CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
Mark Evers, Town of
representing Michael Stammel, Capital District
Regional Planning Commission
representing Mike Breslin,
Terry Hurley, Albany Port District Commission
Mayor Scott Johnson, City
representing Paula Mahan, Town of
Mayor John T. McDonald
III, City of
Raymond Melleady, Capital District Transportation Authority
representing Mayor Michael Manning, City of
Thomas Richardson, City of
Brian Rowback, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1,
Serafino, representing William Rinaldi,
Tommasone, Town of
Mayor Harry Tuntunjian, City of
Linda von der Heide, representing Kathleen Jimino,
Dave Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee
William Roehr, City of
Dave Rettig, NYS Department of Transportation Main Office
Steve Williams, The Gazette
Chairman McDonald opened the Capital District Transportation Committee meeting at approximately and welcomed those in attendance. Members and attendees introduced themselves.
Administrative & Financial Standing Subcommittee Report
Nominating Subcommittee Report
CDTC’s Nominating Subcommittee met in February to nominate Policy Board officers and at-large town/village members and to nominate at-large town/village members for the Planning Committee. The nominating subcommittee recommended that the current Policy Board officers (Mayor McDonald—Chair, Ray Melleady—Vice Chair, Brian Rowback—Secretary) remain for another year. Members approved this motion.
subcommittee also recommended the appointment of the current at-large town and
village alternates (Mindy Wormuth (Halfmoon) and Steve Tommasone (
the Planning Committee table, towns and villages are represented in the same
manner as with the Policy Board. The
goal is to keep as many communities involved as possible at the Planning
Committee level. Towns with over 50,000 in population have an automatic seat on
the Policy Board and the Planning Committee.
At-large members are appointed annually.
Barbara McHugh (
Appointment of the 2009 Administrative and Financial Committee
McDonald appointed Ray Melleady (CDTA), Brian Rowback (NYSDOT R-1), Charles Houghtaling
(Albany County Legislature Chairperson), Tom Richardson (City of
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Chairman McDonald indicated that CDTC provides an opportunity for visitors to address items on the agenda. No one registered to address the board members today.
UNIFIED PLANNING WORK PROGRAM
Approval of the Addendum to the 2008-10 UPWP
Mr. Poorman noted that CDTC drafts a UPWP every two years. The 2008-10 UPWP was approved last year. The proposed addendum to the 2008-10 UPWP adds five new Linkage Studies and a SPR project that will help identify bicycle/pedestrian needs on Route 50 near SPAC. A resolution was drafted for the adoption of the addendum to the 2008-10 UPWP. Members approved the addendum and attendant resolution.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
Programming American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Amendment to the 2007-12 TIP
staff and the Planning Committee members have met on numerous occasions to
prepare a list of eligible projects for the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Ray Melleady commented on Project S170 (Schenectady Intermodal Station) which appears in Table 1 of the previously distributed material. The cost for project S170 in Table 1 leaves a funding gap. Mr. Melleady requested that the Policy Board authorize $4.5M in discretionary rail stimulus funds, because this project cannot be advanced unless it is fully funded. This amount would take the place of the $2.5 M of highway stimulus funds shown in Table 1.
Members directed their attention to Table 1 and Attachment A in the meeting material. Members approved the list of stimulus projects as outlined in Table 1, adjusting the budget of project S170 to accommodate Ray Melleady’s request to add $4.5 Million in discretionary rail funds in lieu of highway stimulus funds. Members also approved Attachment A and approved a motion to allow Planning Committee members the latitude to make changes to the new setaside projects listed in Attachment A, as needed, without Policy Board approval if changes are required, given the tight timeframe of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
2007-12 TIP Amendments
Project A507 — Patroon Island Bridge Repairs — This project involves fixing the cracks in the floor beams of the bridge, for a total of $3.0 M. Members approved the amendment.
Project RG107 — Urban Freeway Maintenance — This project is to use IM to fund work normally performed by NYSDOT maintenance crews so that maintenance crews can concentrate on non-interstate road repairs. Members approved this amendment.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE
Planning Committee Report on 2009-14 Update Discussions
STATUS OF PLANNING
Terry Hurley reported the Port has begun phase 1 of dock and wharf improvements.
Fares will increase as of April 1st. CDTA is currently distributing educational materials regarding the fare increase and new fare structures. The Route 5 BRT project is advancing. Thirty station locations (15 in each direction) have been identified; the first station prototype will be completed within the next few months. The Capital District North/South Corridors Key Travel Market Assessment study has been completed. The results of this study indicate that the river corridor is a strong candidate for BRT/rail.
CDTC has been working on updating the UPWP and TIP and preparing candidate lists for the stimulus package. Discussions regarding the regional operations committee continue. Involvement in Clean Communities activities continues. Staff has been working on completing several Linkage Studies and continues to refine and promote ipool2.
next meeting is tentatively scheduled for ,
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately .
Brian O. Rowback