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Transportation

(Includes: Airport/Aviation, Dial-A-Ride, Mass Transit/LOOP Bus, Travel)




Transportation

(Includes: Airport/Aviation, Dial-A-Ride, Mass Transit/LOOP Bus, Travel)

Q.   Where is the nearest child car seat inspection station in my community?

View our list of child car seat safety check locations in Dutchess County.  To locate child car seat inspection stations and certified technicians throughout New York State, visit the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee website at:  http://www.safeny.ny.gov/.

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Q.   Where can I apply for a passport?

You have several options when applying for a passport:

  1. You can for a passport at office the Dutchess County Clerk; normal processing is within 25 days (5 weeks) from date of receipt.  Click Here to access the County Clerk’s page that contains more information about this.

  2. There are numerous other locations where you can apply for a passport in Dutchess County, including several post offices, libraries and town clerks.  You will need an appointment to apply at some of these locations.

  3. To find out specifically where else you can apply and what the hours and appointment requirements are, click Here to visit the U.S. Department of State’s passport webpages, then click on “How to Get a Passport” and “Where to Apply”.

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Q.   Where can I take flying lessons?

Click on the following link to view Dutchess Community College Aviation Science:  Pilot Degree Program.

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Q.   What if I need service after normal business hours at the Dutchess County Airport?

Contact the Department of Aviation at (845) 463-6000 to make arrangements for after hours services.  We prefer 24 hours notice, however, we do understand certain situations do not allow advanced notice.   Call us and we’ll make sure we are here to take care of your needs.

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Q.   Where do I call for information on having my child bused to a private school?

Call the transportation department of the school district in which you are located.  Visit our School Districts in Dutchess County web page to view contact information.

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Q.   Who do I contact with questions regarding Aircraft storage at the Dutchess County Airport?

Contact the Department of Aviation by telephone at (845) 463-6000 or Email us at dcairport@co.dutchess.ny.us.

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Q.   Where do I call for information about school bus routes and services?

Call the transportation department of the school district in which you are located.  Click Here for a school directory listing.

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Q.   How do I find out which commercial airlines serve an airport near me?

To get the most up to date information, contact the airport directly.

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Q.   Can I rent a car at the Dutchess County Airport?

If you need a car for your visit to our facility, we can make all of the arrangements for you. You can call (845) 463-6000 and set up reservations for yourself or your passengers. We will need all of the required information including Drivers License, Date of Birth, Address, arrival date and time, and a valid credit card. Be sure to advise us if you or your passengers are Hertz Gold Members. We will do our best to ensure the car is on the ramp and your transition is as quick and smooth as possible.

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Q.   I'm interested in carpooling, are there any park and ride lots in Dutchess County?

View a list of carpooling/vanpooling locations in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties.  For additional commuter services, visit MetroPool, a free commuter services sponsored by the New York State and Connecticut Departments of Transportation.

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Q.   Is there somewhere at the Dutchess County Airport where I can do flight planning?

Dutchess Aviation has real time DTN Satellite Weather Service, and the good old standby Flight Service Station (FSS) hotline.  Our conference  room is also available for use.

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Q.   Where can I find out about public transportation?

Please visit the Dutchess County website Homepage and hover over the Transportation link located under Quick Links on the left side of the page.  A list of links to various transportation resources will display.

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Q.   Is there somewhere available at the Dutchess County Airport for pilots to just take a break?

Sure!  Visit us at Dutchess Aviation! There is usually a hot pot of coffee waiting as well as Handicapped Accessible Restrooms in the Main Lobby.  We have comfortable couches, Cable TV, and vending machines for a quick snack for those on the go.

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Q.   How can I apply for employment with Dutchess County Airport?

You can apply for employment with Dutchess County Airport by filling out an Application for Employment.  Applications can be obtained from Dutchess County Department of Personnel, 22 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY -or- can be submitted online.  Click Here to submit the application online.

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Q.   I would like to open an airport, either for public or private use, what do I have to do?

Visit the New York State Department of Transportation Aviation Service's Frequently Asked Questions webpage for airport owners/managers.

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Q.   Is it possible to gain access to the Dutchess County Airport via ground transportation?

Yes.  Call our main number at  (845) 463-6000, advise us of your location on the field and we will meet you at the appropriate gate.

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Q.   Is there any commercial airline service from the Dutchess County Airport?

No.  There currently is no commercial airline service from Poughkeepsie.

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Q.   I've recently purchased an aircraft, with what state regulations do I have to comply?

Visit the New York State Department of Transportation Aviation Service’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage for pilots.

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Q.   What services do you offer corporate and private aircrafts at the Dutchess County Airport?

We offer a wide range of services for our customers inlcuding:  Air BP branded dealer with 100LL AVGAS, Jet-A, Jet-A with additive, aircraft de-icing, lavatory service, catering, complimentary coffee and ice, engine pre-heats, jump starts/GPU, limousine and hotel reservations, Wi-Fi Internet Access, DUATS flight planning, and DTN/Meteorlogix Weather.

