Meeting Minutes

March 5, 2009






Mark Evers, Town of North Greenbush

Steve Feeney, representing Susan Savage, Schenectady County

Rocky Ferraro, representing Michael Stammel, Capital District
  Regional Planning Commission

Michael Franchini, representing Mike Breslin, Albany County

Terry Hurley, Albany Port District Commission

Mayor Scott Johnson, City of Saratoga Springs

Joseph LaCivita, representing Paula Mahan, Town of Colonie

Joe Landry, Schenectady County

Mayor John T. McDonald III, City of Cohoes, Chairman

Raymond Melleady, Capital District Transportation Authority

Rosemary Nichols, representing Mayor Michael Manning, City of

Thomas Richardson, City of Mechanicville

Brian Rowback, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1,


Deirdre Rudolph, representing Mayor Gerald Jennings, City of

Phil Serafino, representing William Rinaldi, NYS Thruway

Bernie Sisson, representing, Mayor Brian Stratton, City of


Steve Tommasone, Town of Rotterdam

Mayor Harry Tuntunjian, City of Troy

Linda von der Heide, representing Kathleen Jimino, Rensselaer




Frank Bonafide, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1

Bob Hansen, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1

Dave Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee

John Poorman, Capital District Transportation Committee

William Roehr, City of Troy

Dave Rettig, NYS Department of Transportation Main Office

Deb Stacey, Capital District Transportation Committee

Steve Williams, The Gazette

Kristina Younger, Capital District Transportation Authority





Chairman McDonald opened the Capital District Transportation Committee meeting at approximately 3:05 p.m. and welcomed those in attendance.  Members and attendees introduced themselves.







December 4, 2008 Meeting Minutes


Members approved the December 4, 2008 meeting minutes as written.


Administrative & Financial Standing Subcommittee Report


John Poorman noted that CDTC’s Administrative and Financial Standing Subcommittee (A & F) met twice since the December Policy Board meeting.  The A & F approved CDTC’s staffing plan, which is to maintain current staffing levels.  The A & F also discussed the potential of CDTC hosting the proposed NYSDOT operations unit.  Final decisions are on hold until the TIP and funding availability is sorted out.  CDTC’s office space lease is due for renewal.  CDTC will negotiate a new lease and look into the feasibility of securing additional space for the operations unit if that project goes forward.


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. 


The nominating subcommittee also recommended the appointment of the current at-large town and village alternates (Mindy Wormuth (Halfmoon) and Steve Tommasone (Rotterdam)) as the Policy Board members and to assign Jack Cunningham (Bethlehem) and Rick McCabe (East Greenbush) as alternates.  Jack Cunningham, who is currently one of the at-large members, is requested to continue his involvement in Policy Board activities during the upcoming year.  Members approved the appointment of the at-large members and alternates and thanked Mark Evers for his service over the past year.


At 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 (Clifton Park) was proposed to be the at-large member.  Proposed alternates include Kevin Corcoran (Glenville), Kathy Matern (Niskayuna), Steve Watts (Halfmoon), Mike Morelli (Bethlehem), Tony Tozzi (Malta), Peter Comenzo (Rotterdam), Jim Moore (East Greenbush), Paul Reuss (Menands) and Kate Maynard (Wilton).  Members approved the appointment of the Planning Committee at-large members and alternates.


Appointment of the 2009 Administrative and Financial Committee


Mayor McDonald appointed Ray Melleady (CDTA), Brian Rowback (NYSDOT R-1), Charles Houghtaling (Albany County Legislature Chairperson), Tom Richardson (City of Mechanicville) and Tom Werner (Saratoga County) to CDTC’s A & F Committee.





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.





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.




Programming American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Amendment to the 2007-12 TIP


CDTC staff and the Planning Committee members have met on numerous occasions to prepare a list of eligible projects for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Information was shared as the process unfolded and the draft list of projects was posted on CDTC’s website for a 30 day comment period.  Policy Board members were reminded that there are separate pots of stimulus monies.  There is a formula highway pot and a transit pot as well as discretionary rail and multi-modal pots.  CDTA is recommending that transit stimulus funds be spent on bus replacements and BRT implementation. 


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.




Planning Committee Report on 2009-14 Update Discussions


John Poorman reported that CDTC staff, CDTA, NYDSOT R-1 and Planning Committee members have initiated the TIP update and the update, under normal circumstances, would have been presented to Policy Board members at this meeting.  However, Federal Stimulus activities have delayed further work on updating the 2007-12 TIP.  There are ongoing discussions statewide regarding how to proceed with the TIP update.  The SAFETEA-LU legislation expires in October 2009, and without a new bill it will be difficult to have clear estimates of future funding.  Statewide, there are discussions whether to prepare an update to the TIP by this fall, by December 2009 or if the update should be delayed for a year.  Meetings will be planned with NYSDOT to sort out scheduling issues.




Port of Albany


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 Staff


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. 





The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for 10:00 am, Thursday June 4, 2009. [Note: Because of the scheduled statewide MPO conference in Albany on June 4, the next meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza at 10:00 am]


There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 4:35 pm.


Respectfully submitted,





Brian O. Rowback