[s1]CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
December 2, 2010
Carm Basile, Capital District Transportation Authority
Sarah Crowell, representing Mayor Daniel Dwyer, City of
Michael Franchini, representing Michael Breslin, Albany County
Mayor James Gaughan, Village of Altamont
Terry Hurley, Albany Port District Commission
Steve Iachetta, representing John O, Donnell, Albany County
Mary Ivey, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1, Secretary
Andrew Kreshik, representing Mayor Harry Tutunjian, City of Troy
Joseph LaCivita, representing Paula Mahan, Town of Colonie
Mayor John T. McDonald
representing Mayor Michael Manning, City of
Joe Rich, Federal Highway Administration
Deidre Rudolph, representing Mayor Gerald Jennings, City of
representing William Rinaldi, NYS Thruway
Linda von der Heide, representing Kathleen Jimino, Rensselaer
Tom Werner, Saratoga County
Rob Cherry, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Maria Chau, Federal Highway Administration
Jim Digioia, Interested Citizen
David Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee
Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee
Christopher O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee
John Poorman, Capital District Transportation Committee
Chairman McDonald opened the Capital District Transportation Committee meeting at 3:05 pm and welcomed those in attendance. Members and attendees introduced themselves.
Approval of the September 2, 2010 Meeting Minutes
The September 2, 2010 meeting minutes were accepted as written.
Administrative & Financial Standing Subcommittee Report
The A&F Standing Subcommittee has not met since the last Policy Board meeting. A meeting is scheduled for later this month. The A&F will review the 2009-10 Audit Report, review the draft policy for CDTC’s use of social media and will make recommendations regarding CDTC’s 2011 Staffing Plan.
Appointment of the 2011 Nominating Subcommittee
It is the responsibility of the Board chairman to appoint the nominating subcommittee. Tom Werner, Mary Ivey, Carmino Basile, Mike Breslin and Kathy Jimino were appointed to the nominating subcommittee.
The nominating subcommittee will meet in February 2011 to discuss nominations for Policy Board action in March regarding:
• officers for 2011-12
• town and village at-large members on the policy board
• town and village at-large members on the planning committee.
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.
PRESENTATION —ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Joe Rich from FHWA attended the meeting and presented a PowerPoint on Energy Efficiency and Climate Change. This PowerPoint summarized some of the items that were published in a FHWA report that Joe authored, entitled, A Federal Scan of Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Activities. Joe noted that some people do not believe in the relationship between Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Global Warming, but noted that FHWA and NYS both believe in the relationship. Joe provided some interesting statistics regarding New York State’s reliance on foreign fuel sources and on greenhouse gas emissions. The Scan found that State and local agencies in New York are actively involved in pursuing energy efficiency and conservation, reducing reliance on fossil fuel and reducing the carbon footprint. Additional information was provided about a wide variety of measures and programs that affect greenhouse gas emissions, such as smart growth, cap and trade incentives and disincentives, the NYS Smart Growth Act, and the Governors initiative to reduce greenhouse gases by 80% by 2050. The entire report will be posted on CDTC’s website.
An update of the New Visions Plan will be needed by October 2011. This short time frame will not allow an in-depth, comprehensive update to the plan. Chris O’Neill briefly outlined the proposed approach for meeting the update deadline. CDTC staff proposes that CDTC pursue a maintenance plan update consisting of staff work to produce brief status reports on all key aspects of the New Visions 2030 Plan; opportunities for Planning and Policy members and other interested parties to comment on the assessments and contribute ideas for consideration in scoping out the subsequent plan update; extension of the horizon and conformity determination, and adoption. Members approved the proposed approach for updating the New Visions Plan.
2007-12 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
T9 Facility Improvements
CDTA submitted two applications for Earmarks for roof replacement at the Albany Bus Garage. CDTA was successful, with the help of Congressman Paul Tonko, in receiving funding. CDTA is working with NYSERDA to install “green” infrastructure. Members approved the amendment as presented.
