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Transportation Matters - May 10, 2018

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Transportation Matters - May 10, 2018

PalmBeachTPA.org                 May 10, 2018

News and Announcements

Boynton Beach to Host TPA Governing Board Meeting - May 17

Boynton Beach Intracoastal Park Clubhouse

Thursday, May 17 at 9:00 am

Boynton Beach Intracoastal Park Clubhouse
(this meeting only)

2240 N. Federal Hwy.

Boynton Beach, FL 33435

Click for Google map

TPA Governing Board meeting locations rotate throughout Palm Beach County and are announced each month. Agendas are posted one week before each meeting at PalmBeachTPA.org/board. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and will be offered an opportunity to speak.


CAUTION! Quiet Zones Begin in West Palm Beach and Lake Worth

See Tracks, Think Train!Quiet Zones are being implemented as early as next week along the FEC rail corridor where Brightline trains are transporting passengers from downtown West Palm Beach to Ft. Lauderdale, and very soon to Miami.

The Palm Beach TPA provided funding for the supplemental safety measures (SSMs) required for Quiet Zone eligibility. 

While Quiet Zones eliminate the routine blowing of train horns to improve quality of life for surrounding communities, it is critical for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists to stay out of the rail corridor at all times except at designated crossings when gates are in the open position.

See tracks? Think train!

Quiet Zone status:

  • West Palm Beach - effective as early as May 14
  • Lake Worth - effective May 21
  • Boca Raton - filed a Notice of Establishment (NOE) for a Quiet Zone with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on May 8, to be followed by a 21-day review period
  • Construction of supplemental safety measures (SSMs) is complete in Palm Beach County's remaining coastal municipalities along the Brightline Phase 1 route, with the exception of Boynton Beach, where construction of recently added safety measures will be completed within the next 2-3 months  
  • Other than Boynton Beach, the remaining municipalities are each eligible to file their NOEs with the FRA, to be followed by a 21-day review period


US-1 Multimodal Corridor Study

US-1 Corridor Study

A draft report is now available for the TPA's year-long multimodal study of 42 miles of US-1 in Palm Beach County. The draft report will be presented to the TPA Governing Board at their meeting on May 17, 2018 (details listed above). View the draft and supporting documents by going to PalmBeachTPA.org/US1.


Palm Tran Route Performance Maximization (RPM)

Palm Tran RPM

Palm Tran has begun a public outreach campaign to learn how best to improve bus service.

Click to learn more and take the Palm Tran RPM survey. The survey is available in English, Spanish and Creole.


West Palm Beach Green Business Challenge Kickoff - May 15

West Palm Beach Green Business Challenge

The Mayor's Office of Sustainability is kicking off an environmental challenge for businesses located in the City of West Palm Beach. Employee transportation choice is an important component. Walking, biking or the use of trolleys, buses or trains is encouraged.  

Click for the kickoff event flyer or the City of West Palm Beach Green Business Challenge website.

TPA Public Comment Opportunities

Draft Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

The federally required Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) serves as the Palm Beach TPA's budget and business plan for a two-year period. It sets forth planned activities and programs in support of the TPA's goals. The Draft UPWP will be considered for adoption by the Palm Beach TPA Governing Board at their regularly scheduled meeting of May 17, 2018. To review and comment on the Draft UPWP, go to PalmBeachTPA.org/UPWP.


Draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) 

The Draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Fiscal Years 2019-2023 will be presented to the TPA Governing Board on May 17 for information and discussion. The TPA Governing Board will adopt a final TIP on June 21.

To review and comment on the Draft TIP, go to PalmBeachTPA.org/TIP.

Draft TIP FY 2019-2023

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a staged program encompassing a five-year period consisting of all regionally significant transportation improvements to all modes of travel in Palm Beach County.

The TIP is updated annually and identifies projects for maintaining and improving the transportation system funded by Federal, State, and local sources.

The TIP is based on and reflects the Florida Dept. of Transportation's Work Program for Palm Beach County, and generally moves forward the projects in the time frame from previous TIPs. 


Upcoming Project Meeting

State Road 80/ Southern Blvd. Construction Open House - May 10

Between Lion Country Safari Rd. and Forest Hill Blvd./ Crestwood Blvd.

FDOT Open House 
(no formal presentation)

Thursday, May 10

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Loxahatchee Groves Town Hall

155 F Road
Loxahatchee Groves, FL 33470



The Florida Dept. of Transportation is hosting this informal public open house prior to construction which is scheduled to begin in late May. Completion is scheduled for summer 2021. Project plans will be on display and staff will be available to answer questions and address individual concerns.

This $33 million project includes:

  • Widening from four to six traffic lanes 
  • Adding a shared use pathway
  • Adding paved shoulders
  • Adding buffered bike lanes in the urban area
  • Adding new drainage
  • Installing new highway lighting
  • Installing new signs and pavement markings

Click for more information.

Welcome to the following new member representatives of the Palm Beach TPA Governing Board, as appointed by their respective governmental entities:

Shelly Petrolia

City of Delray Beach

City Council Member
Jeremy Rodgers

City of Boca Raton


Recent Events

History and Roles Highlighted in Board Member Training

The Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council (MPOAC) conducts a weekend training institute twice each year for Board members from around the state. On May 7, the Palm Beach TPA sponsored an abbreviated training session and offers thanks to the City of West Palm Beach for providing meeting space and audio/visual support.

Click for a link to the presentation slides.

The training videos linked below cover the following topics:

  • Historical perspective on how and why metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) emerged
  • Authority and Responsibilities of MPOs including the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency (TPA)
  • Seeking funding for transportation initiatives
  • Roles of the Palm Beach TPA Governing Board and Governing Board Members


 Click for Video - Part 1

MPOAC Presenter Scott Paine, PhD
Florida League of Cities

Click for Video - Part 2

MPOAC Presenter Jeff Kramer, AICP
Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR)
at the University of South Florida


TPA Supports Free Bike Valet at SunFest

The Palm Beach TPA partnered with the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) for the 4th year to provide safety items to bicyclists using the free bike valet operated by the DDA adjacent to the SunFest event held May 3-6. In addition to giveaways of bike headlights, taillights, bike bells and reflective drawstring backpacks to improve the safety of riders, riders were also offered an opportunity to participate in a TPA survey to better plan the future transportation system for Palm Beach County and the southeast Florida region.

SunFest Free Bike Valet


TPA Presents to Council for the Blind

Palm Beach TPA Executive Director Nick Uhren presented to the Florida Rehabilitation Council for the Blind at their quarterly meeting on May 3 in West Palm Beach.


 Request Palm Beach TPA presentations and exhibits: Public Relations Manager Malissa Booth.

Thu. May 17, 9:00 AM TPA Governing Board 
Meeting location (this meeting only):
Boynton Beach Intracoastal Park Clubhouse 
2240 N. Federal Hwy., Boynton Beach, FL 33435
Click for Google Map
Wed. May 30, 2:00 PM Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB)
Wed. June 6, 9:00 AM Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Wed.  June 6, 1:30 PM Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
Thu. June 7, 9:07 AM Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC)

Go to PalmBeachTPA.org/meeting to access online agendas, backup materials, 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 attend all meetings of these Boards and committees, as well as ad hoc committee meetings or workshops publicly noticed on PalmBeachTPA.org

Public Notice:  Please be advised that multiple members of the Palm Beach TPA Governing Board or any of its advisory committees may attend any of these meetings.

Complete TPA calendar listings: PalmBeachTPA.org/calendar 


TPA Employment Opportunities

For additional details and information on applying for TPA employment, click here.

TPA Job Opportunities

Transportation Projects and Highlights

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