CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
Steve Feeney, representing
Robert Hansen, representing Mary Ivey, NYS Department of
Transportation Region 1
Terry Hurley, Albany Port District Commission
representing John O’Donnell,
Mayor Gerald Jennings,
Paula Mahan, Town of
Mayor Michael Manning,
Mayor John T. McDonald
III, City of
Raymond Melleady, Capital
District Transportation Authority,
Thomas Richardson, City of
William Rinaldi, NYS Thruway Authority
Roehr, representing Mayor Harry Tutunjian, City of
Stammel, Capital District Regional Planning Commission Steve Tommasone, Town of
Mayor Harry Tutunjian,
Jim Arey, Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council
Dave Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee
Joe LaCivita, Town of
Michael McGlynn, Interested Citizen
Peter Melewski, Bergmann Associates
Doug Melnick, City of
Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee
Elizabeth Novak, NYS Thruway Authority
Dennis O’Malley, Regional Operations Group
Christopher O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee
Jeff Olsen, Alta Planning
John Poorman, Capital District Transportation Committee
Glenn Posca, Capital District Transportation Committee
Deirdre Rudolph, City of
Joe Sagale, Resource Systems Group
Deb Stacey, Capital District Transportation Committee
Ken Williams, Interested Citizen
Mike Wyatt, NYS Department of Transportation
McDonald opened the Capital District Transportation Committee meeting at
at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in
Johnson from the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors attended the March 5th
meeting, but is not included in the list of attendees. Members approved the
Administrative & Financial Standing Subcommittee Report
CDTC’s office space lease has been renewed for a five year term.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Chairman McDonald indicated that CDTC provides an opportunity for visitors to address items on the agenda. Kenneth Williams, a CDTA rider addressed the board. Mr. Williams is concerned that the implementation of BRT on the Route 5 Corridor is moving too slowly and is anxious to see the new BRT system in place.
Mike McGlynn, a resident of Watervliet voiced his concern that not enough is being done for Job Access, particularly in a climate where many more jobs will likely be created as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Mr. McGlynn noted that the Coordinated Plan for the Capital District has not been updated since 2007. Mr. McGlynn suggested that the board send letters to congress to ask for an increase in funding for the JARC and New Freedom Program.
CDTA PRESENTATION—NORTH/SOUTH TRANSIT CORRIDOR STUDY RECOMMENDATIONS
Kristina Younger and Ray
Melleady provided a summary of the North/South Transit Corridor Study Action
Plan. This study was commissioned by the
High Speed Rail Task Force and looked at existing and potential future transit
travel markets along the north/south corridors throughout
· Bus or rail solutions along I‐87 from
· Bus or rail solutions along
US Route 9 from
· Bus or rail solutions along
· Rail (LRT or commuter rail)
· Rail (LRT or commuter rail)
The consultants considered a spectrum of BRT systems and looked at the market potential using CDTC’s New Visions alternative growth future scenarios. The reported concluded that:
· With the possible exception of the CPR Corridor, due to the relatively low return on ridership for a high transit investment, light rail should be deferred from consideration at this time for transit technologies in the North–South Corridors.
· For the US 9 and I‐87 corridors, improvements to the existing NX Service and local bus services appear to be sufficient to meet future demand. Managed lanes would be an option to prioritize transit.
· The River Corridor appears to have high potential benefits. Existing transit in this corridor enjoys high ridership, and transit improvements could reach new markets.
AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT
Stimulus Funding Report
Mr. Poorman noted that the Planning Committee met on three separate occasions to put together a well thought out, solid response to the call for projects under the ARRA. The emphasis was to commit to projects that are most likely to spend the money in the short term. The Planning Committee embraced a policy to endorse any project on the TIP as long as it can be advanced in the time frame specified by the ARRA. The process was unique in that local system projects are emphasized. This has brought the attention of the GAO to CDTC, because we have been able to move projects faster than others, nationwide. A table summarizing the proposed projects was distributed. It was noted that the Spring Run Trail and Zim Smith Trail projects were erroneously omitted from the table.
Report to CDTC Policy Board (TIP Amendments A-I)
Mr. Poorman directed member attention to the list of ten proposed amendments to the TIP that was previously distributed. These amendments are needed to submit these projects for ARRA funding. Mr. Poorman briefly reviewed the projects identified in the table.
Resolution Certifying the Project Selection Criteria
John Poorman described the project selection criterion that was used to identify candidate projects for ARRA funding. These are summarized in the previously distributed MOU. Members approved the MOU.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
These amendments were discussed under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act heading. Members approved the amendments listed in items A-I. NYSDOT provide information on TIP Amendments J and K. Members approved these amendments.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE REPORT
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 finalized at this meeting. Discussions regarding options regarding how to proceed with the TIP update have been taking place. Many of the MPO’s across the state have decided to skip this year’s update, delaying the update for another year. CDTC was already well into the TIP update when the federal stimulus and other issues prevented the completion of the update. Since all of this work was completed, it is recommended that CDTC complete the update as an amendment to the existing TIP. The SAFETEA-LU legislation expires at the end of September, and future funding allocations are purely speculative.
STATUS OF PLANNING
Terry Hurley reported the Port is continuing Phase 1 of dock and wharf improvements.
CDTA’s priority is the Route 5 BRT project. This project is moving along at a steady pace. CDTA recently received additional Hybrid-Electric Buses and is placing them in service as they are received.
The NYS MPO Annual Conference is being held today and tomorrow. Staff is working with CDRPC staff and others to bring the New Visions 2030 Plan to the next step. Several new Linkage Studies will begin shortly.
being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately . The next meeting is scheduled for ,
John P. Poorman