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Transportation Matters - May 24, 2016

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Transportation Matters - May 24, 2016

Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization www.PalmBeachMPO.org May 24, 2016

Planning Challenges Forum to Prepare for Population Growth

A half-day forum will be held to address population growth issues on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, from 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM, at the City of West Palm Beach Commission Chambers, 401 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, FL 33401. The event is sponsored by the Palm Beach County Planning Congress, the City of West Palm Beach, the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council. Click for pricing and registration information.


SUN Trail Funding Opportunity

Statewide funding at $25M per year will be divided between the Coast to Coast Connector, the St. John's River-to-Sea Loop, and smaller trail segments on the statewide priority network through the Shared-Use Nonmotorized (SUN) Trail Network program. Applications from local agencies for funding of smaller trail segments are due to FDOT by June 20, 2016. Projects must be components of the Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS) Priority Land Trail Network and on the MPO Priority Project list in order to be eligible for funding. Applicants must notify the MPO of their intent to apply for SUN Trail funding so that applicant projects can be established as MPO Priority Projects. Click for information.


MPO Advisory Committees

  • Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) - Wednesday, June 1, 9:00 AM
  • Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) - Wednesday, June 1, 1:30 PM
  • Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC) - Thursday, June 2, 9:07 AM

Location: MPO Conference Room 4E-12, Vista Center, 2300 N. Jog Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33411 
 Agenda and backup information to be posted a week in advance at PalmBeachMPO.org/meeting

MPO Complete Streets Working Group

Wednesday, May 25, 10:00 AM
Location: MPO Conference Room 4E-12, Vista Center, 2300 N. Jog Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33411

Everyone is invited to participate in this working group. Please contact the MPO office if you would like to be added to the email list for future notices of Complete Streets meetings.

Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB)

Wednesday, June 8, 9:30 AM
Location: Palm Tran Connection, Conf. Room 2N-123, 50 S. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415
Agendas: Agenda and backup information to be posted a week in advance at PalmBeachMPO.org/meeting

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


Quiet Zones Status

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.

Multiple roadway closures are anticipated in upcoming weeks due to rail construction, with most lasting four or five days. Click for current information on FEC grade crossing closures.


Jim Wolfe Assumes New FDOT Leadership Position

Earlier this month, Jim Wolfe was named as the new FDOT Secretary for District 6, which includes Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Until April 2015, Mr. Wolfe served for ten years as the FDOT District 4 Secretary, which includes Palm Beach, Broward, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties. 


National Bike Month and National Bike-to-Work Day

May is National Bike Month, and National Bike to Work Day was observed on May 20, 2016. Florida typically observes these events in March due to the cooler weather.


MPO Staff Announcements

MPO staff directory: PalmBeachMPO.org/contact/staff-directory

  • Anie Delgado has been promoted to the position of Planner II in recognition of her contributions since joining the MPO one year ago. 
  • Franchesca Taylor was recently certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners, the professional institute of the American Planning Association. Congratulations! 
  • Janice Allwood will leave the position of MPO Administrative Secretary for a position in the County Attorney's Office. The MPO thanks and congratulates Janice on her promotion.  
  • Kevin Fischer has joined the MPO staff as a Senior Planner. Kevin will serve as the LRTP Coordinator and will manage the Congestion Management Plan (CMP), freight issues, and climate change transportation planning in addition to the Long Range Transportation Plan.

Kevin Fischer, AICP

The MPO welcomes  Kevin Fischer who joins the MPO after serving in planning positions for Broward County government, Renaissance Planning Group, and Kimley-Horn and Associates. Kevin holds a Masters of Science in City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech, and is a member of the Boynton Beach Planning and Development Board. 

MPO Governing Board - May Highlights

The MPO Governing Board met at a publicly advertised meeting on May 19, 2016. The Board adopted a Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and Budget for Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018. The document serves as the MPO's business plan and budget for the upcoming two years. Click the image for more information.

Presentations were made on the following items. Click on each to review presentation slides.

Access online agendas, backup materials, presentations, minutes, and audio recordings of past meetings of the MPO Governing Board, its advisory committees and the Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board: PalmBeachMPO.org/meeting

Draft TIP for Fiscal Years 2017-2021

Click the image to review the Draft TIP, to provide
public comments, and for details on the MPO Governing Board meeting of June 16, 2016 where a final TIP document will be adopted.

The Palm Beach MPO is seeking public review and comments for a period of 30 days leading up to adoption of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Fiscal Years 2017-2021 by the MPO Governing Board on June 16, 2016. The TIP is a staged program encompassing a five-year period consisting of all regionally significant transportation improvements to all modes of travel in Palm Beach County. The TIP identifies transportation improvements funded by Federal, State, and local sources.  The TIP is based on the Florida Dept. of Transportation's FY 2017-2021 Work Program, and generally moves forward the projects from previous TIPs.

Temporary Roadway Closure

State Road 710/Beeline Widening Project

SR 710 & Pres. Obama Hwy. Intersection to Undergo Full Closure for Drainage Work
(Riviera Beach)
Thursday, June 2, 9:00 PM - Monday June 6,
7:00 AM

Click for detour information including access to the Port of Palm Beach.


Thousands of Americans are alive today because a seat belt saved them during a crash. From 2010 to 2014, seat belts saved an estimated 63,000 lives. Yet almost half of drivers and passengers (49 percent) who were killed in 2014 were unrestrained. The USDOT is currently conducting their annual campaign to remind Americans that seat belts save lives. It's the law!

New Map for FDOT Construction Projects

Click the link for the Master Map of FDOT Construction Projects in Palm Beach County.

Click on traffic cone icons for project names. Future plans include the addition of supplemental project information.

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