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 2005-06, 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 2004-05.
More significant, ongoing technical
assistance is programmed for Albany County in connection with its annual
contract with CDTC.
In 2005-06, 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
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 complete. The study will conclude in
TASK 5.57 Commuter
"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.
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.
TASK 5.62 NY 5 Corridor
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.
Major effort in 2004-05 was the BRT
concept design study, co-administered by CDTC and CDTA. Final products are expected by the end of
2004-05, leading to a preliminary design phase in 2005-06. CDTC staff will continue to be active in the
project development process.
TASK 5.63 Travel Demand Management Initiative (implementation
as TIP project)
This project is led by CDTA with CDTC
staff assistance. In June 2001, NYSDEC
and its labor unions agreed to participate in a transit incentive program
funded through the TDM project on the TIP.
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 lasted
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 Check” program.
Exploration of broader coverage and
additional pilot experiments will occur in 2005-06.
TASK 5.67 Linkage Program Oversight
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 proposals, 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 2005-06.
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 2005-06,
and will be reframed as the “Linkage Regional Coordination Forum” with Linkage funding recipients expected to
participate on a regular basis.
TASK 5.68 Pinebush
Study Update (complete)
TASK 5.77 Hoosick Street
Integration Project (complete)
TASK 5.81 Troy: Lansingburgh 112th St. Corridor Study (completion delayed)
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.
Draft final report materials have been
prepared and are being discussed with city officials. Study completion had been expected by 3/31/04, but has been delayed.
Study completion is expected in early 2005-06.
TASK 5.82 Glenville: Freeman's Bridge Road / Dutch Meadows Master Plan (completed)
TASK 5.84 NY
5 Corridor Implementation Tools
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 has been 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. Completion in early 2005-06 is
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. 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. CDTC staff will
update the Memorandum of Understanding with the USDOE for the initiative in
early 2005-06. In addition, CDTC's
involvement will assure coordination with regional planning and programming
activities, including TDM, transit and carpooling efforts. Work will continue during 2005-06.
TASK 5.88 Town
of Ballston & Malta: Route 67
Corridor Study (carryover)
The Town of Ballston requested
assistance in identifying short-term solutions to transportation problems 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 short-term future conditions will 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 will also be
made for service road construction, driveway consolidation, driveway spacing,
sidewalk placement, bike accommodations and typical Route 67 cross-section and
intersection treatment. The Town of Malta is 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 began in late 2004-05 and
is expected to be finished in 2005-06.
TASK 5.94 City of Rensselaer: Route 20 Corridor
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 Statement.
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, was delayed for a period to allow a GEIS effort to proceed in
a portion of the study area and will be completed in 2005-06.
TASK 5.01 City
of Albany: Arbor Hill Gateway Planning Study (deleted)
This Linkage effort was intended to
develop an attractive and pedestrian-friendly gateway for the Arbor Hill
neighborhood at the intersection of Henry Johnson Boulevard and Livingston Avenue. The need for the study was rendered moot when
the city of Albany completed a Henry Johnson Boulevard capital project in 2004,
achieving many of the Linkage study’s objectives. Funds earmarked for this Linkage study have been reprogrammed
to other Linkage studies.
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
- Develop a vision of the corridor
- Develop zoning and regulatory tools to
achieve this vision.
- Develop a visual representation of
street cross section and site design.
is underway and will be completed in 2005-06 with consultant and CDTC staff
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
will be a continuation of the planning process already started in the Village
through the development of its Master Plan.
is underway and will be completed in 2005-06 with consultant assistance.
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 is included 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.
is underway and will be completed in 2005-06 with consultant assistance.
TASK 5.05 The Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson Valley, Inc.: Hudson
River Valley Greenway Trail – Rensselaer County (completed in 2004-05)
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
- Development of an overall plan for
funding the identified improvements.
is underway and will be completed in 2005-06 with consultant assistance.
TASK 5.07 Town of Rotterdam: Route 7, I-88, NYS Thruway Exit 25A Land Use & Transportation Study (completed in 2004-05)
TASK 5.08 W. Haywood Burns Environmental Education Center, Inc.: Patroon
Greenway Trail Project (completed in 2004-05)
TASK 5.09 Fifth Year Linkage Program
Reserve (new task)
CDTC intends to continue the successful Community and Transportation Linkage Planning Program with a
solicitation for new studies in 2005-06.
