PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
Michael Wieszchowski, Laberge Group
VAN SCHAICK ISLAND LINKAGE PRESENTATION
Tom Johnson from Creighton Manning Engineering (
The meeting notes from the August 6th meeting were approved as written.
2009-10 LINKAGE PROGRAM SOLICITATION
Jason Purvis reviewed the material that CDTC staff prepared for the 2009-10 Linkage Program. The draft solicitation distributed to members identifies several proposed changes to the program. The first change recommends that funding minimums and maximums be specified, given that there is little consultant interest in spending the time to prepare a response to studies that cost less than $30,000. The new guidelines also propose that staff review the study scopes to confirm that the budget is in-line with the scope. Members approved these changes and also noted that funding for this program might be cut based on proposed cuts in CDTC’s PL funds. Members requested that the solicitation specify that CDTC has the right to pull funding in this event.
2007-12 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
SAFETEA-LU Transportation Enhancement Program
Twenty eligible Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) proposals were received. An evaluation team with representatives from NYSDOH, NYSDOS, CDRPC and CDTC was formed to evaluate the projects using the criteria approved at the May 2008 Planning Committee meeting.
Based on overall ratings, the evaluation committee packaged three options for Planning Committee consideration. Option 1 prioritizes the list based on cost effectiveness and overall rank. Option 2 prioritizes the list strictly by overall rank. Option 3 places the proposals in eligibility categories.
The three evaluation options put on the table were also discussed in detail. Members made the motion to approve Option 2 using the straight rank of projects and forwarding this list to the Main Office. The motion was approved, with NYSDOT abstaining. Members also made a formal motion to further explore the dual evaluation process that NYSDOT Region 1 and CDTC appear to be using. This motion was approved.
Amendments to the TIP
Several amendments to the 2007-12 TIP were noted in the materials distributed to members. The first amendment, S140 Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike trail was erroneously removed from the TIP during the last update because CDTC was told that it had been complete; in actuality, the city of Schenectady is planning on moving this project forward now. Projects A440 and A432 have cost changes over the minimum required for Planning committee action. Members approved all three amendments.
A list of TIP projects (items E through L in the agenda under TIP) are listed because NYSDOT is proposing schedule changes as “offsets” for rollovers for projects with funds in the committed period that will be obligated in the first period instead). Members approved the projects listed as offsets—A345, SA123, R198, R240, R242, A435, R255 (items E-L, minus K on the agenda; Item K was withdrawn by NYSDOT). A general discussion regarding offsets and the need to balance the TIP by year and funding source followed. CDTC will aim to process all offsets in the draft TIP in March 2009 rather than process them one at a time. Over 125 projects have been identified by NYSDOT for offsets.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
2009-14 Program Update
County level TIP Meetings--Meetings have been held with county representatives, CDTC staff and NYSDOT staff in each county to provide project sponsors an opportunity to discuss project specifics and implementation timelines. Meeting notes that summarize the status of each project on the current 2007-12 TIP were distributed to Committee members in the mailout material. Similar meetings will be held with CDTA, the Thruway Authority and the Canal Corporation.
Order of Magnitude Analysis--An order of Magnitude
Analysis needs to be performed, but first CDTC needs to know if there is any
programming capacity. A portion of the
eight county Region 1 allocations need to be distributed by formula to the CDTC
Planning area. NYSDOT is working on new
formulas that will likely be by lane mile based rather than VMT and population
based. This could result in a net
reduction to CDTC. CDTC cannot proceed
with its update to the 2007-12
Revised Schedule—Funding Levels are needed by the
Spot Improvement Program
Jason Purvis reviewed the table that was previously distributed that identifies the 13 projects that were submitted under the Round 5 Spot Improvement program. The sum of the costs of the 13 proposed projects ($798,892 federal) exceeds the funding availability. There are some questions regarding eligibility. An evaluation committee will be formed to first address eligibility and second to revaluate and rank the projects. A ranked list will be prepared for Planning Committee review.
Bids and Lettings
The City of
STATUS OF PLANNING
Ridership is up 22 percent. The Authority is facing a $10M deficit. The authority will likely raise fares from $1.00 to $1.50 in April 2009 and to $2.00 in April 2010. CDTA has a hiring freeze, is reducing vehicle hours by 4.5% and will for the first time, use capital reserve funds to help cover operating expenses.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at The November Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for November 5th.