CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
September 3, 2009
Michael Franchini, representing Michael Breslin, Albany County
Terry Hurley, Albany Port District Commission
representing John O’Donnell, Albany County
Mary Ivey, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1, Secretary
Arthur Johnson, Saratoga County
Joseph LaCivita, representing Paula Mahan, Town of Colonie
Mayor John T. McDonald
Marybeth Pettit, representing Mayor Daniel Dwyer, City of
William Roehr, representing Mayor Harry Tutunjian, City of Troy
Michael Stammel, Capital District Regional Planning Commission
Linda von der Heide, representing Kathleen Jimino, Rensselaer
Thomas Werner, Saratoga County
Don Adams, Creighton Manning
Thomas Carlo, Village of Schaghticoke
Steve Caruso, City of Schenectady
Timothy Collins, Interested Citizen
Pete Comenzo, Town of Rotterdam
Bob Hansen, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Dave Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee
Maryanne Mariotti, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan, Village of Green Island
Robert Mitchell, Town of Colonie
Dennis O’Malley, Consultant
Chris O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee
Paul Reuss, Village of Menands
Peter VanKeuren, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Sean Ward, Village of Green Island
Chairman McDonald opened the Capital District Transportation Committee meeting at 3:00 pm and welcomed those in attendance. Members and attendees introduced themselves.
June 4, 2009 Meeting Minutes
Members approved the June 4, 2009 meeting minutes as written.
Administrative & Financial Standing Subcommittee Report
The Administrative & Financial Standing Subcommittee met in August. The A & F approved a minor line item change to cover printing costs associated with a bicycle education campaign that CDTC staff is working on with the city of Albany. The A & F reviewed the results of the required assessment of liability of post retirement benefits. The report showed that CDTC’s liability is modest over the next 10 years. The A & F will meet again in November.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
indicated that CDTC provides an opportunity for visitors to address items on
the agenda. Timothy Collins, a CDTA and
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
Item A on the Agenda provides information on the changes that were made to the draft 2009-14 project listings since the August 5th Planning Committee meeting.
Item B requires action by the Board. CDTC’s normal practice is to update the five
year program every two years. CDTC was
well into that update process when the Federal
Item C on the agenda if approved, would give NYSDOT the latitude to pursue FRA funding for the Ballston Spa Siding. Members approved this motion.
Item D on the agenda, if approved, would delete the Western Gateway Speed Table project from the TIP. The sponsor has determined that this project is infeasible. Members approved the deletion.
Items E and F on the agenda increases the scope of these two projects. It was determined that the scope expansion would be allowed if ARRA funds were available. Members concurred with this willingness to amend the scope.
2009-14 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
One item, not on the agenda, was briefly
discussed. CDTA submitted an application
to fund the remaining capital items for the
The last full TIP solicitation was conducted in 2002. Although funding targets are up in the air, CDTC should be poised with a list of projects in the event that the region receives additional monies under the next highway bill. The draft TIP solicitation letter is included in member’s packets. The ballpark funding availability will be in the $100M range. Staff is currently updating the Project Justification Package and TIP project evaluation criteria. Staff will conduct workshops in each of the four counties within the next few weeks. Candidate projects must be submitted by November 9. Members approved the letter and the TIP update schedule.
David Jukins reported on this study. With another surface transportation authorization act and the potential for major federal program changes on the near-term horizon, the New York State MPOs determined that it was an appropriate time to debrief their members and policy partners regarding the progress made in metropolitan planning during the TEA era. To this end, the Association of New York State MPOs (NYSMPO) authorized a self-assessment survey of all the New York State MPOs. In general, the report suggested that New York’s MPOs have met the challenges offered by the TEA legislation. The TEA era led to real and substantial changes to metropolitan planning in New York, especially in the areas of freight planning, bike/ped design, land use, and safety. CDTC was noted as exemplary in several categories.
STATUS OF PLANNING
Terry Hurley reported the Port is continuing Phase 1 of dock and wharf improvements and is looking for monies to complete Phase II. There has been a downturn in Port Activity, but the Port wants to be well positioned when the economy turns around.
There have been a number of recent staff changes at CDTA. Ray Melleady has accepted a job in the private sector; Carm Basile is the acting director. CDTA has experienced a decline in ridership since the fare was increased; however, the ridership declines have not been proportionately distributed. CDTA will analyze the ridership trends and adjust schedules.
The Albany Airport has been cited by USEPA as a model airport for water quality measures. The Authority is working on their five year plan and is pursuing runway asphalt rehabilitation. Enplanements are down about 5-7%.
CDRPC is gearing up for extensive Census work. CDRPC will work with CDTC staff on some of the initiatives.
CDTC staff is working on the Draft Metropolitan Planning Agreement. This is a brief agreement that defines the role of the NYSDOT and CDTA in the MPO process. The roles outlined in the agreement are nothing new; the requirement for a written agreement is now required by the FTA. This agreement will be available for Board review at the December 2009 Policy Board meeting. Work on the NYSDOT/CDTC operations initiative will be handled during the TIP update.
Mary Ivey reported that Stan Gee asked NYSDOT to reach out to as many groups as they can to discuss the department’s core program and budget limitations. The goal is to convey a message of dire need and urgency; and to garner support for additional funding. Bob Hansen provided a PowerPoint presentation that summarizes the Department’s message. A copy of the slides was distributed to members. Bob delivered this presentation to local NYS Legislature representatives recently. Bob described the region’s highway and bridge needs, and attendant funding shortfalls. The department has been hit hard by inflation; inflation has totaled $2.2B over the past five years, which has decreased the number of projects that could be obligated. Gas tax revenues have also declined, diminishing the Department’s budget further. Bob provided some alarming statistics. For instance, when a pavement rating goes from fair to poor, repair costs increase by 400%. When a bridge sufficiency rating declines to below 50, weight and lane restrictions are often required, and in some cases, bridges are closed.
Members agreed that the presentation was an eye opener and should be widely disseminated. Some discussion ensued. Some members feel that the public would vote for some sort of tax increase or fee, if they were aware of the dire condition that our state roads and bridges are in.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 4:50 pm. The next meeting is scheduled for 3:00 pm, Thursday December 3, 2009.