CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
Steve Bland, Capital District Transportation Authority
Brizzell, Town of
Bruce, representing Mayor Gerald Jennings, City of
representing Mary Ann Johnson,
Feeney, representing Susan Savage,
Franchini, representing Michael Breslin,
Terry Hurley, Albany Port District Commission
Amy Jackson-Grove, representing Bob Arnold, Federal Highway Admin.
Johnson, Town of
John McDonald, City of
Pettit, representing Mayor Mark Pratt, City of
Jill Ross, representing Don
Mike Stammel, Capital District Regional Planning Commission
der Heide, representing Kathleen Jimino,
Wardell, representing Mayor Michael Lenz, City of
Tom Werner, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1, representing
Commissioner Joe Boardman
George Laveille, Town of
Mike Mullaney, Daily Gazette
John Poorman, CDTC staff
Dave Rettig, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Cliff Thomas, NYS Department of Transportation
Erin Thomas, City of
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
Cliff Thomas made a PowerPoint presentation of
Mr. Poorman reviewed the previously-distributed material containing the action recommended by the Planning Committee. The bond proceeds will provide about 8% of the state transportation program in the Capital District and elsewhere. Highway and transit projects listed in the Capital District portion of the bond are already on the TIP. After discussion, members approved Resolution 05-4 regarding the Transportation Bond.
2005-10 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENT
Commercial Access Improvements, Town of
Mr. Poorman reported that this project is a Congressional High Priority project in SAFETEA-LU. The action proposed is to authorize engineering and right-of-way phases. An additional $5.150 M is earmarked for the project and a further proposed action will be brought back to CDTC for programming once location and scope details are better resolved. Members approved the amendment.
PRELIMINARY IMPLICATIONS OF SAFETEA-LU FOR CDTC
Mr. Poorman briefly reviewed the previously-distributed summary of SAFETEA-LU implications for CDTC. Largely, the new legislation reaffirms and continues the existing roles for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). Planning funds are modest higher (about 23%) which will allow CDTC to maintain planning effort at roughly the current level. Highway funding to NY went up only 19% compared to the previous six years – an increase well below the cost of inflation. CDTC’s 2005-10 TIP was developed on the assumption of a similarly-modest increase, so there is neither a windfall nor a crisis with respect to the TIP.
There are a number of new programs and new requirements that will take some time to sort out.
STATUS OF PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION ACTIVITIES
Capital District Transportation Authority
Capital District Regional Planning Commission
Mike Stammel reported on CDRPC’s review of USEDA project criteria, work on free trade zoning promotional efforts and the multi-jurisdictional Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) planning study.
Jill Ross reported that the Thruway Authority is meeting today on its 2006 contracts program.
New York State Department of Transportation
Albany Port District Commission
Terry Hurley reported that the port is having a good year with both imports and exports up. Fuel costs may be contributing to the increase.
CDTC Planning Activities
Mr. Poorman spoke briefly about the successful national Colloquy on the Coming Transformation of Travel hosted by CDTC at the Rennselaerville Institute in June. The results have national significance and reflect favorably on CDTC practices.
Linkage and Local Planning and Implementation Activities
The next meeting was tentatively scheduled for ,
Thomas C. Werner