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Transportation Matters - April 13, 2017

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Transportation Matters - April 13, 2017

Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization www.PalmBeachMPO.org April 13, 2017

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The Southeast Florida Transportation Council (SEFTC) continues its "Battle of the Counties" Travel Challenge – a friendly, data-collecting contest between the residents of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. Please share the link FLTravelChallenge.com to influence important transportation decisions for our future and to help Palm Beach County win the challenge!


ULI Event - April 19

Wednesday, April 19
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The Westin Fort Lauderdale
400 Corporate Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
Click for details.


ULI Conference - May 25 - 26 (Early Bird Registration Ends April 14)

Details at Florida.ULI.org


Award-Winning SunFest Bike Valet Program Returns May 3 - 7

For the third year, the MPO is proud to partner with West Palm Beach’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) on its free SunFest bike valet, now in its eleventh year. The festivals and events industry recognized the DDA for the success of its 2016 bike valet program with two major awards:

Each year, more than 175,000 festival goers make their way into downtown West Palm Beach to the state’s largest waterfront music and arts festival. Over the five-day event, managing traffic congestion and parking is a very high priority, made more challenging by local road closures including Flagler Drive.

The free valet service allows cyclists to ride their bikes to a main SunFest gate at Clematis Street, and leave their bikes in a convenient, supervised and secure area. Many ride bikes from homes or workplaces, or from public facilities where parking is authorized. The DDA and the MPO encourage more people to ride bikes to SunFest from May 3-7. Riding a bike to SunFest is part of the fun! 


Florida Planning & Zoning Assoc. Awards Deadline - May 5

The Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA) State Conference will be held June 7-9 in Naples, FL. The Awards Committee is searching for outstanding studies/ plans, development/ redevelopment projects, outstanding design, innovation and education projects, and grassroots initiatives to be recognized at the conference’s awards luncheon. See the attached Call for Entries for award categories and nomination instructions.

FPZA scholarship applications are due May 19. Up to four students enrolled in the planning field will receive conference registration and accommodations, a free FPZA membership, and more.

The organization is also seeking a Student Representative for 2017-2018, to work with the FPZA executive board as a liaison to universities and students. Interested students should email a resume.


US-1 Multimodal Corridor Study Begins With Kickoff Event - May 6

A public outreach campaign to introduce the MPO’s multimodal study of the US-1 corridor will begin with an event in Boca Raton’s Sanborn Square on Saturday, May 6, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Located at 72 N. Federal Hwy., the event will include information booths by the MPO and its transportation partners regarding the study, complete streets goals, transit analysis, and a study of the potential for health and socioeconomic impacts for communities along the route.

The multimodal study will cover a 42-mile stretch of US-1 in Palm Beach County from Camino Real in Boca Raton to Indiantown Road in Jupiter. The purpose is to develop a comprehensive plan to implement continuous multimodal facilities that connect the communities along the corridor, including upgraded Palm Tran bus service. The MPO will coordinate with the 14 municipalities along the route, several of which have already performed complete streets studies.

The MPO will announce a series of public workshops and design charrettes over the next six months to be held at multiple locations along the corridor. Check future newsletter issues and the MPO website for details.  


Complete Streets Design Guidelines Presentation - May 10

The MPO's draft Complete Streets Design Guidelines will be presented at a meeting of the working group on May 10. Everyone is invited to attend. The meeting will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Palm Beach MPO Conference Room #4E-12, 2300 N. Jog Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33411. Click for more information regarding this effort.


Safe Routes to School Workshop - May 18

This workshop is mandatory in order to submit a Safe Routes to School application beginning Sep. 1, 2017. 

The workshop will explain the program, provide tips on how to complete the application, and improve the chances of being selected for a portion of the $7 million in Florida's funding for this cycle.

Register for workshop at www.srtsfl.org.


West Palm Beach Bicycle Master Plan and Mobility Study  

Bicycle Master Plan

As part of the City of West Palm Beach's commitment to mobility, safety, sustainability, health and economic development, the City is developing a city-wide Bicycle Master Plan to advance a network of convenient and comfortable bike facilities. Visit WPB.org/BikeMasterPlan to learn more.

Mobility Study

Last month, the City of West Palm Beach launched a plan to include a series of studies for downtown mobility, the Okeechobee Blvd. corridor, downtown parking management and transportation demand.

The goal is to manage congestion for the growing area, and encourage more people to get around other than by car. 

Go to WPBMobility.com to offer online comments and indicate areas for suggested improvements by drawing routes or locations on an interactive map.

The next Public Meeting on the study is scheduled for Summer 2017.


Safety Plan for Aging Road Users

The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition has released its updated Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan. The goal is to reduce the number of aging road user fatalities, serious injuries, and crashes, while allowing seniors to maintain their safe mobility and connection to the community. The Florida Dept. of Transportation and its coalition partners want to work together at the state and local levels to improve safety, access, and mobility for Florida’s aging population. Click to learn more and to view/ download the recently updated Safety Plan

 Ocean Ave. Bridge Painting Project

Tuesday, April 18
4:30 - 6:30 PM Open House (no formal presentation) 

Meeting Location: Town of Ocean Ridge Commission Chambers
6450 N. Ocean Blvd., Ocean Ridge, FL 33435
The bridge painting project will begin on April 24, and is expected to be complete by Fall 2017.
Click for details.


