The Brookings Institute had done a nationwide transit and jobs study of 100 metroploitan areas and issued
a report entitled:
'Missed Opportunity:Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America' - May,2011. (see BUS > DOCUMENTS) The 100 metro areas in this study were ranked based on several transit criteria and were given an overall ranking. It should come as no surprise that the Poughkeepsie Metro area (Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown) was given a combined overall ranking of 100 out of 100 IE: dead last
Both Dutchess county and the city of Poughkeepsie have a 1960's - 1970's mentality in regards to transportation today in the early twenty first century IE:the buses are provided as a token service to those who, for whatever reason, can not drive or do not own a car. The modern way of thinking is to have a fully integrated transportation system that is so convenient, safe etc. that it is a viable alternative to use of a personal vehicle.
The county has now finaly, as of 06-28-10,implemented the new routes as per the 2008 transportation plan submited by the transportation consulting firm,Abrams - Cherwony Associates. The new routing includes the transportation center bus stop at the MNCRR station in the City of Poughkeepsie.However,in spite of the recomendations of that 2008 transit development plan, the LOOP buses do not stop at the Beacon RR station.
The county acquired a number of cheaply built,Thomas Built school buses that I understand were purchased from the NY state Department of Corrections IE:they are prison buses.These mid-sized school buses only have a capacity of 30 seated.
The private company that had been (mis) managing the LOOP system, had demonstrated that they were not doing a very good job at that and were not maintaining the fleet. Dutchess county has since gotten another company to (mis) manage the LOOP bus system.
In south-western Dutchess county, there has been not one transit agency,but now two transit agencies that have failed to provide service for this economicaly important part of the county. First when MTA Metro North RR bought the Beacon -Danbury line back in 1995 and have yet to run revenue passenger trains,then the DC LOOP stoped running the shuttle bus they were providing and then when they implemented the new routes and schedules as per the 2008 transit development plan. It should be noted, as per that 2008 plan, the buses were to stop at the Hudson line Beacon sation for intermodal transit connections (train,bus and ferry),but they are not.As per the schedule dated 11-15-10, the buses are still stoping at the Beacon post office as they have done. For (much) more see my special Trans Dutchess Railway site - in the RAIL section follow the Trans Dutchess Ry. link.