CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
Bruce, representing Mayor Jerry Jennings, City of
DeCerce, representing Harry Guthiel,
Egan, Town of
Feeney, representing Susan Savage,
Franchini, representing Michael Breslin,
Terry Hurley, Albany Port District Commission
Iachetta, representing John O’Donnell,
John T. McDonald III, City of
Pettit, representing Mayor Daniel Dwyer, City of
Richardson, representing Mayor Anthony Sylvester, City of
Secor, Town of
Phil Serafino, representing William
Rinaldi, New York
Sisson, representing Mayor Brian Stratton, City of
Stangle, Town of
der Heide, representing Kathleen Jimino,
Thomas Werner, representing Commissioner Tom Madison, NYSDOT
Younger, representing Ray Melleady, Capital District
Phil Barrett, Town of
Will R. DeVoe, The Spotlight
David Jukins, CDTC Staff
Chris O’Neill, CDTC Staff
John Poorman, CDTC staff
David Rettig, New York State Department of Transportation
Deb Stacey, CDTC Staff
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.
The minutes of the
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Chairman McDonald extended an invitation for visitors to address the board regarding agenda items. There were no requests to speak.
Mr. Poorman highlighted the previously-distributed eleven-page summary of certification material. Members then approved Resolution 06-1 for transmittal to NYSDOT and federal oversight agencies.
PLAN AMENDMENT FOR THE ROUND
Mr. Poorman reviewed the previously-distributed material. A revision to the official regional transportation plan is required in order to include the two-lane, 1.6-mile facility. The project is considered a “community compatibility” project in CDTC terminology and is consistent with local plans. It will be funded with state funds.
In addition, a series of intersection, access and internal road projects will be advanced with a variety of federal, state and local funds in the area of the Luther Forest Technology Campus. CDTC has revised its air quality conformity assessment to include the impact of those projects and the Round Lake Bypass.
The air quality conformity determination and plan amendment have been submitted for public review. Only a few comments have been received, regarding bicycle connections. These connections are being pursued by the town and state, separate from the bypass construction.
Members approved the plan amendment and air quality conformity determination of the amended plan and of the revised 2005-10 Transportation Improvement Program (including projects listed for action below) by adopting Resolution 06-2.
SAFETEA-LU TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM
Members approved the recommended priorities for transmittal to NYSDOT.
2005-10 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
A342, Morris/Cordell Grade Crossing Consolidation and Separation
S160, Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail
Mr. Poorman noted that this action is necessary because the project “rolled off” the TIP before its funds were obligated. CDTC action is required to allow NYSDOT to show the project on the current Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Members agreed to the amendment.
Mr. Poorman noted that policy action on this project was omitted from the June agenda. The project has not been delayed by this oversight, but the full budget for the project must be approved by CDTC. Members approved this amendment.
This amendment is required because of the escalating
project cost and the inability of the project sponsors (
& SA228, Commercial Access Improvements;
Mr. Poorman reported that this amendment programs some
of the earmarked funds in SA225 to specific improvements – a gateway project at
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Ken DeCerce reported that federal funds have been specifically earmarked for rehabilitating this east-west facility in Halfmoon. Members approved the amendment.
REGIONAL OPERATIONS COMMITTEE STATUS REPORT
Mr. Werner reported on the status of the planned effort to create a regional operations committee. After discussion between Region 1 and CDTC staff, a letter will be sent to CDTC Policy members and others to name an individual to participate in an initial meeting of a new operations group. The group will explore options, including the use of CMAQ set-asides for improved integration.
2007-12 TIP UPDATE STATUS REPORT
Mr. Poorman reported that CDTC and Region 1 staff are comparing resource and expenditure numbers for a starting point for the update. There appears to be some new money on the table, mostly to be used for cost adjustments for existing projects or for additional phases of existing projects. It is likely also that there will be CMAQ funds available, and perhaps a limited Safety program. Further material will be available at the CDTC meeting in December.
STATUS OF PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION ACTIVITIES
Capital District Transportation Authority
New York State Thruway Authority
Phil Serafino reported that two new traveler information systems were introduced in August: Transalert on the web and a 1-800 number for traffic conditions. E-ZPass expansion continues with additional 20 mph lanes.
New York State Department of Transportation
Mr. Poorman briefly mentioned that the Colloquy results were highlighted at a national conference on the future of the MPO and that a regional trail survey has been completed this summer. A number of Linkage studies are underway.
Local Planning and Implementation
Mr. DeCerce commended the CDTC staff for its work on the recent Halfmoon Linkage study and noted that the study recommendations are to be adopted at the next Town planning meeting.
The next meeting was tentatively scheduled for ,
Thomas C. Werner