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Transportation Matters - March 22, 2021

Transportation Matters - March 22, 2021

PalmBeachTPA.org                 March 22, 2021

Celebrate Florida Bicycle Month With the TPA!

March is Florida Bicycle Month! The TPA encourages local governments and partner agencies to participate and host events promoting bicycling and bicycle safety.

To celebrate Florida Bicycle Month the TPA is hosting a series of events throughout the month of March. For more information, visit WalkBikePalmBeach.org.

Upcoming Events 

March 26 – TPA Group Bicycle Ride
Time: 7:45 A.M. – 8:45 A.M. 
Register: TPAGroupRide.Eventbrite.com

March 31 – Creating Bicycle Friendly Cities Webinar
Presenter: John Pucher, Author of Cycling for Sustainable Cities
Time: 12:00 P.M. – 12:30 P.M. 
Register: TPABicycleWebinars.Eventbrite.com

For questions, contact Alyssa Frank at AFrank@PalmBeachTPA.org or 561-725-0806.


Florida Bicycle Month Proclamations

The TPA encourages local governments and partner agencies to join the State of Florida in recognizing March 2021 as Florida Bicycle Month by doing a Florida Bicycle Month proclamation. To date, the following local government agencies in Palm Beach County have done a Florida Bicycle Month Proclamation:

  • Palm Beach TPA
  • Palm Beach County
  • City of Boca Raton
  • City of Boynton Beach
  • City of Delray Beach
  • City of Greenacres
  • Town of Jupiter Town of Lake Park
  • City of Palm Beach Gardens
  • Village of Palm Springs
  • Village of Royal Palm Beach
  • City of West Palm Beach 
  • Village of Wellington

TPA Florida Bicycle Month Proclamation

Don’t see your agency listed? Contact Alyssa Frank at AFrank@PalmBeachTPA.org

For more information, visit WalkBikePalmBeach.org.


Happy Women's History Month!

In honor of Women's History Month, we're recognizing the accomplishments of women in transportation and planning. To learn about just several of the many contributions that trailblazing women have made to the transportation and planning fields, check out this short video from AASHTO, as well as two documentaries, City Dreamers and Motherload.

We also want to thank Courtney Reynolds, President of the Florida Bicycle Association, who led a webinar on Women in Bicycling for our Florida Bicycle Month webinar series. If you missed the webinar, a recording will be available on our website at PalmBeachTPA.org/Meeting under Special Meetings or Workshops.


Paul Comfort: The Future of Public Transportation

The TPA will host a presentation by author Paul Comfort on his book The Future of Public Transportation on March 23 from 2pm-3pm.

Attendees can participate virtually or in person at the Palm Beach TPA, 301 Datura Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

To register, visit PalmBeachTPA.org/PaulComfort


TPA Board Meeting Recap

The TPA Governing Board met last week and adopted:


Upcoming TPA Meetings

Wednesday, Apr. 7
9:00 a.m.
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Wednesday, Apr. 7
1:30 p.m.
Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
Thursday, Apr. 8
9:00 a.m.

Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC)

Thursday, Apr. 15
2:00 p.m.
Governing Board

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.  

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


The Palm Beach TPA Welcomes New Staff Member

Conor Campobasso
Lead Planner - LRTP Coordinator

Conor joined the TPA in March 2021. Originally from the Gulf Coast of Florida, he moved to South Florida 10 years ago. He has a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University. Conor also holds certifications in both graphic design and geographic information systems. His background consists of transportation planning with a focus on program management and project administration. 


2020 U.S. Driving Lowest in Two Decades

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently released new year-end estimates showing that total U.S. driving fell by 13.2%--from 3.3 trillion vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in 2019 to 2.83 trillion in 2020--after six consecutive years of increases in VMT. This decrease equals an estimated reduction of about 170 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Despite the significant decrease in VMT, preliminary data from USDOT shows that roadway fatalities only decreased by about 2% for the first six months of the year. For more information, click here.


FHWA Value Capture Webinar Series

The FHWA is hosting a webinar series on Value Capture Strategies from March - October, 2021. The webinar series will review Value Capture techniques promoted in the FHWA's Every Day Count (EDC-5) initiative, with a focus on the intersection of innovative finance and innovative project delivery tools. For details, click here.


Dangerous By Design 2021

On March 10, 2021, Smart Growth America released Dangerous By Design 2021, providing an updated picture of how dangerous each state and the largest metro areas are for people walking, with Florida identified as the most dangerous state for pedestrians in the country. Register here for a webinar on March 25 to hear from experts about the report findings. 


Form and Function: The Role and Future of Complete Streets Post-COVID

The Eno Center for Transportation will host a webinar on March 25, 2021 at 2:00 PM on the impacts of COVID-19 on street use, the importance of equity in planning and design, and what the future might look like for complete streets in the wake of the pandemic and a new administration. More information and a registration link can be found here.


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/.


Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program

The EJCPS Cooperative Agreement Program offers financial assistance in amounts up to $160,000 per award to eligible organizations for projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues in their communities. Applications are due by May 7, 2021. Click here to learn more and apply.


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.


FDOT Offers Free Telework Certification Series

South Florida Commuter Services (SFCS), a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) program designed to help reduce use of single-occupancy vehicles, is currently providing a FREE online teleworking course with certification to companies in South Florida. Certification can provide a framework for communicating expectations to employees and maintaining or boosting productivity. Teleworkers will learn to set up the ideal home office, how to better balance their work and family life, and how to recognize and avoid common remote working pitfalls.

A trial license is available for evaluation at no cost to South Florida businesses. That license may be used by any member in the organization. Upon completing the trial, additional free licenses may be requested. The program will continue until the supply of licenses are exhausted. Each license is valued at $138. For more information, click here.


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 a top candidate for its Public Relations Specialist role. For the complete job description, a summary of excellent benefits, and requirements to apply, go to PalmBeachTPA.org/Jobs.


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