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 also 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. This includes work on a Congestion Management Plan and Regional Transit Study, and the sub-allocation of federal transit funds across the region.
The TMA also undergoes an in-person Federal Certification Review (.pdf) every four years. Although part of a TMA, each MPO is still responsible for coordinating transportation planning within their respective county.
Federal law requires that a TMA develop a Congestion Management Process (CMP) to identify how it will quantify, evaluate, and manage congestion throughout a region’s transportation network. The CMP is a joint product of the TMA’s three local MPOs: DCTC, OCTC, and UCTC. Our current CMP (.pdf), adopted in 2019, establishes a four-step process to define, measure, and manage congestion. It incorporates new data sources, tools, and best practices from the National Performance Management Research Data Set (NPMRDS). The NPMRDS, created from wireless vehicle probe data, is procured by FHWA to assist states and MPOs with measuring travel performance on the National Highway System (NHS).
In early 2020 staff from the three MPOs completed a TMA-Wide Macro-Level Analysis (.pdf)—a screening of the Mid-Hudson region to identify congestion hot-spots—and a Multi-Modal Accessibility Analysis (.pdf).
The current CMP follows earlier efforts in 2005/2006 and 2011. These earlier documents are available on our publications page.
The TMA is responsible for suballocating federal formula funds to transit operators 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 four MPOs in our TMA must agree upon the suballocation of these funds across the region. We also engage in regional transit planning activities to improve the delivery of transit services to commuters, residents, and visitors. This includes ongoing work on a Regional Transit Study: Connect Mid-Hudson.