September 11, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) are currently conducting the quadrennial Federal Certification Review of the Orange County Transportation Council (OCTC). Both agencies are interested in hearing from you on how the Transportation Planning Process is being conducted in the Mid-Hudson Valley. The U.S. Department of Transportation requires every Metropolitan area with a population over 50,000 to have a designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to qualify for receipt of federal highway and transit funds. OCTC is the designated MPO responsible for transportation planning in Orange County cooperatively with the Ulster County Transportation Council (UCTC) and Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC) which form the Mid-Hudson Valley Transportation Management Area (TMA).
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), in accordance with 23 USC 134 (k)(5)(A)(i) and 49 USC 5303 (k) (5)(A)(i)(e), must certify that the metropolitan planning process conducted by OCTC is being carried out in accordance with applicable provisions of federal law not less than once every four years.
The primary purpose of the certification review is to ensure that the required planning activities of 23 USC 134 and 49 USC 5303 are being satisfactorily implemented by OCTC and the Mid-Hudson Valley TMA. The FHWA and FTA are accepting written comments from the public on OCTC’s implementation of the federal transportation planning process through October 23, 2017.
For further details and to submit comments, please view the Official Notice.