January 15, 2015 MPO Board Retreat to Replace Monthly Meeting
On Thursday, January 15, MPO Board Members will participate in a "Rolling Board Retreat" between 9:30 A.M. - 3:30 PM, in place of the typical monthly Board meeting. At the Board's request, they will be taken on a tour to experience various transportation modes with related presentations. The public is invited to participate by joining the scheduled tour at the beginning or at one of the designated times and locations along the route. As an alternative, the public may choose to observe and participate via video conference by coming to the MPO office (Vista Center, 2300 N. Jog Rd., 4th Floor, West Palm Beach, FL 33411.) Due to logistics, RSVPs to participate by either method are requested in advance. To RSVP, ask questions, or request special accommodations, please contact Malissa Booth at 561-684-4170 or MBooth@PalmBeachMPO.org at least 48 hours prior to the retreat. Click for the complete agenda/schedule.
MPO Job Openings
When available, MPO job announcements are listed at the link below. Applications must be submitted electronically through the Palm Beach County Human Resources Dept. Click to review available positions and to apply: http://www.pbcgov.org/humanresources/recruitment/
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.
All Aboard Florida - Public Meeting and Comment Opportunities on the FRA Draft Environmental Impact Statement
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) hosted eight regional public information meetings on the All Aboard Florida project including one in West Palm Beach on October 29, 2014.
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.
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.
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.