CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
Judy Breselor, representing Harry J. Tutunjian, Mayor of Troy
Mary Brizzell, Town of
Bill Bruce, representing Gerald Jennings, Mayor of Albany
Michael Franchini, representing Michael Breslin,
Steve Iachetta, representing John O’Donnell, Albany Airport Authority
Mayor John McDonald, City of
Ellen McNulty-Ryan, Village of
Raymond Melleady, Capital District Transportation Authority
Tom Richardson, representing Anthony Sylvester, Mayor of Mechanicville
Bernard Sisson, representing Brian Stratton, Mayor of Schenectady
Linda von der Heide, representing Kathleen Jimino,
Mindy Wormuth, Town of
Mike Stammel, Capital District Regional Planning Commission
Frank Bonafide, NYS Department of Transportation
Rocky Ferraro, Capital District Regional Planning Commission
Cliff Thomas, NYS Department of Transportation
minutes of the
Administrative & Financial Standing Subcommittee Report
Poorman explained that there has not been a subcommittee meeting since the last
Policy Board meeting in June. However,
one will be scheduled prior to the next Policy Board meeting scheduled for
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
UNIFIED PLANNING WORK PROGRAM ADDITION
John Poorman explained that as a result of discussions centering around NYSDOT’s proposed Central Avenue rehabilitation project, and the collective desire to work toward access management improvements along that corridor as a follow up to the Route 5 Corridor Land Use and Transportation Study which recommended corridor-wide/sub-corridor access management plans, the Planning Committee recommended that Corridor Management Initiative (CMI) funds be used for a Route 5 Corridor-Wide Access Management Plan. The plan will: utilize 2 years of CMI funds or $230,000; include consultant work; focus on corridor segments along Route 5 outside of recent rehabilitation or reconstruction projects; and will be guided by a steering committee comprised of the standing BRT study committee.
2007–12 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (TIP)
Mr. Poorman directed the Board’s attention to the “Planning Committee Report on the 2007-12 TIP Discussions” included in the mail out. He explained that the Planning Committee took action to recommend Policy Board adoption of the draft TIP with several recommendations and understandings as listed in the Committee Report, including that NYSDOT will work to accommodate Route 5 study and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) elements into the new NY 5 project where possible within the curb to curb section. Furthermore, if there is a follow up project proposed to achieve additional objectives detailed in the previous planning work for Route 5 that the proposed project candidate would be considered in the TIP project selection process without prejudice. That is to say that the costs and benefits of the rehabilitation project along with a follow up project if one were proposed would be combined into one project for the purpose of evaluation.
The proposed action maintains within the first three years of the TIP the two National Highway System (NHS) projects and three bridge projects referred for Planning Committee review, and adds to the TIP the three new federal-aid projects requested by NYSDOT for use of advance construction funds (NY 5, NY 2 in Grafton, and one bridge project).
After a brief discussion, members adopted the 2007-12 TIP for incorporation by NYSDOT into the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.
STATUS OF PLANNING
CDRPC: Rocky Ferraro reported for CDRPC and stated that employment projections by traffic analysis zone (TAZ) are being developed by staff and should be available soon. These are used in traffic modeling and other work.
The fiscal impact study being conducted as part of the New Visions 2030 plan on the four regional alternative development scenarios is moving forward. The portion of the study dealing with the dollars and cents associated with the four scenarios has been drafted and sent to CEG (Center for Economic Growth) for review and comment. Once the draft is finalized there will be a more formal rollout of the study during the fall of 2007.
Mr. Ferraro also reported that the Census 2010 Local Update of Census Addresses or LUCA program will be getting under way at the end of August. This is important in that municipal officials will be asked to confirm Census Bureau housing unit address information in their communities. If a municipality does not participate they will not be able to challenge the Bureau’s numbers generated at a later date. CDRPC is working with the four counties to provide resources to assist municipalities in participating in the LUCA program.
NYS Thruway Authority: Bill Rinaldi reported that paving projects between Exits 24 and 26 are proceeding using night paving.
NYSDOT: Dave Rettig reported that Region 1 is hosting
a one day land use/transportation planning conference on
Also, Region 1 got approval for several State Planning Research (SPR) studies. The first involves the I-87/Route 9 integrated corridor study which will focus on identifying ways to use Route 9 to alleviate incidents on the Northway. Items to be examined include the ability of Route 9 signals/intersections to handle the longer queues that would occur as traffic is directed to Route 9 after an incident has occurred on the Northway with the objective of managing the system more efficiently.
The second SPR study is the Washington Ave/Western Ave Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Conceptual Design Study. Mr. Rettig reported that CDTA applied for and will receive the SPR funding.
John Poorman noted that both of these items need to be added to the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP).
CDTC: John Poorman reported on CDTC planning activities including follow up tasks on distributing draft New Visions 2030 plan materials out for public review. To facilitate that effort, the Quality Region Task Force (QRTF) will meet on July 18th to be the sounding board on materials staff is putting together for broader public distribution in addition to materials currently on CDTC’s website.
McDonald asked the group if there were any other activities members wished to
report. Bill Bruce noted that the
utility work began on the City of
next meeting of the Policy Board will be on