PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
Melissa Ashline-Heil, City of
Peter Comenzo, Town of
Frank Commisso, Albany Port District Commission
Robert Hansen, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Andrew Kreshik, City of
Joe LaCivita, Town of
Mike Morelli, Town of
Rosemary Nichols, City of
John Poorman, Capital District Transportation Committee (Secretary)
Deidre Rudolph, City of
Phil Serafino, representing Bill Rinaldi, NYS Thruway Authority
Frank Bonafide, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Robert Cherry, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
David Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee
Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee
Sree Nampoothiri, Capital District Transportation Committee
Jeff Pangburn, Creighton Manning Engineering
Chris O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee
Bill Trudeau, City of
Karen Williams, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately .
There were no visitors issues.
Approval of the July 7, 2010 Meeting Minutes
John Poorman pointed out that, as noted in the minutes, the Planning Committee’s decision to suspend Round 2 programming for the TIP for a minimum of six months will need concurrence by the Policy Board.
Members approved the July 7th meeting notes with Mike Morelli abstaining since he did not attend the July 7th meeting.
HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Application
HUD released the funding opportunity for Sustainable Communities. CDRPC and CDTC staffs are working on the application. The grant would augment CDTC’s New Visions work to include housing, social equity and economic development. A resolution supporting CDTC as a Co-Applicant with CDRPC was approved by the Planning Committee members. As a follow up, the Policy Board will be asked to approve a resolution supporting the CDRPC application.
2010-15 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
A501 (1758.01), School Zone Driver Feedback
The City of
1933.10, Youman’s Road Grade Crossing Elimination
NYSDOT presented the amendment for this project as
described in the letter included in the mail out. The project will eliminate an at grade rail
crossing. Members approved the
amendment. The approval will be
contingent on a final determination that the project is exempt for air quality
conformity purposes. Secretary’s Note:
final determination that the project is exempt for air quality conformity
purposes was received on
Corrections to the TIP Listings
Corrections for the following three projects were found as projects were reviewed during the creation of the SIP.
R292 (1758.38) US 4, Couse Corners to
R299 (1759.04) White Church Road over Quackenkill- Both the P& D phases show $0.750 M in the TIP, but should be $0.075M.
Members approved the corrections for all three projects.
STATUS OF PLANNING ACTIVITIES
John Poorman explained that the STIP is complete and available, and involved a significant amount of work. An attempt should be made to simplify the STIP process in the future. Fiscal constraint has been satisfied on the STIP.
Dave Jukins reported that a consultant has been selected
for the Development of an Integrated Corridor Management (
NYSDOT has been working with FHWA to obtain waivers to maintain federal funding eligibility for projects which have been inactive. Future waivers will be difficult to obtain, pointing to the importance of progressing projects in a timely fashion.
There is a new proposed process for establishing and monitoring Statewide letting targets caused by the new state budget; there will no longer be a separate budget for non-state projects. Region 1 is trying to sort out the impacts for local and State projects. The scheduling impacts to local projects may increase. The schedules of all projects will need to be more closely monitored against cash flow and the pace of state project lettings.
NYSDOT is working to expend the last of the ARRA money. Region 1 is in a better position than other regions to spend money that is available from projects where costs were lower than expected. Only several weeks remain to expend ARRA money; Region 1 will be seeking opportunities to use the funds in ways that do not trigger TIP or STIP amendments.
Passengers and cargo numbers are stable. The Airport will open passenger access to economy parking soon.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned
at The next
Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for