GENESEE TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL
PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
New York State Department of Transportation-Region 4
Henrietta, New York
November 12, 2009
PLANNING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
Angela Ellis, Livingston County
Erik Frisch, City of Rochester At Large
Todd Gadd, Wyoming County
Tom Goodwin, Monroe County Planning Board
Daniel Hallowell, New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Region 4
Kristen Mark Hughes, Ontario County (Chairperson)
Scott Leathersich, Monroe County At Large (Vice Chairperson)
Kevin Rooney, Wayne County
Chuck Thomas, Rochester City Planning Commission
Douglas Tokarczyk, New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA)
David Zorn, Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council (G/FLRPC)
ALTERNATE REPRESENTATIVES PRESENT
Timothy Frelier, Monroe County DOT, representing Terrence J. Rice
PLANNING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT AND UNREPRESENTED
Mark Aesch, Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA)
Robert Colby, Monroe County
David Dunning, Monroe County Supervisors Association
James Fletcher, Monroe County At Large
Robert Griffith, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Timothy Hens, Genesee County
Paul Holahan, City of Rochester
Gary Kent, Orleans County
Edward Muszynski, Empire State Development Corporation
Mitchell Rowe, Seneca County
William Sullivan, Rochester City Council
(Vacant), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
(Vacant), NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)
(Vacant), Yates County
OTHERS IN ATTENDANCE
Josh Artuso, City of Rochester
Doug Benson, City of Rochester
Julie Gotham, GTC staff
Cory Greene, SRF & Associates
Marvin Kleinberg, NYSDOT Region 4
Joyce Lobene, Village of Spencerport Mayor
Richard Perrin, GTC staff
James Stack, GTC staff
1. Call to Order & Introductions
The meeting was called to order at 10:03 a.m. Kris Hughes welcomed everyone and Members, Alternates, and others present introduced themselves.
2. Public Forum
No one from the public spoke during the Public Forum.
3. Approval of Minutes
Scott Leathersich requested that the draft minutes be amended, replacing the words Once bids are received, with The actual in the first full paragraph on page 7. Dan Hallowell requested that the draft minutes be amended, replacing the words closed out with completed in the second full paragraph on page 7. Richard Perrin indicated that the proposed revisions will be made.
Scott Leathersich asked if the letters announcing the availability of the Safe Routes to School Guidebook, referenced on page 9 of the draft minutes, were distributed. Richard Perrin responded that the letters were sent. He clarified that the letters were sent to school district transportation directors, not County transportation officials.
Scott Leathersich asked if the location map for the Historic Transportation Gateway project, referenced on page 10 of the draft minutes, is available yet. David Zorn responded that the map is under development but he needs to check on the status.
Dan Hallowell moved for approval of the minutes from the August 13, 2009 Planning Committee meeting as amended; Scott Leathersich seconded the motion. The minutes were approved as amended.
4. Reports and Action on Old Business
a. Reports on UPWP Projects and Other Activities
Richard Perrin reported:
GTC staff met with the Consultant for the Supplemental Professional Services Database Programming project on September 9 and provided feedback on the web browser-based interface. The Consultant is preparing a revised project schedule.
Regarding the Strategic Planning and SAFETEA-LU Succession Program tasks, specifics of proposed legislation and associated comments provided by GTC staff will be discussed as part of agenda item 4.b.4.
As part of Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Update/Implementation, GTC staff is revising the development schedule since the previous schedule sets public review meetings too far apart to maintain the momentum of the project. A LRTP Development Committee meeting is planned for early 2010 for the purpose of reviewing data and the associated analysis of existing and projected conditions for two future scenarios, as well as discussing public meeting materials, principal themes, and preliminary alternatives.
With regard to the Air Quality Planning and Outreach task, the Regional Travel Demand Model (Model) validation document will be discussed by the Interagency Consultation Group at its November 18 meeting. On behalf of the Association of New York State Metropolitan Planning Organizations, GTC staff prepared comments on the Draft New York State Energy Plan. GTC staff are participating in training sessions for the new EPA MOVES emissions model which will replace MOBILE 6.2 for air quality conformity analysis. GTC staff have begun working with its on-call air quality consultant to develop air quality components of the next LRTP.
The GTC Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program and SRTS Site Assessments were accepted by the GTC Board at its September 10 meeting.
For the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Strategic Plan Update, the Steering Committee met September 15 to discuss areas for future ITS deployment. The Steering Committee was provided the Draft Plan at its November 6 meeting. The next Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for November 23 to discuss project recommendations.
