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Transportation Matters - December 15, 2020

Transportation Matters - December 15, 2020

PalmBeachTPA.org                 December 15, 2020

Happy Holidays from the TPA Office in Downtown West Palm Beach

TPA Governing Board and Committees

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. 

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

Governing Board meetings are simulcast at PalmBeachTPA.org/LIVE, and recorded videos of TPA meetings are posted to the TPA YouTube channel.

Thursday, Dec. 17
9:00 a.m.
TPA Governing Board
Wednesday, Jan. 13
9:00 a.m.
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Wednesday, Jan. 13
1:30 p.m.
Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)

Public Comment Opportunities

Amendment 2 to the Fiscal Year 2021-25 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is proposed for consideration by the TPA Governing Board at their meeting to be held on Dec. 17, details above.

The TIP is the five-year funding program for transportation projects in Palm Beach County. The Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT) has requested approval of two project modifications and three project additions. Amendment 2 also proposes to direct FDOT to conduct an annual call for safety projects.

For more information about the TIP and proposed Amendment 2, go to PalmBeachTPA.org/TIP where you can also submit an online public comment form prior to the Governing Board meeting agenda item.

Projects included in the proposed amendment are summarized below:

  • I-95 at Northlake Blvd.: modifies length to consolidate a resurfacing project into the planned interchange modification project
  • US-1 Bridge over Earman River: inclusion of new right-of-way phase
  • Intersection Lighting Retrofit Improvement: new project to replace and add to existing streetlights with new LED streetlights at 29 intersections
  • US-1/Broadway Ave. from 45th St. to 59th St.: new project to upgrade existing lighting including decorative light poles and fixtures
  • FEC Rail Corridor Safety Projects from El Camino Real to Belvedere Rd.: new project to provide TPA Surface Transportation funds (SU) to supplement Brightline Consolidated Rail Infrastructure & Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant

FL Dept. of Transportation Projects

I-95 at Lantana Road Public Hearings Dec. 15 & 16

The Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT) will hold a virtual public hearing on Dec. 15 and an in-person hearing on Dec. 16 for the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study for the I-95 at Lantana Road interchange project. Both meetings will begin at 5:30 p.m. Click here to view online project exhibits in advance of the hearings, and to register for the virtual hearing. 

SR 80 / Australian Ave. Ramp Project Virtual Meeting - Jan. 13

The Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT) will conduct a virtual public meeting on Jan. 13 for the intersection project at State Road 80 / Southern Blvd. eastbound to northbound Australian Ave. The project is located in Palm Beach County and the Town of Glen Ridge. The virtual meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and representatives will be available to answer questions. Click the link for the project flier. For pre-registration for the virtual meeting and to submit questions and comments prior to the meeting, click here.

News and Announcements

Safe Streets Summit Registration is Open!
Early-Bird Registration Deadline is Dec. 18

Be part of the first virtual Safe Streets Summit on January 28-29, 2021, co-hosted by the Palm Beach TPABroward MPO, and Miami-Dade TPO. Learn more and register at SafeStreetsSummit.org/Summit-Registration. It's not too late to become a sponsor, and maximum recognition is available for those who commit early. Learn more about the various levels of recognition at SafeStreetsSummit.org/sponsorship.

Safe Streets Summit Early Bird Registration is Open

Featured Speakers
Follow SafeStreetsSummit.org/program/speakers
for Additional Speakers To Be Added

Charles Brown
Charles T. Brown
Equitable Cities LLC

Charles T. Brown, MPA, CPD, LCI is the founder and managing principal of Equitable Cities LLC—a nationally known urban planning, policy, research and multimedia firm working at the intersection of transportation, health, and equity. He serves as a senior researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) and adjunct professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, both at Rutgers University. He also serves as a 2020 Fellow within the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication in Partnership with The OpEd Project.


Chris Bruntlett
Chris Bruntlett
Marketing and Communication Manager
Dutch Cycling Embassy

Chris Bruntlett is Marketing and Communication Manager at the Dutch Cycling Embassy, a public-private partnership that represents the best knowledge, experience, and experts from the Netherlands. As a long-time campaigner in Vancouver, he fell in love with Dutch bike culture in 2016, inspiring him to co-author the book, “Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality”. Chris uses his knowledge and passion to share practical lessons for global cities wishing to follow their footsteps, and become better places to live, work, and - of course - cycle.


Tilly Chang
Tilly Chang
Executive Director
San Francisco County Transportation Authority

Tilly Chang serves as Executive Director of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. The Transportation Authority’s mission is to make travel safer, healthier, and easier for all. The agency plans, funds and delivers local and regional projects to improve travel choices for residents, commuters, and visitors throughout the city. Ms. Chang has 27 years of experience, including 17 years with the Transportation Authority where she previously served as the agency's Deputy Director for Planning. She serves on the Boards of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, the California Transportation Foundation, SPUR, and Self-Help for the Elderly. Ms. Chang is an alternate on the Transbay Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors, Co-chair of ITSA's Smart Infrastructure Task Force, and Vice-Chair of the California Self-Help Counties Coalition.


