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Transportation Management Area (TMA)

Transportation Council
Eoin Wrafter, Commissioner


Mark Debald, Transportation Program Administrator

In addition to carrying out the metropolitan transportation planning process within Dutchess County, the Transportation Council also addresses regional transportation needs through its participation in the Mid-Hudson Valley Transportation Management Area (TMA). The TMA is a federal designation used to classify Urbanized Areas with populations of 200,000 or more. The Poughkeepsie-Newburgh NY-NJ Urbanized Area, with a population of over 423,000, includes parts of Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties in New York, and Passaic County in New Jersey. The Orange County Transportation Council (OCTC) and Ulster County Transportation Council (UCTC) manage the metropolitan transportation planning processes for their respective counties, while the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) is responsible for metropolitan planning for northern New Jersey including Passaic County. Please see the TMA Map (.pdf).   

The three New York MPOs (DCTC, OCTC, and UCTC) participate in a collaborative planning relationship that focuses on addressing regional transportation issues and meeting federal requirements for a TMA. Examples of this partnership include completion of a single Congestion Management Process (CMP) and the distribution of competitive FTA Section 5307 funds. The TMA must also undergo an in-person Federal Certification Review every four years. Although members of the TMA, each MPO is still responsible for coordinating transportation planning and programming within their respective county.  

Congestion Management Plan: Federal law requires that a TMA develop a Congestion Management Plan (CMP) for the metropolitan area. The CMP identifes how the MPOs will quantify, evaluate, and manage congestion throughout the region’s transportation network. In 2005, the MPOs adopted a single CMP for the TMA. The CMP established a single definition for congestion, recommended common types of data collection, and allowed for locally derived methods to mitigate congestion in individual communities. Please see the Congestion Management Plan for the Mid-Hudson Valley TMA (2005) and the Congestion Management Plan Step 2 Report (2006) (.pdf) for more information. 

Regional Travel Time Survey: In 2011 the TMA completed a Regional Travel Time Survey project. The goal of the project was to build on the initial CMP report, which identified congested roads in the region based on the MPOs' Travel Demand Models, by collecting real-time travel times on major corridors. Travel time survey data helps to capture a more realistic picture of congestion and is also useful in calibrating each MPOs' Travel Demand Models to improve their reliability. The Survey is posted on our Publications page (see TMA Reports).

al Transit Administration (FTA) Funding: The TMA is also repsonsible for suballocating FTA formula funds throughout the Urbanized Area. These funds provide capital, operating, and planning assistance to local public transit providers. Funds are apportioned using a formula based on population, population density, and transit service/ridership. The MPO's in the Mid-Hudson Valley receive these funds individually, though they set aside a portion to meet regional transit needs.

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