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Transportation Matters - May 29, 2019

New Texting Law


Transportation Matters - May 29, 2019

PalmBeachTPA.org                 May 29, 2019
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News and Announcements

Kickoff Meeting for New TPA Office

On May 15, a kickoff meeting was held to inspect recently begun renovations on a vacant building that will become the new home of the Palm Beach TPA. The leased building at 301 Datura St. is located at the northwest corner of Datura St. and Olive Ave. It's an exciting time to be in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, where nearby streetscape projects are providing a growing network of Complete Streets to serve all users including pedestrians and cyclists. 

TPA building renovation kickoff meeting, May 15, 2019

(L-R): Abe Haruvi (301 Datura Building Owner); Steve Paige (Reichel Realty); Hal Valeche (Palm Beach County Commissioner and TPA Governing Board Chair); Allen Birse (Birse Thomas Architects); Nick Uhren (TPA Executive Director); and Matthew Komma (TPA Chief Financial Officer).


TPA Governing Board Meeting - June 20 at 9:00 AM

Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, Belle Glade

Location (this meeting only):
Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center

1977 SW College Drive
Belle Glade, FL 33430 
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To review or print agendas and backup materials one week prior to a TPA meeting, go to PalmBeachTPA.org/meeting.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend meetings, and 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.


New Texting While Driving Law Takes Effect July 1

No Texting While Driving - It's the Law

In an effort to curtail traffic deaths and serious injuries that result from distracted driving, Florida became one of the last states to make texting while driving a primary traffic offense when Governor Ron DeSantis signed a new bill, CS/HB 107 Wireless Communications While Driving, on May 17, 2019. The new law will go into effect on July 1, but warnings will be issued during a grace period to educate drivers. 

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles found more than 170 crashes were caused by people who were texting and driving in 2018.

Additionally, the new bill also bans the use of any handheld wireless communications device for both talking or texting while driving in a designated school zone or work zone while workers are present or operating equipment. That provision takes effect on October 1.

Otherwise, drivers can continue to navigate, make phone calls and read emergency messages such as weather alerts. Drivers may still use their phones when their vehicle is stationary or stopped at a traffic light. However, drivers are encouraged to use "hands-free" features to further reduce the hazards of distracted driving. 


May is Airbag Recall Repair Month

Defective Airbags Can Kill You Do you own one of the 37 million vehicles on the road with a dangerous recalled airbag? Find out during Airbag Recall Repair Month by entering your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) at CheckToProtect.org, a program of the National Safety Council. Recall repairs are free! 


Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Safety Month

May has been designated as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month to remind everyone to be on the alert and to share the road.

Both motorcyclists and motorists need to remain aware of their surroundings by frequently checking blind spots and mirrors, and use turn signals when changing lanes or passing.

Distracted driving could mean the difference in whether or not a motorcyclist is seen, especially when changing lanes. 

Riders should take precautions such as taking a defensive driving course, wearing helmets and protective gear, and keeping bikes in good working condition. They also should look for road hazards and weather conditions that affect safety.

For more information, go to nhtsa.gov/road-safety/motorcycle-safety.


Virgin Trains/ Brightline 

One year has passed since the opening of what is now known as the Virgin MiamiCentral station, as Brightline continues its rebranding and renaming to Virgin Trains USA. That opening completed Phase 1, to connect south Florida with stations in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. 

Touted as "the only privately owned, operated and maintained express inter-city train service in the United States," the company has just announced construction contractors for its Phase 2 expansion to connect south Florida to Orlando - including 170 miles of new track - to lead into the already completed state-of-the-art intermodal facility located in the new South Terminal at the Orlando International Airport.

Northern Palm Beach County is expected to see Phase 2 construction begin later this year with completion expected to take 36 months. As in the initial phase, the Palm Beach TPA is positioned to fund supplemental safety measures at grade crossings sufficient to meet requirements for Quiet Zones, if desired by the local governments who must apply for them. Quiet Zones are designated sections of railway where the routine blowing of train horns is replaced by infrastructure upgrades for increased safety. 

Ali Soule, the company's Chief of Staff, provided an update on May 16 to the TPA Governing Board. Click to review the slide presentation.


Walkable Communities Designation - Applications Due June 15

Walk Friendly Communities Which municipality will be the first in Palm Beach County to receive an official designation as a Walk Friendly Community? Support safer walking environments and learn what makes more than 70 other cities and towns across the country Walk Friendly. Learn more and apply by June 15 at WalkFriendly.org

Welcome New TPA Board Members

City of Riviera Beach Council Member Shirley Lanier

City of Riviera Beach
Council Member

Shirley D. Lanier

The Palm Beach TPA welcomes Council Member Shirley Lanier to its Governing Board as the TPA representative appointed by the City of Riviera Beach

TPA Governing Board and Committees

TPA Governing Board Meeting, May 16, 2019

Palm Beach TPA Governing Board meeting of May 16, 2019, held at Riviera Beach Marina Village.

May Governing Board Presentations

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Executive Director's Report
Virgin Trains/Brightline Update
Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Desires Plan
Draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Fiscal Years 2020-24


Upcoming TPA Meetings

Wednesday, June 5 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Wednesday, June 5 Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
Thursday, June 6 Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC)
Thursday, June 20  TPA Governing Board
Location (this meeting  only): 
Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center
1977 SW College Drive
Belle Glade, FL 33430 

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The 2019 calendar of TPA 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 attend all meetings of these Boards and committees, as well as ad hoc committee meetings or workshops publicly noticed on PalmBeachTPA.org

Transportation Projects and Highlights

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