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Transportation Matters - July 22, 2016

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Transportation Matters - July 22, 2016

Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization www.PalmBeachMPO.org July 22, 2016
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Palm Beach MPO Chair Participates in White House Roundtable

Palm Beach MPO Chair and Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie was invited by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to participate in a White House roundtable on July 12 in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. She joined more than two dozen mayors and planners from across the country to discuss advancing regional transportation projects.  

Mayor Susan Haynie, who also serves as Chair of Florida's MPO Advisory Council (MPOAC) is pictured with MPOAC Executive Director Carl Mikyska (left) and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx (center). 

Funding Opportunities from PeopleForBikes

PeopleForBikes has opened applications for a new effort called The Big Jump Project. They are looking for 10 great places to join this exciting new project - places where community leaders have ambitious plans to create safe and comfortable places to ride and encourage their neighbors and co-workers to give it a try. They want places that are eager to benchmark their progress and see the benefits of a big jump in biking in healthier people and better communities. Click to read more.


FHWA Seeks Applications to Operate a National Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is seeking applications for financial assistance to result in the award of one Cooperative Agreement to operate a national pedestrian and bicycle information center; conduct pedestrian and bicycle research, tracking, and technical assistance activities. Funding availability: $3,125,000. Deadline: August 19, 2016. Click for information. 


'The End of Automobile Dependence' Lecture - Aug. 9

Prolific author and local professor Peter Newman of the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University will bring his North American Book Tour to West Palm Beach on Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 5:30-7:00 PM.

Co-authored with Jeffrey Kenworthy, his latest book is titled 'The End of Automobile Dependence: How Cities are Moving Beyond Car-Based Planning.' The lecture will be sponsored in partnership with the West Palm Beach DDA and the Palm Beach County Planning Congress and will be held at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach.

The event is free, but advance registration is required. Click to register.


MPO Transportation Photos Contest - Deadline Aug. 31

Professional and amateur photographers alike are encouraged to submit transportation photos of all travel modes in Palm Beach County. The MPO may use photo entries in future transportation documents or on the website and social media. Click for details. 


MPO Training and Conference Participation

The MPO continues to focus on training and participation for its staff and Governing Board Members:

  • MPO Executive Director Nick Uhren attended the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPOAC) meeting July 18, 2016, and participated in the Floridians for Better Transportation Summit, July 19-20, 2016, St. Pete Beach, FL

Public Notice: Members of the public are encouraged to attend all meetings of the MPO Governing Board and its advisory committees and ad hoc committees. Please be advised that one or more members of the MPO Governing Board or any of its advisory committees may attend any of these meetings.


Complete Streets Working Group
Tuesday, July 26, 2:00 PM
Location: Palm Beach MPO, 2300 N. Jog Rd., 4th Floor Conf. Rm.#4E-12,West Palm Beach, FL 33411
Road Impact Fee Alternatives Ad Hoc Committee
Wednesday, July 27, 1:30 PM
Location: Palm Beach MPO, 2300 N. Jog Rd., 4th Floor Conf. Rm.#4E-12,West Palm Beach, FL 33411
Description: This will be the second meeting to review alternatives to the current road impact fee system used in Palm Beach County in order to mitigate multimodal impacts of new development. Representatives from Palm Beach County and eight municipalities attended the first meeting which was held on June 13.

Reminder: There are no MPO Board or Committee Meetings in August

September MPO Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, Sep. 7, 9:00 AM

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

Wednesday, Sep. 7, 1:30 PM

Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)

Thursday, Sep. 8, 9:07 AM

Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC)

Thursday, Sep. 15, 9:00 AM

MPO Governing Board

Thursday, Sep. 29, 9:30 AM

Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB)


Complete calendar of all MPO meetings, events and related community activities:

I-95 Interchanges at Boynton Beach Blvd. and Gateway Blvd.
Thursday, July 28
Alternatives Public Workshop 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Location: Inn at Boynton Beach, 480 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach, FL 33435

The Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT) invites you to an Alternatives Public Workshop for an update on the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study for improvements at the existing I-95 Interchanges at Boynton Beach Blvd. and Gateway Blvd. A PD&E Study is the process followed by FDOT to evaluate social, economic and environmental impacts associated with a planned transportation improvement project. The purpose of this meeting is to give interested persons an opportunity to comment and provide input on the transportation improvement alternatives that have been developed at this point in the study.The Alternatives Public Workshop will begin as an open house at 5:30 PM with a short presentation at 6:00 PM, followed by a question and answer period. For additional information, go to the project website link at www.95gatewayboynton.com. Click for notice of Public Workshop.

Public Notice: 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: PalmBeachMPO/meeting


MPO Governing Board

July 22 Meeting Highlights - Click on links to view presentations 

  • Approved a Palm Beach MPO 5-Year Strategic Plan (Action Item)
  • Endorsed the FDOT Preferred Alternative for the I-95 interchange at Central Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens, with direction to FDOT to incorporate the shared committee recommendations. (Action Item)  FDOT will hold a public meeting on the Preferred Alternative at Palm Beach Gardens City Hall on Sep. 28.
  • Heard the Palm Tran Annual Update from Palm Tran Executive Director Clinton Forbes
  • Heard the Transportation Disadvantaged Grant Program Update from MPO staff
  • Made the following appointments to MPO advisory committees:
    • Dawn Cox and Michael Fitzpatrick were appointed as members to the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
    • Bogdan Piorkowski was appointed as a member to the Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC) 
  • Heard a presentation by FDOT District 1 Secretary Billy Hattaway (pictured below) on the process used to begin implementing Complete Streets elements in FDOT projects.


Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
July 13 Meeting Highlights - Click on links to view presentations 

  • Multiple roadway closures are anticipated in upcoming weeks due to rail construction, with most lasting four or five days.
  • Upcoming closures include Belvedere Rd. (West Palm Beach) and Camino Real, Glades Road, Palmetto Park Road and Spanish River Blvd. (Boca Raton)
  • Click for current information on FEC grade crossing closures.

All local governments within Phase 1 of the All Aboard Florida project have filed Notices of Intent to establish Quiet Zones along the FEC rail corridor. This will allow for a continuous Quiet Zone from Broward County through West Palm Beach when Brightline passenger rail service begins, currently scheduled for 2017. All Aboard Florida continues to install MPO-funded Supplemental Safety Measures to meet requirements for the establishment of the Quiet Zone. Quiet Zones are stretches of rail corridor where the routine blowing of train horns is not required for passenger or freight trains due to the installation of supplemental safety features at roadway crossings along the route. The Palm Beach MPO is committed to providing any necessary support to enable a continuation of the Quiet Zone through northern Palm Beach County when All Aboard Florida proceeds with Phase II construction to Orlando.

For more information including an interactive map of all Palm Beach County grade crossings along the FEC corridor, click here

  • Public Notices for FDOT District 4 - click here 
    Includes the following counties: Palm Beach, Broward, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River
  • Map of FDOT Construction Projects in Palm Beach County - click here
    Click on traffic cone icons for project names and information.
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