Mid-Hudson Valley Transportation Management Area

The Mid-Hudson Valley Transportation Management Area (MHVTMA) is comprised of three Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) - the Orange County Transportation Council (OCTC), Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC) and Ulster County Transportation Council (UCTC).

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Urbanized areas of over 200,000 people must have a TMA. The Mid-Hudson Valley TMA was formed following the 2000 Census. Certain considerations and requirements are made of a TMA, principally:

  • Transportation plans and programs within a TMA must be based on a continuing and comprehensive transportation planning process carried out by the MPO in cooperation with the State and transit operators.
  • The transportation planning process must include a Congestion Management System (CMS)
  • The FHWA and the FTA must certify the transportation planning process no less often than once every three years

2021 Mid-Hudson Valley TMA FTA 5307 Competitive Call for Projects 

Applications Due April 16, 2021

The Dutchess County Transportation Council, Orange County Transportation Council, and Ulster County Transportation Council are pleased to announce a competitive call for over $15-million in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 funds available to the Mid-Hudson Valley Transportation Management Area (TMA).  The TMA encompasses portions of the tri-county region of Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties.   


FTA Section 5307 funds can be used to support a wide range of transit projects and are apportioned to the tri-county area as a whole. Project proposals will be evaluated through a cooperative process administered by the three local Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs): the Dutchess County Transportation Council, Orange County Transportation Council, and Ulster County Transportation Council. The MPOs will evaluate proposals based on established criteria that support transit projects benefiting the entire region, with a focus on the following:


  • Implement recommendations from Connect Mid-Hudson, the new regional transit plan, such as establishing a single application for transit routes and schedules, improving customer service oversight, carrying out microtransit pilot projects, and improving intermodal connections.   
  • Maintain existing transit services and operations, and promoting a state of good repair.
  • Improve the safety and security of transit passengers and workers.
  • Promote the use of technology to improve operations and passenger experiences
  • Improve access between transit systems and other modes such as walking and biking.  
  • Support local land use, economic development, and climate resiliency goals.  

Proposals must meet initial screening criteria, including the identification of a Designated Recipient to receive FTA funds. Eligible activities are limited to projects that primarily serve the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh Urbanized Area and can be implemented within 1-3 years. Prospective applicants may download application materials below: 


 All applications will be reviewed by staff for initial eligibility and completeness, after which projects will be rated by a review committee using the screening criteria. Applications are due by the close of business on April 16, 2021.  Applications must be submitted electronically to all three MPOs, regardless of location: Ms. Julie Richmond at JRichmond@orangecountygov.com, Mr. Brian Slack at bsla@co.ulster.ny.us, and Mr. Mark Debald at mdebald@dutchessny.gov. 


For additional information on this program, please feel free to contact the OCTC at (845) 615-3840 or by email at octc@orangecountygov.com. 

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