Meeting Minutes

September 5, 2007





Melissa Ashline-Heil, City of Cohoes

Judy Breselor, City of Troy

Peter Comenzo, Town of Rotterdam

Steve Feeney, Schenectady County

Rocky Ferraro, Capital District Regional Planning

Michael Franchini, Albany County (Chairman)

Bruce Hidley, City of Watervliet

Fred Howard, Rensselaer County

George Leveille, Town of Bethlehem

Barbara McHugh, Town of Clifton Park

John Poorman, Capital District Transportation Committee (Secretary)

Dave Rettig, New York State Department of Transportation

Tom Richardson, City f Mechanicville

Phil Serafino, New York State Thruway Authority

Bernard Sisson, City of Schenectady

John Stangle, Town of Colonie

Michael Valentine, City of Saratoga Springs

Steve Watts, Town of Halfmoon

Kristina Younger, Capital District Transportation Authority




Frank Bonafide, NYSDOT Region 1

Jim Digioia, Interested Citizen

David Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee

Dave Kahlbaugh, Clough Harbour

Jeff Pangburn, Creighton Manning

Deborah Stacey, Capital District Transportation Committee

Maggie Zandt, Greenman Pederson





Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately 9:35 am.  There were no visitor’s issues.



Sandy Misiewicz provided a brief presentation on the Harriman Campus Linkage Study findings. This Linkage Study was a $100,000 study funded under the 2005-06 Linkage program and was initiated in June 2006 and completed in May 2007.  Nelson Nygaard and the Chazen group were the consultants selected to conduct the study.  The goal of the study was to develop a vision for an integrated transportation system in the Harriman Campus/SUNYA/CESTM area.  Recommendations include the formation of a Transportation Management Association, parking policies including paid parking, and a Transportation Spine which potentially includes BRT.  Seven study principles (improve inter-campus connections; improve linkages within the City of Albany, Town of Guilderland and to the greater region; reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicle trips and the parking supply needed to serve those trips through TDM and other techniques; maintain access to the regional roadway network; address pedestrian safety and accessibility issues on a site-specific level; coordinate transportation improvements with land use improvements proposed in the Harriman Campus Master Development Plan and other local land use policies) were identified and adopted by the Study Advisory Committee.  Dave Rettig questioned if study participants are aware of the city’s recent approval of the Patroon Creek development (office/high-end apartment complex) located directly across from the Harriman site and noted that the traffic impact study does not acknowledge the existence of the Linkage Study nor its findings.  Planning Committee members feel that the redevelopment of the Harriman Campus and surrounding area presents a once in a 50 year opportunity to do something meaningful and consequently the findings of the Linkage study could benefit from the endorsement of CDTC.  John Poorman responded that by adopting the Harriman Linkage Plan as part of New Visions 2030, the plan should be followed much as New Visions 2030 planning and investment principles are.



Action Items




Review of TMC Discussion in June 27, 2007 Meeting Minutes


Dave Rettig indicated that to continue funding for the TMC, CMAQ monies need to be converted to STP funds for this fiscal year.  Discussion at the June 27th Planning Committee tabled the motion to do this, based on advice from Joe Rich.  Members approved the motion to swap CMAQ with STP funds for the TMC.


Approval of the August 1, 2007 Meeting Minutes


Kristina Younger noted that the discussion under CDTA Activities erroneously noted that the Saratoga/Schenectady bus route carries 20 passengers per day.  This should have read 20 passengers/trip. The minutes of the August 1, 2007 meeting were approved with this modification noted.





Draft New Visions Strategies and Actions


Sandy Misiewicz prepared a PowerPoint presentation that outlined the Draft New Visions 2030 Strategies and Actions.  The 1997 New Visions Plan contained 10 strategies and 43 accompanying actions.  Strategies articulate why an action is needed and Actions describe how to address strategies and are used to guide long range planning.  The New Visions 2030 plan development process identified the need to change many actions, since many have been implemented and the new SAFETEA-LU requirements have created new ones.  Three new strategies have been identified for New Visions 2030, bringing the total to 13 strategies and 47 actions.  The three new strategies cover the categories of safety, environment and the big ticket/big idea concepts.  The Quality Region Task Force met three times over the summer to review the strategies and actions, specifically looking for inconsistencies and gaps.  All of the new strategies and actions came about through work that has been undertaken for New Visions 2030; this work has been reviewed by the Planning Committee at previous meetings (for example, working group reports, Finance Task Force documents, etc).  Members approved the Strategies and Action Plan.


