[s1]CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
Carm Basile, Capital District Transportation Authority
Sarah Crowell, representing Mayor Daniel Dwyer, City of
Regional Planning Commission
representing Michael Breslin,
Mayor James Gaughan,
Terry Hurley, Albany Port District Commission
Mary Ivey, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1, Secretary
Kreshik, representing Mayor Harry Tutunjian, City of
Paula Mahan, Town of
Mayor John T. McDonald
Linda von der Heide,
representing Kathleen Jimino,
Jim Digioia, Interested Citizen
David Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee
Paul Murphy, Interested Citizen
Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee
John Scherzer, Capital District Transportation Authority
Stephen Williams, The Daily Gazette
Chairman McDonald opened the Capital District Transportation Committee meeting at and welcomed those in attendance. Members and attendees introduced themselves.
Approval of the
Nominating Subcommittee Report
The nominating subcommittee
The nominating subcommittee nominated
Mayor John McDonald of
The Nominating subcommittee
also nominated town and village at-large members for representation on the
policy board. Chris Koetzle (Town of
The Nominating subcommittee nominated town and village at-large members to serve on the planning committee. Proposed nominations were:
Alternate: Kevin Corcoran, Glenville
Steve Watts, Halfmoon
Paul Reuss, Menands
Members approved the nominations as proposed.
Administrative & Financial Standing Subcommittee Report
It is CDTC’s practice for the Chairman to appoint members to the Administrative and Financial Standing Subcommittee on an annual basis. The A & F Standing Subcommittee met on February 18th and appointed the following to serve on the A & F Standing Subcommittee:
Carm Basile, CDTA
Mary Ivey, NYSDOT Region 1
Tom Richardson, Mechanicville
At this meeting, the A & F Standing Subcommittee also approved the line item budget to match the UPWP.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Chairman McDonald indicated that CDTC provides an opportunity for visitors to address items on the agenda. No one from the public attending the meeting made a request to speak.
PRESENTATION —LAUNCHING BusPlus
Carm Basile provided an
informative presentation on the launching of BusPlus. BusPlus is CDTA’s planned Bus Rapid Transit (
Approval of the 2100-12 Addendum to the 2010-12 UPWP
CDTC is required to develop a Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) as a basis and condition for all FHWA and FTA funding assistance for transportation planning within the four county Capital District region. CDTC has embraced the two-year UPWP concept, the current program being the 2010-12 UPWP that was adopted in March 2010. The program reflects the goals and objectives of CDTC’s New Visions Plan, the Community and Transportation Linkage Program studies, and NYSDOT’s Emphasis Areas.
2010-15 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
Round Two Programming
CDTC’s 2010-15 TIP development involved a decision to program approximately $150M in “anticipatory” revenues. The funding level was viewed as sufficient to entertain a wide range of candidate proposals with the intention of identifying a new generation of projects that reflect New Visions priorities. After addressing schedules, budgets and commitments to existing projects, CDTC completed Round One of programming of new high-ranking projects within a limited set of project categories. A Round Two of programming was begun to consider other candidates and to ensure that, overall, the 2010-15 TIP is balanced and equitable. Round Two was suspended by the Planning Committee in July, 2010 after agreeing that a minimum of $20M of a $57M programming balance would be directed to pavement and bridges and that all new projects would be scheduled later than those already programmed. With Policy Board concurrence, the Round Two programming effort was tabled for at least six months.
Six months have passed since the Policy Board’s decision to suspend Round Two. Since that time, federal funding authorization has been maintained through short term extensions but no action has been taken by Congress on a multi-year reauthorization bill. It is likely that implementation of the first two years (2010-11 and 2011-12) of the 2010-15 TIP will face federal funding levels that are, at best, flat. Given this history, the Planning Committee, at its February 8, 2011 meeting recommended that Rounds Two and Three of the 2010-15 TIP update remain tabled at this time.
Continuing to table Rounds Two and Three maintains the value of the candidate list evaluated for the 2010-15 TIP and reaffirms CDTC’s programming approach. If Congress acts on the reauthorization within the next year, CDTC can fold completion of Round Two and Three into the 2012-17 TIP update. If Congress does not act by that time, CDTC would need to revisit the issue; the shelf-life of the existing candidate list is not indefinite.
Members approved the tabling of Round two and three programming.
STATUS REPORT ON FINANCIAL PROSPECTS
A one page status report on the FY 2010 President’s Budget for the Department of Transportation was distributed to members. The president’s FY2012 budget request includes a total of $129 billion for the Department of Transportation. In an effort to jump start this reauthorization, the President’s request includes a $50 billion “up-front” economic boost that would foster job creation. $5 billion is requested to establish an Infrastructure bank that would provide grants and loans using new innovative financing approaches that would leverage transportation dollars more efficiently. The overall funding request is 66% above FFY 2010 levels.
STATUS OF PLANNING
The new commissioner will be sworn in on May 8th. Sixteen projects will be let in March.
Albany Port Authority
Maritime volume has continued to increase. The Dock and Wharf improvements will be complete by June 2011.
CDTC staff has been working on the New Visions Maintenance Plan for 2035. Staff is providing updates on what has been accomplished since 2007. The draft will be shared with Board members in time for the June meeting. An agenda will be laid out for a more in-depth Plan Update.
Town of Colonie
The town has been receiving very favorable feedback about the Single Point Urban Interchange that was completed in 2010. Congestion through Exit 6 has be greatly relieved; plowing has not been an issue. Crashes at this site have been minimal.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 4:15 pm. The next meeting is scheduled for 3:00 pm, Thursday June 2, 2011.
Mary E. Ivey