PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
Melissa Ashline-Heil, City of
Frank Bonefide, NYS Department of Transportation
Paul Cassillo, City of
Rob Cherry, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Peter Comenzo, Town of
Rocky Ferraro, Capital District Regional Planning Commission
Andrew Kreshik, City of
Joseph LaCivita, Town of
Rosemary Nichols, City of
John Poorman, Capital District Transportation Committee (Secretary)
Tom Richardson, City of
Deidre Rudolph, City of
Phil Serafino, representing Bill Rinaldi, NYS Thruway Authority
Steve Watts, Town of
Ross Farrell, Capital District Transportation Authority
Shelly Johnston, Creighton Manning Engineering
David Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee
Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee
Sree Nampoothiri, Capital District Transportation Committee
Chris O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee
Chuck Rappazzko, NYS Department of Transportation
Mike Wieszchowski, Laberge Group
Cathy Woodruff, Times
Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately .
Virginia Hammer, from the Pine Hills Neighborhood
Association voiced concern that the Madison Avenue project proposed by the City
Steve Strichman presented
information about the recently completed Route 5 Transit Gateway Linkage Plan. The
plan study area is bounded by
Ross Farrell from CDTA provided a “report card” on ridership productivity and attendant service change
recommendations that resulted from the analysis. CDTA’s Route
Classification system, established during CDTA’s
Transit Development Plan Update, establishes thresholds and ranges of ridership by route category. Acceptable annual ridership
thresholds vary by type of service, ranging from Trunk Routes at 250,000 riders
per year, down to rural routes at 10000 riders per year. CDTA recently completed an in-depth review of
the bus routes in
Members approved the August 4th meeting notes as written.
New Visions Update For 2010
An update of the New Visions Plan will be needed by October 2011. This short time frame will not allow an in-depth, comprehensive update to the plan. Chris O’Neill briefly outlined the proposed approach for meeting the update deadline. CDTC staff proposes that we pursue a maintenance plan update consisting of staff work to produce brief status reports on all key aspects of the New Visions 2030 Plan; opportunities for Planning and Policy members and other interested parties to comment on the assessments and contribute ideas for consideration in scoping out the subsequent plan update; extension of the horizon and conformity determination, and adoption. Members approved the proposed approach for updating the New Visions Plan.
2011-12 Linkage Program
2010-15 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
T9 CDTA Facility Improvements
CDTA submitted two applications for Earmarks for roof
replacement at the Albany Bus Garage. CDTA
was successful, with the help of Paul Tonko, in
receiving funding. CDTA is working with
STATUS REPORTS ON MAJOR
Tiger II Grants—TIGER II awards were announced two weeks ago. $600million was available nationally, two NYS projects were funded totalling $26 million (Niagara Falls Train Station and Bronx Intermodal Station)
HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant—Rocky Ferraro reported that despite an excellent application, with 11 project partners, the Capital Region’s application to HUD was not approved for funding. About 40 applications were funded nationwide out of 260 applications submitted. The application will be resubmitted if there is another round of funding.
Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP)/Safe Routes To
Patroon Island Bridge—NYSDOT reported that the project scoping report will be circulated shortly. The report will indicate that rehabilitation is preferred over replacement as it will cost about one third the cost of replacing the bridge.
Livingston Avenue Bridge—Chris O’Neill is a member of the Empire Corridor Committee. Chris has emphasized the importance of bicycle and pedestrian access on the bridge. The Planning Committee suggested that CDTC write a letter to NYSDOT to stress the importance of a bicycle/pedestrian connection.
High Speed Rail—Chris O’Neill and David Jukins represent CDTC on the Empire Corridor Committee which is looking at High Speed Rail in NYS. Two million dollars is earmarked for a study to look at options for the entire Empire Corridor.
Erie Mohawk Corridor—NYSDOT is sponsoring a study to investigate multi modal issues and concerns, including highway access, freight, passenger rail, transit and trails along the Erie Mohawk Corridor, from Massachusetts to Buffalo. This study will be coordinated with the High Speed Rail Study to avoid duplication of effort. Chris O’Neill represents CDTC on the study advisory committee.
STATUS OF PLANNING ACTIVITIES
The contract for the consultant study for the Development
of an Integrated Corridor Management (
The Single Point Urban Interchange at Exit 6 of the Northway is open and working well. NYSDOT staffing has been seriously affected by the early retirement incentive. Over seven hundred people retired and another 100 employees are targeted for layoffs. The Slingerlands ByPass Project received an honorable mention for Excellence in Design.
CDRPC will hold a Foreign Trade Zone Workshop in early 2011.
The American Community Survey (Census) 5 year data will
be released shortly. The
CDTA plans to roll out Bus Plus (Route 5
The southern section of the
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned
The next Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for
John P. Poorman