The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) (.pdf) describes our annual planning work to address ongoing and emerging transportation issues. Preparation of the UPWP is required by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and serves as the basis for federal funding assistance for transportation planning. The UPWP helps our member agencies coordinate various planning activities and relate transportation planning concerns to other planning activities in the region. Funding support for the work program comes from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
Dutchess County and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) provide the required matching funds for all UPWP tasks. We carry out our planning responsibilities in accordance with the federal Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) and related regulations and guidelines.
The Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC) has identified the following planning objectives for our 2018-2019 UPWP (.pdf):
The Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC) worked with member agencies and stakeholders on a variety of short- and long-range planning initiatives, data collection efforts, and capital programming activities during the 2017-2018 program year, highlighted by the following accomplishments:
Completed the Village of Millerton Pedestrian Plan (.pdf), which identifies ways to improve pedestrian access and safety in the Village Center. The Plan establishes a vision for creating a more walkable, pedestrian-friendly village, includes an inventory of sidewalks and other infrastructure, and documents a series of prioritized recommendations. The Plan was developed in coordination with a volunteer task force with members from the Village of Millerton and Town of North East.
Completed substantial work on a Downtown Parking Improvement Plan for the City of Poughkeepsie (.pdf). The Parking Plan will help ensure that the City’s parking system is operated and managed efficiently and effectively, consistent with the City’s downtown redevelopment goals. The Parking Plan includes an inventory of on-street and off-street parking capacity, both public and private, and an analysis of parking usage and payment compliance. When completed in 2018, the Plan will provide a prioritized implementation strategy to improve parking operations in the short-term and with planned future development.
Conducted a Safety Assessment (SA) of the intersection of Main St./Worrall Ave./Innis Ave (.pdf) in the City of Poughkeepsie. The SA, which is based on FHWA’s Road Safety Audit process, supports our goal to improve transportation safety at high crash locations in Dutchess County. The SA includes numerous recommendations to improve safety at the intersection, with a focus on low-cost, short-range improvements.
In coordination with the Dutchess County Department of Public Works and the Cornell Local Roads Program (CLRP), completed the first full round of pavement scoring for all local (county, city, town, and village) roads in Dutchess County. This initiative, supported by interns from the Cornell Asset Management Program (CAMP), provides municipalities with a uniform Pavement Condition Index (PCI) rating for all paved roads. The PCI rating enables local officials to track road conditions over time, prioritize maintenance funds, and develop capital programs to improve road conditions.
Completed the 2017 Traffic Count Program, collecting volume, vehicle classification, and speed data at 230 locations across the county. The 2017 count program also deployed video technology to count people walking and bicycling at 16 locations throughout the county, including the William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, and various sidewalks and crosswalks.
Completed the second annual analysis of speeding patterns on County and local roads, based on data from the annual traffic count program. This analysis identified roads with high percentages of ‘high-end’ speeders, defined as those travelling more than 10 mph over the posted speed limit. The analysis is intended to assist elected officials, law enforcement agencies, and highway departments with their efforts to target speed enforcement, implement traffic calming measures, and allocate resources to reduce speeding and improve traffic safety.
Completed a Complete Streets analysis of Beekman Street in the City of Beacon, identifying ways to improve walking and bicycling access between the Beacon train station and Main Street.
Continued to lead the County’s inter‐departmental Complete Streets Committee, which is currently focused on expanding the County’s traffic safety education campaign, Watch Out For Me.
Approved a resolution endorsing NYSDOT safety performance measures and targets, and agreeing to program projects that help meet those targets. Also approved a resolution supporting performance measure targets for Dutchess County Public Transit and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC) relies on federal planning funds to carry out our metropolitan transportation planning process. These funds, allocated on an annual basis and programmed through the UPWP, come from two primary sources: the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Planning Program (PL) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5303 Metropolitan Planning Program (MPP). The funds are authorized through the federal surface transportation authorization, the most recent being the FAST Act. For 2018-2019, the federal allocation for New York State is estimated to total over $31.7 million. The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) distributes the funds to the 14 MPOs in New York State based on a formula that accounts for each MPO's planning area population and its TMA status.
These planning funds, like other federal transportation funding, are administered through NYSDOT on a reimbursement basis. We must first perform the planning work, after which we are reimbursed for the federal share of the cost. Our staff administer UPWP activities and submit quarterly reimbursement requests and activity reports to NYSDOT.
As with most federal transportation funding, a 20 percent local match is required for the federal planning funds used in the UPWP. NYSDOT provides a 15 percent toll credit/in-kind service match, while Dutchess County provides a five percent monetary match.
Our 2018-2019 UPWP annual funding estimate totals over $665,000 (about $540,000 in FHWA funding and $125,000 in FTA funding). We also have over $536,000 in unspent FHWA funding from previous years. Unexpended funds are available for programming as needed and we intend to use $270,000 of these funds for the 2018-2019 program year. The remaining unexpended balance of $266,000 will be reserved for future projects and work needed to implement federal requirements in the FAST Act. We expect to spend a large share of our savings over the next three years, though some backlog funds will be kept in reserve to address unforeseen needs.