delayed because of the delays in passing a new federal transportation bill.
NEW FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION BILL
Mike Franchini presented a briefing on the new federal transportation bill, called MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century). He reported that the new bill reauthorizes federal transportation funding for two years. This will provide some stability for the CDTC TIP, but this does not address the sustainability of funding the program with the Highway Trust Fund. Funding levels are roughly the same as the previous bill. Funding programs are consolidated, there are no new earmarks, and there is an emphasis on performance measures and targets. Sixty highway programs have been consolidated into four programs. Enhancement programs now fall under “Transportation Alternatives“. Transit programs have also been consolidated.
STATUS OF PLANNING ACTIVITES
Mike Franchini reminded everyone that the national AMPO conference would be held in Saratoga Springs this year from September 11th to the 14th. CDTC will provide 50% of the registration cost for Planning Committee members, and full sponsorship of registration costs for Policy Board members.
Sandy Misiewicz requested that if anyone knew of additional planning studies that should be included in the status of Linkage and other planning studies, please let her know. Sandy also reported that the Safety Task Force was doing a great deal of work related to safety data on local roads.
Jason Purvis stated that the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force was very interested in MAP-21.
Todd Fabozzi reported that the community fact sheets have all been updated based on the latest demographic and economic information. Population forecasts to 2050 have been completed for all municipalities.
Ross Farrell reported that the NX (Northway XpressService) fare and service restructuring plan is on the CDTA website for public review.
Town of Malta
Mike Valentine handed out a request for a TIP amendment for Saratoga County Route 80 (project SA225). (This will be included in the mail out for the August 1 Planning Committee.) The request was handed out for information, to give ample time for review prior to the next Planning Committee meeting on August 1.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 11:55 PM. The next Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for August 1, 2012.