V. PROVISION OF SERVICES
TASK 5.51, 5.52 Provision of Services
This task continues with a scope similar to that shown
in the past. CDTC staff provides a significant amount of technical
assistance to members and other local agencies under Task 5.51 (and to other
parties through Task 5.52, Provision of Community Services) annually, as shown
in CDTC's extensive quarterly report documentation of
this work. In 2002-03, this task will
continue to include contractual support of the Town of Colonie's FGEIS implementation in the Airport
area. More significant, ongoing technical assistance is programmed for Albany County in connection with its annual
contract with CDTC.
In 2002-03, CDTC will continue to work
with the town of Colonie and Albany County to refine the GEIS statement of
findings to ensure consistency with the current implementation plan. The town is still considering conducting a
supplemental GEIS in 2002-03 for the NY 7 / I-87 area due to the number of
active, large development projects in the area.
TASK 5.61 Project Development Support (TIP funded)
CDTC staff continues to assist NYSDOT Region 1 in an
ongoing fashion in developing traffic forecasts and other material for project
development and design purposes.
Specific support ranges from analysis of maintenance of traffic plans
related to bridge or lane closures to sketch analysis of traffic diversions
from alternative highway routings. The
Exit 3/ 4 interchange project, I-90 reconstruction projects, the I-87 Exit 12
bridge project, the I-90 access Phase 2 project and similar needs dominated NYSDOT's requests for CDTC technical assistance in
2001-2002. This effort is funded with
Surface Transportation Program (STP) as part of the TIP and will continue at
the same level in 2002-03.
Cooperative support of the NYS Thruway Authority's plans
to study capacity issues between exit 23 and 26 (including a potential high
speed connection between the Northway and Thruway) will also require CDTC staff
activity from this budget. A
supplemental contract with the Thruway Authority will allow CDTC to enhance the
VISUM model for the Thruway corridor, including refined toll pricing relationships.
5.57 Commuter Support Services
"Guaranteed Ride Home" program and Commuter Register program will
continue. As a pilot program, the
Guaranteed Ride Home program was enhanced by engaging Access Transit to broker
taxi services for NYSDEC carpool and non-CDTA bus users. For 2002-03, CDTC plans to offer the brokered
guaranteed rides to all GRH participants.
CDTC will continually improve the Internet capabilities of the Commuter
Register, provide paper copies as requested and seek employer access for publicity. Publicity and promotion of the Commuter
Register and Guaranteed Ride Home programs will be coordinated with major
overtures to NYSDEC and other downtown Albany employers. Ongoing telephone surveys of listers will continue; this survey has provided CDTC with a
long (ten+ year) time series of data regarding success rates, and the nature
and duration of carpools.
5.58 Site Impact Analysis and
Review Handbook (deferred)
This initiative has been carried by CDTC for many years,
but has been deferred to allow other activities to proceed. It is now deferred indefinitely until
stronger member or staff desire for the product is determined. The New Visions 2030 effort may rekindle
interest in the effort.
5.60 Public Transit Planning
CDTC staff will be continue to be
active in assisting CDTA and its consultants in exploring alternative ways of
implementing the New Visions recommendations.
5.62 NY 5 Study
The NY 5 Land Use and Transportation Concepts Plan was completed in 2001, culminating in adoption by CDTC in
October. Additionally, each of the five
corridor municipalities endorsed the study recommendations by resolution, and
pledged to work with CDTC, NYSDOT and CDTA on implementation activities. For 2002-03, implementation activities will
include regular meetings of a NY 5 Corridor Coalition; work by a Bus Rapid
Transit / Street Design Committee; and completion of the zoning effort begun in
2001-02 under task 5.84.
TASK 5.63 Travel Demand Management Initiative (implementation
as TIP project)
This project is currently led by CDTA with CDTC staff
assistance. In 2001-02, a key milestone
was reached through the agreement of NYSDEC and its labor unions to participate
in a transit incentive program funded through the TDM project on the TIP. Approximately 80 DEC employees are currently
receiving coupons towards discount fares on non-CDTA commuter bus
operations. This pilot program will be
evaluated in 2002-03 and recommendations prepared for a follow-up pilot of
greater depth and/or broader coverage.
The current pilot is the first to demonstrate the ability to incorporate
employee TDM incentives into parking plans for a state work site.
