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Transportation Matters - September 30, 2020

Transportation Matters - September 30, 2020

PalmBeachTPA.org                 September 30, 2020

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News and Announcements

The week of September 21-27 was proclaimed as Rail Safety Week in South Florida by the Palm Beach County Commission. At the Tri-Rail station in Boca Raton on September 23, Vice Mayor Robert Weinroth presented framed copies of the proclamation to South Florida Regional Transportation Authority/Tri-Rail Executive Director Steven Abrams, and to Brightline Chief of Staff Ali Soule. The City of Boca Raton was represented by City Council Member Andy Thomson. Vice Mayor Weinroth and Council Member Thomson are both representatives on the TPA Governing Board.

Rail Safety Week Proclamation_____________________________________________

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.


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.

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


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.


Walk to School Day 2020

Walk to School Day

October 7


The annual event to promote walking to school is still on for 2020, although participation may look different this year. To allow participation across learning environments, families, neighborhoods and schools are all invited to register. Activities may happen at home, around the neighborhood or at school.  

Click here to learn more and register participation.

Although Oct. 7 is the official day,
participants may register to celebrate any day in October.


Safe Streets Summit Sponsorship is Now Open!


Returning Legacy sponsors from the 2020 #SafeStreetsSummit qualify for a 30% discount and new sponsors qualify for a 15% discount if signing up by Oct. 31. Save money and support the advancement of the region's efforts to create a safe, efficient, and connected multimodal transportation system for users of all ages, abilities and transportation modes. Be part of the first virtual Safe Streets Summit on Jan. 28-29, 2021, co-hosted by the Palm Beach TPABroward MPO, and Miami-Dade TPO

Safe Streets Summit Sponsorship Opportunities_____________________________________________

TPA Designated as a Bicycle Friendly Business

Bicycle Friendly Business

The Palm Beach TPA has been certified as a Silver level Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists. We are proud to be part of the movement to build a more Bicycle Friendly Palm Beach County for everyone. Click here to read the announcement and learn how your business can apply for the designation!


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_____________________________________________

TransPlex Web Series - Fridays in October 

Every Friday morning from 9:00 - 10:30 AM 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.


TPA Hosts Lane Repurposing Workshop - Nov. 6 

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 graphic


ADA Transition Plans Webinar Series Continues

Click here for transition plans webinar series details and registration.

FHWA ADA Transition Plan Webinar Series


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_____________________________________________

Rail-Volution Virtual Conference - Oct. 28-29

Learn about building livable communities with transit. Click here.

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


FDOT 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.


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.


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


FHWA to Host Virtual Peer Exchange Workshops

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 PM 

Click to register

Joint Development and Use Right-of-Way Agreements


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 Dec. 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


I-95 and Indiantown Rd. Construction Closures

Construction began in early Sep. on I-95 from Indiantown Road to CR 708/SE Bridge Road. Click for flyer to learn about lighting and roadway modifications and resulting traffic impacts during construction. Construction is anticipated to be completed by Spring 2022.

FL Dept. of Transportation Projects

Virtual Project Meeting
Thursday, October 8
5:30 - 6:30 PM 

Click to register

SR-882/Forest Hill Blvd. Resurfacing
From SR-7/US-441 to Pinehurst Drive

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.

Wed., Oct. 7 
9:00 AM

Technical Advisory Committee

Wed., Oct. 7
1:30 PM

Citizens Advisory Committee

Thurs., Oct. 8
9:07 AM

Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Thurs., Oct. 15
9:00 AM

TPA Governing Board
Wed. Oct. 28
2:00 PM
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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