With regard to the Diversion Route Planning Initiative, a contract is being developed and will be provided to the Consultant for their review by November 20. GTC staff is refining the proposed scope of services by reducing the requirements for communication protocols to allow for more diversion route identification activities within the project budget.
The 2007-2008 Priority Trails Advancement Program consists of three projects. The final Steering Committee meeting for the I-590 Bicycle Pedestrian Bypass project was held September 1. A revised draft final report was provided November 2. The consultant provided a draft report for the Lehigh Valley (Honeoye Falls) project to the Steering Committee September 30. The Steering Committee met October 8. The final public meeting has been scheduled for November 17. The Steering Committee for the Erie Canal Glenwood Lake Connector project met August 25. The final public meeting was held October 20. The Consultant is revising the final draft report based on comments received.
The 2008-2009 Priority Trails Advancement Program consists of two projects. A Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Route 104 Ontario to Sodus Trail was advertised in the August 17 issue of the NYS Contract Reporter. Five proposals were received by the September 21 deadline. A preferred Consultant was selected October 22. A contract was developed and provided to the Consultant on November 12. A revision to the study area of the Pultneyville to Marion Trail will be discussed under agenda item 5.c.
The 2007 Circulation, Accessibility, and Parking (CAP) Program consists of four projects. The Village of Perry, Village of Hilton, and Village of Macedon projects are complete. Preliminary recommendations for the Browns Square Neighborhood study have been developed. Doug Benson added that a steering committee meeting is being scheduled to review the preliminary recommendations.
The 2008 CAP Program consists of one project. A draft summary report for the Village of Fairport Central Business District Study has been developed. The Steering Committee is scheduled to meet November 17.
The major activity related to the Congestion Management Process (CMP) has been the development of a proposal to initiate a commuter choice program, which would be a significant component of a Travel Demand Management (TDM) program. The proposal will be discussed under agenda item 5.b.
The Steering Committee for the Travel Time Data Collection Program concurred on the specific Minor Arterial and Collector roadways to be included in the next phase on August 27. An RFP was advertised in the September 4 issue of the NYS Contract Reporter. Three proposals were received by the October 2 deadline. A preferred Consultant was selected October 26. A contract was developed and provided to the preferred Consultant on November 6.
The RFP for the Regional Goods Movement Strategy was advertised in the November 9 issue of the NYS Contract Reporter. As of November 11, there were 19 requests for the RFP package. Proposals are due December 21.
David Zorn reported:
The Local Update of Census Addresses Appeals project continues and G/FLRPC staff has begun processing appeals data for eight of the nine counties in the region with assistance from counties and municipalities.
G/FLRPC staff is continuing data processing and mapping for the 2010 Census TAZ Analysis and Revisions project.
The 2008 Regional Land Use Monitoring Report was accepted by the GTC Board at its September 10 meeting.
The Historic Transportation Gateway Inventory and Assessment project was accepted by the GTC Board at its September 10 meeting.
Tom Goodwin reported:
The 2008 Monroe County Land Use Monitoring Report was accepted by the GTC Board at its September 10 meeting.
Scott Leathersich reported:
Data collection for the Monroe County Audible/Tactile Pedestrian Signal Device Study is complete. The Accessible Pedestrian Advisory Committee met October 23. A public meeting is being scheduled.
The Monroe County Overhead Traffic Sign Visibility Upgrade study is approximately 97 percent complete using available UPWP funding. The project will be completed using County resources.
Data collection is continuing for the Monroe County Vertical Curve Safety Study.
An RFP for the Monroe County Sign Inventory Location Upgrade was issued and Monroe County received several responses. Proposals are being reviewed.
Three additional locations have been analyzed for the Monroe County High Accident Location Program. Twenty seven locations (54 percent) have been completed.
Kris Hughes reported:
The State Routes 96/318 Rural Corridor Study was accepted by the GTC Board at its September 10 meeting.
Ontario County has received a final draft report for the CATS Route Analysis and Service Improvement Plan, which is under internal review.
City of Rochester
Erik Frisch reported:
Monroe County DOT provided extensive comments on the Port of Rochester Transportation Evaluation and Support Study. The Consultant is addressing the comments.
A preferred Consultant for the Center City Circulator Study was selected in August. A project kick-off meeting is scheduled for December 7.
