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Transportation Matters - May 29, 2020

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Transportation Matters - May 29, 2020

PalmBeachTPA.org                 May 29, 2020
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TPA Operations During COVID-19 

The TPA offices are currently closed to the public but our staff continues to work remotely. To contact the TPA, please call the main telephone number at 561.725.0800, send an email to Info@PalmBeachTPA.org, or contact individual staff members directly. Click to access the TPA staff directory.

News and Announcements

How Will COVID-19 Alter Our Future Travel?

Are you walking or riding a bike more these days? Tell the TPA how your travel has been altered during the pandemic. How will travel change after restrictions are lifted? Only 4 questions!  PalmBeachTPA.org/Travel-Survey

COVID-19 Travel Survey-Click to take the 4-question survey

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Okeechobee Blvd./Jog Road Traffic Advisory - May 30

On Saturday, May 30, from 6:00 AM to noon, the intersection of Okeechobee Boulevard and Jog Road will temporarily switch to a one-lane roundabout, as part of a joint Palm Beach County and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) hurricane preparedness exercise. During this six-hour period, the traffic signals will be turned off and the temporary roundabout will control traffic. Motorists will encounter temporary lane closures and a temporary change in traffic control at the intersection. FDOT staff will be on site to monitor the exercise.

The purpose of this exercise is to test the safety and effectiveness of a temporary roundabout in the event the signalized intersection is impacted by a loss of power due to a hurricane. With lower traffic volumes on the road under current COVID-19 conditions, this is an opportunity to test the configuration with minimal impacts to the public.

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Streetscape Improvements: Datura and Evernia Streets - June 1-4

The Datura and Evernia Streetscape Improvement Project is a reimagining of eight blocks in downtown West Palm Beach. The study is a chance to identify short and long-term changes to the streets and public spaces. The City of West Palm Beach is seeking public input through a series of virtual meetings to be held June 1-4, utilizing Zoom meetings and Facebook Live. Click to view the schedule for virtual meetings. Be sure to register in advance for individual sessions in order to receive details to join online.

Learn more at the study's home page. To help establish project priorities, you are invited to take an interactive survey to show where you want to invest along Datura and Evernia Streets and what you want to invest in.

The study also has a Facebook page where each session is listed as a separate event, and where organizers will livestream the virtual events. 

Datura Street - looking west from Olive Ave.
Datura Street looking west from Olive Avenue.
The Palm Beach TPA office is the white building located at the NW corner.

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NARC Virtual Conference - June 8-9

Originally planned to be held in Detroit, the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) has moved their annual conference online. The virtual conference will feature two days of online sessions on economic recovery, public health, transit and more. Click for registration information.

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America Walks - June Webinars

Click for details of the following America Walks webinars

Research in Action: Trends in How Municipalities are Addressing Increased Demand for Safe Public Space
Watch video recorded on May 28 as presenters describe various strategies communities are implementing in response to increased demands for safe public space for walking and cycling during the COVID-19 crisis.

In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration - June 3

Enhancing Walkable Spaces through Public Art - June 10

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East Coast Greenway Alliance

With trail use booming, the East Coast Greenway Alliance states there has never been a more critical moment for our nation to invest in regional trails and greenways. The Palm Beach TPA has joined more than 100 organizations that have signed on to support the #GreenwayStimulus campaign. Click to learn more.

#Greenway Stimulus-East Coast Greenway Alliance

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Upcoming Virtual TPA Meetings

Meetings of the three TPA advisory committees will be held virtually on June 3-4, using the Zoom webinar platform.

PalmBeachTPA.org/Virtual-Meetings is a convenient resource for Board members, advisory committee members, and the public. The web page includes guides for participation, links to meeting agendas, and online public comment forms. The TPA welcomes everyone's online participation!

Draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
Fiscal Years 2021-2025

The TPA is currently soliciting public comments on its draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the upcoming five fiscal years. Go to PalmBeachTPA.org/TIP to review the draft TIP and offer comments using a convenient online public comment form. The draft TIP will be considered for adoption by the TPA Governing Board on June 18.

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Walkable Communities Designation - Applications Due June 15

Walk Friendly Communities

WalkFriendly.org

Which will be the first municipality in Palm Beach County to receive an official designation as a Walk Friendly Community?

Seek recognition for local efforts toward safer walking environments and receive feedback from the Walk Friendly Communities team. Submit an application by June 15 or December 15.

Transportation Projects and Highlights

 
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