CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
Dave Bailey, City of
Geoff Bornemann, City of
Judy Breselor, representing Fred Howard,
Frank Commisso, Albany Port District Commission
Todd Fabozzi, representing Rocky Ferraro, CDRPC
Stephen Iachetta, Albany County Airport Authority
Tom Kearney, FHWA
Barb McHugh, Town of
Phil Pearson, Town of
Marybeth Pettit, City of
Dave Rettig, NYSDOT Region 1
Jill Ross, NYS Thruway Authority
Deirdre Rudolph, City of
Bernard Sisson, City of
Erin Thomas, City of
Steve Watts, Town of
STAFF AND OTHERS
Anne Benware, Capital District Transportation Committee
Robert Hansen, NYSDOT Region 1
David Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee
Ted Kolankowski, Fraser & Associates
Jeff Lipnicky, Town of
Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee
Roger Murman, Fraser & Associates
Chris O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee
Mark Pesce, City of
Andrea Poley, City of
Jason Purvis, Capital District Transportation Committee
Russ Reeves, City of
Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately . He welcomed members and guests who introduced themselves.
The minutes of the
PRESENTATION BY FRASER & ASSOCIATES ON THE LANSINGBURGH LINKAGE STUDY
Ted Kolankowski and Roger Murman of Fraser and
Associates presented highlights of the Lansingburgh Linkage Study. The study addressed through traffic
corridors, bicycle path connections, zoning issues and “urban village”
redevelopment, including business center and park renovations. The City of
2006-08 UNIFIED PLANNING WORK PROGRAM
John Poorman reviewed the previously-distributed outline for the 2006-08 UPWP. The intention is to adopt a two-year program to move the UPWP development and TIP development onto alternate two-year cycles. Major work will include New Visions 2030 (and its successor), the Transit Development Plan, development of the 2007-12 TIP, the fourth Spot Improvement Program round and a new round of Enhancement project solicitations, two years’ of Linkage program studies, the regional Safety Management System and continuation of the Clean Cities program, Bike & Pedestrian and Goods Movement task forces. Transition to new requirements of SAFETEA-LU will also occur.
A full narrative will be available for January and a complete draft for action in February. Members approved the outline as the basis for the new UPWP.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
Chairman Franchini described the nature and cause of the
requested TIP actions. Due to increased
costs of stormwater management and construction materials, the current estimate
for A296 is higher than that on the TIP.
Scope changes were considered but were insufficient to make up the
difference. The proposed amendment would
shift the $1.248 M in STP-Flex funds from A392 to A296. The remainder of the $2.844 M funding gap in
A296 would be made up by an increase in GEIS mitigation fees and by an
additional commitment of local funds by the town of
PRESENTATION ON THE NATIONAL COLLOQUY ON THE COMING TRANSFORMATION OF TRAVEL
Mr. Poorman made a PowerPoint presentation on the national “Colloquy on the Coming Transformation of Travel” and its products. The effort was funded by the NYSMPO Association and FHWA, with NYSDOT match, and facilitated by CDTC. The colloquy involved approximately 35 national and international experts in the areas of demographics, economics, public policy, technology and urban growth. Over 48 hours at the Rensselaerville Institute, participants produced consensus statements of 30-40 year expectations in each subject and identified implications and recommendations for metropolitan planning.
Discussion ensued regarding application of the material in the Capital District and mechanisms to publicize the products. Members also encouraged a presentation to the Policy Board on December 16.
STATUS OF PLANNING ACTIVITIES
Sandy Misiewicz reminded members that the deadline for Linkage submissions is January 6.
Dave Rettig noted the significance of the Bond
passage. He reported that Main Office
allocations to individual regions is in draft and that Region 1 receives an
increase due to pavement conditions. The
Exit 3 process has included two meetings to boil down alternatives to a
manageable number. The Region is also
looking at early roundabout actions in the
Steve Iachetta reported on progress with the $3 M security checkpoint expansion, and on design work for concourses D and A. Runway 1-19 project is 60% complete. Enplanements are stable.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Bids and Lettings
Bob Hansen reported that lettings 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; the Crosstown project is a particularly large concern. No bids are scheduled for December or January.