TASK 5.64 Public
Relations Training for Implementing Agencies (carryover)
with NYSDOT Region 1 and NYSDOT Main Office training staff are steering this
effort toward the concept of two, two-day training workshops for NYSDOT Region
1 Design staff and other CDTC participants.
A leading candidate for the training is a program offered by ASCE, which
can be tailored to local conditions. The
objective would be to advance the state of the practice in the Capital Region
regarding Context Sensitive Solutions and related public involvement and
TASK 5.67 Linkage Program
This task supports staff activity on a
number of Linkage Program projects that do not involve direct CDTC technical
work. Activity under this category
includes work with project sponsors to develop requests for proposal, evaluate
proposals, select consultants, develop contracts, participate in study advisory
committees, monitor work progress and solicit and evaluate proposals for future
Linkage Program projects.
In February 2002, CDTC established an
/ Transportation Planning Group" to meet regularly and
review progress on the many Linkage and related local planning efforts. This group will continue to meet in 2002-03.
TASK 5.68 Pinebush Study Update
In 2001-02 Albany County completed traffic counts to
provide a new database for the analysis.
Much of the CDTC staff effort has revolved around an exploration of the
dynamics in the study area that has allowed the previously-traffic-congested
area to absorb millions of square feet of development without experiencing complete
highway system failure. The update is
addressing all changes since the completion of the 1985 study and will develop
new findings, alternatives, and recommendations to address the transportation
issues within the project area. The
study may help to develop a consensus among all of the municipalities and
interested parties in the area so that the conflicts that arise in addressing
transportation issues may be reduced.
The study will be completed in 2002-03.
TASK 5.70 Schenectady
Bike Master Plan/ Urban Bike Guidelines (complete)
TASK 5.71 I-787
Truck Route Assessment
A draft report was prepared
in February 2002. This task will be
completed by March or April 2002.
TASK 5.73 Central-State Street Plan
The effort is intended to
create a plan for the Central State Street Neighborhood (north of State Street) that examines land use,
demographics, economics, and pedestrian and traffic circulation. The project will be modeled after the Route 5
Corridor Study and the recently completed Vale Neighborhood Plan. The plan will
include recommendations for land use, transportation, and streetscape
improvements that will lead to stabilization and revitalization of the
neighborhood. The recommendations will
also be used as a model for similar neighborhoods within the City.
During 2000-01, amendments
were made to the UPWP and the 1999-04 TIP to incorporate this work into project
S121 (State Street from Furman St. to Fehr Ave.) as a TIP-funded
element. Consultant effort on this study
began in January 2001 and will be completed in 2002-03.
TASK 5.74 Glenville Town Center Master Plan
The goal of this study is to
create a Town Center Master Plan as called for in the Town of Glenville
Comprehensive Plan (1990).
The Town Center is defined as the area
around the intersection of Glenridge Road at NY 50. The study will include an analysis of
existing conditions and identification of design solutions, which will respond
to future growth in the NY 50 corridor, sewer expansion, and possible expansion
of the road network. The resulting plan
will provide the Town with guidance on such issues as transportation (including
bicycles, pedestrians, and transit), land use, community open space with park
system connections, infrastructure, and urban design improvements.
A consultant was retained in
late 2000 and initial inventory and "visioning" exercises were held
with a steering committee in February 2001.
The study will be completed in 2002-03.
TASK 5.75 Albany Intermodal Center
Planning Study / North Albany
This Linkage project was
initially intended to identify the best location for an Albany Intermodal Center. During 2002-03, the effort was combined with
a NYS Department of State funded planning effort to revitalize the North Albany waterfront area. The combined study will explore short- and
long-range development futures for the 60-acre site. In this broader context, the study will
identify location options, provide details on access to/from the site for
trains, buses, automobiles, bicycles, watercraft and pedestrians, and will lead
to a development plan with phasing options.
The study will also explore the market potential for reuse of a vacant
industrial building known as the Central Warehouse. The facility would aid in the revitalization
of the north end of Albany, provide improved access to
jobs, services, and trade centers, and will lead to job creation.
A consultant was selected in
late 2000. A draft report was prepared
in February 2002. The study will be
completed in 2002-03.
TASK 5.76 Route
470 Linkage Project, Cohoes
This Linkage project
provided for a planning study of the Route 470 Corridor between the
intersection of Columbia Street/Central Avenue and the terminus of Ontario Street at the Cohoes-Troy Bridge. The study focuses on assessing the land use
and transportation conditions/impacts of the arterial and complement
redevelopment efforts in the North Mohawk Street corridor. The study
considers the market potential of various sites in the corridor, transportation
improvements to support the possible land uses, enhancements to support
transit, pedestrian, and bicycle access, traffic mitigation strategies, and
at-grade rail crossing condition.
