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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

DCTC approves its 2018-2019 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) (.pdf): the annual statement of work that describes the planning tasks and budgets for the State Fiscal Year that started April 1, 2018. 

NYSDOT announces statewide call for projects for the 2018 BRIDGE NY Program, which supports the rehabilitation and replacement of local bridges and culverts. Final applications are due April 27, 2018 for bridges. Please see Funding Notice (.pdf) for more information.

DCTC issues second annual High-End Speeding Analysis for Dutchess County (.pdf), which identifies county and local roads with high percentages of ‘high-end’ speeding, defined as those vehicles traveling more than 10 mph over the posted speed limit.

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The Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC) serves as the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Dutchess County, 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 an MPO. Since 1982, the Transportation Council has provided a forum for state and local government to solve transportation issues and reach consensus on federally-supported transportation plans and projects in Dutchess County. 

The Transportation Council develops three key products: a Metropolitan Transportation Plan, a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and a Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) [.pdf]. The Transportation Plan outlines our transportation goals and policies for the next 20-years and is updated every five years. The current Plan, Moving Dutchess 2, was adopted in 2016. Updated every three years, the TIP serves as the five-year capital program for federally funded transportation projects in Dutchess County. The UPWP details our upcoming planning projects and budgets for the 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 a decision-making body, is comprised of 16 voting members. Membership is based on a municipality’s 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 related Dutchess County departments serve as non-voting advisory members. See the DCTC Organization page for more information.

The Transportation Council is supported by a Planning Committee that reviews work products prior to adoption. The Planning Committee is responsible for providing agency and municipal input during the development of interim products. Membership on the Planning Committee is open to all municipalities in Dutchess County and its meetings open to the public. Funding for the Transportation Council is provided by 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 sent 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 leave a comment or request to be added to our mailing list.


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