Chuck Thomas reported:
The Neighborhood Traffic Calming Concept Design and Implementation Study will be presented under agenda item 5.a.1.
An RFP for the Center City Tourist/Visitor Circulation and Pedestrian Wayfinding Study has been drafted.
Doug Benson reported:
The report for the Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood Parking and Circulation Study is being finalized. A Steering Committee meeting will likely be scheduled in December. The Susan B. Anthony House has raised some concerns about the study and some major properties have changed ownership; this may impact the final report.
Scott Leathersich mentioned that Monroe County DOT has not reviewed the report for this study. Doug Benson noted that the draft report will be sent to Monroe County once it is prepared.
Based on information provided by David Cook prior to the meeting, Richard Perrin reported:
There is no progress to report for the Market Research for RGRTA Regional Services task.
The RGRTA Suburban Transportation Service Study was accepted by the GTC Board at its September 10 meeting.
The Consultant for the RTS Signal Prioritization Study Steering Committee has developed a Draft Operational Analysis and a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Assessment. Data is being collected for routes to be analyzed.
The Information Technology Assessment Study was accepted by the GTC Board at its September 10 meeting.
Data collection for the RGRTA Energy Study is continuing and a draft report is expected in the next few weeks.
There is no progress to report for the RGRTA Transit-Supportive Development Guidelines task.
The RGRTA Route Analysis project is on-going.
Richard Perrin reported:
The Steering Committee for the NYS Routes 5 & 20/414 Corridor Study met August 31, September 28, and November 2. A draft report has been developed. The final Public Meeting is scheduled for November 18.
Kevin Rooney reported:
There is no progress to report on the Cluster Development Enhancement Project Feasibility Study.
Todd Gadd reported:
A preferred Consultant was selected for the Wyoming County Safe Passing Zone Survey. Data collection is complete and the recommendations and associated report were provided to the County on November 5.
Richard Perrin reported:
Field work for the 2009 Monroe County component of the Regional Traffic Count Collection Program is complete. The final data processing and output generation is underway. A presentation on the project is expected at the January 2010 meeting.
The Steering Committee for the Village of Arcade Main Street Study met October 20 to review the draft Needs and Opportunities analysis. The first public meeting was held November 10.
The Steering Committee for the Village of Geneseo Circulation and Parking Study met September 23. The final public meeting was held October 20. The draft Final Report was provided to the Steering Committee on November 5 for review and comment.
The Steering Committee for the Dewey Avenue Corridor Traffic Calming Study met August 17. The first public meeting was held September 28. The Inventory and Needs Assessment are being finalized.
The Spencerport Eastern Village Corridor Concept Study will be presented under agenda item 5.a.2.
The Steering Committee for the Town of Macedon NYS Route 31 Corridor Study met September 9 to discuss future land uses in the corridor.
A preferred Consultant has been selected for the Genesee County Central Corridor Plan and a contract is being negotiated.
Eight proposals for the City of Geneva Lakefront/Downtown Connectivity Study were received by the August 24 deadline. A Consultant was selected and is under contract. A project kick-off meeting is scheduled for November 18.
The Steering Committee for the Victor Transportation Systems Plan discussed the transportation component of the Comprehensive Plan at its August 18 and October 19 meetings. The Consultant will provide inputs for GTC staff to conduct travel demand modeling.
Kris Hughes added that the Town Supervisor and the Consultant were meeting today to discuss project deliverables.
b. Any Other Old Business or Announcements
1. Update on the status of projects funded via The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Dan Hallowell discussed the status of projects funded via The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Dan stated that this region is the first in the State to have all of its ARRA-funded projects certified by the Governors office. The region has also been subject to many different types of audits related to ARRA-funded projects.
Dan has received indications from NYSDOT Main-Office that $1.1 million in ARRA Transportation Enhancements Program (TEP) set-aside funding will be made available to Monroe County for the Jackson Road/Stone Road Shoulder Construction project. NYSDOT Main Office has acknowledged that this is not the full amount that Monroe County requested for the project and has indicated that additional ARRA TEP set-aside funding will be made available if there are savings on other projects in the State.
Dan noted that the Governor intends to announce that all ARRA-funded highway and bridge project contracts have been let when he gives the State of the State address early next year. If a project is unlikely to be let by then, the funding will be pulled from the project.
Richard Perrin listed the projects in the region that were submitted for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.
2. Update on the development of the 2011-2014 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
Richard Perrin discussed the status and planned schedule for developing the 2011-2014 TIP. The target date for adopting the next TIP has been revised to June 2010.
