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About the Transportation Council

We develop three core products: a Metropolitan Transportation Plan, a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and a Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). 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 Forward, was adopted in 2021. The TIP serves as the five-year capital program for federally-funded transportation projects in Dutchess County and is updated every three years. The annual UPWP details our upcoming planning projects and budgets for the year. We receive federal transportation funds as the result of a planning program that produces these documents.

We operate according to a set of bylaws (.pdf) that identify our voting members, establish our decision-making process, and describe the roles and responsibilities of committees and sub-committees. Our bylaws include a description of our membership, meetings, our decision-making process, key products, our Project Selection Framework (.pdf), and guidelines for approving changes to federally-funded transportation projects.

Our Public Participation Plan (.pdf) outlines a vision and goals for public participation, and includes a toolbox of virtual, in-person, and cross-cutting tools that we can use to achieve those goals. It also discusses strategies to reach various focus populations.  

The Transportation Council, acting as a decision-making body, has 16 voting members. Membership is based on a municipality’s urbanized area classification: urbanized cities and towns serve as permanent voting members and the remaining towns and villages serve 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, 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.

We are supported by a Planning Committee that meets monthly to review interim products prior to adoption by voting members.

Please see our current Council Membership List (.pdf) for more information.   

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) are required to evaluate and certify our metropolitan transportation planning process every four years. This in-person certification review is required for urbanized areas with more than 200,000 people. The review ensures that we are meeting the statutory and regulatory requirements for the metropolitan planning process.

Please see our Regional Transportation Planning page for our latest certification report and more information.

As a recipient of federal funding, we assure that no persons or groups of persons shall, on the grounds of race, creed, color, gender, age, national origin, disability, income, sexual orientation, Limited English Proficiency, or veteran status, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any and all programs, services, or activities administered or carried out by the DCTC or our direct recipients, consultants, or contractors.

Please see our Title VI Policy and Complaint Procedures (.pdf) for more information.