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Q.   I am a NYS resident who purchased and keeps an aircraft in another state. Are there any NYS regulations that I should be aware of?

Visit the New York State Department of Transportation Aviation Service's Frequently Asked Questions webpage for pilots. 

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Q.   Do you provide courtesy transportation at the Dutchess County Airport?

Yes, within reasonable limits and availability of staff, transportation can be provided by any of our Line Service personnel.

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Q.   Is there a restaurant on the Dutchess County Airport grounds?

Our staff will be happy to take you to and pick you up from any one of several local establishments.

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Q.   What are the eligibility criteria for the Community Solutions for Transportation Program?

The eligibility criteria for the Community Solutions for Transportation Program are:

  • the applicant must be financially responsible for a minor child who is under the age of 18 or under the age of 19 and attending secondary school or an equivalent level of vocational or technical training, and
  • the applicant must be in receipt of Family Assistance through the Department of Social Services or have income less than 200% of the poverty level, and
  • the applicant must have a have a work-related transportation need.

Generally, minor-age children without children of their own are not eligible for TANF services.  The best thing to do is to apply for the CST service and the program administrator will determine your eligibility.

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Q.   Is the Dutchess County Trolley available for private use?

As stipulated by federal regulations, the trolley is not available for private use, nor can it be used by any organization other than Dutchess County LOOP to generate revenue.  

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Q.   What transportation is available to seniors who no longer drive for shopping and social activities?

Transportation available to seniors includes: Dial-A-Ride, the LOOP Bus, volunteer organizations, and churches.  For more information contact Office For The Aging Reception (845) 486-2555. 

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Q.   I am a disabled senior citizen, what transportation services are available?

The Dutchess County LOOP Bus System operates three (3) types of Paratransit Services that provide curb-to-curb service: an ADA Complementary Paratransit Service, a Dial-A-Ride program, and a Rural Paratransit Service. Each program has its own specific eligibility criteria and regulations.

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Q.   Are there parking facilities at each stop along the RailLink routes?

We have three RailLink routes to the Beacon, New Hamburg, and Poughkeepsie Train Stations.  Parking facilities are located along each route at the following locations:

  • Beacon - Renegade's Baseball Stadium (Dutchess County Transportation Center), Route 9D, Beacon

  • New Hamburg - Galleria or South Hills Malls, Route 9, Poughkeepsie

  • Poughkeepsie - Cannon Street Park-and-Ride Lot, Poughkeepsie

 

Specific route information for our system is available by calling Loop at (845) 473-8424.

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Q.   Do I need to purchase a LOOP bus ticket prior to boarding or can I pay on the bus?

Effective July 1, 2009, our fare is $1.75 per zone and customers can pay when boarding the bus. Monthly passes can be purchased at our office at 14 Commerce Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.  Monthly pass riders would have to show the pass upon entering the vehicle.

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Q.   Is there transportation available to seniors for medical appointments?

Some medical transportation is available for seniors.  Medicaid clients should call Medicaid Transportation at (845) 473-0813; a three-day notice is required.  Non-Medicaid clients should call Office For The Aging at (845) 486-2555.

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Q.   Can I board the LOOP bus anywhere along the route or only at the stops indicated on the schedule?

The times on the schedules are time points and the bus will stop if hailed anywhere along the route that is safe to pull over. The buses do not stop at throughfares or intersections where cars are making right-hand turns.

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Q.   How can I find out if I'm eligible for the Dial-A-Ride service?

In order to serve the special transportation needs of the elderly and disabled public, the service is offered only to those who need it.  Locate more information on eligibility requirements and application.

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Q.   Do I need exact change for the LOOP bus fare?

LOOP bus drivers cannot make change, exact fare is required.

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Q.   I left personal items on a LOOP bus, whom should I contact?

Any articles found on the bus will be turned into the LOOP Bus Office.  The LOOP Bus Office is located in the town of LaGrange, off Route 55, at 14 Commerce Street.  All articles will be held for a maximum of 14 days. Call (845) 473-8424.

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Q.   When is the next meeting of the Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council?

Visit the webpages of the Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council and click on the Calendar of Events menu item to view upcoming  and past meeting information, including agendas and summaries of previous meetings. 

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Q.   What transportation is available to seniors who no longer drive for shopping and social activities?

Transportation available to seniors includes: Dial-A-Ride, the LOOP Bus, volunteer organizations, and churches.  For more information contact Office For The  Aging  Reception (845) 486-2555. 

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Q.   How do I become a Pilot?

Decide what you want to fly. This is because FAA’s rules for getting a pilot’s certificate differ depending on the type of aircraft you fly. You can choose among airplanes, gyroplanes, helicopters, gliders, balloons, or airships. If you are interested in flying ultralight vehicles, you don’t need a pilot’s certificate.  To access more information on becoming a pilot, please visit the Federal Aviation Administration’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

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