The original schedule was to present a TIP Development Committee (TDC)-recommended draft program for Planning Committee consideration at todays meeting with public review in December and GTC Board consideration in March 2010. The project applications requesting $205.5 million in federal funds have been reviewed and evaluated by NYSDOT Region 4 and GTC staffs. Preliminary rankings by mode have been developed. TDC meetings to review the preliminary rankings and develop a draft program have been scheduled. New regional allocations of formula funds have not yet been distributed by NYSDOT-Main Office.
Development of the regional allocations is complicated by NYSDOT Main Offices intention to adjust this regions allocation of Highway Bridge Program (HBP) funds outside of the agreed upon formula. The GTC Board passed Resolution 09-59 at its September 10 meeting calling on NYSDOT to adhere to the agreed upon formula.
The application of the agreed upon formula is critical since Federal formula funds will be less than originally estimated due to NYSDOT using lower estimates to account for obligation limitations and funding rescissions. The situation is particularly acute because of the end of SAFETEA-LU rescission in October and the annual Appropriations rescission in April resulting in a FFY 2009 rescission of over $550 million, or more than 30 percent, of the authorized allocation to New York State.
Another complicating factor is that the federal transportation program is operating under a second Continuing Resolution through December 18. Without an extension to SAFETEA-LU or an FFY 2010 Appropriations Bill, allocations of Federal Highway Administration funding will be based on FFY 2009 levels including the rescissions.
Beyond revising the schedule to present a draft program to the Planning Committee for consideration in January or February and GTC Board consideration in June, GTC staff are working on programming to a constantly moving funding target that is getting smaller. Revised regional allocations will also necessitate a mid-year adjustment to the FFY 2010 program and will impact the programming of existing projects in the 2011-2014 TIP.
Dan Hallowell stated that he expects regional allocations will be provided this week.
3. Update on the development of the FY 2010-2011 Unified Planning Work Program
Richard Perrin discussed the status and planned schedule for developing the FY 2010-2011 UPWP. The Call for Projects was issued to all municipalities, counties, and GTC member agencies on September 18. A workshop for potential applicants was held September 30.
GTC received 25 proposals requesting $1,626,000 by the October 23 deadline. GTC staff anticipates that we will have approximately $610,000 in FHWA Planning funds and approximately $195,000 in FTA Metropolitan Planning Program funds available for projects, subject to impacts of the Continuing Resolution process. GTC staff are proposing to use a funding estimate based on a scenario that is equal to 25 percent of the year at the maximum rescission level from FY 2009-2010 and 75 percent of the year at a level equal to the authorized amount in FY 2009-2010.
The GTC staff budget will increase $29,368 compared to the current fiscal year. More than 80 percent of this increase is due to increased New York State Retirement System contributions as projected by the NYS Comptrollers office. Were it not for this increase, the staff budget increase would be approximately one-half of one percent as GTC staff have identified reductions in half of the overhead budget line items.
The UPWP Development Committee is convening immediately after this meeting to begin development of the draft program for public review for Planning Committee consideration at the January 2010 meeting.
4. Update and discussion on proposed federal legislation
Transportation Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations
Richard Perrin stated that the House and Senate have developed separate versions of the Transportation Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations Bill. This is one of seven FFY 2010 Appropriations bills that have yet to be passed. The separate versions have not yet been sent to a Joint Conference Committee to reconcile the differences. The American Public Transportation Association has indicated that the T-HUD Appropriations Bill is likely to be part of an omnibus bill that will be passed before the end of the year.
SAFETEA-LU Extension/New Authorization
Richard Perrin stated that the Administration has requested an 18-month extension to SAFETEA-LU. The House wants to pass a new Authorization bill now but has discussed a three-month extension. The Senate attempted to pass a six-month extension but was unable to do so. As of yesterday, there is talk of a two-year extension.
Livable Communities Act/Initiative
Richard Perrin stated that the Administration is advancing a Livability Initiative that creates an interagency partnership between the USDOT, EPA, and HUD. The initiative has received increased emphasis in recent months and has been referred to the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. Senator Dodd has introduced the Livable Communities Act of 2009 that would provide $400 million in competitive grants for planning over four years and $3.75 billion in competitive grants for implementation over three years.
Both initiatives are intended to foster planning and implementation that expands affordable housing, promotes environmental sustainability, expands transportation choices, redevelops brownfields, and promotes reuse of existing buildings.
