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 2004-05, this task will
continue to include contractual support of the Town of Colonie's FGEIS implementation in the Airport
area. A Delphus
kill area analysis of transportation impacts of anticipated development was
completed in 2003-04.
More significant, ongoing technical assistance is
programmed for Albany County in connection with its annual
contract with CDTC.
In 2004-05, 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 work will be coordinated with the Linkage
study for the NY 7 / I-87 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. This
effort is funded with Surface Transportation Program (STP) as part of the TIP
and will continue at the same level in 2004-05.
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) has also required CDTC staff
activity from this budget. A
supplemental contract with the Thruway Authority has allowed CDTC to enhance
the VISUM model for the Thruway corridor, including refined toll pricing
relationships. The progress of this
study has been slower than anticipated but CDTC’s
technical support effort is virtually complete.
The study will conclude in 2004-05.
5.57 Commuter Support
"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. 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.
5.60 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 Corridor Support
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. In 2003-04, CDTC staff contracted with ITC
for a full VISSIM microsimulation of transit priority
features for the Central Avenue TIP project A341. Traffic flow and speed and delay runs were
prepared as well, serving both the TIP project and the BRT study. Work by a Bus Rapid Transit / Street Design
Committee, Corridor Coalition and completion of the zoning effort is shown
under task 5.84.
TASK 5.63 Travel Demand Management Initiative (implementation
as TIP project)
This project is led by CDTA with CDTC staff
assistance. In June 2001, 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
received coupons towards discount fares on non-CDTA commuter bus
operations. This pilot program was evaluated
in 2001-02 and recommendations prepared for a follow-up pilot of greater depth. A new pilot was started in late 2002
requiring participants to give up their downtown parking spaces and providing
occasional-use spaces in a city lot. This
pilot also proved successful, and a celebration of the 1,000,000th
mile saved took place in 2003.
A new pilot with the large Albany downtown BID began in December 2003,
labeled “Commuter Cash.” This pilot will
last six months with the intention of leading to employer-sponsored TDM
effort. The pilot has also spurred
greater state employee interest in a permanent, employer-sponsored “Commuter
Exploration of broader coverage and additional pilot
experiments will occur in 2004-05.
TASK 5.67 Linkage
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. The many
concurrent studies and heavy reliance upon CDTC staff for the development of
consultant scopes and management of consultant contracts has led to an increase
in the staff support budget for 2004-05.
In February 2002, CDTC established an
ongoing "Community / 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 2004-05.
TASK 5.68 Pinebush Study Update (complete in 2003-04)
The draft report was
reviewed and refined in 2002-03. A final
draft will be circulated and completed before March 2004.
TASK 5.77 Hoosick Street
Integration Project (completion expected by 3/31/04)
This Linkage project developed
a plan that addresses the land use and transportation strategies identified in
a previous Hoosick Street Corridor Study on a nearly site by site basis
throughout the corridor. The proposed
plan addresses the feasibility of the identified transportation improvements
and suggests 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
Draft corridor maps and plans have been
circulated. A final report is expected
by March 2004.
TASK 5.79 McKownville Corridor Study (complete)
TASK 5.80 Malta: DISTRICT Program (complete)
5.81 Troy: Lansingburgh 112th St. Corridor Study (completion expected by 3/31/04)
The city of Troy has administered a Linkage consultant study with CDTC staff assistance
that focused on the "urban village" of a large commercial /
residential neighborhood in Lansingburgh. The study provides a detailed basis for
transportation improvement and enhancement actions, as well as for 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
Draft final report materials have been prepared. Study completion is expected by 3/31/04.
Glenville: Freeman's Bridge Road / Dutch Meadows Master Plan (to be completed by 3/31/04)
Consultant effort was completed in 2003,
but the town of Glenville and CDTC staff continue to refine
the transportation element to allow study completion. Completion by 3/31/04 is anticipated.
TASK 5.84 NY
5 Corridor Implementation Tools
For 2004-05, 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 2002-03.
