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Transportation Matters - May 10, 2017

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Transportation Matters - May 10, 2017

Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization www.PalmBeachMPO.org May 10, 2017

First Workshop of the US-1 Multimodal Corridor Study - May 13

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. 

A series of public workshops and design charrettes will be held over the next several months at multiple locations along the corridor.

For additional information and updates:


South Florida Commuter Challenge Continues Through May 31

Throughout May, the Florida Dept. of Transportation and its transportation partners are challenging commuters to try alternative modes of transportation to get to and from work. Sharing the ride reduces traffic congestion, improves air quality, and promotes better health for all of south Florida.

To participate, simply download the free RideFlag mobile app from the App Store or Google Play Store and log your alternative mode trips through May 31. Get started at SFLCommutes.com.


MPO Transportation Improvement Program - May 18

An initial draft of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Fiscal Years 2018-2022 will be presented to the MPO Governing Board for information and discussion at their meeting of May 18. Any updates will be incorporated into a final draft to be presented to the MPO Governing Board for adoption at their meeting of June 15. Both are regularly scheduled meetings that will begin at 9:00 AM and are to be held at the Palm Beach County Governmental Center, 12th Floor Conference Room, 301 N. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

The TIP is a staged program encompassing a five-year period consisting of all regionally significant transportation improvements for all modes of travel in Palm Beach County. The TIP identifies transportation improvements funded by Federal, State and local sources.

Go to PalmBeachMPO.org/TIP for information about reviewing the Draft TIP and offering public comments. 


Safe Routes to School Application Workshop - May 18

Register at SRTSFL.org to attend this workshop which 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 available statewide through the Florida Dept. of Transportation for infrastructure projects. The workshop will be held from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Florida Dept. of Transportation's Broward Operations Auditorium, located at 5548 NW 9th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale.


Tamarind Community Walkability Event- May 19

The Tamarind community of West Palm Beach will gather on May 19 at 6:00 PM to discuss ways to improve safety and promote walking and biking for all ages. Attendees will learn about the health benefits of walking and biking along with safety tips. The event will be held at the Tabernacle Church located at 801 8th St. Click for event flyer.


West Palm Beach Traffic Forum - May 22

Save the date for a forum and public discussion to consider the traffic challenges of Okeechobee Blvd. and the growing downtown area on Monday, May 22. The forum will begin at 8:00 AM at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The event is hosted by West Palm Beach Commissioner and MPO Governing Board Member Shanon Materio, along with Town of Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio, and Palm Beach County Commissioner Mack Bernard. Click for the event flyer or go to the event website at PBCtraffic.com.


Take the "Battle of the Counties" Travel Challenge Today!
Take the Challenge at FLTravelChallenge.com

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!


 FDOT Draft Complete Streets Handbook - Comments Due May 26

The Florida Dept. of Transportation invites the public to review the draft handbook and submit questions or comments through a website survey at FLCompleteStreets.com.

SunFest Bike Valet

For the third year, the MPO supported the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority's (DDA) annual free bike valet service outside a main SunFest entrance gate from May 3-7. Several hundred cyclists using the service reduced the impacts of traffic congestion and made the trip to the festival a fun part of the experience. The MPO provided bike lights, bike maps, and shirts for volunteers. Organizers requested information from riders about their points of origin and cycling routes that will benefit a bicycle master plan and future cycling events.


Palm Springs Bicycle Rodeo

The MPO was an exhibitor at the second annual bicycle rodeo held by the Village of Palm Springs on May 6. The event featured bike safety instruction for beginning cyclists, a BMX bike demonstration, giveaways including bike helmets, music, snacks, and a magic show by costumed character Ronald McDonald.


US-1 Corridor Study Kickoff Event

An MPO study of the US-1 corridor from Boca Raton to Jupiter kicked off with an outreach event at Sanborn Square in Boca Raton on May 6. Left photo: Project consultant Stewart Robertson, P.E. of Kimley-Horn (in red) discusses the project. Right photo: Joining MPO staff members Anie Delgado (left) and Valerie Neilson (right) are Delray Beach Deputy Vice-Mayor Shirley Johnson and Palm Beach County Commissioner Steve Abrams, who also serves as an appointed member of the MPO Governing Board. The purpose of the US-1 study is to improve walking, biking, and transit facilities along the route.  


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 May 3, 2017.

MPO Advisory Committee Meetings - May Highlights

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) met on May 3, 2017. The Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee met on May 4, 2017.

Click on the links below to view presentations from one or more of these meetings:


Next Dates for MPO Meetings

Thu. May 18, 9:00 AM MPO Governing Board    
Wed. June 7, 9:00 AM Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Wed. June 7, 1:30 PM Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
Thu. June 8, 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: 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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