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Transportation Matters - Feb. 28, 2018

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Transportation Matters - Feb. 28, 2018

PalmBeachTPA.org                 February 28, 2018

News and Announcements

New I-95 Interchange Opens at Spanish River Blvd.

I-95 interchange at Spanish River Blvd. Ribbon Cutting 2-28-2018

After four years of construction - and nearly twenty years in the making - the final ramp of a new I-95 interchange at Spanish River Blvd. opened after a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 28. Ceremony speakers included Boca Raton Mayor and Palm Beach TPA Chair Susan Haynie, and Palm Beach County Commissioner and Palm Beach TPA Governing Board Member Steve Abrams.

The Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency worked collaboratively with FDOT to prioritize funding for this new interchange to both alleviate traffic congestion on Glades Road and Yamato Road and to provide direct access to Florida Atlantic University (FAU). The project will improve quality of life for individuals, enhance the local economy, and increases accessibility to educational opportunities at FAU and the adjoining campus of Palm Beach State College.

Approximately 200,000 motorists travel this area daily, and are already experiencing positive results from the project, which includes multiple ramps that have opened over the past few months:  

• Traffic congestion has been reduced for residents and visitors. Thousands of students, area workers, and local residents already experience shorter daily commutes.

• Regional travelers along I-95 through southern Palm Beach County have increased access to local amenities, as this fifth interchange is now available to serve Boca Raton.

• This multimodal project includes additional connectivity for the expanded El Rio Trail, a very popular pedestrian and bicycle thoroughfare, which has been extended under Yamato Rd. This will improve safety for all users in support of the TPA’s and FDOT’s Vision Zero campaign to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on our transportation system.


Royal Poinciana Trail Opens in Lake Worth

Lake Worth Royal Poinciana Trail Ribbon Cutting 2-27-2018

City of Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo cuts the ribbon of the new Royal Poinciana Trail

The Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the City of Lake Worth dedicated a new bikeway and pedestrian trail in downtown Lake Worth on Feb. 27. The $600,000 project was entirely funded by the Florida Department of Transportation with funds allocated by the Palm Beach TPA's competitive Transportation Alternatives funding program and will enhance an economically distressed neighborhood.


March is Full of Activities for Florida Bicycle Month

The Palm Beach TPA encourages local governments to celebrate and promote safe bicycling during the month of March. For more information about bicycle safety and to find or share bicycle events in Palm Beach County, please visit the Palm Beach TPA's website at BikePalmBeach.org.

Bike-to-Work DayEveryone is invited to join the Palm Beach TPA for a group bike ride from the Mangonia Park Tri-Rail station to the West Palm Beach City Hall. The ride begins at 7:30 AM. Click for a map of the route and additional details.

Palm Beach TPA
Group Bike Ride
March 16

The Palm Beach TPA is leading efforts to promote and organize one of three group bike rides to the West Palm Beach City Hall on Friday, March 16. Everyone is invited to join the rides which originate from various directions.

Whether joining a group or riding individually, everyone is invited to participate in the Bike-to-Work Day Celebration at City Hall from 7:00 - 9:00 AM.

WPB Bike-to-Work Week


City of West Palm Beach
Bike-to-Work Week 

March 12-16

For complete details, go to WPBBikeToWork.org

Bike-to-Work Day
Group Bike Rides and City Hall Courtyard Celebration

March 16 

Everyone is invited to join one of three group bike rides to City Hall. Click each link for a map of the route and additional details for each starting location:

Palm Springs Bike Rodeo 3-10-2018



Village of Palm Springs
Bike Rodeo

  • Kids will participate in activities to learn and practice bike safety.
  • Children should wear closed-toe shoes and bring their own bikes and helmets to participate in the bike safety obstacle course.



City of Boca Raton Group Bike Ride
Saturday, March 10 from 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Meet at Plaza Real E/W Median Park next to Mizner Amplitheater
Ride a loop through downtown and adjacent neighborhoods.

Please join the Boca Raton Mayor and City Council Members to celebrate Florida Bike Month


TPA Governing Board Meets in Belle Glade - March 15
Meeting location: Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center
1977 SW College Dr., Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click for link to Google Map

In order to better accommodate the public, the TPA will rotate the locations of Governing Board meetings throughout Palm Beach County. As always, the public is encouraged to attend and provide input. Anyone wishing to speak is requested to complete a card at the beginning of the meeting to indicate the agenda item(s) on which they wish to be heard, or to offer general transportation-related comments on items under the jurisdiction of the TPA.

A printer-friendly PDF calendar of all regularly scheduled TPA meetings is available at PalmBeachTPA.org/calendar and details for the next upcoming meeting are posted in advance of each meeting at PalmBeachTPA.org/meeting.


Complete Streets Workshop - March 14

The Palm Beach TPA will be hosting an all-day Smart Growth America Complete Streets Workshop on Wednesday, March 14 at Vista Center, 2300 N. Jog Rd, West Palm Beach, FL. The target audience is municipal, county and FDOT staff members who want to learn more about implementing Complete Streets projects that are creative, cost-effective, and championed. For more information, email VNeilson@PAlmBeachTPA.org.


I-95 Express Lanes Public Workshop - March 14

Wed. Mar. 14
5:30 - 7:30 PM
6:00 PM Presentation

Location: Spanish River Library
1501 Spanish River Blvd.
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Project: I-95 Express Lanes - Phase 3B-2 
FDOT Public Information Workshop

The project purpose is to expand the southeast Florida express lanes network by providing two tolled express lanes in each direction from south of Glades Rd. to Linton Blvd., including modifications at both the Glades Rd. and Linton Blvd. interchanges. The workshop will begin with an open house format where staff will be available to answer questions and provide assistance, followed by a presentation at 6:00 PM.


TPA Funding Programs


TPA Seeks a Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator

The TPA is seeking an important member to join the great team! Click for information.


 Request Palm Beach TPA presentations and exhibits: Public Relations Manager Malissa Booth.

TPA Boards and Committees

February Governing Board Meeting Highlights

TPA Governing Board Meeting 2-15-2018

The February TPA Governing Board meeting was held at the Palm Beach Gardens City Hall. Following are links to presentations given at one or more of the February meetings of the TPA Governing Board or advisory committees:


Next Dates for TPA Meetings

Wed. Mar. 7, 9:00 AM Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Wed.  Mar. 7, 1:30 PM Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
Thu. Mar. 8, 9:07 AM Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC)
Thu. Mar. 15, 9:00 AM TPA Governing Board 
Meeting location: Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center
1977 SW College Dr., Belle Glade, FL 33430
Wed. May 30, 2:00 PM Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB)

Go to PalmBeachTPA.org/meeting to access online agendas, backup materials, presentations, minutes and audio recordings of past meetings of the Governing Board, advisory committees, and the Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board. Members of the public are encouraged to attend all meetings of these Boards and committees, as well as ad hoc committee meetings or workshops publicly noticed on PalmBeachTPA.org

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

Complete TPA calendar listings: PalmBeachTPA.org/calendar 

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