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CDTC is soliciting for project candidates for the 2010-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The call letter provides important information related to this solicitation including available funding, the application process and the 2010-15 TIP Update schedule. To apply for federal funds, a project sponsor must provide a confirmation letter and a completed Project Justification Package, available here in PDF and MS Word formats, for each project proposal. The submission deadline is 5:00 PM on November 9, 2009 at the CDTC Offices (Directions | Map). Only mailed, faxed or hand delivered submissions will be accepted. Potential project sponsors are encouraged to attend any one of the four PJP Workshops (see below) scheduled the week of September 21, 2009. At these workshops, CDTC staff will be available to review and answer technical questions about the CDTC TIP process and the Project Justification Package. By September 21, 2009, CDTC staff will post federal aid project eligibility requirements, project screening and merit evaluation criteria and CDTC unit cost information for use by project applicants. For questions regarding this solicitation, please contact David Jukins, Deputy Director or Glenn Posca, Senior Transportation Planner of the CDTC staff at (518) 458-2161 or by email

PJP Workshops (All meetings are at 3:30PM)
    • September 21, 2009 – Saratoga County Office Building., 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY (Cornell Cooperative Extension Building) (Mapquest Map)

    • September 22, 2009 – Rensselaer County Office Building, Conference Room A – 5th Floor, 1600 7th Ave, Troy NY (Mapquest Map)

    • September 23, 2009 – CDTC Offices, One Park Place, Albany, NY (Mapquest Map)

    • September 24, 2009 – Schenectady County Public Library Main Branch, McChesney Room, 99 Clinton Street, Schenectady, NY (Mapquest Map)

Candidate Project Evaluation and Selection Process

In order to apply for federal funds, project sponsors are required to complete the Project Justification Package (PJP). An example of a completed PJP is provided for your information. Sponsors should attempt to use CDTC’s federal aid unit costs in their project cost estimates, if a cost estimate is provided.

In step 1 of the evaluation process, the information provided by sponsors is used by CDTC staff to determine if the project is federal aid eligible. CDTC maintains a list of local federal aid roads in the Capital Region, along with their condition scores, and the conditions of state roads in the 2008 State Pavement Data Report. The project then must meet CDTC’s additional screening criteria. Every project is required to meet all of the screening requirements before progressing to the next step. If a project passes the screening test, it is then categorized according to type, following the general organization of the budget categories in the New Visions 2030 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, namely:
      Transit Support
      Community Compatibility/Economic Development
      Congestion Management
      Bicycle and Pedestrian

The projects are then evaluated for merit. The results of the merit evaluations are provided to CDTC’s Planning Committee to program new projects.

CDTA had provided the following reference material: Transit Considerations, and CDTA Route Performance.

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