If you care about transportation and have some time to spare, you can help decide the regions transportation priorities. This is close to the last possibility of providing your input in the long range transportation plan. The Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency (CRTPA) is now finalizing the list of projects that our region will try to get (partially) funded with state and federal dollars. This list will not change much in the next five years until the next long range plan, and it’s important that missing links for cyclists are included in this list.
The current draft list of bicycle and pedestrian projects can be found here, and the draft list of proposed roadway projects here. These lists are very much reduced from the original list of about 1500 projects. Some of these projects were duplicates, others were already under construction while some have already been funded. There is also a long list of bicycle and pedestrian projects that are expected to cost less than $300,000.00, and which are supposed to vie for a very limited amount of federal and state dollars dedicated mainly to bicycles and pedestrian projects. But a large number of suggested projects in what the planners refer to as the opportunity plan have been relegated to a longish list of projects called miscellaneous projects. The idea is that these projects are mostly maintenance of existing facilities in which the CRTPA has very little say. You can find that list here. What is of concern for cyclists is that a large number of projects concern the addition of paved shoulders on various roads. While the state currently as a rule adds paved shoulders to state roads when they are up for resurfacing, that does not seem to be the case for county roads like Tram road. If you share my concern about that, please let the CRTPA know.
All comments with respect to the draft lists should be provided soon, preferably before March 21. You can send your comments to Jack Kostrzewa (email@example.com), and I’d appreciate if you copy us on that as well (firstname.lastname@example.org).