Bulls Head Road Bridge, Stanford, New York
In Moving Dutchess Forward, we have analyzed trends that influence our transportation system, identified barriers to access and equity, and suggested best practices to address those trends and barriers.
The remaining piece of the puzzle is funding – without that, we can’t fully achieve the goals of Moving Dutchess Forward. And to figure that out, we not only need to know how much funding is needed to keep our system functioning at a basic level (such as repaving roads, repairing bridges, and running buses), but also what funding is available for transformative investments – both for discrete, location-specific projects and more holistic packages that advance our vision for the future.
In this section, we discuss how funding works, how much we expect to be available, and what investments we will prioritize. We intend for this to shape our funding priorities and guide our decisions over the next 25 years.
A FINANCIAL PLAN FOR MOVING DUTCHESS FORWARD
Federal law requires that we include a Financial Plan as part of Moving Dutchess Forward, to ensure that there is a reasonable opportunity for our recommendations to become reality. This Financial Plan supports two sets of recommendations: a list of ‘transformative packages’ that address broad goals for our system (maintaining our infrastructure, reducing crashes, improving transit service, increasing walking access, etc.), and a short list of larger-scale, ‘transformative projects.’ Both sets of recommendations are intended to focus our efforts and resources on helping communities realize our vision for a safer, more reliable, resilient, and equitable future.