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Transportation Matters - October 24, 2017

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Transportation Matters - October 24, 2017

Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization www.PalmBeachMPO.org October 24, 2017


 MPO Complete Streets Design Guidelines Adopted

Complete Streets Design Guidelines

After adopting a Complete Streets Policy in early 2016, the MPO Governing Board adopted its Complete Streets Guidelines on Oct. 19, 2017. The document is a product of an MPO ad-hoc committee that met regularly since early 2016.

The goals were to develop a context sensitive design framework and typical sections; provide local practitioners with design guidance; emphasize multimodal safety and mobility; and connect with FDOT Complete Streets implementation including a context classification guide and new FDOT Design Manual.

Click for the presentation or for the MPO's Complete Streets Policy and Design Guidelines.


University Commuter Challenge - Nov. 6-17

The goal of the Florida Dept. of Transportation's South Florida Commuter Services (SFCS) program is to reduce congestion and improve traffic conditions by encouraging modes of transportation other than driving alone. Along with their transportation partners, SFCS is challenging university students throughout southeast Florida to use an alternate mode of transportation during the 2017 University Commuter Challenge. A mobile app has been launched which will allow participants to easily log their trips, as well as track the real-time cost savings and environmental impact of their alternative mode use. The app will collect data critical to analyzing current transportation systems and programs. Local institutions participating in the University Commuter Challenge include Florida Atlantic UniversityPalm Beach Atlantic University, and Palm Beach State College.


Flagler Shore: From Pavement to People

Flagler Shore - West Palm Beach

Walk, rent a SkyBike, or hang out in paradise!
Enjoy the temporary street closure of Flagler Drive's eastern traffic lanes until March 1, 2018.

After preliminary results of a mobility study showed that opening up more space for people to walk and ride bikes along Flagler Drive would be beneficial, the Flagler Shore project was recently launched by the City of West Palm Beach, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency and the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority. Vehicular traffic has been blocked from half of the waterfront traffic lanes until next March, where street furniture, umbrellas, and people have replaced cars. For details go to WPB.org/FlaglerShore.


 I-95 at Spanish River Blvd. Interchange Construction

I-95 at Spanish River Blvd. northbound exit ramp open - Oct 2017

The new I-95 interchange at Spanish River Blvd. in Boca Raton is nearing completion. Every new lane opening is celebrated by area commuters including those traveling to and from Florida Atlantic University.

Pictured is the new I-95 northbound exit ramp to Spanish River Blvd. which opened to traffic on Sep. 26. The new southbound entrance ramp from Spanish River Blvd. opened on Oct.16. Click for the most recent progress report or go to the project website.


Registration Opens for the 2018 Safe Streets Summit

Save the Date!
Friday, Feb. 2, 2018


"Love Your Streets" will be the theme for 2018 Safe Streets Summit that will draw as many as 400 local government officials, urban and transportation planners and engineers, and community advocates. They will gather at the Hilton in downtown West Palm Beach to hear national experts speak on topics related to achieving complete streets that are friendly and comfortable for all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders.

Early sponsors of the annual Safe Streets Summit will reap maximum exposure. Click to review sponsor opportunities.

The Palm Beach MPO is pleased to co-host the regional #SafeStreetsSummit along with the Broward MPO and the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization. Look for upcoming announcements of a pre-conference workshop for Feb. 1.


Palm Beach Gardens, Juno Beach, Jupiter

Section 6 Charrettes - Oct. 23-25 (Click for flyer)

The MPO's mobility study seeks input from the public for improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and Palm Tran bus riders along the US-1 corridor. Check the project website for complete details: US1PBCorridorStudy.com

SUN Trail Funding Applications Due Dec. 15

The Florida Dept. of Transportation is soliciting new proposals for funding Regional Trail System and Individual Trail projects through the Shared-Use Nonmotorized (SUN) Trail Program. Applications are due by Dec. 15. Projects programmed for this cycle will be funded as early as Fiscal Years 2023-2024. Proposed projects must be included in the MPO's annual List of Priority Projects. For information, go to FloridaSunTrail.com.


Safe Routes to School Applications Due Dec. 29

Florida is seeking applications to develop, implement and evaluate eligible Safe Routes to School (SRTS) infrastructure projects. For the application and additional details, go to www.srtsfl.org.

Click on the links below and scroll the FDOT web page to locate public notices for each scheduled meeting in District 4 which includes Palm Beach County:

Tue. Oct. 24 US-1/ Federal Highway Bridge (Jupiter)
Thu., Nov. 2 I-95 at 45th St. Interchange (West Palm Beach)
Click for the meeting flyer.
Tue., Nov. 7 US-1 Lane Repurposing (Tequesta)

Check out the MPO website's Conferences page to learn about conferences of interest for transportation planners, engineers, officials and advocates. Following are a few upcoming opportunities from the list:

Upcoming MPO Presentations

Wed., Nov. 1 WTS Women in Transportation - "Show Me the Money"
Panelists include MPO Executive Director Nick Uhren
Wed., Nov. 1

State Road 7 Extension Town Hall Meeting
Hosted by State Rep. Matt Willhite (former MPO Governing Board Member) and Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay (MPO Governing Board Member)
Panelists include MPO Executive Director Nick Uhren

Thu., Nov. 2 Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon - "Palm Beach County Mobility"
Keynote speakers include MPO Executive Director Nick Uhren
Tue., Dec. 5 Jupiter Town Council Meeting
Presentation by MPO Executive Director on the future of the MPO as an independent agency 

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.

US-1 Corridor Workshop - Juno Beach

US-1 Multimodal Corridor Study - Section 6 Workshop - Palm Beach Gardens, Juno Beach, Jupiter
Oct. 21


National Walk to School Day
Everglades Elementary School
West Palm Beach
Oct. 4

Various MPO staff members and transportation partners recently participated in the following conference:

2017 OCT 19 MPO Gov Board meeting PO 

Following are links to presentations given at one or more of the October meetings of the MPO Governing Board or advisory committees:


Next Dates for MPO Meetings

Note: There are no MPO Governing Board or advisory committee meetings in November.

Wed. Dec. 6, 9:00 AM Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Wed. Dec. 6, 1:30 PM Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
Thu. Dec. 7, 9:07 AM Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC)
Thu. Dec. 14, 9:00 AM MPO Governing Board
Wed. Feb. 21, 2:00 PM 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 these MPO Boards and committees, as well as ad hoc committee meetings or workshops publicly noticed on the MPO website.  

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 

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