TASK 5.85 Integrated
Transportation and Community Design (Statewide Shared Cost
A consultant was
selected in 2003-04 and has identified candidate highway and land use
candidates for more thorough documentation.
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. Completion in
2004-05 is expected.
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 has facilitated 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 carpooling
efforts. Work will continue during 2004-05.
TASK 5.87 City
of Albany: Mansion Neighborhood Parking Study (complete)
TASK 5.88 Town of Ballston &
Malta: Route 67 Corridor Study (carryover)
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
The schedule for this study was
delayed to allow completion of the GEIS of the Luther Technology Park. Development of the park has implications for
Route 67. Work is expected to be started
and finished in 2004-05.
TASK 5.89 Town
of Charlton: Historic Main Street Improvement Plan (complete)
TASK 5.90 Town
of East Greenbush: Routes 9 & 20 (complete)
TASK 5.91 Town of East Greenbush: NY 151 Corridor Study (completion expected by 3/31/04)
TASK 5.92 Town of
Guilderland: Fort Hunter/Carman Road Neighborhood Transportation Plan (completion expected by 3/31/04)
TASK 5.93 Village of Hoosick Falls: Pedestrian Linkage Project (complete)
TASK 5.94 City of Rensselaer: Route 20 Corridor
Study (completion expected by 3/31/04)
TASK 5.95 City of Saratoga Springs: Weibel Avenue/Gilbert Road Subarea Study (complete)
TASK 5.96 City of Schenectady: Nott Terrace/Veeder Avenue Conceptual Plan (TIP funded, complete)
TASK 5.97 Thruway Capacity Analysis Study
CDTC staff has participated as a subcontractor in technical analysis of
main line capacity issues on the New York State Thruway in the Capital
District. This effort addresses the area
from south of Albany to Exit 25A. The study is examining options for a high
speed EZ-Pass connection between the Northway and Thruway southbound among
other subjects. Completion is expected
TASK 5.98 North Greenbush I-90 Exit 8 Connector Land Use Study (carryover)
TIP Project R173, I-90 Exit 8 Connector Phase 2:ITS
Demonstration, is listed in the New Visions long-range regional transportation
plan under the category of community enhancement/regional economic
development. The MIS/EPP for this
project was adopted by CDTC in December 1999.
Since that time, work on this project continues and involves development
of alternative arterial designs and a draft Environmental Impact
As work has progressed, it has been apparent to NYSDOT, Town, County
and CDTC staffs that a more clearly town-articulated land use vision for this
important area would be beneficial in assuring that the investment to be made
in this corridor is preserved and enhanced.
To accomplish this, NYSDOT and CDTC approached the Town with a proposal
to use a portion of the available demo funds to support a town-lead land use
planning study that would explore land use alternatives and access arrangements
within the area around the proposed connector.
Funding was obtained by shifting a portion of monies already secured for
construction into the preliminary engineering category. This Town-directed planning study can proceed
in parallel to the environmental analysis and other work being progressed for
the I-90 Exit 8 Phase II Connector.
began in 2003-04 and will be completed in 2004-05.
TASK 5.99 Balltown Road Linear Capacity and Land
Use Refinement Study, Niskayuna and Clifton Park (rolled back into TIP
As part of the 2003-08 TIP update, CDTC chose to undertake a visioning
/capacity/access management/ land use planning
study with the two towns as part of the UPWP.
This $100,000 activity was to be funded with TIP funds to support the
eventual design process for the phase 2 work.
Further discussions have identified that the project development
process must cover the geographic area of both phase 1 (Rexford bridge and
approaches) and phase 2 (Glenridge Rd. to River Rd.). In addition, the town of Clifton Park has initiated a
$250,000 GEIS of the western part of the town.
