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Dutchess County Public Transit Seeking Input for Systemwide Study

Published: 3/30/2021

For More Information Contact:

Colleen Pillus, Communications Director

(845) 486-2000

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Public Transit (DCPT) is hosting an online survey for residents to share information on their past, present and future use of DCPT services as well as private transportation services, as part of an ongoing transit study to develop ways to further enhance the transit system. The survey is available online in English and Spanish now through April 16.

DCPT has already made a number of improvements to the countywide system, including the new DCPT Bus Tracker smartphone app, which is available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, as well as designing and distributing a comprehensive Rider Guide to help residents navigate the system, purchasing three new buses, and plans to install up to 14 new accessible bus shelters to improve riders’ experience.

County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “We continue to seek new ways to improve our riders’ experience on Dutchess County Public Transit service. By better understanding how riders have and will use our services, we can better plan for improvements and innovations to ensure our system is as efficient and effective as possible, while meeting residents’ needs. I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to complete this survey and help us learn more about your experiences with our transit system before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The survey, which is being conducted on behalf of the County by Nelson/Nygaard, asks questions about how riders use DCPT services, including how they may have curtailed use of public transit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, how they currently use services, and how they may use services in the future once a vaccine is widely distributed. Feedback will be used to form recommendations for future improvements such as group ride-share, micro-transit networks, or revamping the current system as well as suggestions for fuel-efficient vehicles, fare structure, and hours of service.

Dutchess County residents who complete the survey can also enter their email address to be entered to win one of four $25 Visa gift cards. Visit the Dutchess County Public Transit website for more information or for assistance completing the survey, contact DCPT at 845-473-8424.