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Transportation Matters - August 18, 2020

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Transportation Matters - August 18, 2020

PalmBeachTPA.org                 August 18, 2020
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News and Announcements

The TPA Staff is Prepared to Grow!

With an enlarged office space since moving to downtown West Palm Beach, the TPA is poised for growth. We are currently 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.


ADA Transition Plans Webinar Series Continues Aug. 26

Click here for transition plans webinar series details and registration.

FHWA ADA Transition Plan Webinar Series


Full Road Closures at FEC Railroad Crossings
During Brightline Construction

For the latest impacts on northern Palm Beach County roadways as Brightline continues its Phase 2 construction to Orlando, go to  Brightline construction updates.

Jupiter - Railroad crossing at Indiantown Rd. 

Continuous full road closure, through 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22.
Closure is necessary to install railroad crossing improvements including the construction of new tracks, upgrades to the existing railroad signalization and road work.

Detour Information: • Westbound Indiantown Rd. traffic wishing to continue west will travel south on Alternate A1A/SR 811 to Donald Ross Rd., travel west on Donald Ross Rd. to Military Tr. and travel north on Military Tr. to access Indiantown Rd. • Eastbound Indiantown Rd. traffic wishing to continue east will travel south on Military Trail to Donald Ross Rd., travel east on Donald Ross Rd. to Alternate A1A/SR 811 and travel north on Alternate A1A/SR 811 to access Indiantown Rd.

Riviera Beach - Railroad crossing at Blue Heron Blvd. 

Continuous full road closure, through 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 20.
Closure is necessary to install railroad crossing improvements including the shift of existing tracks, upgrades to the existing railroad signalization and road work.

Detour Information: • Westbound Blue Heron Blvd. traffic wishing to continue west will travel south on Broadway Ave. to W. 13th St., travel west on W. 13th St. to Pres. Barack Obama Hwy. and travel north on Pres. Barack Obama Hwy. to access Blue Heron Blvd. • Eastbound Blue Heron Blvd. traffic wishing to continue east will head south on Pres. Barack Obama Hwy. to W. 13th St., travel east on W. 13th St. to Broadway Ave. and travel north on Broadway Ave. to access Blue Heron Blvd. 


Shared-Use Mobility Center News

Shared-Use Mobility Center - The Mobility Hub

Sign up here for the weekly e-newsletter of the Chicago-based Shared-Use Mobility Center. Issues are full of news, articles, and technologies that are shaping our transportation future. 

This recent issue includes Transit Food Delivery Programs, Mobility Justice, Ridehailing/ Carsharing/ Carpooling, Bikesharing and Micromobility, Transit, Technology, and Sustainability. 


FDOT Webinar Series

FDOT has converted its 2020 Transportation Symposium to a series of one-hour webinars to keep staff and industry partners up-to-date with DOT policies, procedures, and best practices. One credit will be offered for each webinar on the date presented. Recorded past presentations are also available for viewing. Click for topics and to register for sessions now through November.


AARP Livable Communities Transportation Workshop - Sep. 15-16

Register for this free online event to bring together AARP staff, volunteers, community partners and livability practitioners on the afternoons of Sep. 15 and 16. Three core transportation themes - Safety, Accessibility and Resilience - will inspire a more effective transportation system for older adults and people of all ages. Click to register.


Regional Transportation Plan Adopted by SEFTC
to be Presented to TPA Board - Sep. 17

Regional Transportation Plan Adopted by the Southeast Florida Regional Transportation Council (SEFTC) on 8/7/20

Every five years, the Southeast Florida  Transportation Council (SEFTC) adopts a Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) to coordinate regional components of the Long Range Transportation Plans adopted by the SEFTC partner agencies: Palm Beach TPA, Miami-Dade TPO, and the Broward MPO. SEFTC adopted the RTP on Aug. 7. Click to review the document. The RTP will be presented to the TPA Governing Board on Sep. 17. Click for meeting details.


FHWA to Host Virtual Peer Exchange Workshops

FHWA is hosting a series of Value Capture Virtual Peer Exchanges/Workshops. The program features peer experts who have successfully used Value Capture techniques. Registration is free, but is limited to 300 participants. For questions, contact Pepper Santalucia at 617-494-3271 or P.Santalucia.CTR@dot.gov

Thursday, August 20 
1:00 - 3:00 PM 

Click to register

Advertising, Naming Rights, Sponsorships

Thursday, September 24
1:00 - 3:00 PM 

Click to register

Tax Incremental Finance Districts
Transportation Reinvestment Zones

Thursday, October 22
1:00 - 3:00 PM 

Click to register

Joint Development and Use Right-of-Way Agreements


Bike Friendly Designations

Bicycle Friendly Communities

The League of American Bicyclists - formed in 1880 - solicits applications to designate Bicycle Friendly Communities. They state, "A BFC welcomes bicyclists by providing safe accommodations for bicycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation. Making bicycling safe and convenient are keys to improving public health, reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality and improving quality of life."

Apply for the following designations:

  • Bicycle Friendly Community - next deadline is August 26
  • Bicycle Friendly University - next deadline is October 20

Click to learn more.

TPA Public Comment Opportunities

Public Participation Plan - 2020 Update

In Oct. 2017, the TPA Governing Board adopted a major update to the TPA's Public Participation Plan (PPP). The PPP is reviewed annually and updated as needed after a public review and comment period. Relatively minor updates are proposed for adoption by the TPA Governing Board at their meeting to be held on Sep. 17. Click to review the draft PPP and complete an online public comment form. Click for meeting details.

TPA Governing Board and Committees

There are no regularly scheduled meetings of the TPA Governing Board or its advisory committees in August. Following is the schedule for September meetings. Details to join each meeting are available at PalmBeachTPA.org/Virtual-Meetings where agendas will be posted a week in advance. 

Wed., Sep. 2 
9:00 AM 


Technical Advisory Committee

Wed., Sep. 2
1:30 PM 


Citizens Advisory Committee

Thurs., Sep. 3
9:07 AM 


Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Thurs., Sep. 17
9:00 AM

TPA Governing Board


Updated TPA Operations During COVID-19

The TPA office has reopened with limited access to outside visitors. View full requirements at PalmBeachTPA.org.

To contact the TPA, please call the main telephone number at 561.725.0800, send an email to Info@PalmBeachTPA.org, or contact individual staff members directly. Click to access the TPA staff directory.

Transportation Projects and Highlights

SR A1A / Haven Ashe Bridge Maintenance Project
Over the Boca Raton Inlet

Construction began Aug. 1, for a maximum of 60 days. Vehicular traffic will be detoured during a full bridge closure, while marine traffic will be maintained through the navigable waterway. 

West Atlantic Ave. at I-95 (Delray Beach)

A new configuration for westbound Atlantic Ave. traffic approaching I-95 began July 13. The northernmost, or far right, lane just west of NW 12th Ave. has been designated exclusively as an entrance ramp to access northbound or southbound I-95. This is part of the I-95 interchange modifications at Atlantic Ave. from the El Rio Canal to NW 12th Ave.

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