The solicitation had been delayed due to the delay in approval of the
TEA-21 Reauthorization and to allow existing Linkage studies to move forward. A solicitation was made in the fall of 2004
and 14 submissions have been reviewed.
The final 2005-06 UPWP will include a listing of the selected studies.
tentatively reserved $200,000 in FHWA PL funds to support the fifth
TASK 5.10 Travel Behavior
Factors Shared Cost Initiative
CDTC assumed the lead for NYSMPO on this study in 2004. By early 2005, a steering committee involving
NYSMPO, FHWA Office of Planning and the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center was created. The format of the effort was established,
focusing on a “Colloquy” of invited experts at the Rensselaerville Institute in
June 2005 and web-based discussions before and after the colloquy. Final products are expected in early
The effort is using $100,000 in NYSMPO shared cost initiative funds and
an additional $100,000 in FHWA funds assigned to the Volpe Center. A small portion of the NYSMPO funds will be
used to cover CDTC staff administration and Sarah Siwek Associates’ staff administration
of the project.
TASK 5.11 Regional
Operations Planning (new task)
To help integrate management and operations into the planning process,
CDTC intends to explore the creation of a joint CDTC/NYSDOT regional operations
committee. Regular meetings will
facilitate coordination of activities and initiatives across
jurisdictions. A particular aspect of
the effort will be the identification of cost-effective operations and
management initiatives for consideration in CMAQ programming efforts, including
routine draw-downs of regional set-asides in the 2005-10 TIP.
TASK 5.12 Town
of Malta: Route 9 Corridor Plan (new task)
assist the Town of Malta with a consultant study to develop a plan for the
Route 9 north and south corridor. The
plan will identify each parcel located within the corridor (excluding the
Downtown Overlay District) and determine what type of development would be best
suited to be incorporated on each parcel.
The plan will generate design standards to guide this development and
will incorporate architectural standards, streetscapes, parking standards, and
visually attractive entranceways. This
plan will also incorporate the ideas generated in a previous linkage study (the
Malta Highway Access Guide and Pedestrian Plan) to help improve street
connectivity and allow for sidewalks or multi-use paths.
Total: $50,000 ($35,000 federal, $15,000 local cash match)
TASK 5.13 Harriman Research and Technology
Development Corporation: The Harriman Campus-University of Albany Corridor Transportation Study (new task)
CDTC will assist the Harriman Research
and Technology Development Corporation (HRTDC) with an integrated study that
considers growth and development plans for the North Washington Avenue parcels, the planned transformation of the Harriman
Campus into a Research and Development Park and the planned expansion of the U/Albany – CESTM
facility. The HRTDC has requested that
it administer a consultant contract, with additional CDTC staff technical
assistance, to consider traffic and transportation-related issues within the
geographic boundaries of I-90, Washington Avenue, Fuller Road, Western Avenue, Brevator Street and Route 85.
Consideration will be given but not
timing and public notification/awareness
patterns, signal timing and appropriate speed limits
and access, and campus interconnectivity
way-finding and security improvements
maintenance vehicle access
This study would be part of the Campus
Master Planning Process and would have the immediate goals of evaluating the
current use of the Harriman Campus and Ring Roads, developing recommendations
regarding traffic and pedestrian travel in the U/Albany – CESTM campus,
planning input for the new CESTM building, evaluating and making
recommendations for traffic on Fuller Road, plan recommendations for the
undeveloped parcels on the North Washington Avenue property at Washington
Avenue and I-90 and developing plans for interconnectivity to Western Avenue
and Brevator Street.
Consultant Total: $100,000 ($50,000
federal, $50,000 local cash match)
Additional CDTC Staff Technical
Assistance: Amount to be determined by CDTC
TASK 5.14 Town
of Stillwater/Village of Stillwater: Route 4 Main Street Plan (new task)
CDTC will assist the Town and Village of Stillwater with a consultant study to develop strategies for an active and
attractive Route 4 corridor. The plan
will identify ways to support revitalization and redevelopment of the Village Center and commercial corridor, improve safe access between
Route 4 and the Hudson River, enhance and develop additional activity nodes in the
downtown area and improve bicycle and pedestrian safety through well defined
connections. The plan will also
encourage preservation of the community’s historic structures, rural character
and visual quality. The plan will
identify a multi-modal network that can accommodate and integrate all
modes. Finally, the plan will develop
design guidelines for building development, signage, bicycle/pedestrian
improvements, access management and traffic calming measures.
