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Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

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. 

Current Highlights

2024-2025 Program Highlights

We're working on a mix of transportation planning tasks for 2024-2025:

  • Initiate a Transportation Safety Action Plan (SAP) that aligns with USDOT’s Safe Streets for All (SS4A) Program. The SAP will allow agencies and municipalities to apply for future SS4A capital funding.

  • Initiate a series of planning tasks for the Route 9D corridor, focusing on heavy truck activity and operational issues in Wappingers Falls and at major intersections in Wappinger.

  • Complete substantial work on the Beacon-Hopewell Rail Trail Feasibility Study, to include an existing conditions report and preliminary concept evaluation. We will also begin work on a final concept plan and cost estimates.

  • Begin implementation of Resilient Ways Forward – our climate vulnerability assessment of the transportation system in Dutchess County.

  • Continue our long-standing vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle count program and our analysis of high-end speeding on county and local roads.

  • Review and update the functional classification of state, county, and local roads in Dutchess County, based on the recently adjusted 2020 Urban Area boundary.

  • Continue our Watch Out For Me campaign to increase awareness of transportation safety issues in Dutchess County, in coordination with the County’s Complete Streets Committee.

  • Continue to lend planning support to County Public Works as they implement various projects across the county, to include improvements along CR 62 (Maple Ave) in Millerton, CR 103 (Annandale Rd) in Red Hook, and at the CR 114 (Main St)/Grand Ave intersection in Poughkeepsie.

  • Provide planning guidance to County Public Transit as they consider service changes in 2024 and progress a federally funded electrification study of their bus system and facilities.

Previous Accomplishments

Budget

We rely 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 federal transportation law, the most recent being the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). For 2024-2025, the estimated federal allocation for New York State totals $45 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.

2024-2025 Budget

The annual funding estimate for our 2024-2025 planning program totals almost $1,837,000. This includes about $717,000 in FHWA funding, $155,000 in FTA funding, and an estimated $965,000 in unspent FHWA funding from previous years. All funds, including the unspent balance of FHWA funding, have been programmed for 2024-2025.