New video featuring the MPO debuts in local theatres this weekend!
Pay attention to the ads if you go to the movies this weekend! Three local theatres will preview the new Palm Beach MPO video to inform and involve more local residents in the transportation planning process. Look for our video to run July 3-16 before the start of every showing at these local theatres: Muvico Parisian 20 at CityPlace (West Palm Beach), Cinemark Palace 20 on Airport Rd. east of I-95 (Boca Raton) and Cobb 16 at Downtown at the Gardens (Palm Beach Gardens). Check out and share the new video, and let us know what you think! Video link: "What is the Palm Beach MPO?" You can also share it from our Facebook page or Twitter @PalmBeachMPO.
Quiet Zone Funding by the MPO Not Impacted by Governor's Veto
Funds allocated by the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Quiet Zone improvements along the FEC corridor in Palm Beach County are discretionary federal gas tax revenues sub-allocated to the MPO to fund projects of local priority. The recent action by the Governor to veto $10 million of proposed state funding for railroad crossing work has no effect on the construction of Quiet Zone improvements or the implementation of Quiet Zones within Palm Beach County.
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for FY 2016-2020 Adopted by the MPO Board
The Palm Beach MPO Board adopted a FY 2016-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Palm Beach County at a public meeting on June 18, 2015, after a 30-day public review and comment period. The TIP contains projects over a five-year period for maintaining and improving the transportation system funded by Federal, State and local sources. Highways, buses, rail, port, bicycling and beautification projects are included. For more information and to view the adopted TIP, go to www.PalmBeachMPO.org/TIP.
FHWA Awards $20,000 to Palm Beach MPO for Bike-Ped Counting Program
The Palm Beach MPO is one of only ten MPOs in the nation - and the only MPO in Florida - to be selected by FHWA for equipment funding and training to collect data on the number of bicyclists and pedestrians currently traveling select roadways in Palm Beach County. The data collected will provide baseline information to assist future planning efforts. Click here to read more on the Fast Lane Blog by USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx.
FDOT Seeks Public Involvement to Develop Florida Transportation Plan
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is updating the Florida Transportation Plan (FTP) and the Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) Policy Plan with public input. The process for updating the plans started with a visioning step, followed by a statewide summit and a series of regional forums in 2014 and 2015. FDOT encourages the public to continue to monitor the plan's progress at www.FloridaTransportationPlan.com.
BikePalmBeach.org Website Launched by the MPO
This spring, the MPO launched a new website, www.BikePalmBeach.org, to provide and share information with the public about local bicycling facilities and events of interest. Users can submit information to share about their own bicycling events. The website is expected to grow in the availability of relevant information to promote safe bicycling in Palm Beach County as a viable means of transportation.
Local Mayors Join the USDOT Mayor's Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets
Five local Mayors have answered the challenge to mayors and local elected officials by USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx to take significant action over the next year to improve safety for bicycle riders and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. The Palm Beach MPO recognizes the following mayors for their leadership:
- Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie
- Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein
- Tequesta Mayor Abby Brennan
- Boynton Beach Mayor Jerry Taylor
- West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio
Click to learn about the Mayors' Challenge. Mayors' Challenge participants will be invited to attend the Mayors' Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets in March, and their cities will spend a year helping their communities undertake seven activities to improve safety. The challenge is based on the 2010 USDOT Policy Statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation.
New Guide Offers Ideas to Communities for Safer Walking and Biking
View/ download the guide: "A Resident's Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Bicycling"
The Federal Highway Administration just released a free guide offering step-by-step instructions for residents and community groups looking to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, access, and comfort.