OF THE 2004-05 UPWP


Key Direction


MPO’s in New York have been working with NYSDOT for some time on the concept of two-year UPWPs.  The purpose is to reduce administrative effort and allow UPWP development and TIP development to occur on alternating 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 year’s Linkage program.


Additionally, the implications of NYSDOT’s 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 has developed only a one-year UPWP for 2004-05 and 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).


The coming year’s work effort will emphasize the following:


              Major technical effort and outreach regarding New Visions 2030 subjects

              Completion of more than a dozen current and yet-to-be-initiated Linkage studies

              Participation in, tracking of, and response to the expected TEA-21 Reauthorization

              Continuation of the development of the NY5 corridor Bus Rapid Transit concept

              A regional Transit Development Program effort

              Work with NYSDOT on its transformation effort and review of MPO roles and responsibilities as a result of the transformation

              Development of the next TIP (2005-10).



New Visions 2030


Up to seven new technical reports will be produced by CDTC and CDRPC staff.  Task Force and/or Working Group effort will involve Finance, Bike/Ped, Goods Movement, Expressway Management, Alternative Futures, Big Ticket Items, Local Planning Support, Operational Planning and other subjects.


Potential consensus positions will be identified and major policy questions articulated by 12/04, according to the current schedule.  Outreach and public involvement will be emphasized.  Coordination with the Center for Economic Growth’s significant recent recommendations will be required, along with continued participation with ARISE, the Business/Higher Education Roundtable and others.  Approval of an interim plan prior to approval of the next TIP may be required to assure air quality conformity.  (See “New Visions 2030 Status” summary from the December Planning Committee meeting.)


Linkage Program Year Five


As of January 2004, there are approximately a dozen Linkage efforts underway or about to begin.  Candidates for a fifth year of the Linkage program will be solicited in the Spring of 2004; however a budget for the program will be difficult to establish if the TEA-21 Reauthorization is not completed by that time.  (A tentative budget of $200,000 federal is shown in the UPWP). Major accomplishments for 2003-04 are headed by the number of Linkage studies completed. (See page vii for a list of completed tasks). 


TEA-21 Reauthorization


CDTC has provided information to Congress regarding needs and potential impacts of TEA-21 Reauthorization.  It is not expected that continuing contact with Congress, AMPO, NYSDOT or others directly involved in the reauthorization discussions will require much staff time in the coming year.  On the other hand, when a new act is passed, there may be considerable staff, Planning Committee and Policy Board activity.  The new act may trigger revisions to the current TIP; it will certainly be the occasion for revisiting CDTC work program and multi-year planning strategy.


NY 5 Implementation


The NY 5 Land Use and Transportation Concept Plan was adopted by CDTC as a revision to the New Visions 2021 plan in October 2001.  During 2003-04, the Bus Rapid Transit / Street Design Committee began serving as the Study Advisory Committee for a Bus Rapid Transit Conceptual Design Study.  CDTC and CDTA are jointly managing the $175,000 consultant effort to help define the BRT alignment, service design, station location and other elements for the BRT service.  The effort has included significant data collection, which will be complemented by additional data collection as part of the Transit Development Plan.


Transit Development Plan


CDTA intends to undertake a significant review of current service and development of a Transit Development Plan over a 12-18 month period.  Service guidelines will be an integral part of the plan, which will refine TIP initiatives and other transit elements of the CDTC New Visions plan.


NYSDOT Transformation


At this writing, much of the NYSDOT Transformation material is internal in nature.  As a transition to a new organization structure (integrator division and operator division) takes place, changes in NYSDOT-MPO relationships are expected.  CDTC staff and members will work with NYSDOT to help make the transition as constructive as possible.  It is also possible that the Transformation effort will lead CDTC to revisit its overall Prospectus.  The Prospectus has been due for an update for some time, but there have been few changes to participants’ roles and responsibilities to necessitate a modification to the Prospectus’ definitions.  The Transformation process may provide the reason for completing the Prospectus update.



Development of the 2005-10 TIP


CDTC is scheduled for the next TIP development effort in 2004-05.  This will include initiation in the summer of 2004, leading to distribution of a draft TIP about March 2005 and adoption in May of 2005.  In addition to dealing with typical TIP update issues, this effort will also be the STIP development to occur in the context of a “transformed” NYSDOT.  Extra lead time will be required to sort out schedules, responsibilities, and funding allocations.  The TIP update will also be affected by the TEA-21 Reauthorization status.


