IV.  IMPLEMENTATION PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING

 

TASK 4.07          ADA / Human Service Agency Transportation Options/ Welfare-to-Work / Special

     Transportation    

 

CDTC staff continues to work with the Access Transit staff and county agencies to assure success of the brokerage.  CDTC and CDTA staff will continue in 2006-08 to seek additional brokerage opportunities in other service areas.

 

CDTC continues to assist CDTA in its development of several related initiatives, including the successful regional program using state funds (Community Solutions for Transportation) and the federal Jobs Access / Reverse Commute program.  These efforts will continue and will need to address the reduced, formula-based funding provided to CDTA in SAFETEA-LU.  Coordinated effort with CDTA is required to address SAFETEA-LU’s planning requirement for developing a comprehensive regional human service transportation plan that covers the disparate objectives of Section 5310 (vehicles for private non-profit agencies), JARC and the “New Freedom Initiative”.  This will involve expansion of the current JARC regional committee to include representatives from additional stakeholder groups and the use of the expanded committee to guide staff work in developing the plan.  At present, CDTC anticipates modeling the New Freedom Program after CDTC’s successful Spot Improvement Program.

 

CDTC will also continue to participate in the Albany County / NYSDOT pilot effort under the federal “United We Ride” service consolidation initiative and consider mechanisms to link that effort to the comprehensive human service plan.

 

TASK 4.17         Arterial Management Planning

 

Formal arterial management efforts were modest during 2005-06, although arterial management policies, plans and standards are a routine aspect of Linkage studies.  In 2005-06, the Rt 67 study, the Rt 7 Colonie study, the Rt 4 East Greenbush study, the Colonie Village Architectural and Design Standards Study and others prepared effective arterial management plans.  Staff expects to revisit various CDTC arterial management guidelines in 2006-08, to consider the need for 'standards' for arterial capacity and levels-of-service.  Additionally, work will begin on an urban arterial version of the "level of compatibility" indices developed in 1995 for suburban settings.

 

TASK 4.18       ITS Architecture and Integration (complete)

 

NYSDOT and CDTC, along with CDTA, the NYSTA and other major players, completed the development of a "regional architecture" for the Capital District ITS deployment in 2003-04.  The architecture was formally adopted by CDTC in December 2004.  Cooperative efforts will maintain the infrastructure in 2006-08.

 

TASK 4.62          Transit Operations Planning

 

CDTA will continue to conduct planning effort under this task.

 

TASK 4.67          Bikeway / Pedestrian Facility Planning

 

The Bike and Pedestrian Transportation Task Force remained active during 2005-06.  Activities and products included provision of technical support to the Saratoga Heritage Trail program and involvement in CDTC's Spot Improvement Program, Linkage planning and Greenway and TIP issues.  A major effort was an update to the “Tool Box” adopted as part of the New Visions plan.  Candidates for addition to the priority network were developed.  The group also assisted CDTC in the development of a revised version of the Regional Trails Map, originally published in Spring 2002.

 

Under this task heading, CDTC staff will continue to offer community assistance related to bike and pedestrian planning issues, including the broader category of "traffic calming" options and consideration of the “complete streets” concept.  Additionally, CDTC will continue its cooperative work with county traffic safety committees and the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee to coordinate attention on bike and pedestrian safety issues.

 

For 2006-08, it is anticipated that the task force will assist in fleshing out a candidate “big idea / big ticket” bike/ped regional greenway initiative for use in the New Visions 2030 public dialogue.

 

CDTC continues to see success with its Spot Improvement Program.  The first three rounds have funded 30 capital projects that would normally be too small in scale for TIP funding.  CDTC will solicit a fourth round of funding in the spring of 2006.

 

TASK 4.19          Trail and Property Owners Survey (new task)

 

A major survey effort of users and property owners will be an effort in 2006, as well.  The survey will cover the Mohawk-Hudson trail, Zim Smith Trail, Uncle Sam Trail and the area of the planned Helderberg Rail Trail as a repeat and expansion of the earlier survey.  An effort to capture trip purpose for users will be made for use in future market assessment.

 

TASK 4.72          TIP Project Planning and Development Work (TIP funded)

 

NYSDOT continues project planning and development work for a number of projects on the CDTC TIP.  This work will define the range of feasible alternatives to be considered in preliminary engineering, based on traffic operations, cost, and ROW impacts.  Work will continue in 2006-08.

 

TASK 4.97          TIP Development, Monitoring and Update

 

During 2005-06, the 2005-10 TIP was adopted and maintained through numerous amendments and publication of a "real time" TIP on CDTC's web site.  During 2006-08, it is anticipated that the fourth round of Spot Improvement Program projects will be solicited and programmed; Enhancement Program projects will be solicited and prioritized for NYSDOT selection; and a 2007-12 TIP will be developed and adopted in May 2007. 

 

Prior to initiating the 2007-12 TIP update, New York’s MPOs must reach agreement with NYSDOT on a cycle for TIP/STIP development in the SAFETEA-LU era.  (SAFETEA-LU allows up to four years between STIP development.)