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Transportation Matters - May 24, 2018

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Transportation Matters - May 24, 2018

PalmBeachTPA.org                 May 24, 2018

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News and Announcements

Quiet Zones Now in Effect in West Palm Beach and Lake Worth

City of West Palm Beach
Quiet Zone Became Effective on May 14, 2018

Mayor Jeri Muoio, Rick Rose (L), Scott Kelly

West Palm Beach Quiet Zone Implementation 5/14/2018

City of Lake Worth
FEC Quiet Zone Became Effective on May 21, 2018

Mayor Pam Triolo

Lake Worth Quiet Zone Implementation 5/21/2018

Quiet Zones are now in effect along the FEC rail corridor in West Palm Beach and Lake Worth, meaning both passenger and freight trains do not routinely blow horns. While the elimination of train horns except in emergencies will 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. Remember... See tracks? Think train!

The Palm Beach TPA provided funding for the supplemental safety measures (SSMs) required for Quiet Zone eligibility at the option of each local jurisdiction. 

Quiet Zone status along the FEC rail corridor:

  • West Palm Beach - implemented May 14
  • Lake Worth - implemented May 21
  • Boca Raton - scheduled for implementation on May 30
  • Delray Beach - scheduled for implementation on June 7
  • Lantana - the TPA is actively supporting Lantana's Notice of Establishment filing, to be followed by a required 21-day review period
  • Boynton Beach - construction of more recently added supplemental safety measures will be completed within the next 2-3 months, after which a Notice of Establishment may be filed, to be followed by a required 21-day review period
  • Northern Palm Beach County - TPA will fund and Brightline will construct supplemental safety measures to qualify for quiet zone eligibility to coincide with Brightline's Phase 2 service between West Palm Beach and Orlando. 


Miami Brightline Station Now Open

The first phase of Brightline's passenger rail service was completed with the opening of the new downtown Miami station on May 19. Stations in West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and Miami now offer south Florida travelers a new and faster transit option. 


TPA Governing Board Meeting - June 21

FPL Manatee Lagoon, West Palm Beach

Thursday, June 21 at 9:00 am

Manatee Lagoon (this meeting only)
An FPL Eco-Discovery Center

6000 N. Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach 33407

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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.


 Advancing Women in Transportation Event - May 30

The 2018 WTS annual scholarship awards luncheon will feature West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio and will be held on May 30 at the Hilton West Palm Beach. Click for the event flyer.


National Dump the Pump Day - June 21

Dump the Pump Day - June 21, 2018

Thursday, June 21, will be the 13th annual national Dump the Pump Day to highlight the many benefits of using public transportation. Drivers are encouraged to park their cars and skip the gas pumps. Click for Dump the Pump Transit Facts.

TPA Public Comment Opportunities

Draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) 

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

Draft TIP FY 2019-2023

The Draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Fiscal Years 2019-2023 was 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.

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

Belle Glade Sidewalk Improvements Open House - May 24

FDOT Open House 
(no formal presentation)

Thursday, May 24

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Belle Glade City Hall

110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Belle Glade, FL 33430

The Florida Dept. of Transportation is hosting this informal public open house to discuss proposed sidewalk improvements at ten locations in the City of Belle Glade, with a total project cost of $1.29 million. Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2019, with completion anticipated for Spring 2020. 

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El Clair Ranch Rd. Bridge Replacement - June 27

FDOT Open House 
(no formal presentation)

Wednesday, June 27

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Hagen Ranch Rd. Public Library

14350 Hagen Ranch Rd.

Delray Beach, FL 33446

The Florida Dept. of Transportation is hosting this informal public open house to discuss the proposed replacement of the El Clair Ranch Road Bridge over the Lake Worth Drainage District L-30 Canal. With a total project cost of $1.85 million, construction is scheduled to begin in September 2019, with completion anticipated for Fall 2020. 

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Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer

Welcome to the following new member representative of the Palm Beach TPA Governing Board, as appointed by the City of Boca Raton:

Mayor Scott Singer
City of Boca Raton



Recent Events

TPA Presents to Boynton Beach City Council

Palm Beach TPA Executive Director Nick Uhren presented to the Boynton Beach City Commission on May 15 regarding the TPA's transition to an independent agency and impacts for TPA member entities.


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

TPA Governing Board Meeting - May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018 - Palm Beach TPA Governing Board - Boynton Beach Intracoastal Park Clubhouse

Click links below to view the following presentations which were given in May to the TPA Governing Board:

Upcoming TPA Meetings

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)
Thu. June 21, 9:00 AM TPA Governing Board 
Meeting location (this meeting only):
Manatee Lagoon 
6000 N. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach, FL 33407
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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 

Transportation Projects and Highlights

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