PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
Michael Wieszchowski, Laberge Group
The meeting notes from the November 5th meeting were approved as written.
2007-12 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
Proposed amendments to
requesting a fund source switch from CMAQ to STP Flex. NYSDOT would like to move $750,000 in CMAQ
from RG28 and will add the $750,000 to RG37A in STP Flex. Members approved the TIP amendments.
FHWA PRESENTATION ON CDTC’S CERTIFICATION REVIEW
CDTC’s certification review resulted in FHWA/FTA citing twelve noteworthy practices for CDTC. It is unusual for an MPO to be cited with more than three noteworthy practices; FHWA commends CDTC in this area.
FHWA/FTA identified three corrective actions and four recommendations as a result of CDTC’s certification review. The three corrective actions are as follows:
Transportation Improvement Program
• The State, the MPO(s) and the public transportation operators must cooperatively develop a TIP financial budget as the next TIP is being developed.
• As CDTC updates its Prospectus, it must include specific provisions for cooperatively developing and sharing information related to the development of financial plans that support the
metropolitan transportation plan. This must be accomplished by
Air Quality Agreements
• Within six months after the NYSDEC develops a specific emissions budget in the SIP for the Capital District nonattainment area, a Memorandum of Understanding must be developed describing the process for cooperative planning and analysis of all projects outside the MPA within the nonattainment or maintenance area. The
must also indicate how the total transportation-related emissions for the nonattainment or maintenance area, including areas outside
the MPA, will be treated for determining conformity. The MOU needs to also
contain information on how the CDTC and Adirondack/Glens Falls Transportation
Council (AGFTC) coordinate the conformity process in the Town of
The four recommendations identified are:
• CDTC should update its Prospectus to reflect current working relationships and federal regulations.
Transportation Improvement Program
• CDTC should revaluate its Guideline for TIP Changes in light of the new definitions of Amendment and Administrative Adjustment. Also, the Guideline should address a “toll credit” action, whereby the State wants to change the Federal share on a project to 100%.
• CDTC should work to clarify the relationship between TIP and the STIP information on their website.
• CDTC should open a discussion with its members on it appropriate role in furthering the coordination and cooperation among member agencies on the security issue.
CDTC is in receipt of the entire Certification review report in PDF format for those members that are interested in reviewing the document in its entirety.
SUMMARY OF REGION 1’S PROGRAMMING EXERCISE
1. Increase the “core” to allow flexibility to deal with the most pressing corrective and demand maintenance and repairs
2. Maintain bridge safety assurance
3. Limit linear pavement work to interstates
4. Develop a comprehensive bridge preservation program for high function bridges
Twelve percent of the core program funds are allocated
to operations, which used to be paid out of the general fund. This has created a tighter than expected
budget. Thirty-two percent of the core
budget is for bridges, 21% for construction, 16% for safety, and 15% for
pavement. Region 1 has 1900 bridges; $20
million a year is needed over the next 5 years to address bridge
deficiencies. It would cost $3.5 billion
to replace all the bridges at their 50 year life. The new program allocates 51% of the budget
to the “core” vs. the 28.2% that was allocated during the last program
update. Bridge allocations consume 42%
vs. 33.4%; pavement 6% vs. 38.1% and operations/environment 1% vs. 0.3%.
• 525 pavement lane miles addressed (of 4800)
• 52 State Bridges replaced or rehabilitated
• 150 large culverts replaced or re-barreled
• 750,000+ LF of Guide Rail replaced
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
2009-14 Program Update—Issues for Discussion
NYSDOT has not provided final programming figures for staff to work with. CDTC and NYSDOT staffs are in daily contact regarding this issue. The figures must be received in time for the January 7th Planning Committee meeting.
Bids and Lettings
The bid for the
ECONOMIC STIMULUS PROJECT SELECTION
CDTC has been asked by NYSDOT and FHWA to put together a
list of potential projects that would be eligible for federal stimulus funding
assuming it will become available early next year. Projects should be eligible for federal-aid,
be ready to obligate within 120 days of
of the economic stimulus bill and have met all federal approval
requirements. Members received a
hand-out with the suggested priority of developing a project list—first those
projects on the STIP, then projects not on the STIP with a history in the TIP
process, then those projects without a history in the STIP process. The city of Albany reported that the
Conference of Mayors has already contacted the cities and asked for a list
within 90 days. The city also commented that they have
projects within the city on State roads which are not on the STIP but are ready
to be let, and that these would be good candidates for the federal stimulus
package. CDTC asked members to submit
their project lists to CDTC; these lists will
be coordinated with NYSDOT.
STATUS OF PLANNING
Bob Hansen reported that a public meeting is scheduled
for the evening of December 3rd on the closing of the Route 9P bridge over
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at