The consultant anticipates
that the study will be concluded in early 2002.
TASK 5.77 Hoosick Street
This Linkage project will
develop a plan that addresses the land use and transportation strategies
identified in the recent Clough Harbour Hoosick
Street Corridor Study on a nearly site by site basis throughout the corridor. This will provide a greater level of detail
than the original corridor study that identified strategies for three
generalized planning areas. The proposed
plan will validate the feasibility of the identified transportation
improvements and implement land use controls to facilitate and complement
them. It will also provide Troy with the necessary guidance
to ensure that developers and potential redevelopers are aware of the
recommended strategies for the corridor and that they are implemented in a coherent
This project has not been initiated as of
February 2002. It is expected that a
consultant will be retained and the study completed during 2002-03.
TASK 5.78 Downtown
Parking Strategies Study (completed)
TASK 5.79 McKownville Corridor Study
The town of Guilderland (with CDTC's
assistance) is progressing a Linkage planning study of
the McKownville area of the town. The study seeks to address the pedestrian
environment, transit access, streetscape beautification and access management
along Western Avenue and adjacent
neighborhoods. The study seeks to
identify design and cost estimates of desired improvements such as
rehabilitating and extending the sidewalk system. The study is a follow-up to the town's draft
Comprehensive Plan. The study's cost is
$40,000 ($20,000 federal, $20,000 local).
The consultant began work in early 2002 and expects to complete the
project by the end of the year.
TASK 5.80 Malta: DISTRICT Program
CDTC is assisting the town of Malta with a Linkage consultant
study that will identify ways to improve and facilitate pedestrian, bicycle and
traffic movement within the town. The
DISTRICT program (Designing Intermodal Systems,
Traffic Regulating Infrastructure & Connecting Trails/Sidewalks) includes
1. Design Shared Driveway
Standards -- for the Downtown District and US9.
2. Develop Standards for
Parallel Access Roads -- for US9.
3. Design Sidewalk
Standards -- for incorporation into subdivision or site plan regulations,
including focus on the Downtown District.
Downtown Pedestrian Way -- a comprehensive approach
to linking various bike/ped improvements provided by
the Exit 12 project and various commercial and residential projects in the
Approximately $180,000 in local
appropriations is available to aid in implementation of the plan. A consulant was
retained in 2001 and work is underway.
The study will be completed by July 2002.
5.81 Troy: Lansingburgh 112th St. Corridor Study
The city of Troy will administer a Linkage consultant study with CDTC staff assistance
that will focus on the "urban village" of a large commercial /
residential neighborhood in Lansingburgh. The study will provide a detailed basis for
transportation improvement and enhancement actions, as well as land use
decisions to be made in the City's upcoming Comprehensive Plan and Revised
Zoning Ordinance. Focal points include:
1. Linkage to
I-787 via the 112th
St. bridge, building on Cohoes Route 470 study.
2. Access to
the Hudson River
3. 2nd Avenue Commercial Area
4. 112th St. Corridor
5. 5th Avenue Commercial Area
Proposed new residential development -- examination of new connections and
The proposed cost is $90,000 ($40,000
federal, $40,000 local for a $80,000 consultant study
supplemented by $10,000 in CDTC staff activity). An RFP will be circulated in the spring of
2002, and most of the work will be completed in 2002-03.
TASK 5.82 Glenville: Freeman's Bridge Road / Dutch Meadows Master Plan
This Linkage study will result in the
development of a comprehensive land use plan, design strategy and
transportation and open space plan for a critical growth area of the town. The study area is the southern part of the
town east of the village of Scotia, stretching from the Mohawk River to the NY50 / Freeman's Bridge Road intersection. The
need for the study stems from upcoming construction of a new road accompanying
the Wal-Mart Super Center that will open up 50 acres of land for new development, in
conjunction with sewer expansion on Freeman's Bridge Road. The town seeks a
plan that would help provide guidance on:
of intermodal options (pedestrian, bicycle, transit,
auto and watercraft)
2. Land use
options addressing sewer expansion and road network expansion
3. Creation of
public open space and potential integration into park system
of current infrastructure and recommendations for expansion
design guidelines, to include signage, landscaping and streetscaping.
