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Eoin Wrafter

Transportation Council
27 High Street, 2nd Floor
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
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Mark Debald, Transportation Program Administrator

PDCTC announces 30-day public comment period for Draft FFY 2017-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Comments are due June 24, 2016. The PDCTC will also hold a public information meeting for the Draft TIP on Wednesday, June 8th at 3:00 p.m. at the Dutchess County Planning Department. For more information, please see the Public Notice.

PDCTC FFY 2014-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Project Listing (as of May 16, 2016) (.pdf)

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The Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council (PDCTC) serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Dutchess County, responsible for ensuring that federal transportation funds are committed through a locally driven, comprehensive planning process. Federal statutes require that urbanized areas with over 50,000 people be represented by a MPO. The Transportation Council provides a forum for State and local officials to discuss transportation issues and reach a consensus on transportation plans and projects in Dutchess County. The Transportation Council has performed this task since 1982.

The Transportation Council routinely develops three core products: a Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and a Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) (.pdf). The Transportation Plan outlines the Council's transportation goals and policies for the next 20-25 years and is updated every five years. The current Plan, Moving Dutchess 2, was adopted in 2015. Updated every two years, the TIP serves as the five-year capital program for federally funded transportation projects in Dutchess County. The UPWP details Council staff time and planning money over the course of a State Fiscal Year and is updated annually. The Council receives federal highway and transit funds as the result of a comprehensive planning program that produces these documents.

The Transportation Council, acting as the local MPO decision-making body, is comprised of 16 voting members. Membership on the Council is based on a municipality‚Äôs urbanized area classification, with the urbanized cities and towns serving as permanent voting members and the remaining towns and villages serving on a  rotating basis or as nominated by the Dutchess County Supervisors and Mayors Association. In addition, Dutchess County, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) serve as voting members on the Council, while the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), New York State Bridge Authority (NYSBA), and Dutchess County Planning, Public Works, and Public Transit serve as non-voting advisory members.

The Transportation Council is assisted by a Planning Committee that reviews plans and programs prior to Council action. The Planning Committee is responsible for providing agency, municipal, and public input during the development of the MTP, TIP, UPWP, and other Council products. Membership on the Planning Committee is open to all municipalities in Dutchess County. See the PDCTC Organization page for more information. Council staff responsibilities are shared by the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development and NYSDOT-Region 8.

Funding for the Transportation Council is provided by the FHWA, FTA, NYSDOT, and Dutchess County.

How to Get Involved

Interested individuals or groups can join our Public Information Mailing List, which we use to distribute our newsletter and notices of upcoming meetings and products. The public is encouraged to attend our public information meetings. Transportation Council products are mailed to all municipal offices and libraries for reference and are available upon request.

Please use our Public Comment Form (.pdf) or the Dutchess Direct system (click on the icon at top of page) to comment on the program and/or request to be added to our mailing list.


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