New Video Presents an Overview of the MPO in Less Than a Minute!
Click to view: "What is the Palm Beach MPO?"
The MPO proudly debuted its first video in select local cinemas over the July 4th weekend, as well as in social media, and on the MPO website. In a brief 45 seconds, viewers get an overview of the work of the MPO and the vast array of transportation projects funded through the MPO with your gas tax dollars. Check out and share the new video, and let us know what you think! You can also share the MPO video from Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter @PalmBeachMPO.
Proposed Amendments to be on MPO Board Agenda for Public Meeting on September 17
The agenda for the next Public Meeting of the Palm Beach MPO Board will include consideration of amendments to three MPO documents. The full meeting agenda and backup information will be posted a week prior to the meeting at http://www.palmbeachmpo.org/aboutus/agenda.htm. The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2015, at 9:00 am. The meeting location will be the Palm Beach County Governmental Center, 12th Floor McEaddy Conference Room, 301 N. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
Following are links to information on the three documents and draft amendments to be considered at the meeting, and the public is invited to provide input:
- Proposed Amendment #1: 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Click here.
- Proposed Amendment #1: Transportation Improvement Program for Fiscal Years 2016-2020 Click here.
- Proposed Amendment #1: Priority Projects List for Fiscal Years 2017-2021 Click here.
Public Meeting Scheduled to Begin Study of I-95 Interchanges at Boynton Beach Blvd. and Gateway Blvd.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) invites the public to attend an open house meeting on Thursday, September 17, 2015, to begin the process of a Project Development and Environment
(PD&E) Study to propose improvements to meet travel demand, including the potential extension of express lanes. The public can stop by anytime between 5:30-7:30 pm at the Inn at Boynton Beach, 480 W. Boynton Beach Blvd. The public can learn about the project, the study process, and provide initial feedback. For additional information, click here to download the flyer.
FDOT Postpones Regional Workshop Set for Sep. 1 in Miami Due to Tropical Storm Erika - Meeting to be Rescheduled
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. The next regional workshop scheduled for Sep. 1, 2015 in Miami will be rescheduled due to Tropical Storm Erika. FDOT encourages the public to continue to monitor the plan's progress and watch for the Miami workshop to be rescheduled by checking www.FloridaTransportationPlan.com.
FDOT Offers Safety Tips as Students Return to School in Palm Beach County
The Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) Community Traffic Safety Teams remind motorists to take extra traffic safety precautions as students in Palm Beach County head back to school Monday, August 17, 2015. The beginning of the school year is a time when children are at increased risk of transportation related injuries from pedestrian, bicycle, school bus and motor vehicle crashes. FDOT offers the following tips for making back to school commutes safer for motorists and students.
Tips for Motorists
- Be alert for School Speed Zones and obey the posted speed limits.
- Watch for school buses. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm indicate the school bus is stopping to load or unload children. State law requires you to stop.
- Keep an eye out for children walking in the street, especially where there are no sidewalks.
- Be alert for children playing and gathering near bus stops and for those who may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
- When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch for children walking or riding a bicycle.
- When driving in neighborhoods or school zones, watch for young people who may be in a hurry to get to school and may not be thinking about getting there safely.
Tips for Parents
- Be a good role model. Always buckle up in the car, always wear a helmet when biking, and always follow pedestrian safety rules. Do not text or talk on the phone while driving.
- Supervise young children as they are walking or biking to school or as they wait at the school bus stop.
- Provide your children with bright clothing so motorists can easily see them.
- Make sure the child is properly buckled up in a weight-appropriate child safety seat in the back seat.
- Make sure that your teen driver understands and obeys all state traffic laws.
Tips for Students
- Always buckle up when riding in a car. Be sure to remove your backpack before getting in the vehicle. Never buckle your safety belt with your backpack on.
- Always ride in the back seat. It’s the safest place for young people.
- Always wear a helmet and follow traffic safety rules when riding your bike.
- If you ride a school bus, learn and practice the safety rules for waiting at the bus stop, getting on and off the bus, and riding the bus. Never wait for the school bus in the roadway.
- If you walk to school, learn and practice the safety rules for pedestrians. It’s extremely important for you to use sidewalk when available, look left-right-left when crossing the road, and always walk facing traffic.
- Always cross at crosswalks, obey all traffic signs, traffic lights and crossing guard instructions.
- Teen drivers should avoid speeding and minimize distractions (texting, talking on cell phones, eating, adjusting the radio) while driving. Teens are also reminded never to overload their vehicle; everyone riding in a vehicle must use a safety belt.
- Be a good role model for your younger brothers and sisters and friends, and help them learn and follow vehicle safety rules.
For more information, please contact Carmen Pullins, FDOT District Four Community Traffic Safety Program Manager, at (954) 777-4361 or email@example.com.
Priority Projects List Adopted by the MPO for the FY 2017-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Fiscal Years 2017-2021 begins with a prioritized list of projects that was adopted by the MPO Board on July 16, 2015. The Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT) uses the MPO's adopted Priority Projects list to develop their Five-Year Work Program and the MPO uses the list to develop the TIP. To review the currently adopted Project Priorities list, click here. Page 2 includes a more detailed overview of the process. For additional information on the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Project Priorities, including current and previously adopted documents, click here.
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for FY 2016-2020 Adopted by the MPO
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.
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.
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.
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.