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What is the UPWP?

Transportation Council
Eoin Wrafter, Commissioner

 

The 2018-2019 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) describes the work of the Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC), the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Dutchess County portion of the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh NY-NJ Urbanized Area. The DCTC is responsible for coordinating transportation planning and programming activities within Dutchess County. The Urbanized Area also includes portions of Orange and Ulster Counties in New York, and Passaic County in New Jersey, and has a combined population of almost 424,000 (2010 Census). The Orange County Transportation Council (OCTC)Ulster County Transportation Council (UCTC), and North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) are responsible for transportation planning activities in their respective areas.

Preparation of an annual UPWP is required by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and serves as the basis for all federal funding assistance for transportation planning to state, local, and regional agencies. The UPWP provides member agencies a way to coordinate these different planning activities, and to relate transportation planning concerns to other planning activities in the region. Funds to support the work program come from Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Planning Funds (PL), and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5303 Funds.

Dutchess County and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) provide the required matching funds for all UPWP tasks. The DCTC carries out its planning responsibilities in accordance with the federal Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), and related regulations and guidelines. These regulations require three major products to carryout the transportation process: a long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan with a minimum 20-year planning horizon, a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) that identifies a multi-year schedule of federally funded capital projects, and an annual work program, the UPWP. The UPWP includes a variety of planning activities that address on-going and emerging issues related to maintaining and improving the region’s transportation system.

2017-2018 Accomplishments

The Council worked with member agencies and stakeholders on a variety of short- and long-range planning initiatives, data collection, and capital programming activities during the 2017-2018 program year, completing the following major tasks:

 

  • Completed the Village of Millerton Pedestrian Plan, which identifies ways to improve pedestrian access and safety in the Village center. The Pedestrian Plan establishes a vision for creating a more walkable, pedestrian-friendly Village, includes an inventory of sidewalks and other infrastructure, and documents a series of prioritized recommendations. The Pedestrian Plan was developed in coordination with a volunteer task force made up of members from the Village of Millerton and Town of North East.

 

  • Completed substantial work on a Downtown Parking Improvement Plan for the City of Poughkeepsie. The Parking Plan will help ensure that the City’s parking system  is operated and managed efficiently and effectively, consistent with the City’s redevelopment goals for the downtown. The Parking Plan includes an inventory of available on-street and off-street parking capacity, both public and private, and an analysis of actual parking usage and payment compliance. To be completed in mid-2018, the Plan will provide a prioritized implementation strategy to improve parking operations under existing conditions and with planned future development.

 

  • Conducted a Safety Assessment (SA) of the intersection of Main St./Worrall Ave./Innis Ave. in the City of Poughkeepsie. The SA, which is based on FHWA’s Road Safety Audit (RSA) process, supports the Transportation Council’s goal to improve transportation safety at high crash locations in Dutchess County. The SA outlines a number of opportunities to improve safety at the intersection, with a focus on low-cost, short-range improvements and, as feasible, more expensive longer-range improvements.

 

  • In coordination with the Dutchess County Department of Public Works and the Cornell Local Roads Program (CLRP), completed the first full round of a pavement scoring program for all local roads (i.e. county, city, town, and village roads) in Dutchess County. This initiative, which relied on summer interns from the Cornell Asset Management Program (CAMP) program, provides municipalities with an objective and uniform Pavement Condition Index (PCI) rating for all paved roads. The PCI rating enables local officials to track road conditions over time, prioritize limited maintenance funds, and develop capital programs to maintain and improve road conditions. The first phase, completed in 2016, assessed local pavement quality in 17 municipalities, while the second phase, completed in 2017, assessed pavement quality across the remaining 13 municipalities.

 

  • Completed the 2017 traffic count program, collecting volume, vehicle classification, and speed data at 230 locations across the County. The 2017 count program also deployed video technology to count walkers and bikers at 16 locations throughout the county, including the William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, and various sidewalks and crosswalks.

 

  • Completed the second annual analysis of speeding patterns on County and local roads, based on data collected from the annual traffic count program. This analysis identified road segments with high percentages of ‘high-end’ speeders, defined by staff as those travelling more than 10 mph over the posted speed limit. By highlighting road segments with high-end speeding, the Transportation Council seeks to assist elected officials, law enforcement agencies, and highway departments with their efforts to target speed enforcement, implement traffic calming measures, and allocate resources to reduce speeding and improve traffic safety.

 

  • Completed a Complete Streets analysis of Beekman Street in the City of Beacon, identifying ways to improve bicycle and pedestrian access between the Beacon train station and Main Street.

 

  • Continued to lead the County’s inter‐departmental Complete Streets Committee, to include the continuation of the County’s traffic safety education campaign, Watch Out For Me.

 

  • Assisted the Dutchess County Division of Public Transit and City of Poughkeepsie in the successful transition to a single public bus system in the county.

 

 

  • Approved a resolution endorsing NYSDOT safety performance measures and targets, and agreeing to program projects that help meet those targets. Also approved a resolution supporting performance measure targets for Dutchess County Public Transit and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

 

  • In conjunction with OCTC and UCTC, issued an RFP for a Mid-Hudson Valley Regional Transit Study.

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