The proposed cost is $40,000 ($20,000
federal, $15,000 local for a $35,000 consultant study, supplemented by $5,000
in local in-kind service). CDTC staff
will assist with the study. A consultant has been
selected and will begin work on the study in the spring of 2002, and will
complete the study during 2002-03.
TASK 5.83 Lawn
is administering the consultant contract on behalf of the Albany Housing
Authority's North Albany HOPE VI Revitalization Project. The project addresses New Visions objectives
to promote public transportation and enhance urban living through improved
transportation and pedestrian facilities.
study will focus on the intersection of Lawn Avenue and Van Rensselaer Boulevard as a primary, yet unimproved, gateway from the west into North Albany. The study will seek to craft a
design to slow speeds to a level compatible with the residential neighborhood,
provide for pedestrians, and integrate new construction at the former Edwin
Corning Homes public housing site.
study will also explore with CDTA the possibility of an east-west transit route
to implement Jobs Access and other objectives.
The total study cost is $20,000 ($10,000 federal, $10,000 local). The
consultant began work on the study in February 2002, and will complete the
study during 2002-03.
TASK 5.84 NY
5 Corridor Implementation Tools
For 2002-03, implementation
activities will include regular meetings of a NY 5 Corridor Coalition; work by
a Bus Rapid Transit/Street Design Committee; and completion of the zoning
effort begun in 2001-02.
TASK 5.85 Integrated
Transportation and Community Design (Statewide Shared Cost
Because of the
ranging "ownership" of the various issues affecting transportation
and community design, conflicts are unavoidable. Private interests may initiate development
activity that is incompatible with surrounding land uses or the transportation
system. Local officials may pursue economic
development objectives at the expense of infrastructure needs. Neighborhood residents may oppose needed and
beneficial projects. Highway project
designers may have difficulty determining how best to be sensitive to local
issues or the policies of the MPO.
would assign adequate resources to educate players regarding perspectives other
than their own and establish ongoing communication links to increase joint
ownership of issues, encourage problem-solving and
establish creative community and transportation facility design as standard
practice in New York.
A major emphasis
will be placed on documenting innovative practices and projects within New York State, supplementing
these examples with a limited number of best-practice results elsewhere. An important product will be an accessible,
attractive document to be made broadly available to transportation
professionals, elected officials and other community leaders throughout the
state. The total project cost is
$125,000 provided as a shared cost initiative of the state's twelve MPOs.
administer the consultant effort on behalf of the NYS MPO Association. An RFP will be circulated by the end of March
2002 and the study conducted during 2002-03.
A follow-up training effort of $100,000 is also programmed.
TASK 5.86 Capital District Clean Communities
In early 2001, CDTC agreed to
assume the lead role in the Capital District Clean Communities Program
previously provided by Schenectady County. With the benefit of a $20,000 grant from the
US Department of Energy through the NYS Energy Research and Development
Authority (NYSERDA), CDTC staff is facilitating the work of the regional
cooperative program. Efforts will
continue to focus on alternative fuels and provide a forum for CDTA, the Albany
County Airport Authority, local governments and private sector representatives
to explore new technologies jointly. In
addition, CDTC's involvement will assure coordination
with regional planning and programming activities, including TDM, transit and
TASK 5.87 City
of Albany: Mansion Neighborhood Parking Study (new task)
The City of Albany requests assistance in
developing a parking strategy for the Mansion Neighborhood and the Lower
Madison Avenue Commercial District. This
area is densely developed with 2-4 unit row houses and commercial uses along
narrow streets. The area has
historically faced a parking shortage for residents and in light of future
residential development, a strategy must be developed
to meet future demand. Alternatives to
be evaluated include shared use of NYS OGS parking facilities, conversion of
vacant lots to parking, use of public and private alleys for parking,
modifications to City parking prohibitions, diagonal parking and perhaps the
closure of a small street for parking.
TASK 5.88 Town of Ballston &
Malta: Route 67 Corridor Study (new task)
The Town of Ballston requested
assistance in creating a corridor management plan and a corridor vision along
Route 67 from Exit 12 of the Northway to Route 50 in the Village of Ballston Spa. The function of the transportation corridor
under current and future conditions would be analyzed by developing rough
estimates of future traffic, estimating level-of-service under alternative
system treatments and investigating design options for the corridor. Recommendations would also be made for
service road construction, driveway consolidation, driveway spacing, sidewalk
placement, bike accommodations and typical Route 67 cross-section and
intersection treatment. A visioning
exercise may also be undertaken so as to help define the function and role of
the corridor in the community's future.
