The TPA hosted a workshop on October 26, 2021 to review the three annual funding programs the agency administers, which are described below.
The Palm Beach TPA administers three competitive application processes annually for the funding of projects located within Palm Beach County. The application process typically commences in October when the TPA posts online application materials and opens the submittal portal. Applications are usually submitted in February and then ranked and recommended for funding by the TPA staff, advisory committees and ultimately approved by the TPA Board. Scoring criteria is based on the Goals, Objectives and Values of the Palm Beach TPA's adopted Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).
The adopted LRTP allocates the TPA's federal Surface Transportation Block Grant funds to the Local Initiatives (LI) program - an annual application process to identify and fund Complete Street projects identified by local agency partners on local federal-aid eligible roadways that can be implemented without right-of-way acquisition. Approximately $20M is available annually for projects under this program. Click for more information.
The Transportation Alternatives Program is funded with a sub-allocation of the TPA's federal Surface Transportation Block Grant funds for on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation; recreational trail projects; safe routes to school projects; and projects for planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former divided highways. Approximately $3.3M is available annually for projects under this program. Click for more information.
The TPA's State Road Modifications program has been formalized and opened to our local partners. This program allocates a portion of the District Dedicated Revenue (DDR) funds to enhancing state roadways in Palm Beach County. The program now hosts an annual application process to identify and fund complete street, traffic calming, and intersection improvement projects identified by the TPA, FDOT, and now our local agency partners on state roadways. Approximately $20.4M is available annually for projects under this program. More information to come.
The Palm Beach TPA is required by federal agencies to sign assurances that all recipients of federal funds allocated by the TPA have ADA transition plans in place. ADA transition plans outline a jurisdiction's assessment plans for bringing their infrastructure into compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Click for more information.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has transferred $7M annually from the statewide allocation of federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds to the federal Surface Transportation Program in order to create an SRTS program in Florida. The SRTS Program is 100 percent funded, and is managed through FDOT on a cost-reimbursement basis. Applications are submitted to the local FDOT District Safe Routes to School Coordinator, reviewed for compliance with SRTS Guidelines, and awarded through a competitive process at the local FDOT level. The call for applications is usually issued in September and applications are due to FDOT annually in December. Click for more information.
The Shared-Use Nonmotorized (SUN) Trail Program was created to fund the design, right-of-way acquisition and construction of a statewide connected network of shared-use bicyclist and pedestrian facilities. The development of a statewide nonmotorized trail network will increase mobility and recreational alternatives for Florida’s residents and visitors, enhance economic prosperity, enrich quality of life, enhance safety, and reflect responsible environmental stewardship.
Pursuant to s. 339.135, F.S., the SUN Trail Program provides a minimum of $25 M annually to develop the Florida Shared-Use Nonmotorized Trail Network, a statewide network allowing nonmotorized vehicles and pedestrians to access a variety of origins and destinations with limited exposure to motorized vehicles. The call for applications is usually issued in September and applications are due to FDOT annually in December.
For more information, visit FDOT's SUN Trail Program Website.