As a result, the $100,000 reserved for the land use visioning effort
(as part of the UPWP) will be folded back into the TIP project development with
the express purpose of supporting a rigorous Context Sensitive Solutions
TASK 5.01 City
of Albany: Arbor Hill Gateway Planning Study (carryover)
CDTC will assist the City of Albany with a consultant study to
develop an attractive and pedestrian-friendly gateway for the Arbor Hill
neighborhood at the intersection of Henry Johnson Boulevard and Livingston Avenue. The plan will recommend pedestrian, transit
and/or access management improvements to enhance the safety, comfort and
mobility of people passing through the intersection. It will address the reuse of a vacant
commercial site at the northwest corner as open space or infill
development. It will also recommend
signature elements to immediately communicate to travelers their entry into the
Arbor Hill neighborhood and the historical and cultural significance of the
place. These elements could take the
form of signage, lighting, public art, street trees and/or street
furnishings. Finally, the plan will
provide guidance on any future City/State collaboration to reconfigure the
Status: scope under development
Total: $20,000 ($15,000 federal, $5,000 local cash match)
TASK 5.02 Town
of Colonie: Route 7 Corridor Study (carryover)
CDTC will assist the Town of Colonie with a consultant study
that will build upon the land use and transportation plan for the Route 7
Corridor (form Vly Road to Exit 6) that was
developed under the 1991 Airport Area Final Generic Environmental Impact
Statement (FGEIS). The study will
examine the remaining land use opportunities in the corridor to better define
arterial management actions for Route 7 and to help define a vision for the
corridor’s function and role. The study
will also identify land use design options that will help the transportation
system in the future, knowing that Route 7 will remain as a five-lane cross
section. The study will also build from
the New York State Department of Transportation’s work in conjunction with the
Exit 6 interchange design. Some of the
objectives of this study are to:
- Collect current traffic volumes to gauge
progress of the FGEIS plan.
- Identify existing and projected development
- Develop a vision of the corridor function.
- Develop zoning and regulatory tools to achieve
- Develop a visual representation of street cross
section and site design.
Status: scope under development.
Total: $80,000 ($40,000 federal, $40,000 local cash match). Additional CDTC Staff Technical Assistance:
TASK 5.03 Village
of Colonie: Streetscape Guidelines and Architectural
Design Standards (carryover)
CDTC will assist the Village of Colonie with a consultant study to
develop Village wide streetscape guidelines and architectural design
standards. Project activities will
include an environmental survey, community meetings to develop a vision for the
Village, and the development of a document containing the recommendations made
in public meetings and the streetscape and architectural design concepts for
the Village. The public will be heavily
involved in all aspects of the study including project scoping, “hands-on”
design charettes or other public meetings, and
development of recommended design standards and guidelines. This would be a continuation of the planning
process already started in the Village through the development of its Master
Status: scope to be developed.
Total: $25,000 ($18,750 federal, $6,250 local cash match)
TASK 5.04 Town
of East Greenbush: Route 4 Transportation/Land Use Master Plan (carryover)
CDTC will assist the Town of East Greenbush with a significant staff
effort to address the present and future transportation needs of the Route 4
corridor from the North Greenbush Town line to the intersection with Rtes 9 & 20. Additional consultant support will be
requested as needed. The area is
experiencing considerable growth and a long-range plan must be developed. A number of traffic studies have been
conducted over the last couple of years for the individual developments
indicating that there is an existing problem.
A long range solution is not within the scope of the proposed
development. Through this plan, the
completed studies will be brought together in order to support the development
of a long-range plan and solution for the area.
Status: scope to be developed
Technical Assistance: $50,000
Total: $25,000 ($18,750 federal, $6,250 local cash match)
TASK 5.05 The
Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson Valley, Inc.: Hudson River Valley Greenway
Trail – Rensselaer County (carryover)
CDTC will assist the Greenway Conservancy with a consultant study to
analyze potential route alternatives for the development of a bicycle and
pedestrian trail along or near the Hudson River in Rensselaer County. The proposed trail would begin at the Livingston Avenue Bridge in the City of Rensselaer and would end at the Uncle
Sam Bikeway (between 7th and 8th Street and Middleburgh Street) in the City of Troy. The analysis will include an environmental
assessment (audit) of the corridor, existing conditions and current land-uses
in the corridor, tax parcel information, route constraints, conceptual designs
and drawings, photos and maps of the proposed route, estimated costs of
building the trail (paved or cinder dust) and the estimated timeframe if
construction were to occur. Linkages to
other ongoing trail development efforts in Rensselaer County will also be
considered. Public outreach will be a
Status: Proposals received January 2004. Consultant to be selected
and under contract by 3/31/04.
