Mid-Hudson Bridge, Poughkeepsie, New York
Moving Dutchess Forward is the long-range transportation plan for Dutchess County, New York. The plan serves as the strategic guiding document for improving transportation in Dutchess County over the next 25 years. It establishes goals for the county’s future transportation system, which are supported by policy and project recommendations. We update the plan every five years.
What is a Metropolitan Planning Organization?
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) exist in Urbanized Areas to ensure that federal transportation funding is committed through a locally driven, comprehensive planning process. Their location and core duties are outlined in federal transportation law. MPOs provide a forum for state and local officials to address transportation issues and reach consensus on transportation plans and projects.
What is the Dutchess County Transportation Council?
The Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC) serves as the MPO for Dutchess County. We are hosted by the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development and produce three core documents, common to all MPOs:
Moving Dutchess Forward, Our New Long-Range Transportation Plan
All MPOs, whatever their size or location, must complete a long-range transportation plan. For many areas, an MPO serves as the best, if not only, entity with the resources and structure to identify and address regional transportation issues and build consensus across a range of stakeholders and interests.
Moving Dutchess Forward is our 25-year strategic vision for improving transportation in Dutchess County. It looks at all the ways we move about our county and region, from driving, walking and bicycling, to riding transit, and moving freight. Though there are specific requirements that we must address, we have flexibility in how we organize the plan, what data we use and how we use that data, and the issues we focus on.