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Transportation Matters - March 27, 2020

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Transportation Matters - March 27, 2020

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PalmBeachTPA.org                 March 27, 2020
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News and Announcements

The following meetings and events have been canceled.
Please follow the TPA website at PalmBeachTPA.org for future updates.

April 1: Palm Beach County Mobility Planning Summit

Postponed to a future date to be announced.

April 2: TPA Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC) meeting

April 3: TPA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting

April 3: TPA Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting


COVID-19 Impacts on Local Traffic 

The amount of traffic on our roadways has drastically reduced since the issuance of executive and local orders related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) provides permanent traffic counter sites for a few major roadways within Palm Beach County. The graphic shows the site located on Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach. Comparing this past Wednesday to two weeks ago, traffic has reduced around 40% (~80,000 vehicles) between the hours of 6 AM and 7 PM. The TPA will continue to monitor the impacts to transportation due to COVID-19. Click here for more FDOT information on traffic counts.

COVID-19 Impacts on Local Traffic, March 8-25, 2020


Public Comment Opportunity: Unified Planning Work Program 

The TPA is currently soliciting public comments on its draft Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for Fiscal Years 2021 and 2022. The UPWP serves as the TPA's business plan, budget and application for federal grant funds for a two-year period. Its development is guided by the TPA's mission and vision and adopted by the TPA Governing Board. The UPWP includes a description of all tasks and identifies the deliverables or outcomes that will be provided, who will perform the work, the schedules for completion and the budget and funding sources. Go to PalmBeachTPA.org/UPWP to review the draft UPWP and offer comments using a convenient online public comment form.


Palm Tran Temporarily Reduces Service and Eliminates Fares

Palm Tran Bus

For updates, go to PalmTran.org and follow Palm Tran on social media.


Late Friday, March 27, Palm Tran announced that five specific bus routes will resume regular service. Routes 1, 2, 3, 43 and 62 will adhere to the regular weekday, Saturday, and Sunday schedules. 

All other Palm Tran bus routes will continue to operate daily on a Saturday schedule, with the exception of Sundays.

The normal schedule will continue on Sundays for all routes, with the exception of Easter Sunday, April 12, when there will be no service as previously announced. Palm Tran looks forward to providing bus service on major holidays in the future.

Bus fare is currently free in order to provide social distancing between bus drivers and passengers. All riders will enter and exit through the rear bus door. A Palm Tran Connection vehicle will be called for passengers using mobility devices such as wheelchairs. 



Brightline Temporarily Suspends Service While Construction Continues

Brightline train

For updates, go to GoBrightline.com or follow GoBrightline on social media.

Brightline passenger rail service has been temporarily suspended. However, construction continues on the second phase which will extend the route from West Palm Beach to Orlando. Upgrades to the existing corridor that connects West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale and Miami will continue, including positive train control (PTC) field integration testing and signalization updates. PTC work requires that trains be present along the corridor and that horns blow, including overnight.


Tri-Rail Temporarily Reduces Service and Eliminates Fares

Tri-Rail train


Late Friday, March 27, the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) which operates Tri-Rail, announced a temporary reduction in the number of scheduled trains after a more than 60% reduction in ridership due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Although running fewer trains, Tri-Rail will be adding an additional car to each train to support social distancing. Tri-Rail is taking additional steps to disinfect trains and stations, and has temporarily eliminated fares.

For updates, go to Tri-Rail.com and follow Tri-Rail on social media.


Click image below to watch a video message from SFRTA Executive Director Steven Abrams

Tri-Rail Video 3/27/2020


Kittelson & Associates: "Collecting Traffic Counts When There's No Traffic"

TPA consultants Kittelson & Associates address traffic counts during COVID-19 pandemic conditions, addressing the current inability to collect field data representative of normal conditions for important projects. Click here.


Transportation Webinar: Mobility Services in the COVID Era - April 2

Join Populus and Spin for a webinar series to discuss how cities are adapting to recent global events and how new mobility services are filling potential gaps as transit ridership decreases and transportation behaviors change. Click for complete details.


Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit Moves Online - April 3

The East Coast Greenway Alliance has shifted what was originally planned as a four-day event in Jacksonville, to a virtual #GreenwaySummit on Friday, April 3. For more information, visit Greenway.org/southeastsummit2020.


FHWA Lighting for Pedestrians Webinar - April 9

The Federal Highway Administration's Office of Safety Roadway Departure Team is hosting a webinar to focus on lighting for pedestrians and new guidance for visibility on Thursday, April 9. The webinar will include a summary of recent case studies, lighting research, and potential applications associated with Safe Routes to School. Click for the registration link. Click for questions.


FDOT TransPlex 2020 Webinar Series - April 21

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is hosting a total of fifteen TransPlex webinars to be held during a series of four 90-minute sessions. Attendees can register for the webinar of their choice for each of the four sessions. FDOT is continuing to secure professional development credits for planners, engineers, and landscape architects for webinar attendees. Click for details and to register for up to four webinar sessions. 

A virtual awards ceremony will be held for the FDOT Innovation in Transportation Planning Awards on April 21 as an optional webinar session. Click to register.


AARP Community Challenge Application Deadline Extended - May 15

The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund "quick-action" projects to help communities become more livable for people of all ages. For more information, visit AARP.org/CommunityChallenge.


FDOT Seeks Your Help to Update the Florida Transportation Plan

The Florida Department of Transportation's long-range plan guides Florida's transportation future, and affects every resident, business and visitor. Its goals impact our quality of life and economic prosperity. Share your thoughts to ensure that the updated Florida Transportation Plan reflects the needs or our communities. Click for a flyer to post or share or click to provide input.

Florida Transportation Plan Survey

TPA Governing Board and Committees

Upcoming TPA Board & Advisory Committee Meetings

Due to the potential for future meeting adjustments or cancellations,
CLICK HERE to confirm the status of TPA meetings.

The TPA calendar of meetings is available at PalmBeachTPA.org/calendar

Go to PalmBeachTPA.org/Meeting to access online agendas and backup materials (posted one week in advance of each meeting), and presentations, minutes and audio recordings of past meetings of the Governing Board, advisory committees, and the Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board. 

Members of the public are encouraged to participate in all meetings of these Boards and committees, as well as ad hoc committee meetings or workshops publicly noticed on PalmBeachTPA.org. They will be given opportunities to ask questions or make comments on any agenda item, or to offer general comments that are relevant to the mission and responsibilities of the TPA.

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