CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
Dave Bailey, City of
Geoff Bornemann, City of
Judy Breselor, representing Fred Howard,
Peter Comenzo, Town of
Kevin Corcoran, Town of
Tom Kearney, FHWA
George Leveille, Town of
Heather Mallozzi, Town of Malta
Phil Pearson, Town of
Marybeth Pettit, City of
Dave Rettig, NYSDOT Region 1
Jill Ross, NYS Thruway Authority
Erin Thomas, City of
STAFF AND OTHERS
Ray Callanan, Town of
George Jaquemart, Buckhurst, Fish and Jaquemart
Shelley Lang, Capital District Transportation Committee
Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee
Sree Nampoothiri, Capital District Transportation Committee
Chris O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee
Jason Purvis, Capital District Transportation Committee
Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately . He welcomed members and guests who introduced themselves.
PRESENTATION ON THE ROUTE 67 LINKAGE STUDY
George Jaquemart of Buckhurst, Fish and Jaquemert
presented the results of the Route 67 Linkage Study in Ballston and
John Poorman offered a correction to the minutes; Bob
Hansen and Jill Ross should be shown as abstaining on the vote on the Transportation
Bond. The minutes of the
2006-07 COMMUNITY AND TRANSPORTATION LINKAGE PLANNING PROGRAM
Sandy Misiewicz summarized the previously-distributed outline for the 2006-07 Linkage program. The scale of the program is the same as for 2005-06. Program strategies are a slight refinement of previous ones, clarifying “multi-modal” by identifying transit, bicycle and pedestrian strategies separately. New for 2006-07 is a proposed $50,000 set-aside for multi-municipality proposals.
Discussion ensued about the set-aside and the submission deadline. After discussion, members agreed to retain the $50,000 set-aside as shown in the draft outline and to shift the submission deadline to January 6. With the revised deadline, staff will be able to share a list of submissions at the January Planning Committee meeting and seek agreement on programming the Linkage funds in February. The draft 2006-07 (or 2006-08) UPWP for public and federal review will show the Linkage funds as a block. Members authorized the distribution of a solicitation letter for the 2006-07 Linkage program. Members also agreed to seek an earlier solicitation next year (perhaps September) for better alignment with local budgeting processes.
STATUS OF PLANNING ACTIVITIES
Mr. Poorman reported on the availability of the national “Colloquy” products. Members agreed to a presentation at the December Planning Committee meeting. He also reported on the schedule for the UPWP development, plans to initiate the Finance Task Force and the need to get a regional operations committee going. Staff is working on a public summary document for New Visions 2030 discussions and is preparing a scope for a trail users survey.
Dave Rettig reported that the key issue is the upcoming bond referendum.
Jill Ross reported that the Thruway Authority board did approve a 2006 program with few changes from what is on the TIP.
Tom Kearney reported that a STIP extension has been requested. There is still no new STIP in place. There is some concern about eligibility of some projects (HBRR), but that FHWA is ready to act soon.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Bids and Lettings
Mr. Rettig reported that a big fourth quarter of lettings is planned. There were no lettings in October; November/December bids include S172 (Crosstown), RG15 (Pavement Markings); and A196 (Rt 7/I-890/Curry Rd.). There continues to be concern with the increased costs in recent bids.