Federal Agencies Announce Public Meeting for May 7 to Solicit Input Regarding the MPO's Transportation Planning Process
Every four years as required by law, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) conduct a review of the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) transportation planning process. The primary purpose of the certification review is to evaluate the MPO’s compliance with Federal regulations. The Federal Certification Review Team will be conducting their review May 6-7, 2015.
The process will include a Public Meeting at 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 7, 2015, to provide information about the Federal transportation planning requirements, and to provide an opportunity for the pubic to express their thoughts about the transportation planning process. The Public Meeting will be held on the first floor at the offices of the Palm Beach MPO, 2300 N. Jog Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33411. Click to download an English meeting announcement or a Spanish meeting announcement.
Members of the public may also provide comments by completing a comment card to be mailed directly to the Federal agencies. Click to download a comment form. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.
Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Malissa Booth at 561-684-4143 or MBooth@PalmBeachMPO.org at least 5 business days in advance. Hearing impaired individuals are requested to telephone the Florida Relay System at #711.
May Meeting Dates Revised for MPO Advisory Committees
Dates have been revised for the May meetings of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) due to the conflicting schedule for the Federal Certification process. The date for those meetings has been changed to Friday, May 8, 2015. Click links for meeting details for the TAC and the CAC.
TIGER Grant Program Announcements by USDOT
The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grant program, provides a unique opportunity for the DOT to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives. Since 2009, Congress has dedicated more than $4.1 billion for six rounds to fund projects that have a significant impact on the Nation, a region or a metropolitan area. Pre-applications (required) for the competitive process are due on May 4, 2015, and final applications are due June 5, 2015. Click here to learn more.
May 2015 Clean Air Challenge Gives Commuters a Chance to Win a VISA Gift Card
Commuters that pledge to carpool, ride transit, vanpool, bicycle or walk during the month of May will be entered into a drawing to win one of four $500 VISA gift cards. Incentives will are also available for employers to promote the challenge in support of National Clean Air Month. Contact South Florida Commuter Services at 1-800-234-RIDE (7433) or click for more information to take the Challenge!
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.
Public Involvement Plan (PIP) Proposed Annual Updates Available for Public Review and Comment
The MPO Board will consider adoption of the 2015 Draft Updates proposed for the MPO's adopted Public Involvement Plan (PIP) at their regularly scheduled Board meeting on May 21, 2015. Click for details.
Local Mayors Join the USDOT Mayor's Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets
So far, 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.
Directions 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan Adopted October 16, 2014
The MPO Board adopted the Directions 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) at a public meeting held October 16, 2014. Click for more information and to review the document.
Pantano Trail Now Open West of Jupiter
The Pantano Trail - west of Jupiter - opened on August 5, 2014, for hikers, bicyclists and equestrians. More than 65 attended the opening ceremony, many riding horses and bicycles. The Pantano Trail is accessible from Riverbend Park on the south side of Indiantown Road, west of I-95. This first phase of the Pantano Trail was constructed and will be maintained by Palm Beach County's Environmental Resources Management. Click for more information.