Federal Agencies Solicit Public Input Regarding the MPO's Transportation Planning Process by June 8, 2015
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 conducted their site review May 6-7, 2015, including a Public Meeting which was held on Thursday, May 7, 2015. The federal agencies are also soliciting written comments from the public about the transportation planning process. Click to download a comment form to be mailed, emailed or faxed directly to the Federal agencies, due by June 8, 2015. Public comments and participation are solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for FY 2016-2020 Available for Review and Public Comment Prior to Public Meeting on June 18, 2015
The Palm Beach MPO will hold a Public Meeting to receive input from the public and adopt the FY 2016-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Palm Beach County. 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. The Public Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at 9:00 am. The meeting location will be the Palm Beach County Governmental Center, 12th Floor Conference Room, 301 N. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401. To view/download draft documents and for more information on the various ways to ask questions and submit public comments, to to www.PalmBeachMPO.org/TIP.
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 were 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.
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.