Paul Comfort
Paul Comfort

Vice President
Trapeze Group
Executive Director
North American Transit Alliance

Paul Comfort is the author of the Amazon #1 Best Selling Book, "The Future of Public Transportation" and host of the world’s top public transportation CEO podcast, "Transit Unplugged," heard in 99 countries. He serves as Vice President of Business Development for the Trapeze Group and is Executive Director of the North American Transit Alliance. Comfort is a longtime industry veteran and the former CEO of one of America's top transit systems, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) in Baltimore. He has also served as an elected County Commissioner and County Administrator and is the recipient of the transportation industry's highest individual honor, The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) Presidents Award.


Steven Higashide
Steven Higashide
Director of Research

Steven Higashide is Director of Research for TransitCenter, a New-York-based foundation that works to make cities more sustainable and just through better public transit. He has conducted and managed research about who rides transit and why; how tax policy influences transportation; and transit’s role in a Green New Deal. Steven previously worked as a transportation advocate in the New York area, where he worked on winning campaigns to pass legislation protecting pedestrians and cyclists, and defeat Congressional attempts to defund public transportation. His first book (named one of Planetizen's 10 best urban planning books for 2019) is "Better Buses, Better Cities: How to Plan, Run, and Win the Fight for Effective Transit," and his writing has appeared in The New Republic, The Atlantic, and the Los Angeles Times. Steven holds a Masters in Urban Planning from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.


Mike Lydon
Mike Lydon
Principal & Co-Founder
Street Plans


Mike Lydon is a co-founder of Street Plans, an urban planning, design, and research-advocacy firm based in Miami and New York City. Mike is an internationally sought after planner, author, speaker, and designer of livable cities. In 2018 Planetizen named Mike as one of the 100 most influential urbanists of all-time. With Tony Garcia, he is the recipient of the 2017 Seaside Prize and co-author of the full-length book "Tactical Urbanism" published by Island Press in March 2015, which was honored as one of the top 10 planning books of the year. Mike also collaborated with Andres Duany and Jeff Speck in writing The Smart Growth Manual published by McGraw-Hill. Most recently, Mike co-authored NACTO’s Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery and led the creation of the Streets for Voting Guide with the Center for Tech and Civic Life. Mike lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son and encourages you to trade four wheels for two.

Beth Osborne
Beth Osborne

Transportation For America

Beth is the Director of Transportation for America. She was previously at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where she served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy since 2009. At DOT, Beth managed the TIGER Discretionary Grant program, the Secretary’s livability initiative, the development of the Administration’s surface transportation authorization proposal, and the implementation of MAP-21. Before joining DOT, Beth worked for Sen. Tom Carper (DE) as an advisor for transportation, trade and labor policy, as the policy director for Smart Growth America and as legislative director for environmental policy at the Southern Governors’ Association. She began her career in Washington, DC, in the House of Representatives working as a legislative assistant for Rep. Ron Klink (PA-04) and as legislative director for Rep. Brian Baird (WA-03).

The Future of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in a Post-COVID-19 World - Webinar Dec. 18 

Smart Growth Partnership will host a webinar on Friday, December 18, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. You will hear from local developers, an independent taxing district, and an urban planner who helps to visualize land use, urban design and economics. Click for the event flyerClick for registration.

TOD Webinar - 12/18/2020

Safe Routes to School Applications Due Dec. 31 

FDOT has created a statewide Safe Routes to School Program using federal safety funds and has issued an annual call for applications through December 31. Florida's Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program can help communities address their school transportation needs and encourage more students to walk or cycle to school. For more information, visit SRTSFL.org

Nominate Your Local Complete Streets Champions for Awards
Nominations Due Jan. 8

Nominations are open until Jan. 8 to highlight individuals and jurisdictions in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties deserving of recognition for their efforts to promote Complete Streets in southeast Florida. Learn more and place nominations at SafeStreetsSummit.org/2021-safe-streets-awards

Safe Streets Awards Nominations

Palm Beach County to Host Mobility Summit Jan. 14 

Palm Beach County will host a virtual mobility summit on Jan. 14 from 8:30  a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to provide a transportation overview as it relates to mobility planning and to discuss how to ensure both county and local revenues can support and maintain infrastructure.
Registration is free at PalmBeachTPA.org/CountyMobilitySummit.

Autonomous Vehicles & Public Transport Conference Feb. 2-3 

AV America will host a virtual conference on Feb. 2-3, from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. each day. Click here for details and registration

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. Click to schedule  an available interview time slot.

The TPA hosted a public workshop on its funding programs on Oct. 27. Click to view the workshop presentation slides. Click to view the workshop video

Details: PalmBeachTPA.org/Funding

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. For more information, visit AlertTodayFlorida.com/HVE.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Survey 

FDOT is conducting a public opinion survey of people's knowledge of pedestrian and bicycle safety and relevant traffic laws. Take the survey at PalmBeachTPA.org/FDOTSafetySurvey.

TPA Operations During COVID-19

The TPA office is open, but space may be limited for in-person meeting attendees. Please review the guidance listed at the top of each meeting agenda and 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.

Grow Your Career With the TPA

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.

Transportation Projects and Highlights

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