Bruce, representing Mayor Jerry Jennings, City of Albany
Egan, Town of Bethlehem
Feeney, representing Susan Savage, SchenectadyCounty
Kent Gray, SchenectadyCounty
Hurley, Albany Port District Commission
Keehn, City of Saratoga
Mayor John T. McDonald III, City of Cohoes, Chairman
Ray Melleady, Capital District Transportation Authority
Pettit, representing Mayor Daniel Dwyer, City of Rensselaer
Phillips, SaratogaCounty, Vice-Chairman
Richardson, representing Mayor Anthony Sylvester, City of Mechanicville
Phil Serafino, representing William
Rinaldi, NYS Thruway
Sisson, representing Mayor Brian Stratton, City of Schenectady
Stammel, Capital District Regional Planning Commission
der Heide, representing Kathleen Jimino, Rensselaer County
Thomas Werner, representing
Commissioner Tom Madison, NYSDOT
Paul Marsh, Interested Citizen
Bill Marsh, Interested Citizen
Chris O’Neill, CDTC Staff
Poorman, CDTC staff
Purvis, CDTC staff
Rettig, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Thomas, NYS Department of Transportation Main Office
Cathy Woodruff, Times Union
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.
September 7, 2006 Meeting Minutes
The minutes of the September 7, 2006 CDTC meeting were approved as
Appointment of the 2007 Nominating
Chairman McDonald noted that it is CDTC’s practice
for the Chairman to appoint a Nominating Subcommittee annually to nominate
officers, at-large members and at-large Planning Committee members.He then
appointed Tom Werner, Ken
DeCerce, Kent Gray, Ray Melleady and Mary Brizzell to the subcommittee.
John Poorman reported
that the Subcommittee has a meeting scheduled for December 19 to accept the
2005-06 audit report and address 2007 staffing and salaries.At the September 25 meeting, the subcommittee
did approve Mr. Poorman’s request to reduce his work hours to approximately 30%
time, consistent with NYS Retirement Law Section 212, after taking retirement
as of the beginning of 2006.
Chairman McDonald extended an invitation for visitors to
address the board regarding agenda items.Bill Marsh spoke on behalf of his brother Paul and submitted written
testimony.Their presentation related to
concerns with interest in heavy rail commuter service.They suggest consideration of dual-mode
(rail/highway) vehicles that would avoid the cost and right of way restrictions
of rail cars.Additionally, they
expressed concern for the conversion of rail right-of-way to other purposes
such as bikeways.
IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Mr. Poorman reported that the TIP development is well
underway.An “order of magnitude” review
of cost and schedule issues with current projects has led the Planning Committee to conclude
that there will not be a full solicitation of projects this time.Rather, it is expected that bridge and safety
projects may be fundable, as well as CMAQ.It is expected that a draft 2007-12 TIP will be available for public
release at the March 2007 Policy Board meeting.
Mr. Poorman reported that the Planning
Committee has chosen to explore alternative project
“bundles” by category for the use of up to $24 M in additional Congestion
Mitigation / Air Quality (CMAQ) funds.At its meeting in November, the Planning
Committee agreed to recommend a bundle of new commitments
for release by the Policy Board for public
review.The bundle would add $8 M each
to operations projects (Transportation Management Center and HELP patrol TIP
items) and CDTA transit vehicle replacement projects; $1 M to create a
bike/pedestrian project set-aside; $5 M for a new set-aside for roundabouts and
other intersection improvements; and $2 M for a new set-aside for diesel
retrofits for off-road and other fleet vehicles.The diesel retrofit project is specifically
intended to respond to Congressional intent.At present, the CDTA vehicle replacement funding would be intended to
encourage diesel-electric hybrid implementation.
Members agreed to release the draft CMAQ programming
bundle for public review.
STATUS OF PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION
Capital District Transportation Authority
reported on progress with the NY 5 Bus Rapid Transit design and on CDTA’s hosting
of the High Speed Rail task force.
Capital District Regional Planning Commission
reported that CDRPC staff members are active in a number of joint efforts with
CDTC and submitted a written summary.
reported that the current construction season is winding down and the Authority
is gearing up for the winter road maintenance demands.
New York State Department of Transportation
reported with the CSX bridge completion, the I-90 project will be finished
soon.He also noted that the Exit 12 /
NY 67 work is nearly finished also, a year early.He reported on I-787 resurfacing, the I-87
Exit 5 bridge project and the windup of Crosstown Arterial work for the
winter.Landscaping will continue in the
spring.The Slingerlands Bypass project
should break ground soon and the Round Lake Bypass letting is set for 2007.
Albany Port District Commission
reported that volume has been up in 2007 and that the port has been active.
briefly mentioned that the freight conference was successfully held in October;
that the Big Idea / Big Ticket initiative work has expanded with joint work
with CEG, SUNYA and CDRPC; and that the 2007-08 Linkage projects have been selected
by the Planning
incorporation into the UPWP.The Linkage
projects will be part of the UPWP revision on the March Policy Board agenda.
Local Planning and Implementation
took place regarding the need for more education on roundabouts.
The next meeting was tentatively scheduled for , Thursday March 1, 2007 at the CDTC offices.[Secretary’s note:the meeting was later postponed to March 8, 2007.]There being no other business, the meeting was
adjourned at approximately .