Florida's Turnpike Widening Design
(Boynton Beach Blvd. to Lake Worth Rd.)

Tuesday, May 2
5:30 - 7:30 PM Open House (no formal presentation) 

Meeting Location: West Boynton Recreation Center, 6000 Northtree Blvd., Lake Worth, FL 33463
Click for meeting notice.

Bike-To-Work Day Includes Group Rides into Downtown

The City of West Palm Beach enjoyed its largest ever Bike-to-Work Day event on March 31. The event included three organized bike rides into downtown from various directions. Several elected officials were among those riding bicycles into downtown, including the following MPO Governing Board and Alternate members: Palm Beach County Commissioner Hal Valeche, and West Palm Beach Commissioners Shanon Materio, Keith James and Paula Ryan. West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio welcomed arriving cyclists to the event. Sponsor and partner booths provided information and giveaways from the MPO, Whole Foods, SkyBike, LA Fitness, Tri-Rail, South Florida Commuter Services, City of West Palm Beach Office of Sustainability, City of West Palm Beach Transportation Management Initiative (TMI) and Velofix. 


MPO and Partners Celebrate a Successful Bike Month

The end of Florida Bike Month was celebrated on March 31 with an event hosted by the MPO and the City of West Palm Beach at the Lakeside Pavilion on Flagler Drive, adjacent to the GreenMarket. Additional exhibitors included FDOT Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow; South Florida Commuter Services; Palm Tran; Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Dept.; Tri-Rail; University of Miami BikeSafe & WalkSafe; SkyBike and the Florida Dept. of Health of Palm Beach County. If you missed the event, you can view a brief Facebook Live video here.


Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

MPO Executive Director Nick Uhren was a program speaker for the Gold Coast Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers on March 24.


Requests for MPO Presentations or Exhibits

Please direct requests and suggestions for MPO presentations to civic organizations or exhibits at community events to Public Information Officer Malissa Booth.

Photo above from the Technical Advisory Committee meeting of April 5, 2017.

MPO Advisory Committees - April Highlights

Click on the links below to view meeting presentations:


Applicants Present Projects for MPO Funding

Presentations were made to the MPO's Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee on April 6, by representatives of projects competing for funding from the MPO's Transportation Alternatives program. The MPO Governing Board will make final funding determinations at a future meeting after project field reviews and eligibility determinations by the MPO and FDOT.

City of West Palm Beach
Project: Northmore Neighborhood
Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities
City of Delray Beach
Linton Blvd.
Protected Bike Lanes

Village of Wellington
Big Blue Trace
Multi-Use Path
Village of North Palm Beach
Anchorage Park
Bike Lanes

Westgate CRA
Belvedere Heights
Street Lights & Sidewalks
Village of Royal Palm Beach
FPL Pathway Lighting


Next Dates for MPO Meetings

Thu. Apr. 20, 9:00 AM MPO Governing Board    
Wed. May 3, 9:00 AM Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Wed. May 3, 1:30 PM Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
Thu. May 4, 9:07 AM Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC)
Wed. Jun. 14, 9:30 AM

Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB)

Go to PalmBeachMPO.org/meeting to access online agendas, backup materials, presentations, minutes and audio recordings of past meetings of the MPO Governing Board, MPO advisory committees, and the Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board. Members of the public are encouraged to attend all meetings of the MPO Governing Board and its advisory committees and ad hoc committees.  

Public Notice:  Please be advised that multiple members of the MPO Governing Board or any of its advisory committees may attend any of these meetings.


Complete MPO calendar listings: www.PalmBeachMPO.org/calendar 

  • All Aboard Florida/ Brightline Rail Construction
    Construction continues on all three of All Aboard Florida's south Florida train stations including the West Palm Beach station where Brightline service is scheduled to begin this year.
  • Public Notices for FDOT District 4
    Click here for public notices for District 4 which Includes the following counties: Palm Beach, Broward, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River
  • Flagler Memorial Bridge & Flagler Drive Construction
    Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach will be closed in both directions on either side of the Flagler Memorial Bridge from 4th Street to 7th Street until summer 2017. The Flagler Drive overpass will be replaced with an "at-grade" intersection. New lighting, pedestrian features, traffic signals, drainage and landscaping are included.
  • Southern Blvd. Bridge Replacement Construction
    This project, which began April 3, 2017, includes replacing the existing bascule (draw) bridge and tide relief bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway and Lake Worth Lagoon between the Town of Palm Beach and the City of West Palm Beach. New decorative lighting, pedestrian features, traffic signals, signage and drainage are included. A temporary bridge will be built north of the existing bridge to maintain traffic while the replacement bascule bridge is under construction. Construction is scheduled to last until late 2020.
  • Map of FDOT Construction Projects in Palm Beach County
    Click here for the interactive map. Click on traffic cone icons for project names and information.
  • Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) Weekly Construction Updates
    Click for announcements regarding updated lane closures and work zones due to construction and maintenance projects in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties.
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