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Transportation Matters - March 1, 2017

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Transportation Matters - March 1, 2017

Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization www.PalmBeachMPO.org March 1, 2017

Safe Routes to School Workshop - May 18  


This workshop is mandatory for anyone submitting 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.


March is Florida Bike Month

The weather is perfect for Bike Month events!

Visit BikePalmBeach.org to view related community events or to submit an event for the calendar!


Request Copies of Bike Suitability Maps from the MPO



The new MPO bike suitability map indicates the bicycle level of service for roads within Palm Beach County.

The easy to read map indicates how comfortable a bicyclist may feel based on roadway speeds, traffic volumes and the amount of space provided for bicyclists to operate.

Please email Info@PalmBeachMPO.org or call 561-684-4170 to request copies.



Conference of Minority Transportation Officials Forms Local Chapter

More than 60 people employed in various modes of transportation gathered in December to learn more about the formation of a local chapter for the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO). Palm Tran Executive Director Clinton Forbes serves as a member of the National Board of COMTO. Palm Tran transit planner Bruce Guyton has been selected as President of the new Palm Beach County chapter, which already has 43 members. In addition to providing members with quality training programs and a productive networking environment, the local chapter will advocate and support sound, rational transportation policies for all modes of transportation, focused on the municipal, county and state levels. Click for information about the organizational meeting. Email Bruce Guyton to join or for more information. 

Century Village Mobility Fair - Boca Raton

Although the wind and rains were less than ideal for an outdoor event on Feb. 22, the MPO and several transportation partners set up exhibits and spoke with Century Village residents in Boca Raton. MPO Governing Board member and Boca Raton Council Member Robert Weinroth attended the event, which also featured a mobile drivers license van. Residents who drive were offered an opportunity for volunteers of the CarFit program to inspect lights and signals on their vehicle, and to inspect and offer suggestions on adjustments for seats, seatbelts, pedals, mirrors and the steering column to maximize safety. CarFit is a program of the Florida Dept. of Transportation, AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association.


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.

Funding Opportunities

MPO Funding Program Applications Due March 3


Online application forms and support materials are available on the MPO website at PalmBeachMPO.org/funding for the MPO's Local Initiatives and Transportation Alternatives funding programs. Applications are due by 5:00 PM on March 3, 2017. The MPO staff is eager to work closely with potential applicants to ensure a strong field of competitive project applications for both programs. Please contact the following MPO staff members with any questions regarding project applications:

  • Local Initiatives program
         Email Kevin Fischer or call 561-478-5747
  • Transportation Alternatives program
    (including Safe Routes to School)
         Email Franchesca Taylor or call 561-478-5713  

The MPO website includes a Funding tab in the main navigation to more quickly locate MPO funding program details as well as non-MPO funding and related opportunities. Examples include grants, internships and opportunities for technical assistance. To suggest opportunities to be listed on this page, please email Malissa Booth

MPO Governing Board Meeting Highlights from Feb. 16

Click on the links below to view presentations from the MPO Governing Board meeting:


Next Dates for MPO Governing Board and Committee Meetings

Wed. Mar. 1, 9:00 AM Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Wed. Mar. 1, 1:30 PM Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
Thu. Mar. 2, 9:07 AM Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC)
Thu. Mar. 8, 9:30 AM

Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB)

Thu. Mar. 16, 9:00 AM MPO Governing Board

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.


2017 MPO Calendar Update Announced

MPO Governing Board and advisory committee meetings originally scheduled for August have been rescheduled to July. Click for the revised 2017 calendar.

Please note that additional updates may be made throughout the year: 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 ncludes the following counties: Palm Beach, Broward, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River
  • Flagler Memorial Bridge & Flagler Drive Construction
    Flagler Memorial Bridge construction continues and there will be alternating eastbound and westbound lane closures from 9:00 PM Friday, Mar. 3, to 8:00 AM Sunday, Mar. 5. 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 the spring of 2017.
  • 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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