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Transportation Matters - February 22, 2021

Transportation Matters - February 22, 2021

PalmBeachTPA.org                 February 22, 2021

Celebrating Black History Month

As we celebrate Black History Month, we honor the achievements of past and current Black innovators who have dedicated their lives to making our communities more livable. Learn more here about 11 Black urbanists who have been pioneers in the planning field.

Our communities in Palm Beach County are finding creative ways to honor Black History Month this February, including a Black History Month Bus Wrap from Palm Tran (pictured below). See how other transit agencies across the country are celebrating Black History Month here.

News and Announcements

TPA Funding Program Applications Due Feb. 26
Pre-Application Interviews Are Required 

TPA Funding Programs Workshop

Potential applicants are required to schedule a virtual interview to discuss projects with TPA and FDOT staff. Email Funding@PalmBeachTPA.org to schedule an interview.

For more information, click to view the Oct. 27 workshop presentation slides and the workshop video

Details: PalmBeachTPA.org/Funding


TPA Governing Board Meeting Recap

The TPA Governing Board met last week and took action on two items.

  • Renewal of zero fatalities for 2021 Safety Targets: The Board unanimously approved a motion to adopt a resolution that approved 2021 Safety Targets. This resolution confirms the TPA's commitment to Vision Zero and a goal of zero fatalities for 2021 Safety Targets. You can view this presentation here.


The TPA's Performance Measures Dashboard is now live!

Track the progress towards achieving our vision of a Safe, Efficient, and Connected multimodal transportation system. View overall progress and trends or dive deeper into the story and date by clicking on each measure. The dashboard will remain up-to-date as new data is periodically released. If you have any suggestions on improvements, please send us an email at Info@PalmBeachTPA.org. Explore the dashboard at PalmBeachTPA.org/PM.


The Palm Beach TPA Welcomes New Staff Member

Alaura Farr
TPA Procurement & Grants Coordinator

Alaura joined the TPA in 2021 and is a local West Palm Beach native. She provides professional experience in several areas of accounting and finance. Her skills include governmental, corporate, and private accounting. Alaura currently studies at Palm Beach State College in pursuit of a bachelor's degree. 


Florida Bicycle Month

March is Florida Bicycle Month! The TPA encourages local governments and partner agencies to participate and host events promoting bicycling  and bicycle safety, in addition to adopting a Florida Bicycle Month Proclamation. For more information, visit WalkBikePalmBeach.org.

To celebrate Florida Bicycle Month the TPA is hosting a group bicycle ride on Friday, March 26. For event details and to RSVP, visit TPAGroupRide.Eventbrite.com. For questions, contact Alyssa Frank at AFrank@PalmBeachTPA.org or 561-725-0806.


Upcoming TPA Meetings

Wednesday, Feb. 24
1:30 p.m.
Transportation Disadvantaged Public Workshop
Wednesday, Feb. 24
2:00 p.m.
Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (TDLCB)
Wednesday, Mar. 3
9:00 a.m.
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Wednesday, Mar. 3
1:30 p.m.
Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
Thursday, Mar. 4
9:00 a.m.
Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC)

Meeting details and agendas are posted at the links above one week in advance, along with an online comment form as an option for public comments prior to or during each meeting.

TPA Governing Board and advisory committee meetings are currently being held as a combination of in-person meetings at the TPA office and virtual meetings on the Zoom webinar platform. To accommodate social distancing, there will be limited space for in-person attendees. Please review the guidance at the top of each meeting agenda.  


2021 America Walks Walking College Accepting Applications

America Walks is now accepting applications for the Walking College Class of 2021. This leadership program offers fellows the opportunity to grow their skills and knowledge around creating vibrant, safe, accessible communities for all people and to apply these principles to a specific challenge in their community. Learn more and apply by February 28, 2021 at AmericaWalks.org/WalkingCollege/


OutRide Fund Grant Application Is Open

Winter 2021 applications for OutRide Fund grants are due March 11, 2021. The OutRide Fund offers matching grants up to $15,000 to support projects related to youth cycling. Learn more at OutrideBike.org/Outride-Fund


Nominations for Excellence in Transportation Planning

FDOT is recognizing planners, organizations, and projects that represent outstanding transportation planning achievements. Learn more here about the nomination process. The deadline for nominations is March 19, 2021.


Transportation Awareness Day 2021

The Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA) and the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged are hosting the annual Transportation Awareness Day on March 29, 2021 from 1:30 - 3:00 PM via Zoom. A draft schedule and link to register for free can be found here.


AARP Community Challenge Grant

The 2021 AARP Community Challenge offers small grants to fund “quick-action” projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. The application period is now open until April 14, 2021. Learn more at AARP.org/Livable-Communities/Community-Challenge/.


2021 National Roadway Safety Awards

The Roadway Safety Foundation and Federal Highway Administration are now accepting applications for the 2021 National Roadway Safety Awards to recognize successful roadway safety solutions that contribute to the goal of zero deaths and serious injuries on our nation’s roadways. Applications are due by May 28, 2021. Learn more here.


Safety Funding Available for Law Enforcement 

FDOT has funding available for law enforcement agencies to conduct High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) operations to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety. Requests for contract proposals will be accepted until funds are exhausted. Learn more at AlertTodayFlorida.com/HVE.


FDOT Florida Transportation Symposium

The FDOT Florida Transportation Symposium is continuing as a virtual webinar series format in 2021. Learn more at TransportationSymposium.FDOT.gov


Upcoming Transportation Planning Conferences

To view upcoming transportation planning conferences, visit our website at PalmBeachTPA.org/Conferences


The TPA is Hiring!

The TPA is seeking top candidates for an assortment of positions to enhance our team. For complete job descriptions, a summary of excellent benefits, and requirements to apply, go to PalmBeachTPA.org/Jobs.


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