Meeting Minutes

June 4, 2009




Michael Breslin, Albany County

Steve Feeney, representing Susan Savage, Schenectady County

Robert Hansen, representing Mary Ivey, NYS Department of

  Transportation Region 1

Charles Houghtaling, Albany County

Terry Hurley, Albany Port District Commission

Steve Iachetta, representing John O’Donnell, Albany County
  Airport Authority

Mayor Gerald Jennings, City of Albany

Arthur Johnson, Saratoga County

Joe Landry, Schenectady County

Paula Mahan, Town of Colonie

Mayor Michael Manning, City of Watervliet

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

Raymond Melleady, Capital District Transportation Authority,

Thomas Richardson, City of Mechanicville

William Rinaldi, NYS Thruway Authority

William Roehr, representing Mayor Harry Tutunjian, City of Troy

Michael Stammel, Capital District Regional Planning Commission Steve Tommasone, Town of Rotterdam

Mayor Harry Tutunjian, City of Troy

Thomas Werner, Saratoga County




Jim Arey, Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council

Richard Beers, Federal Highway Administration

Mark Debald, Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council

Michael Franchini, Albany County

Dave Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee

Joe LaCivita, Town of Colonie

Michael McGlynn, Interested Citizen

Peter Melewski, Bergmann Associates

Doug Melnick, City of Albany

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 Albany

Joe Sagale, Resource Systems Group

Deb Stacey, Capital District Transportation Committee

Ken Williams, Interested Citizen

Cathy Woodruf, Albany Times Union

Eoin Wrafter, Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation


Mike Wyatt, NYS Department of Transportation



Chairman McDonald opened the Capital District Transportation Committee meeting at 10:00 am at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany and welcomed those in attendance.  Mayor McDonald encouraged members to attend some of the sessions planned for the NYS MPO Conference which immediately followed this meeting.  Members and attendees introduced themselves.




March 5, 2009 Meeting Minutes


Art 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 March 5, 2009 meeting minutes noting this addition.


Administrative & Financial Standing Subcommittee Report


CDTC’s office space lease has been renewed for a five year term. 





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.




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 Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington counties.  The preliminary alternative transit routes studied include:

·     Bus or rail solutions along I87 from South Glens Falls to downtown Albany

·     Bus or rail solutions along US Route 9 from Saratoga Springs to downtown Albany

·     Bus or rail solutions along the Hudson River corridor from Mechanicville to downtown Albany

·     Rail (LRT or commuter rail) from Saratoga Springs to downtown Albany, via Schenectady

·     Rail (LRT or commuter rail) from Saratoga Springs to downtown Albany via Mechanicville.


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 I87 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.





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.


Questions about the Livingston Avenue Bridge project arose, regarding pedestrian access.  Mike Stammel wanted to make certain that everyone was aware of the issues regarding the roadblock to pedestrian access.


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.




Amendments A-J


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.





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.





Port of Albany


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.


Albany Airport


The Albany Airport received $6M in stimulus funds for runway work and to replace the Latham watertank.


CDTC Staff


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.





There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 11:30 am.  The next meeting is scheduled for 3:00 pm, Thursday September 3, 2009.




Respectfully submitted,




John P. Poorman

Acting Secretary