PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
Bradley Birge, City of
Wayne Bonesteel, representing
Frank Commisso, Albany Port District Commission
Bruce Hidley, representing
Kate Maynard, Town of
Mike Morelli, Town of
Marybeth Pettit, City of
John Poorman, Capital District Transportation Committee
Tom Richardson, City of
Bill Roehr, City of
Steve Watts, Town of
Frank Bonafide, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Stephen Caruso, City of
David P. Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee
Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee
Sree Nampoothiri, Capital District Transportation Committee
Mike Wieszchowski, Laberge Group
Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately . There were no visitor’s issues.
The meeting notes from the August 5th meeting
were approved with two modifications. Bob Hansen noted that the discussion on
page two regarding the auditing of ARRA projects should have read, “federal auditing committee”, not “state auditing committee”.
The second correction dealt with the discussion on page 5 regarding the
Amendment to the 2008-10 UPWP
NYSDOT requested a UPWP revision transferring $400,000
2010-11 Linkage Solicitation
John Poorman indicated that staff will be working on a new UPWP in the upcoming weeks. Activities will be dependent on funding levels. CDTC will prepare several documents for Planning Committee review –the revised formal agreement between CDTC, CDTA and NYSDOT; CDTC’s Formal Operating Procedures and CDTC’s Prospectus. John asked members for ideas on new UPWP tasks.
CDTC/NYSDOT Report on Project Implementation
Bob Hansen reported that all but eight of the ARRA
highway projects have been let. Many of
the bids are coming in lower than expected, accounting for almost $5M in
savings. Given this “savings”, the
TIGER Project Certification
Dave Jukins drafted letters to the USDOT that stated that CDTC would present the Rail Freight Restoration Project and the Selkirk Rail By-Pass project for addition to the TIP if USDOT selects these projects for funding. Members concurred with the letter.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
Transit Signal Priority—CDTA received a cost
estimate for project T75 that is significantly higher than the estimate that
appeared on the TIP. This work needs to
proceed because it is an integral step for
Bridge Pedestrian and Bicycle Access—This project provides an important bike/ped
connection over the
Drawdown on Park and Ride Lots—Many of the agreements for region’s Park and Ride lots are
“handshake” deals, which creates uncertainty for future use. There is no formal agreement for the use of
the Exit 15 Park and Ride lot. This Park and Ride lot is heavily used; 8 NX
runs serve the lot, as does the
2009-14 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE
Project Justification Package Report
CDTC staff held PJP workshops in all four counties over the last two weeks. Attendance was modest but the workshops were considered to be a success. Those who attended expressed appreciation for the opportunity to take part in the workshops.
Screening and Merit Evaluation
John Poorman distributed a two page document entitled, “2010-15 TIP: Discussion items for Possible Action”. John reviewed each of the fourteen items on the handout. These issues will have to be fleshed out at upcoming meetings. John advised members to review the list in preparation for deciding how to proceed with screening and merit evaluation for upcoming TIP solicitations.
There has been no definitive information about reauthorization. One proposal would extend the current bill for three months, another for 18 months. In the meantime, rescission targets have been announced, and the rescissions will create a huge financial burden and impact many transportation projects.
Bids and Lettings
NYSDOT distributed a list of Bids and Lettings. Two
projects were let—one in August and one in September. The
STATUS OF PLANNING
Carm Basile has been named as the new Executive Director of CDTA, replacing Ray Melleady. CDTA has been evaluating ridership trends, since the fare was increased in April. Ridership has declined, but it is difficult to pin the decline solely to the fare increase. The prevalence of bikes on buses has increased 5 fold, indicating that people are avoiding the transfer fee and getting to the mainline by bike. Fuel prices, weather, the job market and the economy all play a part in the ridership decline.
The red checkered water tank at exit 6 is being replaced. The airport received stimulus funds for this project; only two airports in NYS received stimulus funding, the other being JFK. The airport “hosted” the president when he came to town on Air Force One in September. Steve circulated photos.
CDRPC is working on identifying analysis geographies for
Census data summaries using the American Community Survey (
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at The next Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for November 4th.