Mark Debald, Transportation Program Administrator
The 2017-2018 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) (.pdf) describes the work of the Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC), the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Dutchess County portion of the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh NY-NJ Urbanized Area. The DCTC 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 DCTC 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.
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 2016-2017 program year, completing the following major tasks:
- Finalized the new 25-year Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Moving Dutchess 2, which recommends projects and plans to preserve the transportation system, while also improving accessibility throughout Dutchess County. The Transportation Plan includes a reassessment of the MPO’s performance measures and goals first established in 2012.
- Approved the new FFY 2017-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), programming almost $86 million in federal transportation funding for highway and transit projects in Dutchess County. Also updated the Transportation Council's online TIP Viewer application.
- Completed the Upper Route 9G Corridor Management Plan (CMP), which identifies 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.
- Completed the Arlington Town Center Pedestrian Plan, which identifies ways to improve pedestrian access to the Arlington Town Center and enhance the pedestrian experience in the Town Center. The Pedestrian Plan establishes a vision for creating a walkable, pedestrian-friendly Main Street, includes an inventory of sidewalks and other infrastructure, and identifies a series of prioritized recommendations.
- Completed an analysis of speeding patterns on county and local roads, based on data collected from the annual traffic count program. This analysis identified road segments with high percentages of ‘high-end’ speeders: defined by staff as those travelling more than 10 mph over the posted speed limit. By highlighting road segments with high-end speeding, the Council seeks to assist elected officials, law enforcement agencies, and highway departments with their efforts to target speed enforcement, implement traffic calming measures, and allocate resources to reduce speeding and improve traffic safety.
- In coordination with the Dutchess County Department of Public Works, initiated a county-wide pavement scoring program for all local roads (i.e. county, city, town, and village roads) within Dutchess County. This initiative provides municipalities with an objective and uniform Pavement Condition Index (PCI) rating for all paved roads, which enables them to track road conditions over time, prioritize limited maintenance funds, and develop capital planning programs to maintain and improve local road conditions.
- Continued to lead the County’s inter‐departmental Complete Streets Committee, which developed a Complete Streets Policy that was adopted by the County Legislature in October 2016. The new policy applies to transportation-related elements of projects involving County property (including roads, parks, and buildings), as well as public and private projects over which the County Department of Public Works has permitting authority. The Committee also developed a checklist to help implement the new policy.
- Continued to implement Walk Bike Dutchess, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan for Dutchess County, promoting ways 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 and annual traffic count program. The traffic count program collected vehicle volume, classification, and speed data at approximately 250 locations across the county.