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.
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: