Poughkeepsie – Dutchess County Executive and Chairman of the Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council (PDCTC) William R. Steinhaus has announced the Council will host two public meetings to discuss recommendations for improving local bus services in Dutchess County.
There will be two meetings held on Thursday, October 16, 2008. Both meetings will cover the same material. To accommodate residents’ schedules, the meetings will be held as follows:
- The first meeting will take place from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Poughkeepsie City Hall, Council Chambers (3rd Floor), 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie
- The second meeting will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Arthur S. May Elementary School, 25 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie.
The recommendations stem from work done for the Dutchess County Transit Development Plan, which was initiated by the PDCTC to assess the effectiveness of the Dutchess County LOOP and City of Poughkeepsie bus systems, while also identifying changes required to make the systems more relevant to residents’ needs. The recommendations are the result of extensive staff work and public outreach over the past year. Highlights include:
Dutchess County LOOP
- Streamlines core fixed routes
- Evening & Sunday service on Route 9
- Consistent service spans
- More frequent trips on major corridor
- Regular service intervals
- Establishes flexible, reservation-based “flex service” in every Dutchess County community
- Improves connectivity with the City system
- Renames Commuter Train Connection (CTC) as RailLink
City of Poughkeepsie Bus
- Maintains same number of routes, but locations are different
- Serves Dutchess Community and Marist Colleges
- Route 44 service to Adams, and Route 9 service to Hudson and Post Road Plazas
- Creates timed transfers for all City routes and some County routes on Market Street
The public meetings will include a presentation on proposed new bus routes and service spans for the two bus systems.
More information about the Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council and the Transit Development Plan is available at www.dutchessny.gov/pdctc.htm
About the PDCTC: Established in 1982, the PDCTC serves as the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Dutchess County. Federal regulations require that all Urbanized Areas, U.S. Census defined metropolitan areas with over 50,000 people, be represented by a MPO, which is responsible for ensuring that Federal transportation dollars (highway and transit) are committed through a locally driven, comprehensive planning process. The Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council includes representation from local municipalities, the New York State Department of Transportation, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.