CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
Josephine Ashworth, Town
representing Mike Stammel, Capital District
Regional Planning Commission
representing Michael Breslin,
Terry Hurley, Albany Port District Commission
representing John O’Donnell,
Mayor Scott Johnson, City
Kreshik, representing Mayor Harry Tutunjian, City of
LaCivita, representing Supervisor Paula Mahan, Town of
representing Mayor Anthony Sylvester, City
Linda von der Heide,
representing Kathleen Jimino,
District Transportation Authority
Frank Bonafide, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
David Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee
Sree Nampoothiri, Capital District Transportation Committee
Chris O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee
John Poorman, Capital District Transportation Committee
Ken Williams, Interested Citizen
Chairman McDonald opened the Capital District Transportation Committee meeting at and welcomed those in attendance. Members and attendees introduced themselves.
Approval of the
Administrative & Financial Standing Subcommittee Report
John Poorman gave a report on
the A&F Standing Subcommittee meeting of
The A&F Subcommittee also started a discussion on staff continuity and transitions related to staff retirement plans.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Chairman McDonald indicated that CDTC provides an
opportunity for visitors to address items on the agenda. Ken Williams spoke about the importance of
national transportation issues. He cited
the recent bus accident in
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION POLICY
John Poorman presented the updated CDTC Public Participation Policy. He explained that the current draft addresses comments received from the Planning Committee. The existing Public Participation Policy was adopted in 2007. Existing policies will continue. The revised version clarifies that the CDTC TIP amendment procedures are consistent with federal guidelines released by FHWA. This document also reaffirms CDTC’s social media policy. The draft will be available for public review and will be adopted in September. Members approved the Public Participation Policy document as presented as a draft for public review.
COORDINATED PUBLIC TRANSIT HUMAN SERVICES TRANSPORTATION
New Visions 2035 Plan Update
The draft New Visions 2035 Plan Update was presented. The update summarizes changes by subject area since 2007, updates the planning horizon to 2035, and reaffirms the New Vision Plan, including its planning and investment principles and strategies and actions. The update also presents potential topics for further development during the next update, which will be a more comprehensive update over a three year period. A comment was made that the plan should mention the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the importance of the partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Members approved the draft New Visions 2035 Plan Update for public review, with final Plan approval anticipated at the September 1 Policy Board meeting. Members authorized the staff to make any technical changes required to the Air Quality Conformity Statement based on comments received from the ICG (Interagency Coordinating Group), and to then release the New Visions 2035 Plan Update for public review on June 13.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Review of the Firm Cost Cap on Bicycle and Pedestrian TIP Projects
John Poorman explained that after discussion, staff analysis, and review spanning several meetings, the Planning Committee recommended removing the firm cap on existing and future bicycle and pedestrian TIP projects. The Planning Committee’s recommendation was based on a desire for consistency with other project types. Members approved the Planning Committee recommendation as presented.
Community, and System Preservation (TCSP) Program is a comprehensive initiative
of research and grants to investigate the relationships between transportation,
community, and system preservation plans and practices and identify private
sector-based initiatives to improve such relationships” (FHWA website). Frank Bonafide explained that Region 1
received 11 responses to a solicitation for proposals; there were 51 responses
statewide. $61 million are available
nationally, 8% to 10% of that funding could go to
John Poorman explained that discussions on the federal transportation reauthorization bill are active in both the House and the Senate with their respective transportation committees hoping to introduce draft bills in late June. The administration has previously asked for large increases in the federal program. Due to budget concerns and lack of political will to raise revenues, the proposed House bill would provide an effective 30% reduction from current funding levels. A six year bill programming 30% less would represent a major exit of the federal government from its role of managing the national transportation system. The Senate proposal centers on a shorter time frame of two years to hold funding to current revenues. A positive note is that all parties think highways, transit and metropolitan planning are important.
STATUS OF PLANNING
Kristina Younger explained that in cooperation with
NYSDOT, the funding package for the Schenectady Rail Station, double tracking
The BusPlus rollout has been a success; early
ridership indicators have been positive.
The New Karner Queue Jumper project starts next week. The
The Combined Sewer Overflow Study held a public meeting on June 1. The long term control plan will be submitted to NYSDEC on June 30. The cost for plan implementation is $110 million. An inter-municipal shared services grant will likely be sought to assist with implementation. Mayor McDonald praised CDRPC for their work on this and indicated it would be a good candidate to receive a shared services grant.
CDRPC will lead a full day training session for local municipal planners on June 15.
NYS Thruway Authority
A new Chairman has been nominated by the Governor.
Mary Ivey reported that the
Steve Iachetta reported that the Airport purchased a new CNG bus, thanks to the Clean Cities Group. Bids were open on a $4.2 million runway paving project and were 25% less than estimated.
Terry Hurley reported that Port business is being maintained during construction which should be completed by the end of the 3rd quarter.
Dave Jukins reported on CDTC staff activities. The
I-87/Route 9 Integrated Corridor Management Study is underway, in partnership with NYSDOT. CDTC staff is participating in the NYSDOT High Speed Rail Study and the Mohawk-Erie Multimodal Transportation Corridor Study. Staff has updated the highway condition inventory for locally owned roads and is gearing up for the two year full condition inventory. Staff will attend Congressman Tonko’s Mighty Waters conference. Public meetings will be held next week for the Clifton Park Linkage Study.
being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately . The next meeting is scheduled for ,
Mary E. Ivey