OF THE 2005-06 UPWP


Key Direction


Staff proposes that CDTC develop only a 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 past year’s work effort has emphasized the following:


            Major technical effort and outreach regarding New Visions 2030 subjects, including initiation of five new working groups

            Completion of the New Visions 2025 amendment

            Air Quality Conformity determination of the TIP and Plan using the new 8-hour ozone standards

            Certification of the CDTC planning process by FHWA and FTA, including citation for best practice in ten subjects

            Documentation and adoption of a regional ITS architecture

            Work on more than a dozen Linkage studies and related local planning activities

            Participation in and tracking of TEA-21 Reauthorization, NYSDOT Transformation and NYSDOT Master Plan development

            Successful efforts in Travel Demand Management, including the Commuter Ca$h program in downtown Albany

            Development of the next TIP (2005-10)


For the coming year, efforts will continue and emphasis will shift slightly to:


            Initiation of seven additional Linkage studies and completion of those already underway

            Integration of working group and task force products into draft New Visions 2030 plan material, public review and completion of the plan update

            Adoption of the new 2005-10 TIP

            Participation in the TEA-21 Reauthorization, NYSDOT Transformation and Master Plan development and review

            Continued effort to pursue “safety conscious planning” and further integration operations into the planning process


Greater detail and budgets will be provided in a draft UPWP for Planning Committee review in February and Policy Board action in March.  Highlights of the draft program are provided below.  The full UPWP agenda continues to be ambitious and demanding, particularly with the major work on New Visions 2030.


New Visions 2030


A number of new technical reports and discussion papers have been produced by staff, task forces and working groups.  Effort on finance will complement new products from Bike/Ped and Goods Movement task forces and well as the work by five Working Groups.


Common findings and implications for the CDTC long-range plan will be identified in coming months, providing the basis for extensive public dialogue, leading to a draft New Visions 2030 plan.  The new plan will provide clarification to the Capital District’s perspective on local planning, the future of the expressway system and the region’s approach to “big” projects.  Coordination with the Center for Economic Growth will continue, along with continued participation with ARISE, the Business/Higher Education Roundtable and others.  CDTC continues to work toward a 2005 completion of the 2030 plan, but has some schedule latitude due to the August 2004 adoption of the New Visions 2025 amendment.


Linkage Program Year Five


Year Five of the Linkage Program was deferred to await TEA-21 Reauthorization.  When it became clear that the Reauthorization effort would not be completed, the fifth round of Linkage solicitations was initiated in the fall of 2004.  Fourteen candidate studies have been reviewed and eight have been programmed for funding in the 2005-06 UPWP, bringing the total number of studies to 43.  At least a dozen will be active in 2005-06.


TEA-21 Reauthorization


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’s work program and multi-year planning strategy.  Congress is expected to re-initiate work on the Reauthorization in March 2005.


NYSDOT Transformation, Master Plan and State Funding Program


Much of the NYSDOT Transformation material continues to be internal in nature.  As a transition to a new organizational structure (integrator division and operator division) takes place, changes in NYSDOT-MPO relationships are expected.  An “Area Integrator” has been named, but the effect of this has yet to play out.  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.


Additionally, a draft master plan in expected shortly, providing the basis for a new state transportation funding program.  CDTC staff and members will engage NYSDOT on these activities.


Development of the 2005-10 TIP


The 2005-10 TIP is set for draft release in March 2005 and final adoption in May 2005.  Much work remains for the period prior to March in order to keep to this schedule.


Safety Initiative


The schedule for this work remains uncertain, due to continued difficulties with timely access to crash data.  CDTC staff has initiated a pilot effort at looking at local-system crash data on a systematic basis, beginning with Rensselaer County.  NYSDOT will explore ways of facilitating CDTC staff access to NYSDOT’s internal crash information systems.


