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 main duty 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.
Transportation Funding Opportunities:
2023 BRIDGE NY Program
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) announced the start of its 2023 BRIDGE NY Program. Over $4 million in federal funding will be available for bridge projects in Dutchess County and $125 million in state funding for culvert projects across New York State. More information, including FAQs and application materials, is available through the program website. Applications are due January 19, 2024 for culverts, and January 26, 2024 for bridges.
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has announced a statewide solicitation for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program, and Carbon Reduction Program (CRP). $165 million is being made available for projects that support bicycle and pedestrian facilities, access to public transportation, safe routes to schools, and congestion mitigation. More information, including the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), application, guidebook, FAQ, and required workshop schedule, is available through the program website. Pre-applications are due November 28, 2023, and applications due January 9, 2024.
New York State Transportation Plan 2050
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is developing a new Transportation Plan. The Plan will establish a long-range, statewide transportation vision and will guide the policies and priorities for New York's transportation system through 2050. Visit the website to learn more, and please take this two-minute survey to help them understand how the transportation system works for you.
Resilient Ways Forward
Visit our website to learn about Resilient Ways Forward, an assessment of climate change and how it's impacting transportation in Dutchess County. The study will find where our transportation system is most vulnerable to climate hazards such as flooding, extreme temperatures, winter weather, and wind, and recommend ways to reduce these impacts on our system. So far, we've posted a summary and fact sheet (.pdfs) of climate change impacts in Dutchess County, and completed a phase 1 system-level analysis to help us understand the relative risk of our transportation assets to climate hazards.