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Transportation Matters - May 9, 2016

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Transportation Matters - May 9, 2016

Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization www.PalmBeachMPO.org May 9, 2016

Open House - Glades Road Corridor Improvements

A public information open house will be held by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on Thursday, May 19, from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. The location will be Florida Atlantic University in the Student Union Building - Majestic Palm Room, located at 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33431. The purpose is to discuss proposed transportation system management improvements to be made in the Glades Road corridor between State Road 7 and US 1 in Boca Raton. Read more. 

MPO Governing Board Meeting

Day / Date / Time: Thursday, May 19, 9:00 AM
Location: Palm Beach County Governmental Center,
12th Floor - McEaddy Conference Room, 301 N. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401 
 Agenda and backup information to be posted a week in advance at PalmBeachMPO.org/board


MPO Complete Streets Working Group Meeting

Day / Date / Time: 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.

Complete calendar of all MPO meetings, events and related community activities: PalmBeachMPO.org/calendar


Free Webinar: Walk Friendly Communities:
Inspiring and Celebrating Your City's Vision for Walkable Streets

Day / Date / Time: Wednesday, May 18, 2:00 PM Read more.   


MPO Supports Popular SunFest Bike Valet

For the second year, the MPO partnered with the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) which has operated a free bike valet service during SunFest for the past eleven years. The MPO provided reflective backpacks and bike lights for bike valet users to promote safety and the MPO's BikePalmBeach.org as a resource for the local bicycling community. The MPO also provided shirts for the volunteers who kept several hundred bikes secure. Users enjoyed the convenience, security, and freedom from parking fees and traffic gridlock. Many have discovered that just getting to SunFest can be part of the fun of Florida's largest waterfront music and arts festival, attracting 175,000 people into downtown West Palm Beach over five days each spring. 

MPO Advisory Committees - May Highlights

MPO advisory committees include the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), and the Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC). The following presentations were made to one or more of the advisory committees in May. Click on each to review presentation slides.

Additionally, the Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC) heard presentations from the following 2016 applicants competing for project funding through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). The MPO Governing Board will adopt a list of Priority Projects in September that will include projects selected from the TAP applications below, consistent with the TAP goals and the MPO's Directions 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). Note: Applications are listed alphabetically by applicant name.

Applicant Project Title (click for presentation slides)

City of Delray Beach

City of Lake Worth

City of West Palm Beach

City of West Palm Beach

Housing Partnership

Village of Wellington

Delray Beach Greenway

Pedestrian Safety Improvements

North Shore Bridge

Roosevelt Estates

Safe Kids, Safe Routes PBC

Aero Club Drive Bicycle Improvements

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 UPWP and Budget for Fiscal Years 2017-2018

For more information on the UPWP and to provide public comments, click here

The Palm Beach MPO is seeking public review and comments for a period of 30 days leading up to adoption of a Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and Budget for Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018 by the MPO Governing Board on May 19, 2016. The UPWP serves as the MPO's business plan and budget for the upcoming two fiscal years beginning July 1, 2016. It is a statement of work identifying the planning priorities and activities to be carried out by the MPO. The UPWP includes a description of the planning work and resulting products, who will perform the work, time frames, costs and sources of funds. Federal sources provide 95% of the funding, with state and county funds making up the balance. 

Temporary Roadway Closures
Along the FEC Rail Corridor


Okeechobee Blvd.
(West Palm Beach)
Friday, May 13 8:00 PM - Tuesday,
May 17, 6:00 PM

Click for detour information.

Additional May closures are scheduled for additional locations in West Palm Beach, Lake Worth and Lantana.

Click for current information on FEC
grade crossing closures.

Pictured above is construction at a Delray Beach grade crossing earlier this month.

Multiple roadway closures are anticipated over the next several weeks - with most lasting four or five days - as All Aboard Florida continues Phase I construction for their new Brightline express passenger train service from Miami to West Palm Beach. 

Supplemental safety infrastructure features funded by the MPO will be installed at grade crossings during these temporary road closures. This will enable local governments along the rail corridor to establish a continuous Quiet Zone from Broward County to West Palm Beach, to coincide with Brightline's new service projected to begin in 2017. 

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.

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.


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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