The Town of Malta will also
participate, contributing $5,000 above the local funds provided by Ballston to
ensure consideration of the western edge of Malta within the
TASK 5.89 Town
of Charlton: Historic Main Street Improvement Plan (new task)
The Town of Charlton requests
assistance in developing a plan for its historic Main Street (commonly known as
Charlton Road). The goals of the plan would be to increase
traffic safety, create a more pedestrian-friendly environment, protect the
character of the historic hamlet and promote economic development.
TASK 5.90 Town
of East Greenbush: Routes 9 & 20 (new task)
The Town of East Greenbush requests assistance in looking at
possible enhancements and follow-up community planning activities to use the
current Route 9 & 20 project to better serve the community. The study area
includes the entire corridor length within the town. Activities could include exploration of
community structure, site design and access changes that foster the "Main Street" character reflected in the town's recent Enhancement
proposal. The study will be coordinated
with Task 5.94 in Rensselaer.
TASK 5.91 Town of East Greenbush: NY 151 Corridor Study (new task)
The Town of East Greenbush requests assistance for a corridor study of NY 151 (Luther Road) from Columbia High School to US 4. The areas
of concern to the Town are vehicle delays when the school opens and closes, provisions for pedestrian traffic and excessive
vehicle speed. These problems are likely
to be compounded when the YMCA opens in March 2002.
TASK 5.92 Town of
Guilderland: Fort Hunter/Carman Road Neighborhood Transportation Plan (new task)
The Town of Guilderland requests assistance in developing a traffic management and
mitigation plan for the Fort Hunter area centered on Carman Road. This area has
experienced a large amount of residential growth over the last 15 years (with
more residential development approved by the town) as well as some commercial
development, all of which have taxed the transportation system. The project will include development of
street layout and conceptual intersection improvements as well as development
of a local bike system and pedestrian facilities plan. This plan would provide support for a
public-private financing plan for transportation improvements as well as being
an integral component of an overall Generic Environmental Impact Study (GEIS)
for the area.
TASK 5.93 Village of Hoosick Falls: Pedestrian Linkage Project (new task)
The Village of Hoosick Falls requests
assistance in developing a plan to help revitalize its downtown area. Concepts would be developed for both
on-street and off-street parking, lighting improvements, pedestrian connections,
and landscaping throughout the downtown area along Route 22 in the
TASK 5.94 City of Rensselaer: Route 20 Corridor
Study (new task)
The City of Rensselaer is requesting assistance to examine the Central Business
District of the City, which is adjacent to Route 9 & 20, in order to
determine what is needed to revitalize that part of the city. The study will also look at ways the City can
capitalize on the tourism from future riverfront development and the other
potential customers that traverse Route 20 each day. The study will be coordinated with Task 5.90
in East Greenbush.
TASK 5.95 City of Saratoga Springs: Weibel Avenue/Gilbert Road Subarea Study (new task)
The City of Saratoga Springs is requesting assistance in developing community consensus
on a future vision for the Weibel
Avenue/Gilbert Road area. This area of
approximately 225 acres is largely undeveloped but is under intense development
pressure. The "vision" would
integrate land use and transportation policies consistent with the natural and
built infrastructure of the area.
Specific areas to be addressed in the study are land use mix,
circulation patterns, arterial management, street classification/character and
the overall character and pattern of future development. Design guidelines and ordinances will also be
developed to implement the preferred development character and pattern in the
TASK 5.96 City of Schenectady: Nott Terrace/Veeder Avenue Conceptual Plan (TIP funded, new task)
The City of Schenectady requests assistance in developing a streetscape concept
for the area, based on the recommendations of the Downtown Master Plan, Design
Guidelines for Special Streets. The
streetscape concept will serve as the basis for moving this project forward for
preliminary design and funding. Issues
to be addressed in the study are excessive pavement widths, narrow sidewalks,
marginal street lighting, parking and strip development.
TASK 5.97 Thruway Capacity Analysis Study:
CDTC staff will participate as a subcontractor in technical analysis of
main line capacity issues on the New York State Thruway in the Capital
District. This effort, currently being
scoped by the Thruway will address the area from south of Albany to Exit 25 A. The study will examine options for a high
speed EZ-Pass connection between the Northway and Thruway southbound among
other subjects. The study will provide
CDTC staff with the opportunity to calibrate a sophisticated pricing model
(TRIBUT) within the new VISUM modeling package.