CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
Steve Bland, Capital District Transportation Authority
Brizzell, Town of
DeCerce, representing Mary Ann Johnson,
Egan, Town of
Franchini, representing Michael Breslin,
Robert Hansen, representing Commissioner Tom Madison, NYSDOT
Terry Hurley, Albany Port District Commission
Johnson, Town of
Keehn, City of
Mayor John McDonald, City of Cohoes, Chairman
Jill Ross, representing Don
Mike Stammel, Capital District Regional Planning Commission
der Heide, representing Kathleen Jimino,
Frank Bonafide, NYSDOT Region 1
Eric Durr, Business Review
Jim Moore, Town of
Chris O’Neill, CDTC staff
John Poorman, CDTC staff
Cliff Thomas, New York State Department of Transportation
Ken Williams, Citizens for Transportation
Chairman McDonald opened the Capital District Transportation Committee meeting at approximately and welcomed those in attendance to the CDTC offices. Members and attendees then introduced themselves.
The minutes of the
Appointment of Nominating Subcommittee
Ken DeCerce reported on the results of the February
15 Nominating Subcommittee meeting. Members present included
There are three groups of nominations. The first group of nominations pertains to
CDTC's officers for 2006-07. The Nominating Subcommittee enthusiastically
recommends re-election of John McDonald as CDTC's Chairman and Bob Phillips as
The second group of nominations pertains to CDTC's two
at-large positions set aside for towns and villages. The Nominating Subcommittee nominates Terry
Egan, supervisor of the town of
Should Mr. Tommasone decline the invitation, Frank Quinn
supervisor of the town of
The third group of nominations pertains to a single
at-large position on CDTC's
Members approved the nomination and expressed thanks to Chairman McDonald and Bob Phillips for their willingness to continue as CDTC officers.
Mr. DeCerce also express thanks on behalf of the Committee to Art Johnson and Mayor Mike McLaughlin for their service during their two-year period as alternates and members of CDTC.
Appointment of the Administrative & Financial Standing Subcommittee for 2006-07
Chairman McDonald noted that it is CDTC’s practice for the Chairman to appoint members to the Administrative and Financial Standing Subcommittee on an annual basis.
For the coming 2006-07 fiscal year, he appointed the following to serve with him:
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Chairman McDonald extended privilege of the floor to
visitors wishing to address the meeting agenda.
Ken Williams of Citizens for Transportation presented a request for
additional evening service, NY 5 service and nursing home and
2006-08 TWO-YEAR UNIFIED PLANNING WORK PROGRAM
Mr. Poorman reported on the successful development of a two-year work program. The two-year cycle will allow CDTC to alternate between TIP development and UPWP development each year. The UPWP is supported primarily by federal planning funds, increased modestly by the passage of SAFETEA-LU. The federal program will allow CDTC to continue its planning effort, including the Linkage program, at roughly current levels.
He highlighted aspects of the work program, including the coming 2007-12 TIP development, completion of New Visions 2030 and the Transit Development Plan and other items. Members approved the work program for submission to NYSDOT, FHWA and FTA.
Mr. Poorman also provided an overview of the nine new Linkage studies, bringing the total Linkage study commitments since 2000 to 50 in 28 municipalities. A joint study of Route 20 in Princetown and Guilderland is recommended to receive funds CDTC set aside for inter-municipal work.
Members approved the two-year program.
2005-10 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENT
Terry Hurley explained that this project addition ($0.813 M) is for funds earmarked to continue rehabilitation of the wharf and for maintenance dredging at the port. Members approved the amendment.
This project will use a federal earmark to eliminate private at-grade rail crossings at Teller’s and Abele’s locations. It may also include a connector road to eliminate the need for Staat’s Crossing. Members approved the amendment
AIR QUALITY CONFORMITY ACTION
Mr. Poorman reported that consultation on the air
quality conformity impacts is underway for the TIP amendments; no impacts are
expected. He also noted that the
DISCUSSION OF NYSDOT STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION MASTER PLAN
Members then reviewed the draft comment letter for CDTC to send as an official statement on the draft plan. Mr. Poorman noted that the NYSMPO Association has also commented and raised a point about the lack of discussion of the relationship between MPO and NYSDOT plans in the draft master plan. Members agreed to add an additional point about that subject to the CDTC comment letter and authorized transmittal of the letter to NYSDOT.
STATUS OF PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION ACTIVITIES
Capital District Transportation Authority
Capital District Regional Planning Commission
reported on CDRPC’s multi-jurisdictional Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) planning
study; work is underway. CDRPC is also
working with CDTC, CEG and the University at
Jill Ross reported that the Thruway Authority has released a draft EIS for the Exit 23-24 project; a public hearing on March 14 is set, with comments accepted through March 31.
New York State Department of Transportation
Bob Hansen reported
that the Region is grappling with a number of Congressional High Priority
projects and FFY05-06 appropriations. He
reported on the Round Lake Bypass public hearing and noted that the Schenectady
Crosstown Arterial project will be let this spring. He also reported that the Exit 6 and Exit 5
Northway bridge project as been split into two projects with Exit 5 to be let
in 2006 and Exit 6 in 2007. The Exit 3
scoping effort has narrowed the list to five alternatives for the DEIS
stage. He also discussed the nature of
cost increases being experienced in
Albany Port District Commission
Terry Hurley reported that the 2006 is looking good for port activity across the board.
The next meeting was tentatively scheduled for ,
Thomas C. Werner