PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
Judy Breselor, City of
Rocky Ferraro, Capital District Regional Planning
Jackie Hakes, City of
George Leveille, Town of
Steve Watts, Town of
Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately . There were no visitor’s issues.
Members approved the
2008-10 UNIFIED PLANNING
Schedule for UPWP
John Poorman noted that the draft UPWP will be completed and distributed to Planning Committee members by the February 2008 Planning Committee meeting. Many tasks will be added, some as an outcome of the New Visions 2030 Plan. Because CDTC’s staff is small, tasks will be prioritized. Committee members approved the proposed schedule for the 2008-10 UPWP.
Eight applications for 2008-9 Linkage program funding were received by CDTC. An evaluation team composed of representatives from CDTC, CDTA, NYSDOT and CDRPC met and developed a priority list which was previously distributed. The evaluation team noted that the budgets for five of the studies were far too low based on sponsor desires and expectations for the proposed studies. This has been a problem with previous Linkage Studies and has led to decreased interest by the consultant community. The Evaluation Committee put forth two options: (1). Contact local sponsors to request additional local funds that would be required as match for the more realistic budget amount or (2). Fill budget shortfalls with Federal funds, keeping the ranking of the eight projects. After lively discussion, members voted for Option 1 and approved the evaluation committee’s rankings of the proposals. Members also concurred with the evaluation committee’s plan to address these problems in the next round’s solicitation.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS (handout)
I-87 Bridge over the
NYSDOT is experiencing difficulty with an estimate for
this project, but is certain that the amount currently budgeted in the 2007-12
TIP will not cover the cost of the project.
It is expected that the cost will be in the vicinity of $15.7M, not the
$8.6M that currently appears in the TIP. The cables are in very poor
condition. The goal of keeping all three
lanes on the bridge functional during construction is driving the cost up. Letting is expected in February ’08. If the addition of these monies creates a
fiscal constraint issue, it is likely that NYSDOT will defer a project on I-87
Route5: Rte 155 to
This amendment is for a request to extend the project
INTEGRATED COMMUNITY & TRANSPORTATION PLANNING & DESIGN REPORT
David Jukins prepared a PowerPoint to review this shared cost study funded by the association of NYS MPOs with the Committee, but in interest of time, skipped the PowerPoint and distributed the written material instead. Dave asked members to review the material at their leisure and suggested that members be prepared to ask specific questions about the distributed material at the next Planning committee meeting.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
A tentative proposed schedule for competitive Set-Asides was distributed to committee members. The 2007-12 TIP contains set-asides for Diesel Retrofits (RG102), Bicycle/Pedestrian Networks (RG103), Intersections, Queue Jumpers and Roundabouts (RG104) and Safety (RG105). Members were asked for advice regarding the sequencing of the set-aside solicitations. Members felt that it would be advantageous to solicit for all the set-asides at one time, with the possible exception of diesel retrofits, to afford municipalities a degree of latitude in determining which program to apply for.
Discussion of 511 Program
There was limited discussion under this topic since the request for a meeting with NYSDOT regarding the 511 program has been withdrawn for the time being.
Three Projects to be Split between Counties
Three projects appear on the 2007-12 TIP listings under
one county, when in reality they should appear twice, once for each county that
they are located in. The funding split is 50/50 between each pair of
projects. The projects are
A496/SA206—I-87 Bridges over the
TIP Amendment Procedures Discussion
During the development of the 2007-12 TIP, a lot of TIP process questions were raised but not sorted out. These issues need to be revisited. Perhaps amendment procedures need to be tweaked. CDTC staff will identify the issues and potential solutions and provide a document for members to react to.
STATUS OF PLANNING
The solicitation for the New Freedom
Program has been drafted by CDTC staff and endorsed by the Regional
Transportation Coordination Committee.
The solicitation is very similar to the one that was sent out for the
JARC program. The solicitation will be
advertised via Legal Notices, on CDTC’s home page and will be mailed directly
to Human Service Agencies that participated in the survey that was conducted in
the Spring of 2007. Chris O’Neill
reported that the revised Transportation Conformity Determination for the
Albany-Schenectady-Troy ozone non-attainment area was posted for public review
and comment from
The Fiscal Impact Study is complete. The Center for Economic Growth produced a slick 4-page brochure highlighting the work of the study. The brochure is being printed; copies will be available for widespread distribution shortly.
Ridership on the Saratoga Routes has more than doubled
since the service was revamped this past summer. CDTA staff are working on the 2008/09 Capital
Budget. Work on the Route 5
NYS Thruway Authority
The NYSTA is completing the roadwork between Exits 24 and 26 in preparation for winter.
A public information meeting regarding the work that
will soon occur on
An interim Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday November 28th at . Three items will be on the agenda—TIP project A495, Integrated Design and the Safe Routes to School Program.
The mailout material indicated that the January Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for January 7th. This date is in error; the January Planning Committee is scheduled for Wednesday January 9th at .
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at