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Transportation Matters - October 15, 2020

Transportation Matters - October 15, 2020

PalmBeachTPA.org                 October 15, 2020

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 - October 15

Click here to learn about the origins of Palm Beach County's Hispanic or Latino residents.

Palm Beach County is home to almost 350,000 Hispanic or Latino residents, comprising 21.9% of our population, as compared to 17.8% nationally. When at home, 18.8% of county residents speak Spanish.

TPA outreach includes the Google language translation feature on the website at PalmBeachTPA.org and Spanish ads in the free El Latino Semanal weekly newspaper.


National White Cane Safety Day - Oct. 15

White Cane Safety Day

White canes extend the hands and arms of the blind to assess the situation and move quickly and confidently. They allow users to avoid obstacles, find steps and curbs, locate and step over cracks or uneven places in a sidewalk, find doorways, and get into cars, buses and trains. Click to learn more from the National Federation of the Blind

If you are driving or cycling and see someone using a white cane, you must follow the law and stop to give that person the right of way.

Whenever a pedestrian is crossing or attempting to cross a public street or highway, guided by a guide dog or carrying an extended white cane, motorists approaching the intersection must bring their vehicle to a full stop.


TPA Funding Programs Workshop - Oct. 27

TPA Funding Programs Workshop

The Palm Beach TPA will host a public workshop for prospective applicants for the annual funding cycle on October 27 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

Applications are due on February 26 by 5:00 p.m. 

For workshop details, go to PalmBeachTPA.org/Funding.


TPA Hosts Lane Repurposing Workshop - Nov. 6
Registration Closes Nov. 2 

The Palm Beach TPA is hosting a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Lane Repurposing Training Workshop for its local agency partners to learn about the latest successful practices for implementing lane repurposing projects. The workshop will cover their benefits, when they are appropriate, and how to overcome common concerns and challenges. Participation is limited, so register soon. Click to learn more.

Lane Repurposing Workshop

Safe Streets Summit Speaker Proposals Due Nov. 15

Proposals are being accepted until November 15 for Safe Streets Summit conference speakers. Speakers should be champions of Complete Streets who can showcase successful efforts, and proposals must speak to the integration of equity and inclusion.
Go to SafeStreetsSummit.org/programs/conference-proposals.

Sponsor opportunities remain available, with discounts by October 31. Returning Legacy sponsors from the 2020 #SafeStreetsSummit qualify for a 30% discount and new sponsors qualify for a 15% discount by the deadline. 
Go to SafeStreetsSummit.org/sponsorship.

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

Safe Streets Summit Speaker Proposals Due Nov. 15, 2020

ADA Transition Plans Webinars

Click here for transition plans webinar series details and registration.

Friday, October 23
2:00 - 3:15 p.m. 

Dedicated ADA Funding

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

Innovations and Technologies for Transition Plan Implementation

FHWA ADA Transition Plan Webinar Series

Rail-Volution Virtual Conference - Oct. 28-29

Learn about building livable communities with transit. Click here.

Rail-Volution Virtual Conference, Oct. 28-29, 2020

TransPlex Web Series - Fridays in October 

Every Friday morning from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. in October, FDOT's Office of Policy Planning will host the TransPlex Web Series to focus on topics important to developing and enhancing communities that benefit everyone. Register here.


FHWA to Host Virtual Peer Exchange Workshop - Oct. 22

On October 22, the FHWA will host the last in a series of Value Capture Virtual Peer Exchanges/Workshops. The program features peer experts who have successfully used Value Capture techniques. Registration is free, but is limited to 300 participants. For questions, contact Pepper Santalucia at 617-494-3271 or P.Santalucia.CTR@dot.gov

Thursday, October 22
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

Click to register

Joint Development and Use Right-of-Way Agreements

Florida Greenways and Trails Month

Celebrate Florida Greenways and Trails Month this October and participate in the Trailblazer Challenge. Challenge yourself to use Florida's network of trails including the East Coast Greenway. Tag photos with the hashtag #GreenwaysAndTrailsMonth and tag the East Coast Greenway if you're using an ECG segment. 


Mobility Week - Oct. 30 - Nov. 6

The third annual statewide Mobility Week is an annual collection of events intended to bring attention to safe multimodal transportation choices. During Mobility Week, cities, counties and transportation partner agencies conduct events to promote transportation choices, highlight transportation achievements, and roll out new initiatives or policies. Click here to learn more about events in previous years and learn how you can take part in this FDOT coordinated event. 

FDOT Mobility Week 2020


Love to Ride Florida Bike Challenge Oct. 30 - Nov. 30

The Love to Ride Florida challenge is a fun, free statewide competition for individuals and organizations to get more people riding bikes, and is a Mobility Week event. Click for the event flyer.


Innovators for Inclusive Design Challenge
Applications Due Oct. 30

This national prize competition conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation aims to make future automated vehicles more accessible to people with disabilities. Innovative design solutions are sought that will help individuals with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities to use automated vehicles to access jobs, healthcare, and other essential services. Stage 1 of the program will award $300,000 to each of up to ten semifinalists. Click to learn more.


October is National Pedestrian Safety Month

Everyone is a Pedestrian

October 2020 is designated
by the USDOT as the first-ever

National Pedestrian Safety Month

Click to learn more.


In October, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Highway Administration will increase traffic safety awareness for pedestrians and drivers. 

Recognizing that pedestrians are our most vulnerable road users, the U.S. Department of Transportation has designated the month of October as the first-ever National Pedestrian Safety Month. The number of pedestrian fatalities has increased over the past decade. It is important to remember that everyone is a pedestrian at one time or another, especially now as more people are walking. The USDOT and safety partners work year-round to reduce these deaths, and educate all road users on pedestrian safety. The TPA supports these efforts as we strive toward #VisionZero to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries.


Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Survey 

This Florida Department of Transportation survey asks questions about pedestrian and bicycle safety and your knowledge of related traffic laws. Click to take the survey.

Florida Public Opinion Survey for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

FDOT Transportation Symposium Webinar Series

FDOT has converted its 2020 Transportation Symposium to a series of one-hour webinars to keep staff and industry partners up-to-date with DOT policies, procedures, and best practices. One credit will be offered for each webinar on the date presented. Recorded past presentations are also available for viewing. Click for topics and to register for sessions now through March 2021.


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


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.


The TPA Staff is Prepared to Grow!

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

TPA Governing Board and Committees

Combination In-Person and Virtual Meetings

Options for the public to join and participate in TPA meetings are listed at PalmBeachTPA.org/Virtual-Meetings, including an online comment form that may be completed in advance or during each meeting. 

Governing Board meetings are simulcast live at PalmBeachTPA.org/LIVE, and recorded videos of TPA meetings are posted to the TPA YouTube channel.

Thursday, October 15
9:00 a.m.


TPA Governing Board

Tuesday, October 27
2:00 p.m.


TPA Funding Programs Workshop
Meeting Details: PalmBeachTPA.org/Funding

Wednesday, October 28
2:00 p.m.

Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating 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.

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