Orange, Dutchess, and Ulster Counties partnered together to launch a new regional transit study called Connect Mid-Hudson. The aim of the study is to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the existing regional transit network, and identify opportunities to improve regional connections.
Key areas of analysis include:
Public participation was a vital piece to the success of this study. The Mid-Hudson Valley region is served by a number of transit providers, including bus, rail, and ferry operations. However, the services are spread among multiple public and private providers. The Connect Mid-Hudson study sought to take a fresh look at the effectiveness of the existing regional transit network in meeting the mobility needs of residents and visitors of the three-county region.
An online survey was conducted in 2018 and publicized through press releases and 12 pop-up events around the region. In total, 1,295 surveys were submitted, where 75% of the respondents identified as transit riders.