Climate Change Bills
Richard Perrin noted that climate change is the next major issue likely to be addressed by the Administration and Congress after health care reform. The House passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act (Waxman/Markey Bill) last week. The Senate version of the Bill Clean Energy Jobs/American Power Act (Kerry/Boxer Bill) passed the Environment and Public Works Committee this week and needs to go through at least four other Senate Committees before it gets to the Senate floor.
Both bills would create new requirements under the Clean Air Act that would have significant impacts on MPOs with Transportation Management Areas, due to increased EPA oversight in the transportation planning and programming processes. There would be an impact on MPO Certifications. Both Bills establish national transportation-related Greenhouse Gas reduction goals. Strategies to meet the goals would be developed within the planning process.
The Long Range Transportation Plan that is being developed will include a scenario with increased energy costs and the associated impacts on the transportation system.
5. Action Items
a. Recommendations to the GTC Board concerning accepting submission of final project reports as evidence of completion of various UPWP Tasks
1. Accepting the report, Neighborhood Traffic Calming Manual, as evidence of completion of UPWP Task 5380 / Proposed Council Resolution 09-60
Josh Artuso discussed the project. He highlighted the process, the primary purpose of the Manual, how the toolbox is organized, and how the Manual can be used by citizens, neighborhood groups, municipalities, and others. Josh indicated that the Manual will be distributed to towns and villages, neighborhood groups, and potentially libraries. The Manual will also be available electronically.
Richard Perrin asked if copies of the Manual will be distributed to the Rochester Regional Community Design Center (RRCDC) since they lead many design charrettes. Josh responded that the Manual will be shared with RRCDC.
Erik Frisch expressed appreciation for the Manual as Manager of the Citys Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program.
Kris Hughes asked if the Manual could be made available to nearby counties and other GTC partners. Josh responded that it could. Kris suggested making the Manual available on the Citys website.
2. Accepting the report, Village of Spencerport Eastern Village Corridor Concept Study, as evidence of completion of UPWP Task 6805 / Proposed Council Resolution 09-61
Village of Spencerport Mayor Joyce Lobene expressed appreciation for the opportunity to conduct the Study. She introduced Cory Greene from SRF & Associates to present the findings of the Study.
Cory Greene discussed the impetus for and purpose of the Study, existing challenges in the study area, the methodology, and the recommendations.
Kris Hughes asked if they looked at alternative locations for the high power electrical lines. Cory responded that they met with Spencerport Electric officials. They tried to meet with RG&E officials but they were reluctant to review the location of the lines.
Mayor Lobene noted that TOPS supermarket has committed to opening a new store in the Village Plaza in the Study area. The Village is looking into the feasibility and cost of burying the utilities at the edge of the plaza as part of its redevelopment.
Dan Hallowell clarified the references to the program development timeline specifically, those that NYSDOT would be responsible for noting that most of the proposed improvements are not eligible for federal transportation funding.
Scott Leathersich moved to recommend approval of Proposed Council Resolutions 09-60 and 09-61; Chuck Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unopposed.
b. Recommendation to the GTC Board concerning amending the FY 2009-2010 Unified Planning Work Program by adding Task 7115 Greater Rochester Regional Commuter Choice Program / Proposed Council Resolution 09-62
Richard Perrin reviewed the proposal for the new UPWP task. He discussed the purpose of the task, the source of funds, and the interest in such a program that has already been identified. He noted that the proposal was presented to the UPWP Development Committee which concurred that the Planning Committee recommend the program to the Board.
Richard noted one correction to the proposed Resolution to add the word vehicle to the end of the second Whereas clause.
Kris Hughes asked if the proposed Resolution precludes implementation of this program beyond the TMA. Richard responded that it does not and that GTC staff are hopeful that the entire region can be included from the beginning of the program, subject to the available funding.
Scott Leathersich asked if there are software packages available for this type of program. Richard responded that there are. He added that Ecology & Environment, a consulting firm located in the Buffalo area, has demonstrated their internet-based package to GTC and City of Rochester staffs. GTC staff would conduct a full solicitation to obtain a package that gets customized to this region and possibly individual employers.
Marvin Kleinberg asked if this program would include transportation options for disabled individuals. Richard responded that the program is not likely to get into scheduling these types of trips but rather would provide contact information on paratransit services and other options for the physically challenged.
