Meeting Minutes

March 4, 2010





Paul Cassillo, representing Mayor Brian Stratton, City of

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

Michael Franchini, representing Michael Breslin, Albany County

Alan Grattidge, representing Willard Peck, Saratoga County

Terry Hurley, Albany Port District Commission

Mary Ivey, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1, Secretary

Andrew Kreshik, representing Mayor Harry Tutunjian, City of Troy

Joseph LaCivita, representing Paula Mahan, Town of Colonie

Joe Landry, Town of Niskayuna

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

Rosemary Nichols, representing Mayor Michael Manning, City of

Phil Serafino, representing William Rinaldi, NYS Thruway

Ann Shaughnessy, representing Martin Reid, Rensselaer County

Shauna Sutton, representing Mayor Scott Johnson, City of

  Saratoga Springs

Mike Valentine, representing Tom Werner, Saratoga County

Linda von der Heide, representing Kathleen Jimino, Rensselaer


Kristina Younger, representing Carm Basile, Capital District
  Transportation Authority





Virginia Hammer, Pine Hills Neighborhood Association

Bob Hansen, NYS Department of Transportation

Dave Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee

John Poorman, Capital District Transportation Committee

Glenn Posca, Capital District Transportation Committee

Jason Purvis, Capital District Transportation Committee

Deb Stacey, Capital District Transportation Committee

Don Wilson, Interested Citizen




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




December 3, 2009 Meeting Minutes


Members approved the December 3, 2009 meeting minutes as written.


Administrative & Financial Standing Subcommittee Report


The Administrative & Financial Standing Subcommittee met in February.  The A & F approved the distributed equipment plan and the draft 2010-11 line item budget.


Nominating Subcommittee Report


The Nominating Subcommittee met in February.  The nominating subcommittee nominated John McDonald to continue as chairman and Mary Ivey to continue as CDTC’s secretary.  Carm Basile was nominated to fill the vacant vice-chairman position.  The committee also nominated at-large Town and Village Members. Richard McCabe (supervisor of East Greenbush) and Mayor Jim Gaughan of Altamont were nominated as members.  Chris Koetzle (Town of Glenville Supervisor) and Frank Thompson (Town of Milton Supervisor) were nominated as alternates.  Practice suggests that alternates are appointed as members for the following year (March 2011-2012).  Board members approved these nominations.


At-large Town and Village Planning Committee representatives were also nominated by the subcommittee.  Barbara McHugh from the Town of Clifton Park was nominated as the at-large member.  Nominated alternates included 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).  It was also suggested that the town of Guilderland be extended an invitation to participate as an alternate member of the Planning Committee.  Don Csaposs’ name was mentioned as a possible participant.  Members approved the Nominating Subcommittee’s recommendations.


Appointment of the 2010 A & F


Carm Basile, Mary Ivey, Joe Landry, Mike Franchini, Tom Richardson and Tom Werner were appointed to the 2010 Administrative and Financial Committee.




Chairman McDonald indicated that CDTC provides an opportunity for visitors to address items on the agenda. Virginia Hammer, from the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association and Don Wilson, an interested citizen both registered to address the board.  Ms. Hammer voiced concern that the Madison Avenue project proposed by the City of Albany for the 2010-15 TIP, as written, would not be beneficial to the bicycling and pedestrian environment.  Ms. Hammer advocated that the project should include a “road diet” treatment, which would provide three travel lanes and a turning lane, rather than 4 travel lanes.  Ms. Hammer indicated that the road diet concept for Madison Avenue would have many neighborhood livability benefits, particularly for pedestrians and bicyclists.  A fair amount of stakeholder support is documented for this project; the College of St. Rose and the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association (representing 10,000+ residents) are two of several.  Ms Hammer stated that the opportunity to road diet Madison Avenue should not be lost. 


Don Wilson expressed dissatisfaction about the pace of “progress” in the Capital District with regard to use of alternative transportation modes.  He stated that we need to make the Ccapital District an exciting place to be and need further investment in bus and rail.