Consultant Total: $50,000 ($37,500 federal, $12,500 local cash
TASK 5.15 City
Springs: Downtown Improvement Plan (new task)
CDTC will assist the City of Saratoga Springs with a consultant study to identify future
transportation improvements that will have to be made to accommodate new
development in the downtown area. The
study will identify a fair share plan to raise the required funds to implement
the improvements. The study will also
screen different levels of development intensity against alternative
transportation improvements. The
screening will identify needs and consequences of the land use development scenarios
and transportation improvements. The
study will assist the City to identify other policies that should guide land
use and transportation decisions in the downtown.
Consultant Total: $80,000 ($40,000 federal, $40,000 local cash
match plus an additional $5,000 City staff in-kind services)
TASK 5.16 Town
of Guilderland: Guilderland Hamlet Neighborhood Master (new task)
CDTC will assist the Town of Guilderland with a consultant study and staff technical
assistance to prepare a master plan for the Guilderland Hamlet. The plan would be one of five studies
recommended in the Town’s Comprehensive Plan.
The plan will address the topics of access management, pedestrian facilities,
streetscape improvements, scenic and environmental features, architectural and
site design standards, and standards for mixed use development. The study area is bounded by Route 20, the 20
Mall, and the Hunger Kill adjacent to the Guilderland YMCA.
Consultant Total: $52,000 ($39,000
federal, $13,000 local cash match plus an additional $2,500 in Town staff
in-kind services). Additional CDTC Staff
Technical Assistance: $7,500.
TASK 5.17 Town of Bethlehem: Route 9W Corridor Study (new task)
CDTC will assist the Town of Bethlehem with a consultant study that will look at the Route
9W corridor from Exit 22 to the Routes 32/9W interchange. The study will build upon the recommendations
and needs identified in the Town’s Comprehensive Plan by providing a focused
and targeted 9W corridor vision and management plan. It will also review the feasibility of a
northern alignment alternative to the Selkirk Bypass project. This connection is envisioned to improve
safety and traffic on Route 396, facilitate economic development, and ease
traffic pressures on Route 9W. The plan
will also identify standards for shared driveways along the corridor and
identify sidewalk standards for incorporation into subdivision or site plan
regulations. Finally, the plan will
identify bicycle and pedestrian loops between existing and future points of
interest along the corridor.
Because of the study’s connection to
project A290, the Selkirk Bypass, TIP funds (STP) will be used to fund this Linkage effort.
Consultant Total: $75,000 ($37,500
federal, $37,500 local cash match)
TASK 5.18 Town
of Hadley: Hadley Design and Land Use Standards (new task)
CDTC will assist the Town of Hadley with a consultant study to develop a plan for the
Town’s hamlet district. The plan will
create conceptual designs, design standards and identify a means of implementation
to create a gateway and appropriate streetscaping to link existing
transportation routes and recreational areas.
The primary focus of the plan will be Rockwell Street, the entrance into the Town from the bridge over the Hudson River. The plan will
develop streetscape designs for a pedestrian friendly sidewalk and trail
system. The plan will also address
parking concerns in the hamlet district.
Consultant Total: $37,500 ($27,500
federal, $10,000 local cash match)
TASK 5.19 Town
of Berne: East Berne Hamlet Study (new task)
CDTC will assist the Town of Berne with a small consultant study to focus on the
revitalization of the East Berne Hamlet.
The study will develop strategies for integrating small-scale economic
development while preserving the historic setting and current residential
neighborhoods. It is expected that the
plan will bring more commerce to the region, answer residential demands for
services while protecting the rural working landscape of farms and
forests. The plan will recommend zoning
changes that allow for a greater mix of uses in the hamlet accompanied by
rigorous design standards.
Consultant Total: $12,000 ($6,000
federal, $6,000 local cash match.