Erik Frisch moved to recommend approval of Proposed Council Resolution 09-62; Tom Goodwin seconded the motion. The motion passed unopposed.
c. Action concerning modification to study area for the Route 104 Corridor Trail Feasibility Study
Richard Perrin provided background on the development of this study and a previous modification to the study area. He noted that during the development of the RFP, it was suggested that the study area could be extended west into the Town of Webster. GTC staff reached out to the Town and they were receptive to extending the study area.
Kevin Rooney moved to approve the requested modification to the study area for the Route 104 Corridor Trail Feasibility Study; Chuck Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unopposed.
d. Recommendations to the GTC Board concerning amendments to the 2007-2012 TIP
1. Action concerning amending the 2007-2012 TIP by modifying the Notes portion of the Project Detail Sheets for the County Road 10 & County Road 46 Intersection Improvement project and the County Road 10 Preventive Maintenance project / Proposed Planning Committee Resolution 09-15
Kris Hughes discussed proposed Planning Committee Resolution 09-15
Chuck Thomas moved to approve Proposed Planning Committee Resolution 09-15; Scott Leathersich seconded the motion. The motion passed unopposed.
Kris Hughes suggested that the Committee consider and act on items 2 through 9 as a group, subject to questions. No Committee member objected.
2. Recommendation to the GTC Board concerning amending the 2007-2012 TIP by decreasing the total cost of, adding several phases to, and modifying the Notes portion of the Project Detail Sheet of the Route 390 @ I-490 Interchange Improvements project / Proposed Council Resolution 09-63
3. Recommendation to the GTC Board concerning amending the 2007-2012 TIP by decreasing the total cost of, adding a phase to, and modifying the schedule of the I-390 Rest Areas project / Proposed Council Resolution 09-64
4. Recommendation to the GTC Board concerning amending the 2007-2012 TIP by decreasing the total cost of, adding a phase to, modifying the schedule of, and modifying the Notes portion of the Project Detail Sheet of the I-390 Interchange Improvements @ Rt. 15 (Exit 16 Part 2) project / Proposed Council Resolution 09-65
5. Recommendation to the GTC Board concerning amending the 2007-2012 TIP by adding the I-490 from Bushnells Basin to Rt. 31F Maintenance by Contract (MbC) project / Proposed Council Resolution 09-66
6. Recommendation to the GTC Board concerning amending the 2007-2012 TIP by adding the I-490 from I-590 to the Genesee River MbC project / Proposed Council Resolution 09-67
7. Recommendation to the GTC Board concerning amending the 2007-2012 TIP by adding the I-390 Rest Areas in Groveland MbC project / Proposed Council Resolution 09-68
8. Recommendation to the GTC Board concerning amending the 2007-2012 TIP by adding the Interstate Overhead Sign Structure Improvement (2010) MbC project / Proposed Council Resolution 09-69
9. Recommendation to the GTC Board concerning amending the 2007-2012 TIP by adding the Interstate Overhead Sign Structure Improvement (2011) MbC project / Proposed Council Resolution 09-70
Dan Hallowell discussed proposed Council Resolutions 09-63 through 09-70. He noted the projects in items 2, 3, and 4 have been delayed and construction is expected to occur beyond the current TIP horizon. NYSDOT is proposing the new projects take advantage of available Interstate Maintenance funds. He recognized that these projects are being introduced outside of the normal TIP cycle but NYSDOT feels this is the best use of the available Interstate Maintenance funds given their limited eligibility.
Dan stated that the proposed schedule change to the I-390 Interchange Improvements @ Rt. 15 (Exit 16 Part 2) project is still consistent with what was presented to the stakeholders regarding the timing of the phases. When new regional allocations are provided, NYSDOT will need to revisit these projects.
Scott Leathersich expressed concerns that the language in proposed Resolution 09-65 is vague with respect to the commitment to progress the construction phase of the project. After discussion among Committee members, it was agreed that the resolution would be revised to read The Construction phase will occur beyond the 2007-2012 TIP horizon utilizing the next round of formula fund allocations.
Kevin Rooney moved to recommend approval of Proposed Council Resolutions 09-63, 09-64, and 09-66 through 09-70 as presented, and Proposed Council Resolution 09-65 as amended; Scott Leathersich seconded the motion. The motion passed unopposed.
6. New Business
No new business was presented.
7. Public Forum
No one from the public spoke during the Public Forum.
8. Next Meeting
January 7, 2010 at the Ebenezer Watts Conference Center.
The meeting adjourned at 11:49 a.m.