CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
September 13, 2012
Philip Barrett, Town of Clifton Park
Basile, Capital District Transportation Authority, Vice-
Steve Feeney, representing Judith Dagostino, Schenectady County
Bruce Hidley, representing Mayor Michael Manning, City of
Iachetta, representing John O’Donnell, Albany County
Mayor Scott Johnson, City of Saratoga Springs
Michael Loftus, New York State Thruway Authority
Paula Mahan, Town of Colonie
Mayor Gary McCarthy, City of Schenectady
Russ Reeves, representing Mayor Lou Rosamilia, City of Troy
Mike Stammel, Capital District Regional Planning Commission
Michael Valentine, Saratoga County
Sam Zhou, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1, Secretary
Frank Bonafide, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Rob Cherry, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Fred Erickson, Town of Sand Lake
Michael Franchini, Capital District Transportation Committee
Joseph LaCivita, Town of Colonie
Randy Milano, City of Albany
Chris O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee
Jason Purvis, Capital District Transportation Committee
Mike Stella, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Christopher Wallin, City of Schenectady
Chairman McDonald opened the Capital District Transportation Committee meeting at 8:17 AM and welcomed those in attendance. Members and attendees introduced themselves.
Approval of the June 7, 2012 Meeting Minutes
The June 7, 2012 meeting minutes were approved by the members.
Administrative & Financial Standing Subcommittee Report
Mike Franchini reported that the A & F approved an updated version of the Administrative Procedures for the CDTC Staff. He reported that while there have been delays in cash flow of federal planning funds to CDTC, payment has been received. CDTA has been very gracious in facilitating the cash flow process for CDTC. Mayor McDonald commented that Mike is off to a very positive start as the new Executive Director.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Chairman McDonald indicated that CDTC provides an opportunity for visitors to address items on the agenda. No one from the public attending the meeting made a request to speak.
NY 156 FUNCTIONAL RE-CLASSIFICATION REQUEST
Chris O'Neill presented the functional re-classification request for Route 156 in Altamont. He described the CDTC evaluation process which concluded that the section of Route 156 in Altamont would be appropriate for being designated as a rural major collector. The members approved the re-classification as recommended by the Planning Committee. The re-classification is subject to NYSDOT and FHWA approval.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
Resurfacing of I-787, NY Thruway Exit 23 to South Mall Expressway Complex
Frank Bonafide explained that these TIP amendments change the scope of the I-787 project by adding two bridge decks and element specific repairs on six bridges; and provide offsets from three other projects. Members approved the amendments.
Commercial Access Highway Improvements
Luther Technology Park
Mike Valentine explained that this amendment reprograms the demo funds for this project. The improvements include bicycle and pedestrian accommodations between East Line Road and the Round Lake Bypass roundabout. Intersection capacity and operational improvements would be constructed at Chango Drive and at Ruhle Road. Also included are access management improvements, advance storm water management and streetscaping. This newly defined scope will result in a change of project description to “Round Lake Road Traffic and Mobility Improvements”. Members approved the amendment.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE
Forward Four: NYSDOT Presentation on Pavement and Bridge
Frank Bonafide explained that the new NYSDOT policy is preservation first, and that given declining funds they must get as much life out of every asset as possible. He gave a presentation on the Department’s pavement and bridge strategies. He explained that an important strategy is to invest in keeping good condition pavements from going to fair condition, because the cost per mile is much less. He explained the importance of maintenance first for bridges. He explained that different treatments can extend the life of a bridge. Mayor McCarthy asked a question about the collection of local pavement conditions. Frank explained that CDTC does collect data on the local system already. Mayor McCarthy commented that pavement scoring in Schenectady should be comparable to NYSDOT methodologies. Mayor McDonald noted that county level TIP meetings will be coming up in the following weeks.
STATUS OF PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION ACTIVITIES
Carm Basile reported that CDTA has conducted an extensive evaluation and restructuring of routes over the last five years. The final two phases of route restructuring are nearing completion: Northway express service and Albany County Phase 2. BusPlus is doing really well. CDTA has experienced 15 consecutive months of ridership increases.
Mike Stammel reported that the mcd (minor civil division) population age cohort projections have been completed. CDRPC has been working on metrics and measurements for the Capital Region Economic Development Plan.
New York State Thruway Authority
Michael Loftus reported that construction on the Thruway between Exits 24 and 24 will be completed for the year in early November, and will be continued next year.
Sam Zhou explained that construction on the Northway Twin Bridges is proceeding. Construction problems that caused delays on Monday morning have been addressed. The Prattsville Bridge will be repaired in a matter of days. He emphasized the dire need for infrastructure investment.
Albany Airport Authority
Steve Iachetta reported that Airport parking was up eight percent, but passenger enplanements are up 1.9% for the month of August compared with August 2011. 2012 Airport Improvement Program projects competitively bid and awarded this summer include about $7 million in airside safety and capacity as well as passenger terminal improvement projects.
Mike Franchini reported that the USDOT awarded Transportation, Community and System Preservation Program (TCSP) grant to the Capital District for $240,000 for the I-787 Livable Corridor Planning Initiative. Total funds for the Study are $400,000, including $100,000 from CDTC and $60,000 from NYSDOT.
In November, CDTC will be soliciting applications for Linkage Studies. There will be an emphasis on implementation in this year’s program.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:15 AM. The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday December 6, 2012.