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Bus Service Expansion Study

Transportation Council
Kealy Salomon, Commissioner

 

Purpose

The Dutchess County Bus Service Expansion Feasibility Study was completed to determine the feasibility of expanding Dutchess County bus services in the City of Poughkeepsie without adding any net costs to Dutchess County. The study also sought to determine the possibility for Dutchess County to realize a positive financial return if it became the sole public bus operator in the City. A financial and operational review of the City of Poughkeepsie bus system was completed as part of the study, to include an analysis of staffing, capital equipment, and compliance with federal and State requirements. The study also included a service analysis of the City's bus system, comparing it to services already provided by the County and recommending route adjustments to existing Dutchess County Public Transit (DCPT) routes to better serve the City.

Recommendations

The recommended bus routings for the expanded DCPT service create a corridor based, hub-and-spoke system for the Poughkeepsie service area, which is consistent with the current service structure employed by DCPT. The recommendations include modifications to existing DCPT routes and the creation of four new bus routes.

Existing Routes

  1. DCPT Routes A and B offer direct service between the transit hub and Galleria/South Hills Malls in the Town of Poughkeepsie, providing extensive coverage along Route 9 south of the City. The study recommends that these routes be enhanced slightly by providing direct access to major shopping plazas on Route 9.    

  2. DCPT Route C provides service from the transit hub to Route 9 destinations north of the City. The study recommends that this route be improved by providing direct access to Marist College and the Hyde Park Stop-and–Shop. The study recommends that Dutchess Community College (DCC) be served by a separate route, negating the need for Route C to detour off Route 9 and building time in its schedule to provide direct access to Marist College and the Stop and Shop.

  3. DCPT services should be streamlined by removing the Poughkeepsie train station as a regular stop on DCPT Routes A, B, C, D, and E, easing bus congestion at the train station. This would also build time in their schedules to provide direct access to major shopping centers on Routes 9 and 44.

New Routes

  1. Create a dedicated lower Main St. shuttle bus between the transit hub, Poughkeepsie train station, and Waryas Park. Such a service should provide frequent time stops, which would be a more reliable mechanism to connect the downtown with the waterfront (New Route K).

  2. Expand DCPT service in the central part of the City by serving the Main St. corridor from the transit hub to South Grand Ave. and then Fulton St. to Vassar College, with follow-on service to Adams, Stop-and-Shop, and Kmart on Route 44. (New Route H).

  3. Expand DCPT service in the northern part of the City by creating a corridor service between the transit hub and DCC in the Town of Poughkeepsie, with stops at Saint Francis Hospital and the Poughkeepsie Housing Authority (New Route G). 

  4. Expand DCPT service in the southern part of the City by creating a route that travels along Hooker Ave between the transit hub and Vassar College; this would include regular service to Vassar Brothers and alternating service to the Fox Hill and Saint Simeon housing developments (New Route I).

Each route would operate six days per week (Monday-Saturday), approximately 15 hours per day with most service starting at 7:00 a.m. and ending at 10:00 p.m. All but Route K would have 60 minute service intervals between time stops; Route K would use a 15 minute service intervals to maintain frequent service between the downtown and train station/waterfront.

Demand Response

Fixed route service should be reinforced by Dial-A-Ride services already provided by DCPT in the City and Town of Poughkeepsie. These services could be expanded by the municipalities above the three days a week currently provided.

Findings

Based on the operational estimates associated with the proposed new routes and the marginal operating costs for DCPT, the study has determined that the County could expand its service in the City without adding costs to the County – however, this could only occur under a set of prearranged conditions, the most notable being the transfer of capital equipment at no cost to the County and the use of the City’s share of federal transit funding. Please see the material below for more information: 

Reports

Executive Summary (.pdf)
Technical Memorandum #1 (.pdf)
Technical Memorandum #2 (.pdf)
Recommendations Map (.pdf)


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