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Transportation Council

The Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC) serves as the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Dutchess County. Federal statutes require that urbanized areas with over 50,000 people be represented by an MPO. The primary mission of an MPO is to ensure that federal transportation funds are committed through a locally driven, comprehensive planning process. Since 1982, we have provided a forum for state and local government to solve transportation issues and reach consensus on federally-supported transportation plans and projects in Dutchess County and across the Mid-Hudson Valley. 

How to Get Involved

All of our meetings are open to the public. You can join our public information email list to receive notices of upcoming meetings and planning announcements. Our publications are posted on this website and paper copies are available upon request. 

Contact Mark Debald, Transportation Program Administrator, or email us if you have questions about the Transportation Council or its activities.

Dutchess County Transportation Council


About the Transportation Council

Transportation Plan

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

Local Planning Initiatives

Regional Transportation Planning

Transportation Data

Walking and Bicycling Resources

Federal Transportation Programs



Planning & Development

News and Announcements

Resilient Ways Forward
Resilient Ways Forward is our assessment of climate change and how it's impacting transportation in Dutchess County. To date, the study has identified where our system is most vulnerable to climate hazards such as flooding, extreme temperatures, winter weather, and wind, and is now identifying ways to reduce those impacts. Visit our website to learn more or click below to access the latest reports (.pdfs):

New Planning Program
We recently approved a Planning Program that describes our planning tasks, schedules, and budgets for the upcoming State Fiscal Year (April 1, 2024 - March 31, 2025). 

Beacon-Hopewell Rail Trail Feasibility Study Launch
We are excited to announce the launch of the Beacon-Hopewell Rail Trail Feasibility Study! This study will determine the feasibility of constructing a rail trail along the MTA’s Beacon Line: an inactive rail corridor that runs between the Hudson River in Beacon and the hamlet of Hopewell Junction in East Fishkill. Visit the study website to learn more, and please take our brief survey to help inform the study. Check out our one-page flyer for an overview of the study: English (.pdf) and Spanish (.pdf).   

Columbus Drive Redesign Study
We recently unveiled several draft redesign concepts for Columbus Drive (i.e., the Westbound Arterial) in the City of Poughkeepsie. The concepts seek to improve safety (for drivers and walkers), maintain reasonable traffic operations, and reconnect the community. See our draft report for details: Draft Columbus Drive Redesign Study (.pdf).