CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
Evers, Town of
Feeney, representing Susan Savage,
Franchini, representing Mike Breslin,
Hidley, representing Mayor Michael Manning, City of
Terry Hurley, Albany Port District Commission
Iachetta, representing John O’Donnell,
Scott Johnson, City of
Roehr, representing Mayor Harry Tuntunjian,
Deirdre Rudolph, representing Mayor Gerald
Jennings, City of
Shannon, representing Mike Stammel, Capital District
Regional Planning Commission
von der Heide, representing
Kevin DeLaughter, Town of
Michael Fleischer, NYS Thruway Authority
Bob Hansen, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Dave Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee
Michael Lyons, Town of
Kelly Mateja, Town of
Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee
Elizabeth Novak, NYS Thruway Authority
Jill Ross, NYS Thruway Authority
Ken Williams, Interested Citizen
Cathy Woodruf, Times
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.
PRESENTATION OF THE 2008 FRED FIELD AWARD
Chairman McDonald noted that this award is given in
honor of Fred Field who served as CDTC’s Chairman for
seven years. The award was established in 2003 and today is being presented to
two individuals who best reflect Fred’s principles of fairness, responsibility,
collaboration and innovation. Chairman
McDonald presented the 2008 awards to Bob Hansen, NYSDOT Region 1’s Acting
Regional Planning and Program Manager and Kevin DeLaughter,
Senior Planner with the Town of
Members approved the
Administrative & Financial Standing Subcommittee
The Administrative and Financial Standing Subcommittee met in early October and accepted the 2008 CDTC audit report. No major issues were cited in the audit. CDTC also signed an agreement with a consulting firm to provide actuarial services for GASB45 valuation of post retirement health care benefits.
Appointment of Nominating Subcommittee
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Ken Williams addressed the Board as a concerned citizen regarding CDTA’s proposed fare increase. Mr. Williams stated that he is concerned with the higher fares and their impacts on Swiper Card holders. He would also like CDTA to ensure that the service quality is improved with the fare increase.
PRESENTATION ON THE
Michael Fleischer from the New York State Thruway Authority presented a PowerPoint on the Thruway Mobility and Modernization Study. Cost increases have resulted in a decrease in the value of funds available to the Thruway and will decrease the projects delivered. The study looked at the future of tolling on the Thruway and the alternatives available. The study noted that 58% of frequent Thruway users (i.e. commuters) use E-Zpass while 84% of infrequent customers are using cash. This indicates a need for continuation of a cash tolling option in the near term. The study is looking at eliminating/reducing toll collection points and moving toll barriers to strategic locations on the Thruway mainline, possibly introducing free urban travel. Policy Board members offered comments including the apparent conflict of trying to provide managed lanes while at the same time introducing free urban travel and it was noted that consideration should be given to congestion pricing.
PRESENTATION ON CDTC’S CERTIFICATION REVIEW
2007-12 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
Safe Routes to School
2009-14 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE
Capital District Regional Planning Commission
Deb Shannon reported that employment projections for the traffic analysis zones have been completed and are beginning to work on the case studies of local projects in the Capital Region.
New York State Department of Transportation
Terry Hurley reported that maritime business is strong and the Port is phasing the dock and wharf reconstruction.
The next meeting is scheduled for ,
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately .
Brian O. Rowback