Transportation Council
Eoin Wrafter, Commissioner


The Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC) relies on federal planning funds to carry out our metropolitan transportation planning process. These funds, allocated on an annual basis and programmed through the UPWP, come from two primary sources: the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Planning Program (PL) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5303 Metropolitan Planning Program (MPP). The funds are authorized through the federal surface transportation authorization, the most recent being the FAST Act. For  2018-2019, the federal allocation for New York State is estimated to total over $31.7 million. The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) distributes the funds to the 14 MPOs in New York State based on a formula that accounts for each MPO's planning area population and its TMA status.

These planning funds, like other federal transportation funding, are administered through NYSDOT on a reimbursement basis. We must first perform the planning work, after which we are reimbursed for the federal share of the cost. Our staff administer UPWP activities and submit quarterly reimbursement requests and activity reports to NYSDOT.

As with most federal transportation funding, a 20 percent local match is required for the federal planning funds used in the UPWP. NYSDOT provides a 15 percent toll credit/in-kind service match, while Dutchess County provides a five percent monetary match.

2018-2019 Budget

Our 2018-2019 UPWP annual funding estimate totals over $665,000 (about $540,000 in FHWA funding and $125,000 in FTA funding). We also have over $536,000 in unspent FHWA funding from previous years. Unexpended funds are available for programming as needed and we intend to use $270,000 of these funds for the 2018-2019 program year. The remaining unexpended balance of $266,000 will be reserved for future projects and work needed to implement federal requirements in the FAST Act. We expect to spend a large share of our savings over the next three years, though some backlog funds will be kept in reserve to address unforeseen needs.

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