CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
December 3, 2009
Carm Basile, Capital District Transportation Authority
Michael Franchini, representing Michael
Terry Hurley, Albany Port District Commission
Joseph LaCivita, representing Paula Mahan,
Joe Landry, Town of
Jim Rivers, representing Mayor Harry
Tutunjian, City of
Michael Stammel, Capital District Regional Planning Commission
Linda von der Heide, representing Kathleen Jimino, Rensselaer
Nancy Benedict, Interested Citizen
Lucille Brewer, Interested Citizen
Dave Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee
Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee
Chris O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee
Susan Pedo, The Walters Group
Chairman McDonald opened the Capital District
Transportation Committee meeting at approximately and welcomed those in attendance to the C
Members approved the September 3, 2009 meeting minutes as
Administrative & Financial Standing Subcommittee Report
The Administrative & Financial Standing
Subcommittee will meet in mid-December.
The A & F will discuss cash flow, funding, the annual audit, the
Fred Field Award, the Prospectus Update, and C
Appointment of the Nominating Subcommittee
Paula Mahan, Mayor Brian Stratton,
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Chairman McDonald indicated that C
Nancy Benedict also addressed the board. Ms. Benedict described the up and down cycle of CDTA ridership; she expressed concern that the fare increase has somewhat negated the ridership increase that occurred when the price of fuel rose to nearly $4.00 per gallon. Ms. Benedict stated that it is in the public’s best interest to use the bus because it is good for the environment, reduces fuel consumption and puts less pressure on parking needs. Ms. Benedict is also concerned that the elimination of some bus stops has impacted the blind and mobility disabled population.
MPO Planning Agreement
The MPO Planning Agreement included in member’s packets is required by the Federal Government. The agreement spells out the relationship between CDTC, CDTA and NYSDOT. A shorter version was initially reviewed by FHWA; FHWA requested that more detail be provided. Members approved the agreement.
Air Quality Memorandum of Understanding
The Air Quality Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is an agreement between CDTC and A/GFTC. The agreement is required because the town of Moreau is in A/GFTC’s Planning area, but is in CDTC’s Air Quality Attainment area. Members approved the MOU.
CDTC does not have by-laws, but rather procedures. In updating the Prospectus, it became apparent that CDTC does not have documentation of their procedures. For example, no where is it spelled out if an alternate member counts as part of a quorum. This Committee Practices document will serve as a reference. John noted one correction on page five, item 11. CDTC’s consensus voting policies might have to be looked at once the new Federal transportation Bill is passed; early drafts are suggesting that MPOs look at proportional voting. Members approved the document.
Part One of the Prospectus describes CDTC’s Planning approach and is posted on CDTC’s website. Part two is an expanded version of the MPO Agreement and Committee practices and will be posted on CDTC’s website now that they are approved. Part 3 will be a brief description of CDTC’s planning commitments, potential new areas of activity and financial prospects. The final document will be reviewed by the board for adoption in March or June.
2010-15 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Status of TIP Update
The last full TIP solicitation was conducted in 2002. Although funding targets are up in the air, $100M is the placeholder value for projects. Eighty-three projects were submitted as candidates by the area municipalities, NYSDOT and CDTA. Staff will evaluate the candidate projects and provide an opportunity for the Planning Committee to review the evaluations in early January. A second Planning Committee meeting in January is scheduled to start to build the new program of projects. Interim TIP products will be posted on CDTC’s website.
Federal Funding Update
Transportation reauthorization is not high on Congress’s agenda; consequently we will likely see short extensions of the current Transportation Bill. Members reviewed the ARRA report. Most of the Capital District’s projects are moving along. One of the projects in the NYSDOT Region 1 territory was the first to be approved and the first to be completed.
STATUS OF PLANNING
Terry Hurley reported that the Port received stimulus funds for phase 2 of the wharf improvements. Phase 2 has been put out to bid.
CDTA has experienced a decline in ridership since the fare was increased; however, the ridership declines have not been proportionately distributed. CDTA will analyze the ridership trends and adjust schedules.
The Albany Airport is firming up the details of a $6M stimulus project to remove runway obstructions. The Albany Airport is one of two NYS Airports to receive stimulus funding.
CDRPC is gearing up for extensive Census work. CDRPC will work with CDTC staff on some of the initiatives. CDRPC is working with Stakeholders, Inc. to develop a series of Smart growth Educational Programs for the first half of 2010. A kick-off event is scheduled for February 10th. CDRPC has submitted an application to the Foreign Trade Zone Board to reorganize their current foreign trade zone program to conform to the new Foreign Trade Zone Framework Guidelines.
CDTC staff will update the Unified Planning Work Program over the next few months. A new task will address ADA Compliance requirements as it relates to the planning process. The Saratoga County Annual Planning Conference will be held in January; CDTC and CDRPC staffs will set up a booth at the conference.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 4:40 pm. The next meeting is scheduled for 3:00 pm, Thursday March 4, 2010.
Mary E. Ivey