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Poughkeepsie…Dutchess County Public Transit is ready to go with four new County bus routes in the City of Poughkeepsie set to begin operating this Saturday, July 1st. These new routes ensure public transportation continues without interruption as the City of Poughkeepsie ends its bus service tomorrow, June 30th. Drivers have been trained on the new routes and are ready to welcome passengers.
As with any new service, there are certain to be questions over the next several weeks. The following is some helpful information for City of Poughkeepsie bus route passengers to know during the transition in service:
The July 17th meeting will be the first of quarterly public meetings that Dutchess County Public Transit will hold throughout the first year of the new service. The public is encouraged to share feedback and suggestions about the initial launch of the new routes and help determine how to best expand and adjust services to meet the needs of city residents. Feedback from this meeting, as well as the surveys, will be vital for the first round of route adjustments and changes slated to be made by early fall. Public Transit will provide free transportation to and from the meeting. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (845) 473-8424.
Additionally, a new task force has been formed, specifically designed to address the needs of public transit users living within the City of Poughkeepsie and those living with special needs. The task force is a nine-member group, appointed by the Dutchess County Executive and Chairman of the Legislature, and chaired by David Whalen, Dutchess County Department of Public Works Deputy Commissioner. This ad hoc task force’s work is in addition to the efforts of the Public Transit Advisory Group, already established.
The new routes set to launch July 1st are:
Additionally, two new shopping routes servicing City of Poughkeepsie senior housing communities were launched early this month.
As Dutchess County Public Transit already provides bus service countywide including in the City of Poughkeepsie, the expansion of service with the new routes falls within the County’s transit service authorization from the Federal Transit Administration. No further authorization is required.
To learn more about the new routes and to view current bus schedules, go to: dutchessny.gov/publictransit.