Operations Planning


CDTC is among the nation’s leading MPOs in terms of integrating transportation operations (signal timing, incident management, transit operations) into the MPO process.  For 2005-06, CDTC and NYSDOT will jointly explore establishment of an ongoing regional operations committee and identify the potential scope of CMAQ-based regional initiatives to improve the quality of operations and inter-agency coordination.


Transit System Exploration


The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) concept design study is nearly complete.  The follow-up design study will be initiated in 2005-06.  CDTA has also completed its fare structure review and adopted the results.


The overall Transit Development Program (TDP) is well underway with coordinated work by CDTA, CDTC, CDRPC and consultants.  This should be completed in 2005-06.


STEP Model Upgrade 


The conversion from TMODEL2 to VISUM continues successfully.  A new 900-zone system established for the 2000 Census has been coded into VISUM and 2001 NHTS and 2000 Census data are being examined to confirm trip rates and trip lengths.  Conversion to VISUM will continue in two tracks – one as a continued refinement of the peak-hour based STEP model and one as an exploration of a multi-hour, trip chain model.  The latter will not replace the peak-hour model until all calibration and validation is completed.


CDTC continues to gain experience with the micro-simulation tool, VISSIM.  The East Greenbush US 4 Linkage study is the first Linkage study to use the products of VISSIM modeling.  Applications will expand from there.


Congressional I-87 Corridor Study Earmark


This major effort will wrap up before April 2005 with release of a Strategic Corridor Plan.


Thruway Capacity Study


Technical work on this study is complete.  Implications for CDTC’s long-range plan may need to await completion of the Thruway’s system-wide study of toll processes.  The NYSDOT I-87 Corridor Study’s “smart corridor” recommendation has additional implications for the range of main line options that would be appropriate for the Thruway to consider in the Albany corridor area.  These discussions will continue in 2005-06.


Other Contractual Elements


In 2005-06, CDTC will continue to host the statewide MPO association staff contract at $120,000. 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 nearing completion.  A second phase providing statewide training will be initiated at its completion.  Additionally, CDTC holds the contract for a national retreat and study regarding factors transforming travel over the next 30 years.  A “by invitation only“ retreat is set for June 1-3 at the Rensselaerville Institute and will involve CDTC staff, the statewide association staff as well as FHWA and the USDOT Volpe Systems Center staff.


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 Commuter Ca$h program in downtown Albany was very successful in 2004 and CDTC and CDTA have approached NYSOGS regarding a state employee incentive for 2005.  The internet-based Commuter Register program will continue.


Pavement Inventory:  The 2005 survey will include the every-other-year survey of non-state, federal aid roads and examination of trends and a 100% sample of Albany County roads, under contract.


Clean Communities Program:  CDTC is the only MPO in New York to directly host the Clean Communities Program in its region.  This effort will continue for 2005-06.


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

















The 2005-06 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)                    $1,862,577            364,389              28,333                                                                             2,255,299

STP Project Development tasks in UPWP                  130,000              32,500                     0-                                                                               162,500

CMAQ                                                                     404,800              50,600              50,600                                                                               506,000

2004-05 FTA Section 5303                                              000                    00                    00     0,000

2005-06 FTA Section 5303                                        272,798              51,150              17,050                                                                               340,997

New FTA Section 5307                                             240,000              30,000              30,000                                                                               300,000

Albany County & Town of Colonie                                                                              60,000                                                                                 60,000

Municipal Linkage Funding                                                                                        197,750                                                                               197,750

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

Total                                                                   $2,919,175          $528,639          $386,733                                                                           $3,834,546



Table represents actual effort.  Financial tables (see Appendix A) use some Albany County, Town of Colonie and Linkage cash match to supplement the local PL amount shown above to meet CDTC’s local match requirements.  FHWA PL funds have been increased by using carryover funds and unexpended balances from prior years.  A total of $355,000 of the PL amount represents funds pooled by the thirteen MPOs in New York to fund shared cost initiatives led by CDTC.


The nearly $400,000 in local cash participation in CDTC’s activities demonstrates the local value of the work effort.  This level of local cash participation in MPO planning activities is unparalleled in New York.