Total: $20,000 ($10,000 federal, $10,000 local cash match)
TASK 5.06 Town
of Halfmoon: Halfmoon Center Roadway Improvement Study (carryover)
CDTC will assist the Town of Halfmoon with a consultant study to
further develop the concept of a mixed-use “Town Center” as identified in the
Town’s Draft Comprehensive Plan. The
success of the “Town Center” concept hinges on the
relationship between land use and transportation, both motorized and
non-motorized. The study will include:
- Review of aerial mapping and physical resource
mapping of the area.
- Field reconnaissance to verify existing
physical elements and development conditions in the area.
- Identification of alternatives for location and
geometry of the connector roads and the reconstructed roadways.
- Identification of alternatives for improved and
increased opportunities for non-vehicular elements to be incorporated into
the roadway improvement plan.
- Review of existing land use and potential
changes in land use opportunities as a result of the roadway improvements.
- Development of an overall plan for funding the
Status: Scope under development.
Total: $66,500 ($49,875 federal, $16,625 local cash match)
CDTC Staff Technical Assistance: $5,000
TASK 5.07 Town
of Rotterdam: Route 7, I-88, NYS Thruway Exit 25A Land Use & Transportation Study (carryover)
CDTC will assist the Town of Rotterdam with a consultant study to
develop a Land Use and Transportation Management Plan for the
industrial/commercial area in the vicinity of NYS Thruway Exit 25A. Although limited development currently
exists, there has been a great deal of interest from developers due to its
strategic geographic location, the availability of municipal services and the
installation of sanitary sewer service in the next five years. The planning study would develop access
management and driveway consolidation plans for the area as well as zoning and
subdivision regulations that will better integrate transportation and land
use. The goal is to contribute to the
development of new economic opportunities while avoiding the common pitfalls
that occur with poorly designed developments and poorly crafted zoning
Status: Consultant selected January 2004. Work to commence by 2/1/04.
Total: $25,000 ($18,750 federal, $6,250 local cash match)
TASK 5.08 W. Haywood Burns Environmental Education Center, Inc.: Patroon Greenway Trail Project (carryover)
CDTC will assist the W. Haywood Burns Center with a consultant study to
evaluate the feasibility of a bicycle/pedestrian trail between Rensselaer Lake in the Albany Pine Bush and
the Corning Preserve in the City of Albany. The proposed trail will follow along the Patroon Creek and would connect to the Mohawk-Hudson
Bike-Hike Trail which begins in Albany. The study will include the development of a
trail base map, photographic inventory of trail opportunities or constraints,
tax parcel inventory, an investigation of a trail crossing over Central Avenue (NY 5) and an investigation
of the type and number of potential trail users.
Status: Proposals received January 2004. Consultant to be selected
and under contract by 3/31/04.
Total: $24,000 ($24,000 federal, waive of local match as the Center is a
TASK 5.09 Fifth Year Linkage Program Reserve
CDTC intends to continue the successful Community and Transportation
Linkage Planning Program with a solicitation for new studies in 2004. The solicitation has been delayed due to the delay
in approval of the TEA-21 Reauthorization and to allow existing Linkage studies
to move forward. CDTC has chosen to wait
to determine if a better sense of the scale and focus of the fifth year program
will emerge by spring. In the meantime,
interest has been determined from a canvass of local municipalities; the demand
is easily as great as for previous years.
tentatively reserved $200,000 in FHWA PL funds to support the fifth