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What is the UPWP?

Transportation Council
Eoin Wrafter, Commissioner


Mark Debald, Transportation Program Administrator

The 2016-2017 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) (.pdf)  describes the work of the Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council (PDCTC), the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Dutchess County portion of the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh NY-NJ Urbanized Area. The PDCTC is responsible for coordinating transportation planning and programming activities within Dutchess County. The Urbanized Area also includes portions of Orange and Ulster Counties in New York, and Passaic County in New Jersey, and has a combined population of almost 424,000 (2010 Census). The Orange County Transportation Council (OCTC)Ulster County Transportation Council (UCTC), and North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) are responsible for transportation planning activities in their respective areas.

Preparation of an annual UPWP is required by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and serves as the basis for all federal funding assistance for transportation planning to state, local, and regional agencies. The UPWP provides member agencies a way to coordinate these different planning activities, and to relate transportation planning concerns to other planning activities in the region. Funds to support the work program come from Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Planning Funds (PL), and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5303 Funds.

Dutchess County and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) provide the required matching funds for all UPWP tasks. The PDCTC carries out its planning responsibilities in accordance with the federal Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), and related regulations and guidelines. These regulations require three major products in order to maintain a transportation process: a long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan with a minimum 20-year planning horizon, a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) that identifies a multi-year schedule of federally funded capital projects, and an annual work program, the UPWP. The UPWP includes a variety of planning activities that address on-going and emerging issues related to maintaining and improving the region’s transportation system.

2015-2016 Accomplishments

The Council worked with member agencies and stakeholders on a variety of short- and long-range planning initiatives, data collection, and capital programming activities during the 2015-2016 program year, completing the following major tasks:

  • Completed an update to the current Metropolitan Transportation Plan, including a progress report on the Transportation Plan’s performance measures and a re-assessment of recommended projects. The 25-year plan, titled Moving Dutchess 2, recommends projects and plans to preserve the transportation system, while also improving accessibility throughout Dutchess County. Development of Moving Dutchess 2 relied on extensive public outreach, including six public workshops and a survey that received over 900 responses.
  • Updated the FFY 2014-2018 TIP to reflect changes in project costs, scopes, and schedules as needed.
  • Completed an update of the Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan that identifies the transportation needs of disabled and elderly persons, provides strategies for meeting those needs, and prioritizes transportation projects and services to expand access to services and destinations.
  • Completed Tasks 1 (Existing Conditions), 2 (Crash Analysis), and 3 (Safety Assessment) of the Upper Route 9G Corridor Management Plan (CMP), which seeks to identify short- and long-range recommendations to improve vehicular and non-vehicular safety and access along a section of NYS Route 9G from CR 78 (Broadway/West Kerley Corners Rd.) in the Village of Tivoli to NYS Route 199 in the Town of Red Hook, as well as CR 78 (Broadway) through Tivoli and CR 103 (Annandale Rd.) through Bard College. The project relies on an Advisory Committee to help guide the study.
  • Created and coordinated an inter‐departmental Complete Streets Committee, which developed a Complete Streets vision statement and checklist for Dutchess County and worked to promote walking and bicycling more broadly.
  • Coordinated regular meetings of Dutchess County Planning Department and Public Works (DCDPW) staff to better coordinate planning activities, especially the review of proposed developments.     
  • Continued to implement Walk Bike Dutchess, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan for Dutchess County, implementing steps to make walking and bicycling safer, more convenient forms of transportation and recreation.
  • Completed the Transportation Council’s annual pavement condition monitoring program for local federal-aid eligible roads.
  • Collected vehicle volume, classification, and speed data at 291 locations on County and local roads as part of the annual traffic count program.


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