CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
Steve Feeney, representing
representing Michael Breslin,
Mayor of the
Terry Hurley, Albany Port District Commission
representing John O’Donnell,
Kreshik, representing Mayor Harry Tutunjian,
LaCivita, representing Supervisor Paula Mahan, Town of
Joseph Landry, Supervisor,
Michael Loftus. NYS Thruway Authority
Deirdre Rudolph, representing Mayor Gerald Jennings, City of
representing Martin Reid,
Michael Stammel. Capital District Regional Planning Commission
Linda von der Heide, representing Kathleen Jimino,
Frank Bonafide, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Jennifer Ceponis, Capital District Transportation Committee
Martin Daley, Parks and Trails
Christopher Franklin, Capital District Transportation Committee
John Grady, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Mike McCarthy, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Sree Nampoothiri, Capital District Transportation Committee
Jason Purvis, Capital District Transportation Committee
Dave Richards, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1
Chairman McDonald opened the Capital District Transportation Committee meeting at and welcomed those in attendance. Members and attendees introduced themselves.
Approval of the
Administrative & Financial Standing Subcommittee Report
reported on the A&F Standing Subcommittee meeting of
Self-Certification of CDTC’s Planning Process
David Jukins explained CDTC must annually self-certify our planning process except for the years when a formal face to face federal certification takes place. These occur every four years with FHWA and FTA staff; the last one was in 2008, the next will be in 2012. The self-certification process asks the Planning Committee and Policy Board to review and certify that CDTC is meeting the federal requirements for development and adoption of the long-range plan (New Visions), the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the UPWP (Unified Planning Work Program). It was noted that recommendations from the 2008 FHWA certification report have been completed or corrected. The Planning Committee recommends Policy Board action on the self-certification which will serve as documentation that CDTC is in compliance with SAFETEA-LU requirements. Members approved the self-certification document.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Chairman McDonald indicated that CDTC provides an opportunity for visitors to address items on the agenda. There were no comments from the floor.
PRESENTATION OF THE FRED FIELD AWARD FOR THE I-87 EXIT 6 SINGLE-POINT URBAN INTERCHANGE PROJECT
Mayor MacDonald stated there was extensive outreach for award nominations and many were received this year. He noted Fred Field provided unwavering support for CDTC; for transportation investments and services; for bipartisanship, governmental cooperation, community and regional planning and innovation. Fred represented the Capital District Regional Planning Commission on the CDTC Policy Board, serving as CDTC’s vice-chairman and chairman for many years.
To hold to Fred’s principles of fairness, responsibility, collaboration, and innovation, CDTC established this award to honor the individual, group, or project best reflecting these principles in the area of transportation and community planning, design, and implementation.
year, CDTC is pleased to honor the New York State Department of Transportation
for its successful effort in designing and building the new Exit 6 Bridge carrying
Route 7 over the Northway in the Town of
Mayor MacDonald presented the award to NYSDOT Region 1 staff, with Mike McCarthy, Engineer-in-Charge, Dave Richards, Construction Supervisor, John Grady, Regional Construction Engineer, along with Mary Ivey, Regional Director, accepting the award on behalf of NYSDOT.
introduced Martin Daley of
listed the various plans, from regional, county and local study sponsors, that
mention the benefits and desire of restoring the
Amtrak will be taking over responsibilities for the bridge in 2012 as it is a
key piece of the planned High Speed Rail network. In
concluded by saying that the Livingston Avenue Bridge coalition is growing and numerous
groups are asking that the walkway be restored when the bridge is rebuilt. It
could be a critical component in waterfront revitalization efforts in
PRESENTATION ON CDTC’S BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING PROGRAM
Jason Purvis presented information
on a Continuum of Training in Pedestrian
and Bicycle Safety for Law Enforcement,
Outline of Components, November 2011. The
goal of Capital District Transportation Committee/Capital Coexist is to provide
law enforcement agencies in the CDTC region training in enforcement for safe
bicycling and walking. Enforcement is a critical element of any successful
bicycle and pedestrian program. Law enforcement officers are the only members
of the community who can enforce laws to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety,
so they must be at the forefront of this effort and lead by example. However, most
law enforcement officers have never received any bicycle or pedestrian specific
training. WE BIKE, etc. proposes to provide law enforcement officers in the
CDTC communities with essential pedestrian and bicycle safety educational
materials and training through a planned succession of information, starting in
January 2012 with basic information to more in-depth training planned for
April/May 2012. Peter Flucke of WE BIKE has conducted this training in
2010-15 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
A. NYSDOT Capital Program Update: Region 1 Report
Jukins explained the 2010-15 TIP was developed based
on assumptions that the federal transportation program would grow; this obviously
did not occur. Dave went on to say
Region 1 staff has been working hard on reconciling issues for the program
update and will be making a presentation to the Commissioner. Frank Bonafide, NYSDOT Region 1 staff, gave a
preview stating these issues have been discussed in previous meetings here at the
CDTC table and the primary principles of the update focus on system
preservation. Frank recounted that three
years ago there was optimism about the federal program but recent events indicate
funding may stay at current levels with little hope for increases; it is likely
we will have to dial back as the current programming level is not sustainable
relative to anticipated funding. However, since we’ve collectively been
conservative, the CDTC TIP probably won’t be too bad off. One major issue is the
Dave concluded with a reminder that this will be discussed at the next Planning Committee meeting, along with the approach that will be needed for the next TIP update to start next summer.
