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. The Draft plan that was made available for public review for 30 days was adopted with the addition of a roadway project to improve Boutwell Road in the City of Lake Worth. The Draft LRTP remains available for review, and will be replaced with the final adopted LRTP after the additional Boutwell Road project has been incorporated. Click for more information.
All Aboard Florida - Public Meeting and Comment Opportunities on the FRA Draft Environmental Impact Statement
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will host one of eight regional public information meetings on Wed., Oct. 29, 2014,with an open house format between 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM at the West Palm Beach Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
Please note the Palm Beach MPO has no jurisdiction and does not take a position on the proposed project. The MPO is providing technical and financial support to local governments in our coastal communities to mitigate impacts of increased passenger and freight rail traffic by improving safety features at rail crossings and potentially qualifying for reduced requirements for train horns, known as Quiet Zones.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for All Aboard Florida - Operations LLC's (AAF) proposed All Aboard Florida Passenger Rail Project. The DEIS is available for review on the FRA's internet site (www.fra.dot.gov) and at libraries in the study corridor. Comments can be submitted by mail to Mr. John Winkle, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Room W38-311, Washington, DC 20590 or by email to AAF_comments@vhb.com. Comments must be submitted in writing by December 3, 2014 in order to be considered. To view the Draft EIS and for more information, go to http://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0672
AAF proposes intercity passenger rail service between Orlando and Miami, Florida with station stops in Orlando, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. The DEIS contains information on the purpose and need for the project; the reasonable alternatives considered; a description of the alternatives evaluated in detail in the DEIS; and an evaluation of the environmental consequences of the proposed project. In addition to the No-Action Alternative, the DEIS evaluates three alignment alternatives for the proposed rail corridor. A preferred alternative has not been identified at this time.
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Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB) Public Meeting
Effective July 1, 2014, the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) assumed responsibilities for the Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB) acting as the Designated Official Planning Agency for Palm Beach County under the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged. All members of the public are invited to attend quarterly meetings and will be given an opportunity to make public comments.
Next Meeting: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 9:30 AM
Meeting Location: Palm Tran Connection
50 South Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415
Click here for the meeting agendas and backup information, meeting minutes and audio recordings, complete meeting schedule and additional information. For questions, please contact the MPO at 684-4170.
New 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.
Take a Brief Transportation Survey at www.PalmBeachMPO.org/survey
Take a brief transportation survey to influence future investments of federal and state tax dollars for all transportation modes. Propose locations for new sidewalks or bike facilities along major roadways and suggest improvements to relieve traffic congestion or increase use of public transit. Complete the survey online at www.PalmBeachMPO.org/survey or request printed copies in English or Spanish from Malissa Booth at MBooth@PalmBeachMPO.org or 561-684-4143. What will Palm Beach County look like in the future? Public input will influence the next update of the MPO's Long Range Transportation Plan - named Directions 2040. Click here to learn more.