The Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2017-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) serves as the prioritized listing of federally funded transportation projects in Dutchess County for FFY 2017-2021. Developed by the Transportation Council as part of the metropolitan transportation planning process, the TIP identifies capital and non‐capital surface transportation projects or project phases that are proposed for funding under 23 U.S.C. 134 and 49 U.S.C. 5303. At a minimum, the TIP must be updated at least once every four years and be approved by the MPO and Governor. In New York, the TIP update cycle coincides with the update cycle for the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which is typically done every two-three years. The TIP must adhere to the provisions set forth in current federal transportation law, which authorizes the federal transportation programs that support local highway, transit, and bicycle-pedestrian projects.
The TIP is an essential product of the overall transportation planning process, since it is through the TIP that the Transportation Council commits to the implementation of transportation projects. Once programmed on the TIP, a sponsor may proceed with work on a project; for a typical highway project, this includes activities such as preliminary and detailed design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction. Projects must be consistent with the goals and recommendations identified in Moving Dutchess 2, the DCTC's long-range metropolitan transportation plan.
Using the previous 2014-2018 TIP as its foundation, the Transportation Council developed the 2017-2021 TIP with the cooperation of State and local officials, regional and local transit operators, and other affected transportation and regional planning agencies. These organizations assessed their programmed projects and reprioritized them based on changes in funding availability and eligibility, updated project schedules and scopes, and local infrastructure goals. This assessment resulted in the removal of three NYSDOT projects that were already programmed projects, but were withdrawn from the 2017-2021 TIP in order to meet fiscal contraint.
The FAST Act requires that the TIP be financially constrained using estimates of current and reasonably available revenues to program future projects. Financial constraint is demonstrated through a financial plan that demonstrates how the approved TIP can be implemented. The 2017-2021 TIP includes projects for which construction or operating funds are expected to be available.
For the 2017-2021 TIP, a total of $121 million in federal and State highway funds have been targeted for the Council’s planning area (Dutchess County). This represents 13 percent of NYSDOT-Region 8’s total federal highway target. Approximately 73 percent ($88.4 million) of this highway funding comes from federal sources, while 27 percent ($32.7 million) comes from the State. Of all the federal highway programs, the National Highway Performance Program (NHPP) provides the highest share of total federal highway funding for the Council, representing 62 percent of its total allocation, followed by the Surface Transportation Block Grant - Flex (STBG) at 16 percent.
Transit funds were calculated by using the FTA allocations that were apportioned to each designated recipient in FFY 2015 and extrapolating those amounts through the TIP years; for Dutchess County, these included Dutchess County Public Transit, the City of Poughkeepsie, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). A total of $28.6 million will be available to local transit operators in Dutchess County for the TIP period; approximately 60 percent will support commuter rail service, while the remaining 40 percent will support bus operations.
The 2017-2021 TIP programs almost $86 million in federal transportation funding in Dutchess County, with $32 million for highway projects and $53.8 million for transit projects, with the FHWA’s STP and FTA’s Section 5307 programs providing the bulk of these funds. This total does not include federally funded, multi-county maintenance projects that will benefit Dutchess County; these NYSDOT-sponsored projects, mostly pavement and bridge preservation work, use a share of the Transportation Council's federal funding target (mostly NHPP funds). In addition to core programs, the 2017-2021 TIP also includes funding from other federal non-transportation agencies and direct congressional authorizations, which are classified as discretionary federal-aid and High Priority Projects (HPP) respectively. Please see the DCTC TIP Viewer for specific project information.
In addition to projects located solely in Dutchess County, the 2017-2021 TIP includes multi-county projects that support routine maintenance projects across the seven counties in NYSDOT-Region 8. These projects include traffic signal replacements, highway sign improvements, guiderail maintenance, culvert replacements, and pavement marking initiatives that will partially benefit Dutchess County. Lastly, the TIP includes project listings for two regional authorities: MTA/Metro-North Railroad and the NYS Bridge Authority. Like the multi-county projects, these projects benefit Dutchess County in varying degrees.
The following documents (.pdfs) provide more information on the FFY 2017-2021 TIP:
FFY 2017-2021 TIP Documents
DCTC FFY 2017-2021 TIP (Narrative)
DCTC TIP Viewer (Online Database/Mapping Application)
Appendix A (Definitions)
Appendix B (How to Read the TIP)
Appendix C (Project Categories)
Appendix D (Fund Sources)
Appendix E (Project Phases)
Appendix F (Air Quality Codes)
Appendix G (Public Comments)
Appendix H (Self-Certification)
Appendix I (DCTC Project Listing) (as of 04/03/17)
Appendix J (NYSDOT Multi-County Project Listing)
Appendix K (MTA/MNR & NYSBA Project Listing)