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Transportation Matters - March 22, 2016

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Transportation Matters - March 22, 2016

Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization www.PalmBeachMPO.org March 22, 2016

Transit Design Expert to Give Public Presentation

March 24 at 1:30 p.m. in Boca Raton

Palm Beach Commuter Challenge
and Florida Bike Month
Continue Through March 31

For Commuter Challenge rules:

For bicycle and pedestrian events:



WPB Bike-to-Work Day
March 11

Palm Beach County Vice Mayor and MPO Vice Chair Hal Valeche led a group ride from Palm Beach Gardens to West Palm Beach City Hall. Additional riders joined the group at Kelsey Park (Lake Park) and Currie Park (West Palm Beach). Staff at the new MPO tent distributed safety backpacks and water bottles for participants of the annual Bike to Work Week sponsored by the City of West Palm Beach with assistance from FDOT and South Florida Commuter Services. 

Boca Raton Group Bike Ride
March 19

Boca Raton Mayor and MPO Chair Susan Haynie led a group ride in Mizner Park to kick off the 3rd annual CBS-12 Health & Wellness Experience at Mizner Park in Boca Raton.

Delray Beach Bike Fair
March 5

The Delray Beach Police Dept. and Your Delray Beach Bike Club kicked off Florida Bike Month with a bike fair following a 25-mile bike ride through Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Boca Raton. At the bike fair adjacent to Old School Square and the Green Market, the MPO booth provided reflective backpacks, water bottles, bike safety lights and information on the Palm Beach Commuter Challenge.

Westgate Park Bike Rodeo
March 19

More than 120 children got free bike helmets thanks to the PBSO at an event sponsored by agencies including Palm Beach County and the Westgate CRA. The MPO booth provided reflective backpacks, water bottles and safety information in English and Spanish. Several hundred attended a ribbon-cutting for a new park playground, and Jack the Bike Man raffled off four bikes to lucky winners.

MPO "Transit Tuesday"
March 15

The MPO Staff dubbed March 15 as "Transit Tuesday" and took Palm Tran buses and Tri-Rail trains for their daily work commutes. Coming from all different directions, staff members learned to navigate system schedules, transfers, inter-modal connections and accepted forms of payment. They also interacted with others to learn about the experiences of frequent riders.

MPO Partnering for an "Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow" Campaign Near the Lake Worth Swap Shop
March 24

MPO staff members will partner with local law enforcement agencies and others to provide safety information for pedestrians and bicyclists at Lake Worth Rd. and Davis Rd. in Palm Springs, near the Lake Worth Swap Shop. This area is known for risky road crossing behaviors on a heavily traveled road with fast moving traffic, and often before daylight. Positive reinforcement for pedestrians who properly use the demand light at crosswalks will include MPO bags-backpacks with safety reflective strips, plus bike safety lights and water bottles. Staff will also act as ambassadors to educate those who do not use the pedestrian demand light to make sure they understand it is available and how to use it. Due to the large Hispanic population in the area, Spanish materials will also be distributed and bilingual staff members will participate. For information on the Florida Department of Transportation's Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow campaign: www.AlertTodayFlorida.com

MPO Funding Programs - Applications Due April 1, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Local Initiatives (LI) Program
Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program  (including Safe Routes to School)

Applications must be submitted online through the MPO website. 

For applications and complete information:

USDOT Mayors' Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets

It's not too late for more local mayors to accept the challenge! The campaign began last spring, but goes through September 2016. Join the Palm Beach MPO and these local municipalities: Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Tequesta and West Palm Beach. Click the link for the USDOT Mayors' Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets

Palm Beach MPO Adopts a Complete Streets Policy

On March 17, 2016, the Palm Beach MPO Governing Board adopted a Complete Streets Policy, the second in Palm Beach County, following the City of West Palm Beach. By adopting this policy, the Palm Beach MPO aims to achieve a safe and convenient transportation network by implementing Complete Streets within the context of our county's diverse communities. The MPO will seek to promote Complete Streets by prioritizing funding for Complete Streets Infrastructure projects; providing educational opportunities; and encouraging local jurisdictions to adopt and implement local Complete Streets policies.

The Palm Beach MPO's Complete Streets Working Group will continue to meet to work on advancing complete streets in Palm Beach County. Anyone is welcome to attend the second meeting of the group on March 23 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting location will be at the Palm Beach MPO, 4th Floor, 2300 N. Jog Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33411.

MPO Board Meeting Actions and Highlights - March 17

Next MPO Board Meeting: April 21, 2016

MPO Acknowledges Retiring Committee Members

Doug Hess

The MPO acknowledges and thanks Doug Hess for 31 years of service on the MPO's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) including 22 years as the TAC Chair. Doug retires from the position of City Traffic Engineer for the City of Boca Raton. Doug (right) was presented a certificate of appreciation by MPO Executive Director Nick Uhren.

Joy Puerta

The MPO acknowledges and thanks Joy Puerta for 21 years of service as a member of the MPO's Bicycle-Greenways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BGPAC) including serving as the committee Chair. Joy retires from the position of Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Boca Raton. Joy (left) was presented a certificate of appreciation by MPO Bike-Ped-TDM Coordinator Franchesca Taylor.

Transportation Project Highlights

  • Donald Ross Rd. (Palm Beach Gardens)
    • I-95 Interchange improvements construction begins April 4
    • Alton construction activities continue east of I-95 
  • State Road 80 
    • Eastbound outside lane is closed at Benoist Farms Rd. through April 4 for a gas line replacement
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