CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
Steve Bland, Capital District Transportation Authority
Brizzell, Town of
Bruce, representing Mayor Gerald Jennings, City of
Ken DeCerce, representing Mary Ann Johnson, Saratoga County
Feeney, representing Susan Savage,
Franchini, representing Michael Breslin,
Terry Hurley, Albany Port District Commission
Johnson, Town of
Pettit, representing Mayor Mark Pratt, City of
Jill Ross Schmelz, representing Don Bell, NYS Thruway Authority
Mike Stammel, Capital District Regional Planning Commission
der Heide, representing Kathleen Jimino,
Tom Werner, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1, representing
Commissioner Joe Boardman, Secretary
Carm Basile, CDTA
Elizabeth D’Ettore, interested citizen
Jeff Lipnicky, Town of
Rodrigo Marion, CDTC staff
Tom Marois, CDTA
Jack Reilly, CDTA
Dave Rettig, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Carey Roessel, CDTA
Cliff Thomas, NYS Department of 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. Tom Werner introduced Cliff Thomas who has been named Director of the Office of Central and Northeast NY Transportation Strategy for NYSDOT. Cliff spoke briefly to members about NYSDOT’s Transformation effort and its shift into implementation.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Chairman McDonald extended an invitation to guests to address any items on the day’s agenda. Elizabeth D’Ettore spoke to members about proposed transit service reductions. She introduced herself as service coordinator at the Diamond Rock facility, where they have been notified by CDTA that they will lose scheduled service. She requested at least two times a week service. Steve Bland responded that service cuts will be instituted on the coming Monday, responding to ridership and fare recovery that is only 25% of comparable services. He stated that CDTA has been working with the counties for six months to consider options. He offered to explore options further in the future.
The minutes of the
Mr. Poorman walked members through the ten-page question and answer document providing the background for CDTC’s self-certification resolution. He reminded members that CDTC must approve a self-certification statement prior to adopting the 2005-10 Transportation Improvement Program. Members commented on the favorable statements in the certification material and approved the self-certification statement through Resolution 05-02.
PRESENTATION OF THE FRED FIELD AWARD
Chairman McDonald reminded members that the Fred Field Award was established upon Fred’s retirement from public service to recognize when appropriate “the individual, organization or project in the Capital Region that best reflects Mr. Field’s principles in the area of transportation and community planning and implementation.”
The 2005 presentation results from the review of many worthy candidates. There are many individuals, groups and projects in the Capital District today that reflect Fred’s characteristics. This year, the selection committee chose to honor the CDTA Saratoga Springs Train Station project as a clear match with the criteria established for the Fred Field award.
APPROVAL OF THE 2005-10 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Mr. Poorman summarized the activities that had
transpired since the
a result of
After further discussion, members approved the revised draft 2005-10 Transportation Improvement Program by means of Resolution 05-03. The resolution authorizes the incorporation of the first three years of the TIP into the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program which will be submitted to NYSDOT prior to October 1.
STATUS OF TEA-21 REAUTHORIZATION AND STATE BOND PLANS
Mr. Poorman briefly updated members on the continuing conference committee discussions. House and Senate conferees have narrowed the range of conflicts, but a date for final passage is still unclear. Congress passes brief extensions of TEA-21 as necessary; TEA-21 expired nearly two years ago.
Details of the Transportation Bond before state voters this fall are still unclear. Work drafting a Memorandum of Understanding is still ongoing. Mr. Thomas reported that discussions have been positive so far, with strong upstate / downstate agreement.
STATUS OF PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION ACTIVITIES
Capital District Transportation Authority
Mr. Bland reported
that CDTA plans this month to adopt policy principles to guide the Transit
Development Plan. CDTA also has a
facilities master plan in development, which will involve relocating some staff
Capital District Regional Planning Commission
Mike Stammel reported on CDRPC’s work on the inter-municipal Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project, additional efforts on the alternative growth scenarios work and involvement in the Harriman Campus Linkage study.
Jill Schmelz reported that the Thruway Authority has implemented the toll increase and that the transition went smoothly. The construction season is beginning and Interchange 23 is receiving an interim project.
New York State Department of Transportation
Albany Port District Commission
Terry Hurley reported that 2005 is proving to be a good year; imports and exports are both up. The port is expecting that the Thruway toll increase and gas prices may stimulate more demand.
The next meeting was tentatively scheduled for ,
Thomas C. Werner