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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.   

As members of the TMA, 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, including development of their own MTP, TIP, and UPWP.  

Congestion Management Plan: Federal law requires that MPOs located within 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) 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 CMP Step 2 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 project summary, charts, and maps are on the Publications page (see TMA Reports).

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al Transit Administration (FTA) Funding: The TMA is also repsonsible for suballocating FTA Section 5307/5340 formula funds throughout the Urbanized Area. Section 5307 is a formula grant program for urbanized areas providing capital, operating, and planning assistance for mass transit. Funds are apportioned to urbanized areas using a formula based on population, population density, and other factors associated with transit service and ridership. The MPO's in the Mid-Hudson Valley receive Section 5307 funds individually, while also setting aside a portion of the funds to be used for regional transit needs.

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