I.† PROGRAM COORDINATION
TASK 1.51†††††††††† Committee Activities
This task covers CDTC meetings and maintenance of committee membership and structure.
TASK 1.52†††††††††† Financial Administration / AMPO Dues
Included under this item are membership dues for the
national Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations on behalf of
TASK 1.68 ††††††††† Statewide MPO Association Support
Early in 2004, the NYS MPO members will consider soliciting interest from a range of firms for the future in order to maintain fairness.
TASK 1.61†††††††††† Certification Review
The formal certification review by USDOT was conducted in late 2000.† Self-certification was complete during FFY03 (prior to October 2003) and submitted with the TIP approval in June 2003.† Formal federal certification review can be anticipated in the FFY04 period; a tentative date of March 2004 has been set for a field visit to CDTC.
TASK 1.65†††††††††† UPWP Development
The coming work program (for adoption in early 2004) was intended to move CDTC to a two-year UPWP cycle.† The two-year cycle would reduce the administrative load of UPWP development and also put the two-year TIP cycle and two-year UPWP cycle on alternate years.†
However, the lack of reauthorization of TEA-21 makes it unexpectedly challenging for a two-year UPWP development effort.† It was for this reason that CDTC has already deferred development of the coming yearís Linkage program.
Additionally, the implications of NYSDOTís transformation process are emerging slowly.† The transformation effort will result in the separation of NYSDOT into an operating and an integrating division.† Roles with regard to MPO activity have yet to be defined.† Changes to TIP development and approval triggered by the transformation are also unknowns.
For these reasons, CDTC will make plans for another one year UPWP for 2005-06.† The two-year UPWP concept would be revisited for 2006-08 (the next off-year relative to TIP development).
TASK 1.66†††††††††† DBE Plan/ Environmental Justice
Civil Rights and Environmental Justice explorations will continue to be primary areas of investigation for CDTC staff.† Environmental Justice assessments were included in TIP evaluations for the first time in the 2003-08 TIP update.
TASK 1.67 ††††††††† Prospectus Update
The need for a formal document containing all organizational, operational and work program aspects of CDTC's program in one place continues to be modest.† The "Guide to the Capital District Transportation Committee" is updated annually and has proven to be an accessible description of roles, responsibilities and policies for use with new members and the general public.† CDTC intended in 2003-04 to find the time to compile all official material into a comprehensive document to address the federal comments made in the most recent certification report.† CDTC may choose to not include a strategic five-year work program in the comprehensive document, limiting the document to roles, responsibilities, policies and procedures.† NYSDOTís current transformation effort needs to develop further before a new CDTC document is prepared; this may be in 2004-05. The multi-year work program is the most elusive piece and the coming year may not be the best time to try to resolve one;† longer-term commitments are highly influenced both by emerging issues from New Visions efforts and by the uncertain details of the TEA-21 reauthorization.