CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
representing Michael Breslin,
Terry Hurley, Albany Port District Commission
Joanna King, representing
Mike Stammel, Capital District
Regional Planning Commission
Andrew Kreshik, representing Mayor Harry Tutunjian, City of
LaCivita, representing Supervisor Paula Mahan, Town of
Tom Richardson, representing Mayor Anthony Sylvester, City of
Linda von der Heide,
representing Kathleen Jimino,
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 explained that the A&F Subcommittee meeting was postponed. The next topic for discussion by the A & F Subcommittee will be the CDTC annual audit.
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 public investments in transportation given current national discussion about transportation funding.
HUD SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES REGIONAL PLANNING GRANT RESOLUTION
Resolution Supporting CDTC as a Co-Applicant with CDRPC
John Poorman explained
that there will be a second round of the US Department of Housing and Urban
Development Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program, and CDRPC
will be applying again. The application
proposal will be very similar to last year. CDTC will be a co-applicant and additional
consortium members will be participating.
The proposal has been refined and will upgrade the involvement of key
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION POLICY
John Poorman explained that the updated CDTC Public Participation Policy was presented and approved as a draft by the Policy Board at the June meeting to allow review over the summer concurrently with the New Visions Plan update. No comments were received. Members approved the Public Participation Policy document.
COORDINATED PUBLIC TRANSIT HUMAN SERVICES TRANSPORTATION
New Visions 2035 Plan Update and Review of Public Comments on the draft document that was distributed for the June 2011 meeting
Chris O’Neill reviewed comments of the draft Plan received since the June meeting and staff suggested wording revisions to the Plan based on the comments. Members accepted the wording changes and approved the Resolution Adopting the New Visions 2035 Plan Update.
CDTC’s Input into the Capital Region Economic Development Council
Chris O’Neill explained that CDTC staff has been engaged with the recently formed Capital Region Economic Development Council (CREDC). Chris O’Neill is a member of the Project Planning Activities Workgroup and Rocky Ferraro is a member of the Strategic Planning Workgroup. Mayor McDonald sent a letter on behalf of CDTC to members of the CREDC explaining the importance of considering the CDTC and CDRPC planning efforts and the CDTC New Visions Plan. Concerns were raised by members about understanding the process by which funding for projects will be recommended by the CREDC and approved at the state level. John Poorman stated that regional projects such as the Exit 3 / 4 Airport Connector may be competitive for the main pot of funding, and local projects may be more competitive if they have a regional dimension.
MPO Role in Emergency Planning
John Poorman explained that this topic was added to the agenda for discussion in light of recent severe impacts of flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Are there ways in which CDTC could be a resource for planning for emergencies? The CDTC Regional Operations Committee could play a role.
Tom Werner suggested a good starting point would be to review all existing emergency plans in the region and evaluate any potential need for coordination between them, especially coordination of county plans.
2010-15 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE REPORT
John Poorman explained that discussions are ongoing on the proposed TIP update. Region 1 has taken the lead in looking at the Capital Program to rationalize and reconcile it to lower funding levels. The Region and CDTC staff will meet with local sponsors and review state projects and examine schedules and budgets. NYSDOT Main Office would prefer to reconcile the TIP, but because we currently have an approved STIP, the Main Office can not require MPOs to change the TIP. Staff will focus on the coming year, and explore how urgent it is to look at later years, especially since we still don’t have a new federal transportation bill.
John Poorman explained that it seems likely that the existing SAFETEA-LU federal transportation bill will be extended by Congress for six months.
STATUS OF PLANNING
Funding news continues to be a problem.
Terry Hurley reported that Port business is steady and doing well, although the storm delayed ship calls by up to one week. The dock project is nearing completion.
Linda von der Hide commended NYSDOT on the work done on Route 2 in response to storm damage.
being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately . The next meeting is scheduled for ,
Mary E. Ivey