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Transportation Matters - November 18, 2020

Transportation Matters - November 18, 2020

PalmBeachTPA.org                 November 18, 2020

News and Announcements

Happy Thanksgiving

Love to Ride Florida Bike Challenge Lasts Through November

The Love to Ride Florida challenge is a fun, free statewide competition for individuals and organizations to get more people riding bikes! Earn points and compete for prizes by riding and encouraging others! Click for the event flyer and click for details and registration at LoveToRide.net/Florida.

Love to Ride Florida Challenge

Safe Streets Summit Registration is Open!
Early-Bird Registration Deadline is Dec. 18

Be part of the first virtual Safe Streets Summit on January 28-29, 2021, co-hosted by the Palm Beach TPABroward MPO, and Miami-Dade TPO. Learn more and register at SafeStreetsSummit.org/Summit-Registration .

Safe Streets Summit Registration is Open

Now Scheduling Required Interviews for Funding Programs

TPA Funding Programs Workshop

Potential applicants are required to schedule a virtual interview to discuss projects with TPA and FDOT staff. Appointments are filling up quickly. Click to schedule  an available interview time slot.

The TPA hosted a public workshop on its funding programs on October 27. Click to view the workshop presentation slides. Click to view the workshop video

Details: PalmBeachTPA.org/Funding

ADA Transition Plans Webinar - Dec. 2

Click here for transition plans webinar series details and registration.

Wednesday, December 2
2:00 - 3:15 p.m. 

Innovations and Technology for Transition Plan Implementation

FHWA ADA Transition Plan Webinar Series

Regional Transportation Summit - Dec. 9

Click for Free Registration

SE Florida Transportation Summit

SUN Trail Funding Applications Due Dec. 10

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is currently soliciting Regional Trail System and Individual Trail projects through the Shared-Use Nonmotorized (SUN) Trail program. Interested parties are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the SUN Trail Program Guidance and to submit SUN Trail Request for Funding applications by December 10 at 3:00 p.m. FDOT must receive separate, complete applications including required signatures for each eligible project. Please visit FloridaSunTrail.com

Safe Routes to School Applications Due Dec. 31 

FDOT has created a statewide Safe Routes to School Program using federal safety funds and has issued an annual call for applications through December 31. Florida's Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program can help communities address their school transportation needs and encourage more students to walk or cycle to school. For more information, visit SRTSFL.org

The Palm Beach TPA Welcomes New Staff Members

James RinehartJames Rinehart
TPA Lead Planner - Transit Coordinator

James and his family recently moved from Indianapolis, IN, where he worked for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). His professional work includes transportation planning and GIS project management. James is originally from Fort Wayne, IN. He earned a B.A. in History from Indiana University and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Ball State University.


Kelsey PetersonKelsey Peterson
TPA Multimodal Transportation Planner I

A native of Mooresville, NC, Kelsey recently moved from Carrboro, NC, to join the Palm Beach TPA. Kelsey earned a B.A. in Political Science from Emory University. She earned both a Master of City and Regional Planning and a Certificate in Natural Hazards Resilience from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is interested in how climate change and natural hazards intersect with transportation planning. During graduate school, Kelsey interned for a firm where she assisted with the preparation of comprehensive plans for clients throughout the southeast.  

Grow Your Career With the TPA

With an enlarged office space since moving to downtown West Palm Beach, the TPA is poised for growth. We are currently seeking top candidates for an assortment of positions to enhance our team. For complete job descriptions, a summary of excellent benefits, and requirements to apply, go to PalmBeachTPA.org/jobs.

TPA Job Opportunities

Palm Tran Bus Honors Essential Transit Workers

The "Frontline Faces Taking You Places" bus honors Palm Tran transit employees who have continued serving the public throughout the pandemic. These employees include operators of Palm Tran fixed-route buses and Palm Tran Connection and Go Glades vehicles, bus mechanics and road supervisors.

Palm Tran's "Frontline Faces Taking You Places" Campaign Bus

Florida Transportation Plan For Public Review

2045 Florida Transportation Plan - Policy Element

Recent events are changing the way we live and work. Help guide Florida's future in transportation by visiting the FTP Virtual Room at FloridaTransportationPlan.com.

Review the Draft Policy Element and offer comments through December 13. The Policy Element describes objectives and strategies to guide transportation partners statewide in accomplishing the vision and goals.

Safety Funding Available for Law Enforcement 

FDOT has funding available for law enforcement agencies to conduct High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) operations to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety. Requests for contract proposals will be accepted until funds are exhausted. For more information, visit AlertTodayFlorida.com/HVE.

TPA Governing Board and Committees

Note: No November Meetings 

Governing Board meetings are simulcast live at PalmBeachTPA.org/LIVE, and recorded videos of TPA meetings are posted to the TPA YouTube channel. Meeting details and agendas for the following meetings will be posted to the TPA website at the links below one week in advance, along with an online comment form as an option for public comments.

Wednesday, December 2
9:00 a.m.

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

Wednesday, December 2
1:30 p.m.
Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)

Thursday, December 3
9:07 a.m.

Bicycle Trailways Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC)
Tuesday, December 8
9:00 a.m.
Bicycle Trailways Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC) Ad-Hoc Committee Meeting on Greenway Project Scoring
Thursday, December 17
9:00 a.m.
TPA Governing Board

Updated TPA Operations During COVID-19

The TPA office has reopened with limited access to outside visitors, other than for the advertised public meetings listed above. View full requirements at PalmBeachTPA.org.

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.

Transportation Projects and Highlights

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