Regional Transportation Planning

Transportation Council
Eoin Wrafter, Commissioner


DCTC, OCTC, and UCTC launch Connect Mid-Hudson Regional Transit Study to identify ways to improve transit connections among key Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster destinations, and also improve services to areas such as Westchester County and New York City.

The Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC) addresses regional transportation needs through our participation in the Mid-Hudson Valley Transportation Management Area (TMA). A TMA is a federal designation used to classify Urbanized Areas with populations of 200,000 or more. The Poughkeepsie-Newburgh NY-NJ Urbanized Area, with a population of over 423,000, includes parts of Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties in New York, and Passaic County in New Jersey (see our TMA Map (.pdf)).

The Metropolitan Planning Organizations in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties partner to address regional transportation issues and meet TMA planning requirements. Examples of our partnership include a Congestion Management Plan and the distribution of federal transit funds. 

  • Congestion Management Plan (CMP): Federal law requires that the TMA develop a CMP to identify how we will quantify, evaluate, and manage congestion throughout the region’s transportation network. Our current CMP establishes a single definition for congestion, recommends common types of data collection, and allows for locally derived methods to address congestion. 

    Please see our initial CMP (.pdf) and CMP Step 2 Report (.pdf) for more information. T
    he TMA also completed a Regional Travel Time Survey to complement its CMP (see Congestion Management Planning).
  • Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Funding: The TMA is repsonsible for suballocating FTA formula funds throughout the Urbanized Area. These funds provide capital, operating, and planning assistance to local public transit providers. Funds are apportioned using a formula based on population, population density, and transit service/ridership. The MPOs must agree upon the suballocation of these funds across the region. 

The TMA also undergoes an in-person Federal Certification Review every four years.

Although part of a TMA, each MPO is still responsible for coordinating transportation planning within their respective county. The Orange County Transportation Council (OCTC) and Ulster County Transportation Council (UCTC) manage the metropolitan transportation planning processes for their respective counties, while the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) is responsible for metropolitan planning for northern New Jersey, including Passaic County. 

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