Approval of the 2010-12 UPWP


A table that describes the status of current UPWP tasks was inadvertently left out of the UPWP Document that was mailed to members. David Jukins highlighted the accomplishments that staff has made since the previous UPWP was approved.  New tasks in the 2010-12 UPWP included an emphasis on data collection, with consultant assistance, freight planning, energy and climate change, security planning and ADA compliance.  Members approved the 2010-12 UPWP as written.


2010-12 UPWP Resolution


Members approved the resolution approving the 2010-12 UPWP.




Amendment A Batchellerville Bridge Replacement—NYSDOT bid the project in 2008 but rejected all the bids because the cost of each bid was unaffordable.  Since then, NYSDOT and Saratoga County have agreed that once the bridge is replaced, the county will take over maintenance and ownership of the bridge.  In addition, the bridge was redesigned with cost cutting in mind.  The engineer’s new estimate is $58.6M.  Approximately $42.6M was programmed in the 2007-12 TIP for the bridge replacement. The state will fund the gap using federal HBRR funds, which will be matched with toll credits. Members approved this motion.


Amendment B NY 40 Bridge over the Hoosick RiverThe cost to replace this bridge is almost double the initial estimate.  The initial estimate was not a “good” estimate.  If the bridge is closed, long detours will result. Members approved the cost increase.


Amendment C Bridge over CSX Selkirk Yard RemovalThis bridge was slated for replacement, but after some investigation, it was determined that the bridge could be removed without significantly affecting those that use the bridge most.  The cost to remove the bridge is about a fifth of the cost to replace it; however, HBRR funds cannot be used to remove a bridge.  Members approved the funding decrease and the switch of fund source from HBRR to STP.


Amendments D-H State Rail Initiatives—these sets of amendments are all related to NYS’s High Speed Rail Initiative. The long awaited double track between Albany and Schenectady will be completed, as will the Ballston Spa Siding.


Amendments I-M These sets of amendments would fund preventative maintenance projects that will help maintain state roads in a state of good repair.  These activities are not those that are usually funded with Federal Aid.  The Planning Committee is concerned that this could set a precedent and asked CDTC to express concern regarding the perpetual NYS transportation funding shortfall.  Members approved the amendments and asked John Poorman to draft a letter to the Governor’s office.




John Poorman briefly reviewed the material that was previously distributed regarding the proposed change to the Project Selection Procedure, which would allow the flexibility to move projects among all four years of the TIP and to make project selections from the fourth year of the TIP.  The change is necessary so that year four of the current TIP/STIP can be accessed in the event that the approval of the new STIP is delayed beyond October 1, 2010.  Members approved the change.





John Poorman reported that the Planning Committee met an several occasions to draft the 2010-15 TIP.  Although the financial outlook is unknown, it was decided to program $150M in anticipatory funding.  This decision puts the development of the TIP on a two track approach: Track 1 is a fiscally constrained four year program based on SAFETEA-LU apportionments and NYSDOT funding estimates.  Track 2 will include additional project commitments that reflect a more optimistic financial scenario.


The Planning Committee will meet in April to continue to program the remaining out years (years 6-9) of the TIP.  Projects approved will address the New Visions categories; will be balanced geographically and by project type.



Members approved the Draft 2010-15 TIP and proposed approach.





Port of Albany


Terry Hurley reported the Port that the dock and wharf improvements should be complete by the end of 2010.




CDTA just partnered with Price Chopper to provide transit pass discounts much like the Price Chopper Fuel AdvantEdge program.  Twelve of the busiest price Chopper supermarkets will sell CDTA’s transit fare at customer service desks.  If the program proves successful, patrons will be able to purchase CDTA passes at any Price Chopper.




NYSDOT let the 9P project with a very aggressive schedule.  Work on the Patroon Island Bridge is on-going.  Staff is following up on some projects that are beginning to bump up against the Federal 10-year rule.





The NYS MPO Conference will be held in Syracuse June 14-15th.  Several members have been promoted at their workplace, including Kristina Younger and Mike Franchini.  Mayor McDonald recently received the American Public Works Association (APWA) Elected Official’s Award.  Bob Hansen was awarded the Public Works Leader of the Year Award.  Steve Watts was awarded the APWA Distinguished Service Award.




There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 4:40 pm.  The next meeting is scheduled for 3:00 pm, Thursday June 3, 2010.



Respectfully submitted,




Mary E. Ivey