Draft New Visions 2030 Summary Document


The Draft New Visions 2030 Summary Document has been posted on CDTC’s website and serves as brief summary of all the separate pieces that constitute New Visions 2030.  The summary document was reviewed by CDTC’s Quality Region Task Force last week and minor changes to the document (i.e. add more references about telecommuting, TMA’s and global warming) were recommended.  CDTC staff is working on a “slick” summary document, similar to what was produced in 1998 to roll out New Visions, which will be the centerpiece of the New Visions 2030 rollout. The QRTF has high expectations on the marketing of NV 2030.  CDTC staff size and budget won’t allow for the extensive marketing that the QRTF is looking for.  Much of the marketing can be done by the participants that have been involved in developing New Visions 2030.  Rocky Ferraro indicated that the public outreach plan should include area grade school, middle school and high school students, since these students will be the class of 2010, 2015, and 2020.  Since this document is a work in progress and serves as a placeholder referencing all of the pieces of the recent NV 2030 work, action is not required.


Recommendation for Policy Board Approval


The Planning Committee members recommended that the New Visions 2030 Plan go before CDTC’s Policy Board at the October 4, 2007 meeting for approval as CDTC’s Regional Plan update.


Harriman Campus Resolution


The draft resolution regarding the Harriman Campus-University at Albany Transportation Study was included in the member’s packets.  George Leveille stated that he thinks the study recommendations are superb as are the seven planning principles, but questioned if there was buy-in from the City of Albany.  John Poorman responded that the city was a co-owner of the study, but Dave Rettig indicated that that city employee is no longer employed by the city.  After additional discussion, it was determined that it would be inappropriate to pass the resolution without the Committee’s City of Albany representative present at today’s meeting.  The motioned was tabled.





SA 190 Green Street Connector


This project is a spot improvement project that was unintentionally omitted from the TIP.  A technical correction is required; this will be taken care of as part of Glenn Posca’s handout.


Amendments to the 2007-12 TIP (distributed at meeting)


A list of proposed amendments to the TIP was distributed to members.  This list was produced primarily because inconsistencies between the 2007-12 TIP and the STIP were discovered.  All of the amendments require Policy Board approval:


1.    A416—this project is not eligible for HBRR; consequently NYSDOT would like to fund it with SDF.  This project will no longer be federally funded but will remain on the TIP for informational purposes.

2.    A450-this project has been completed and should be removed from the TIP.

3.    A452—the state would like to conduct the detailed design phase of this project using SDF rather than IM funds.  IM Funds will be used to complete the project in the post-TIP phase.

4.    A491—this project is not currently eligible for HBRR; consequently NYSDOT would like to fund it with IM.  There is a significant cost increase associated with this project as well ($2.5M to $6.3M).

5.    SA84—this project was approved by the Planning Committee for conversion from SDF to HBRR at its June 27th meeting, but, by an oversight, was not subsequently brought to the Policy Board for approval.  The cost of the project is $1.5M less than what appeared in the TIP.

6.    SA234—Preliminary design will be funded with state funds, rather than IM funds.  This project will no longer be federally funded but will remain on the TIP for informational purposes.

7.    A198—this project was not included in the handout, but was addressed by Dave Rettig.  NYSDOT would like to spend Bond money for the first phases of this project but is unsure if Bond money is available.  A ROW phase will be added with utility work; this phase will begin this fall.  NYSDOT proposes funding this project with IM if Bond dollars are unavailable.


Steve Watts made a motion to approve all seven amendments, as discussed above, to the TIP.  Members approved the motion.





This portion of the agenda was skipped due to the interest of the time.





There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:55 a.m.



Respectfully submitted,




John P. Poorman