An update of the Capital District Air Quality Conformity determination is required because a project in the City of Amsterdam has been determined to be non-exempt for the purpose of transportation/air quality conformity. Chris O’Neill stated that although Montgomery County is outside the CDTC Planning area, it is part of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metropolitan non-attainment area for the 8-hour ozone standard. Chris will prepare a revised Conformity determination in December. Given the timing, CDTC staff requests that the Policy Board give authorization to the Planning Committee to approve the revised Conformity Document. A thirty day public review period is required, which would commence on January 5th after the Planning Committee meets. Policy Board members approved this approach to revising the Conformity document.
STATUS REPORT ON FINANCIAL PROSPECTS
A copy of the letter that Stanley Gee wrote to Senator Gillabrand and Senator Schumer and a copy of a summary of the Thomas DiNapoili report entitled, Planning for the Long Term: Capital Spending reform in NYS were distributed to members. The current extension of the SAFETEA-LU legislation expires at midnight on December 3rd. If this bill is not extended again, the federal funding that provides the backbone for maintaining and improving New York State’s highways, bridges and transit systems will cease. Discussion centered on the federal gas tax, state dedicated fund issues, the deficit reduction commission, and the highway trust fund.
STATUS REPORTS ON MAJOR CAPITAL
Tiger II Grants — TIGER II awards were announced recently. $600 million was available nationally; two NYS projects were funded totaling $26 million (Niagara Falls Train Station and Bronx Intermodal Station)
HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant — Todd Fabozzi reported that despite an excellent application, with 11 project partners, the Capital Region’s application to HUD was not approved for funding. About 40 applications were funded nationwide out of 260 applications submitted. CDRPC scheduled an exit interview with HUD which will be held on December 3rd. Feedback gained at the exit interview should help strengthen the application in the event of a second round of funding.
Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP)/Safe Routes To School — CDTC staff worked with the NYSDOT Main Office and the other NYS MPOs to iron out the evaluation process for the TEP program. As a result, one ranked list will be submitted for the region. It is anticipated that a TEP solicitation for funding will be advertised in early 2011. Solicitations for the Safe Routes to School Program will likely be advertised in 2012.
Patroon Island Bridge — NYSDOT reported that the project scoping report will be circulated shortly. The report will indicate that rehabilitation is preferred over replacement as it will cost about one third the cost of replacing the bridge. John Poorman noted that the scoping document was directly related to the NYSDOT sponsored Hudson River Crossing Study corroborating the positive relationship between planning and implementation.
Livingston Avenue Bridge — Scoping has begun with NYSDOT taking the lead, even though NYSDOT does not own the bridge. CDTC, the cities of Albany and Rensselaer, NYSDOT and others have stressed the importance of reinstituting bicycle and pedestrian access on the bridge.
High Speed Rail — Chris O’Neill and David Jukins represent CDTC on the Empire Corridor Committee which is looking at High Speed Rail in NYS. Two million dollars is earmarked for a study to look at options for the entire Empire Corridor.
Erie Mohawk Corridor — NYSDOT is sponsoring a study to investigate multi modal issues and concerns, including highway access, freight, passenger rail, transit and trails along the Erie Mohawk Corridor, from Massachusetts to Buffalo. This study will be coordinated with the High Speed Rail Study to avoid duplication of effort. Chris O’Neill represents CDTC on the study advisory committee.
STATUS OF PLANNING
CDTA recently completed another round of service
consolidations. Bus Rapid Transit, or
BusPlus, is on target to begin on April 3, 2011. BusPlus stations are being erected along the
NYSDOT has been dealing with the impact of losing a large portion of their workforce due to the retirement incentive and layoffs. Some restructuring will take place. Eighteen of the 23 Capital District ARRA projects are complete, three are nearly complete.
Albany Airport Authority
The Airport just completed a $3.5M job in asphalt rehabilitation; another $3.5M asphalt rehabilitation project will commence in the Spring.
Albany Port Authority
Maritime volume has increased the last two quarters. The Port is gearing up for a marked increase in volume in 2011 do to increased grain production. The Dock and Wharf improvements will be complete by June 2011.
Project applications for the 2011-12 Linkage program are due on December 17th. The emphasis for this round of Linkage Studies is on implementation. The I-87/US 9 Integrated Corridor Planning Study should begin shortly (the contract with the consultant has recently been signed). PB America was chosen as the consultant team for the project.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 4:30 pm. The next meeting is scheduled for 3:00 pm, Thursday March 3, 2011.
Mary E. Ivey