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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

2022-2023 Program Highlights

We're working on the following planning objectives for our 2022-2023 UPWP:

  • Develop and approve a new capital program (TIP) for FFY 2023-2027, which will identify new and existing projects using federal highway and transit funding in Dutchess County during the five-year period.

  • Update our Public Participation Plan to better define our outreach activities, with an emphasis on reaching focus equity populations, coordinating with tribal  nations, and integrating virtual and web-based engagement tools in our planning process.

  • Develop a new project selection framework that incorporates the themes presented in Moving Dutchess Forward, with a focus on addressing future trends, safety, reliability, access to basic needs, and transportation equity.

  • Initiate local pedestrian planning studies and Complete Streets assessments in the Town of Dover (Dover Plains), Town of Poughkeepsie (Route 113-Spackenkill Rd), and Village of Rhinebeck (Route 9-Montgomery/Mill St).

  • Continue to lend planning support to County Public Works as they implement their Universal Accessibility program, to include sidewalk improvements on CR 75 (Innis Ave). Complete an analysis of speeding patterns on county and local roads using data collected from our annual traffic count program.

  • Review and update the Functional Classifications of state, county, and local roads throughout Dutchess County.

  • 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.

  • Provide planning support to Dutchess County Public Transit as they implement recommendations from their countywide transit plan, focusing on improving  both fixed route and demand response services.

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 2022-2023, the federal allocation for New York State is estimated at over $41.3 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.

2022-2023 Budget

Our 2022-2023 UPWP (.pdf) annual funding estimate totals almost $859,000 (about $694,000 in FHWA funding and $165,000 in FTA funding). We also have almost $731,000 in unspent FHWA funding from previous years that are available for programming as needed. We are programming all of these funds for the 2022-2023 program year. For information about our previous UPWP, please see our 2021-2022 UPWP Performance & Expenditure Report: 2021-2022 UPWP UPWP Performance & Expenditure Report (.pdf).