FDOT to hold Public Workshop for the Northwood rail connection project in West Palm Beach - The Florida Department of Transportation District Four announces a public workshop to discuss the environmental study for proposed rail improvements between the South Florida Rail Corridor (CSX tracks) and the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway within the Northwood area of West Palm Beach. The workshop will be held in an open house format on Thursday, Dec. 5, and attendees may come at any time from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Center for Creative Education located at 425 24th Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33407. A brief informational presentation will be available for viewing during the open house. FDOT representatatives will be availabe to discuss the project, answer questions and receive comments. For additional information, contact Robert Bostian, Jr., PE at (954)777-4427, toll free at (866) 336-8435 ext. 4427, or via email at Robert.Bostian@dot.state.fl.us.
Don't Miss Your Opportunity to Influence Future Transportation Investments - What will Palm Beach County look like in 25 years? Your input can make a difference! The next update of the MPO's Long Range Transportation Plan - named Directions 2040 - is currently being developed with public input. Now is the time to get involved to voice opinions about the needs and priorities for all transportation modes. Click here to learn more.
Introducing Palm Beach MPO Executive Director Nick Uhren, P.E. - For the past decade as an employee of Palm Beach County's Engineering Department, Mr. Uhren (pronounced u-REN') has administered the countywide growth management and traffic standard for nearly 2,400 square miles comprising 1.3 million people within 38 municipalities and unincorporated Palm Beach County. In this capacity, he managed a countywide GIS database of active land development projects and their traffic impacts, directed the County's traffic data collection program and assisted in development of the MPO's long range transportation plan (LRTP), the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and the County's five year road program. Mr. Uhren is a Florida registered Professional Engineer. The Palm Beach MPO Board selected Nick Uhren for the position at their April 18, 2013 meeting, following the retirement of longtime former director Randy Whitfield.
"Transportation Matters" - Click here to view/download the MPO's Spring 2013 newsletter issue which focuses on regional issues and coordination; introduces Directions 2040, the next update to the MPO's Long Range Transportation Plan; and honors former Director Randy Whitfield who has retired after nearly four decades leading transportation planning in Palm Beach County.
US 27 Multimodal Planning and Conceptual Engineering (PACE) Study - In January 2013, the Florida Department of Transportation, District Four completed a US 27 Multimodal Planning and Conceptual Engineering (PACE) Study which investigated the feasibility of developing the US 27 corridor to accommodate multimodal options, including rail and highway modes of transportation. The primary objectives were to investigate the feasibility of a potential rail by-pass along US-27 to the west of the densely populated urban areas along the eastern seaboard, to identify conceptual engineering alternatives to accommodate future regional travel demand consistent with Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) highway standards, and to conduct a preliminary assessment of the potential impact of the alternatives on the surrounding environment. The US 27 Multimodal Planning and Conceptual Engineering Study provides information about US 27 highway improvements needed in Miami-Dade County, Broward County and Palm Beach County to accommodate future trips generated by the three potential Inland Logistics Centers (ILCs) proposed in Palm Beach, Glades, and St. Lucie Counties. It also provides information to stakeholders about the potential benefits, costs and environmental impacts related to constructing a rail bypass along the US 27 corridor. Click here to view/download the presentation given to the MPO's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting of May 1, 2013. If you have questions or comments regarding the study or would like a copy of the report, please contact Lisa Dykstra, P.E., at the Florida Department of Transportation, District Four, at (954) 777-4360 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant Applications Ranked for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) including Safe Routes to School - At a public meeting on April 25, the Palm Beach MPO's Bicycle-Greenways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BGPAC) viewed presentations by representatives of governmental and nonprofit entities who applied for grant funding for proposed projects within Palm Beach County under the 2013 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). The TAP also includes funding for Safe Routes to School projects (both infrastructure and non-infrastructure.) Applications are subject to further review for project eligibility by the Florida Dept. of Transportation and approval by the MPO Board, after which the top-ranked projects will receive funding up to the target allocation amount of approximately $1.841 million for Palm Beach County projects. The seven applications received were ranked by the BGPAC in the following order:
To view all submitted application packages, click here.
Formerly known as the Transportation Enhancement Program, the renamed Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) was authorized by the new federal funding legislation, MAP-21. The TAP provides funding for programs and projects typically aimed at improving safety and accessibility for bicycle and pedestrian transportation, as well as other community and environmental improvement activities. Click here for additional program information and to view/download program documents.
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