OF THE 2005-06 UPWP
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
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
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
on more than a dozen
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
Development of the next
For the coming year, efforts will continue and emphasis will shift slightly to:
Initiation of seven additional
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
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
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.
Year Five of the
When a new act is passed, there may be considerable
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.
of the 2005-10
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
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.
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
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
Other Contractual Elements
In 2005-06, CDTC will continue to host the statewide MPO association staff contract at $120,000. CDTC also holds the $125,000 contract for a statewide effort to seek to educate stakeholders and demonstrate methods of integrating community design and transportation system design. This effort is nearing completion. A second phase providing statewide training will be initiated at its completion. Additionally, CDTC holds the contract for a national retreat and study regarding factors transforming travel over the next 30 years. A “by invitation only“ retreat is set for June 1-3 at the Rensselaerville Institute and will involve CDTC staff, the statewide association staff as well as FHWA and the USDOT Volpe Systems Center staff.
TDM, Access Transit Support: CDTC
staff will continue to assist CDTA in both expanding the regional TDM / transit
pass program and in developing the Access Transit system. The Commuter Ca$h program in downtown
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
Clean Communities Program: CDTC is the
only MPO in
Other: Major effort will continue to be devoted to
data collection, contractual support to
SUMMARY OF RESOURCE AVAILABILITY
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
Federal Aviation Administration 9,000 3,000 12,000
Table represents actual effort.
Financial tables (see Appendix A) use some
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