IV. IMPLEMENTATION PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING
TASK 4.07 ADA / Human Service Agency Transportation Options/ Special Transportation
CDTC staff continues to work with the Access Transit staff and county agencies to assure success of the brokerage options. CDTC and CDTA staff will continue in 2001-02 to seek additional brokerage opportunities in other service areas.
CDTC continues to assist CDTA in its development of several related initiatives, including a the initiation of a regional program for state funds (Transportation Assistance to Needy Families) and the federal Jobs Access / Reverse Commute program. These efforts will continue.
TASK 4.17 Arterial Management Planning
CDTC staff presented CDTC's arterial management approach at a TRB conference on access management in August 2001. Other formal arterial management efforts were modest during 2000-01. Staff expects to revisit various CDTC arterial management guidelines in 2001-02, including 'standards' for arterial capacity and levels-of-service. Additionally, work will begin on an urban arterial version of the "level of compatibility" indices developed in 1995 for suburban settings.
NYSDOT and CDTC, along with CDTA, the NYSTA and other major players, will pursue the development of a "regional architecture" for the Capital District ITS deployment. A regional architecture essentially describes the operational and data-sharing needs of the ITS system in a "plug and play" style. That is, what elements of inter-relationship among the various ITS operators and data users are essential so that the development of the region's ITS system provides for the ability to easily make those connections.
A major element of this architecture development from CDTC's perspective is defining the methods for regular or continuous feedback from operational data to the planning process. One initial effort will be a CDTC staff effort to analyze frequency, duration and cost of freeway incidents by type and relate this information to traffic volumes. This will provide a locally-calibrated, advanced algorithm for use in CDTC's STEP model.
Additionally, a key CDTC contribution will be outreach to other stakeholders, including coordination with NYSDOT's Rural ITS initiative.
TASK 4.62 Transit Operations Planning/ Transit Service Standards
Further development of best bus concepts will continue in 2001-02. The further articulation of an early implementation "full build" scenario for Bus Rapid Transit in the NY5 corridor will take place in 2001-02; an "incremental build" scenario is funded in the 2001-06 TIP and will be progressed as well.
CDTA's activities for the Transit Service Standards study will be conducted as part of this task.
TASK 4.67 Bikeway / Pedestrian Facility Planning
The Bike and Pedestrian Transportation Task Force remained active during 2000-2001. Activities and products included contribution to CDTC's Bike and Pedestrian Spot Improvement program and CDTC's review of TEA-21 "Second Chance" Enhancement proposals. Programming results included $300,000 in spot improvements and $2,000,000 in "Second Chance" enhancement projects.
Staff completed work on a revised Hudson-Mohawk Bikeway map and published and distributed the updated map. GIS-based development of a regional bike / trails facilities map. Interest in a regional logo was confirmed and a competitive approach to designing the new logo initiated. CDTC intends a public outreach effort (primarily to schools) to engage children in the design of the regional bikeway logo. Funds are included for professional graphics design work based on winning designs from school kids.
Under this task heading, CDTC staff will continue to offer community assistance related to bike and pedestrian planning issues, including the broader category of "traffic calming" options. A series of “roadshows” on bike and pedestrian planning and law enforcement issues started in 1997 in Bethlehem. Work with an ongoing traffic safety committee in the town may serve as a model for activity with other towns. Additionally, CDTC has increased its cooperative work with county traffic safety committees and the Governor's Traffic Safety Board to coordinate attention on bike and pedestrian safety issues.
TASK 4.83 Saratoga Springs Truck Circulation Study (state funded, completed in 2000-01)
TASK 4.84 South Troy Waterfront Study (TCSP funded, completed in 2000-01)
TASK 4.85 Staffing for the Transportation Management Center (TIP funded)
NYSDOT opened the regional Transportation Management Center in July 1999. To provide for supplemental staffing (weekends and holidays, for example), CDTA is serving as the employer for part-time staff, being reimbursed through the CMAQ-funded TIP project RG37. This task was added by amendment to the 1998-99 UPWP because NYSDOT is using the existing NYSDOT-CDTA agreement for MPO hosting as the contract vehicle. (The contract references UPWP approval.) The effort is expected to continue in 2001-02 at the $20,000 annual level.
TASK 4.72 TIP Project Planning and Development Work (TIP funded)
NYSDOT continues project planning and development work for a number of projects on the CDTC TIP. This work will define the range of feasible alternatives to be considered in preliminary engineering, based on traffic operations, cost, and ROW impacts. Among the projects being studied are the Albany County Airport area projects (I-87 Exit 3/4, Wolf Road/ASR intersections), I-90 reconstruction projects and the Route 7 corridor projects in Rotterdam (I-890/I-90 Thruway Exit 25 area, intersections at Route 146 and Five Corners, traffic operations in the corridor). NYSDOT is also working to package corridor and project information developed by CDTC staff (in past UPWPs) into documents acceptable for use in NYSDOT's preliminary engineering process. This includes the Balltown Road, Route 50, and Everett Road corridors. Significant progress in many of these projects has been achieved, but work will continue in 2001-02.
TASK 4.74 Pinebush Environmental Study (TIP funded, completed in 2000-01)
Follow-up effort will occur both in the Pinebush update task and in further TIP-funded scoping work.
TASK 4.97 TIP Development, Monitoring and Update
In February 2001, CDTC placed the full TIP with project listings onto its web site. Along with a clickable, GIS-based map, the web site allows direct access to current TIP listings (including all project amendments since the publication of the TIP document). Web access was enhanced in 2000-01 to include preliminary listings of the 2001-06 TIP during its development process.
Release of the draft 2001-06 TIP for public review is scheduled for March 2001. Adoption is set for May 2001 allowing incorporation into a new State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Other activity during the year will include monitoring and amendments and prioritization of submissions for the second round of the TEA-21 Enhancement Program.