Meeting Minutes

August 1, 2007





Melissa Ashline-Heit, City of Cohoes

Frank Bonafide, NYSDOT Region 1

Judy Breselor, City of Troy

Peter Comenzo, Town of Rotterdam

Frank Commisso, Albany Port Authority

Todd Fabozzi, Capital District Regional Planning


Steve Feeney, Schenectady County

Michael Franchini, Albany County (Chairman)

Jaclyn Hakes, representing Brad Birge, City of Saratoga

Fred Howard, Rensselaer County

Steve Iachetta, Albany County Airport Authority

John Poorman, Capital District Transportation Committee (Secretary)

Phil Serafino, New York State Thruway Authority

Denise Sheehan, Town of Colonie

Bernard Sisson, City of Schenectady

Kristina Younger, Capital District Transportation Authority




Anne Benware, Capital District Transportation Committee

Patrick Campbell, Capital District Transportation Authority

Rob Cherry, New York State Department of Transportation Region 1

David Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee

Jason Purvis, Capital District Transportation Committee

Deborah Stacey, Capital District Transportation Committee

John Stangle, Town of Colonie

Steve Szanto, Creighton Manning

Mila Vega, Capital District Transportation Authority





Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately 9:40 am.  There were no visitor’s issues.



Action Items




Approval of the June 27, 2007 Meeting Minutes


The minutes of the June 27, 2007 meeting were approved as written.


Approval of the Semi-Annual Progress Report


The semi-annual progress report was accepted as written.




Addition of the Corridor Management Initiative Study


This planning study has been proposed as a result of adding the NY 5 pavement rehabilitation project (from New Karner Road to Fuller Road) to the 2007-12 TIP.  The section of NY 5 to be rehabilitated is along the NY 5 BRT route; care must be given to design the road to be consistent with the planned improvements for the BRT. The Corridor Management Initiative Study will cost $230,000.  A study advisory committee will be formed with representation from corridor stakeholders and NYSDOT.  Members approved the addition to the UPWP.


Addition of the SPR Project—Conceptual design for BRT in the Western/Washington Corridor


This $250,000 planning study will be primarily funded (80%) using State Planning Research (SPR) funds.  This is the first time that NYSDOT has opened federal SPR funding to non-NYSDOT projects.  The study will produce an implementation proposal based on stakeholder consensus for a high-quality BRT transit connection from downtown Albany to the east, to the redeveloped Harriman Research and Technology Park, SUNY Albany, Nanotech and Crossgates Mall to the west.  The implementation proposal will include service design, station locations and conceptual design, right-of-way assessment, multi-modal connections and cost estimates. Members approved the addition to the UPWP.


Addition of the SPR Project—Conceptual design for BRT in the Western/Washington Corridor


CDTA has submitted a proposal to conduct a study of the feasibility of integrating an intermodal center as part of the development of the design and Master Plan of the Albany Convention Center.  The proposal was submitted to the NYS Association of NYS Metropolitan Planning Organizations as a Transit Supportive Development Case Study.  The request to add the project to the UPWP is contingent on receiving the funding award from NYSMPOs.  Contingent approval is sought because the study will have an accelerated implementation schedule so that it can fit with the timing of the Convention center design.  Members approved the addition to the UPWP contingent upon grant approval.


Addition of the SPR Project—I-87/Route 9 Integrated Corridor Study


NYSDOT Region 1 was successful in securing $500,000 in SPR funds for a study which will look at the feasibility of diverting traffic from I-87 to Route 9 when an incident occurs on I-87 during times of congestion.  The study will look at the potential integration of I-87/Route 9 from Exit 4 to exit 15 of the Northway.  Short and long term solutions, including ITS and signal coordination will be identified.  Kristina Younger requested that the scope of work include a transit element, since investment in transit along Route 9 will be made in the short term.  NYSDOT responded that the study is aimed more at incident related diversions to Route 9, not long term traffic pattern changes (for example, in response to a bridge being closed).  Several Planning Committee members voiced concern over the limited scope and large budget ($500,000 study) and recommended that area municipalities, the Regional Operations Committee and others be involved in developing the scope and guiding the study.  Members approved the study with this caveat noted.


