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Federal & State Certifications

Federal & State Certifications

Federal Certification

Every four years, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) conduct a Federal Certification Review of the Palm Beach TPA. The main purpose of the review is to certify that the Palm Beach TPA is satisfactorily meeting the planning requirements as defined in Federal laws and regulations. This process also provides FHWA and FTA the opportunity to add value to the TPA's planning process through the sharing of best practices, techniques, and/or technology.

Next Federal Certification Review

A Federal Certification Review is underway for 2019.

Public comment is an important part of the process. Please click here to learn more and share your comments by May 10, 2019.

Important Dates:

  • March 8, 2019: Public comment period opens.
  • April 10, 2019: USDOT team will meet with Palm Beach TPA staff to conduct a review which is required by law

  • April 11, 2019: This date is reserved for a possible continuation of meetings from the prior day if determined to be necessary

  • May 10, 2019: Public comment period closes. All comments will be sent to the USDOT federal team for consideration when they write a final certification review report.


The last review took place in May 2015, and the final closeout report was presented to the TPA Governing Board on Feb. 18, 2016.

Joint TPA and State Certification

Pursuant to 23 CFR 450.336(a), the TPA and the State (through the Florida Department of Transportation, or FDOT) conduct a joint review, evaluation, and certification concurrent with the submittal of the entire proposed TIP that the metropolitan planning process is being carried out in accordance with all applicable requirements.  In Florida, the TIP is updated annually so the joint certification process is also conducted annually.

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