Safety Initiative


The schedule for this work remains uncertain, due to continue difficulties with timely access to crash data.  CDTC staff has focused on fatal crash analysis for crash records from 1995 to 2000 while awaiting completion of the NYSDOT-NYSDMV collaborative data transfer effort.


ITS Architecture and Integration


Through a TIP amendment in December 2003, NYSDOT and the Thruway Authority will be taking speed detection, system monitoring and traveler information to the next level.  Statewide ITS integration discussions will resume, incorporating elements of the established regional architecture.


The CDTC staff effort to analyze frequency, duration and cost of freeway incidents by type and relate this information to traffic volumes was again delayed due to other activities and will be picked up in 2004-05.  This will provide a locally-calibrated, advanced algorithm for use in CDTC's STEP model.


Future expressway ITS plans will be explored also by a Working Group under the New Visions 2030 effort.


STEP Model Upgrade 


To date, staff has developed and calibrated a TMODEL2-equivalent version of VISUM and is currently expanding the zonal system to the new 900-zone system established for the 2000 Census.  This phase is nearing completion, with the vendor (ITC) working to develop a postprocessor module for VISUM that replicates CDTC’s previous postprocessor.


CDTC’s experience with the micro-simulation tool, VISSIM, advanced dramatically in 2003-04 with ITC’s coding of the NY 5 corridor for the TIP project A341 and through staff training.  Advanced VISSIM applications by staff will begin in 2004-05. 


Congressional I-87 Corridor Study Earmark


This major effort is expected to finish its first phase in early 2004, with a handful of subjects receiving follow-up study.  CDTC staff and members will remain involved..


Thruway Capacity Study


CDTC staff is contributing technical assistance to the consultant study for the Thruway Authority of 20-year capacity issues in the Capital District.  The study will be completed in early 2004-05.


Other Contractual Elements


In 2004-05, CDTC will continue to host the statewide MPO association staff contract at $100,000. CDTC also holds the $125,000 contract for a statewide effort to seek to educate stakeholders and demonstrate methods of integrating community design and transportation system design.  This effort is underway and may be completed by early 2004-05.  A second phase providing statewide training will be initiated at its completion.  Additionally, approximately $600,000 in statewide resources are in reserve for joint efforts between the MPOs and NYSDOT.


Other Ongoing and Follow-up Activities


TDM, Access Transit Support:  CDTC staff will continue to assist CDTA in both expanding the regional TDM / transit pass program and in developing the Access Transit system.  The NYSDEC TDM pilot has successfully moved to a phase 2 combining transit subsidies in exchange for giving up parking privileges and access to occasional parking.  The internet-based Commuter Register program will continue.


Pavement Inventory:  2004 survey will include the every-fourth-year survey of non-federal aid roads and examination of trends and a 100% sample of Albany County roads, under contract.


Other:  Major effort will continue to be devoted to data collection, support to Albany County and the Town of Colonie and expansion of CDTC's internet information services.  Support to CDRPC's GIS efforts will continue.




















The 2004-05 UPWP involves a significant commitment of financial resources for activities by NYSDOT, CDRPC, CDTA, and the CDTC Staff .



Fund Source                                                                         Federal             State      Local             Total



FHWA % Metropolitan Planning (PL)                    $2,103,932             419,272 33,000                                                                                      2,550,204

STP Project Development tasks in UPWP                    100,000               25,000            -                                                                                         125,000

CMAQ                                                                             484,800               60,600 60,600                                                                                         606,000

2003-04 FTA Section 5303                                             40,000                 7,500    2,500                                                                                           50,000

2004-05- FTA Section 5303                                         225,705               42,320 14,107                                                                                         282,132

New FTA Section 5307                                                  640,000               80,000 80,000                                                                                          800000

Albany and Saratoga County                                                                                     35,000                                                                                           35,000

Town of Colonie                                                                                                        30,000                                                                                            30000

Municipal Linkage Funding                                                                                                                                                                             174,125             174,125

Federal Aviation Administration                                        9,000                               3,000                                                                                           12,000

Total Contract Value                                                 $3,603,437             634,692                                                                                         432,332          4,664,461

Total Effort                                                                $3,620,044



County contributions and local contract work account for local match on  PL and FTA grants.  PL work serves as match on Greenway and USDOE work.  FHWA PL funds have been increased by transferring funds from other MPOs' allocations to CDTC in order to cover CDTC's administration of AMPO dues. (See Task 1.52.), CDTC’s administration of support for the NYS MPO association (See Task 1.68) and CDTC's administration of a study of Integrated Transportation and Community Design (see Task 5.81).