Addition of the Land Use and Transportation Planning Conference


NYSDOT Region 1’s Planning office is hosting a Land Use and Planning Conference on Wednesday October 3rd in downtown Schenectady.  The conference will allow Region 1 staff to reconnect with municipalities now that the region has hired Planning staff.  Several members questioned if continuing education credits would be offered.  NYSDOT responded that they will look into the feasibility.  Planning and Zoning Board credits are potentially more doable.  The members approved the addition to the UPWP.





Solicitation for the Job Access Reverse Commute Program


Deb Stacey reminded members that funding for the JARC, Section 5310 and New Freedom could not be awarded until the Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan for the Capital District was approved.  Once the Plan was approved by Planning Committee and Policy Board members, staff began to work on a solicitation for JARC projects.  Prior to SAFETEA-LU, JARC funds were distributed nationally on a competitive basis.  CDTA had been very successful in receiving project awards for JARC proposals submitted to FTA. Now that JARC funds are allocated to regions by formula, a local competitive solicitation must be developed.  CDTC staff took on this role, to avoid conflict of interest issues since CDTA would like to submit proposal to continue the successful JARC program that has been in place or several years.  Staff would like to “advertise” the funding opportunity using Legal Notices in the area newspapers.  Staff reminded the members that the solicitation for New Freedom will be drafted next, and that the Legal Notice format will be used for the New Freedom solicitation as well.  Members approved the funding application and Legal Notice format of advertisement.




The New Visions 2030 schedule calls for a shift in the Planning Committee and Policy Board meeting schedules.  The Quality Region Task Force has met once and will meet twice during August; New Visions 2030 should be ready for adoption in September by the Planning Committee.  A September Planning Committee meeting is proposed for Wednesday September 5th; the Planning Board meeting is proposed for Thursday October 4th.  A professional “slick” summary document is also under construc-tion.  Members approved the revised schedule.



Discussion Items




Frank Bonafide distributed the April/May/June/July Bids. Surprisingly, most Bids are coming in under estimates.  The exception is the April 5 Bid for Bridge Maintenance and Repair I-90 over the Hudson (PIN 1807.19); this project will be re-bid since only one Bid was received.






Linkage project proposals are due on September 28th.  CDTC reserved up to $100,000 in staff time and up to $225,000 in consultant budget authority to support the Linkage Program; of the $225,000, $50,000 will be reserved for submissions that represent inter-municipal efforts.




CEG has forwarded their final comments on the Fiscal Impact Study to CDRPC; the study should be finalized shortly.  Staff, with the aid of CDTC has been working on employment projections by TAZ; the projections are almost in final form.




CDTA unveiled major service changes in Saratoga Springs in July.  The biggest surge in ridership is on the Saratoga/Schenectady Route 50 run (20 passengers/day).  The Schenectady garage is being used for the Saratoga service; CDTA is considering locating a garage in Saratoga County.  The new hybrid-electric buses are averaging 4.5 mi/gal (as compared to 3.2 mpg).  Two new fare media projects will be unveiled—a three day visitors pass ($8.00) and a 10 ride debit card.  Tokens will be phased out.




The Region 1 Planning Department is working hard on planning the Fall Conference.





Albany County Airport Authority


Mr. Iachetta reported that the Albany International Airport recently became the seventh airport in the nation to begin offering a Registered Traveler (RT) program, Clear®. The Clear lane provides registered travelers with expedited passage through Airport security at Albany and several other airports. This program pre-clears passengers for security, cutting down security related travel time to two minutes or less.  The AIA has received a $2.2 million bid for terminal improvements and a $2 million bid for safety and lighting.


Albany Port Commission


The Port Commission will be leasing some space to Besicorp.





There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:45 a.m.



Respectfully submitted,




John P. Poorman