Frank also reported Region 1 and CDTC staff met with all sponsors who currently have projects on the TIP; Region 1 then went back and balanced the program based on project status and funding targets. One problem is the current TIP/STIP does not reflect new funding targets; this will be addressed in the next TIP update. The concern is if the TIP/STIP isn’t aligned with the new funding targets, FHWA won’t release funding for projects.
question was asked about the condition of the
B. CDTC Consideration of Adjusting Programming to Match New
In terms of CDTC’s TIP, David Jukins indicated staff is working to sort things out and hopefully will have more information on funding prior to January’s Planning Committee meeting. It is anticipated few adjustments to CDTC’s TIP will be needed, but they are expected to be minor given that the program is well-managed here in Region 1.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
There were three transit amendments presented including:
A. Transit Bus Replacement/Expansion
B. NY 5 Bus Rapid Transit Stations
Carm Basile relayed that CDTA was very pleased to be win several competitive FTA grants. $10 million in grant money has been secured which needs to be reflected on the TIP. $4 million will be used to purchase 12 new buses. The $5 million for Bus Plus will effectively close out that project and fund the remaining stations, and real time information displays, etc. The third grant will enable completion of an Alternatives Analysis for the planned Washington/Western BRT. Carm also stated that CDTA’s daily ridership is the highest in 30 years, with a few days at 60,000 daily boardings; core ridership has increase this year by 12% to 14%. The recent Albany County Route Restructuring effort has resulted in compliments outnumbering complaints and initial ridership numbers show an increase on new routes. However, CDTA is currently having to dip into its reserves to operate and there will be tough decisions ahead as they must do less with less but they will do so strategically to reduce the impact. Members approved the three TIP amendments.
Frank Bonafide informed the group that this project on the Northway was SDF (State Dedicated Fund) funded and NYSDOT would now like to use IM (Interstate Maintenance) funding, as there is extra IM funding, while SDF funds are limited. Members approved this TIP amendment.
REPORT ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW TRANSPORTATION BILL: U.S. Senate’s Proposed MAP-21 Legislation
Dave Jukins described the Senate EPW (Environmental and Public Works) Committee proposal called MAP-21 which recently received bi-partisan approval with a 18 – 0 committee vote to advance it to the next step. This proposal keeps funding at roughly current levels over the next two years with a focus on the National Highway System (NHS) and a consolidation of programs, and bridge preservation and safety. The CMAQ Program would see changes, and the Transportation Enhancement Program would be eliminated with funding moved to the CMAQ program. The bill also contains a number of performance-driven criteria with which States and MPOs must comply. The bill includes an increased emphasis on freight.
STATUS OF PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION ACTIVITIES
Mike Stammel reported that CDRPC
will continue to do what it does best but there is great concern over the
NYS Thruway Authority
Mike Loftus reported that the reconstruction project is moving along well and will continue through the winter. Noise walls are going up.
Mary Ivey reported that staff has
been very involved with the Capital Program Update. The good news is that the new
Steve Iachetta reported enplanements are up over last year. The Airport received a small communities air service enhancement grant for $ 1.5 million matched. Recent safety and capacity projects at the Airport total $3 million.
Terry Hurley reported the Dock and Wharf project is almost complete. Terry thanked Region 1 staff for their hard work and assistance on the project; Mary reciprocated the compliment for Port staff.
Deb Stacey reported on Clean
Cities, which is a DOE (Department of Energy) funded program that she has been
coordinating for 9 years. A formal
re-designation session will be held at CDTC on December 15th with
participants including the Airport, CDTA, National Grid, the
Rosemary Nichols, representing the Mayor of Watervliet, asked at his request if Policy Board members could opt out of receiving paper copies of meeting materials, receiving digital copies via email instead. Mayor MacDonald said this would be explored with CDTC staff.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned
at approximately . The next meeting is scheduled for ,
Mary E. Ivey