The Palm Beach MPO administers two competitive application processes annually for the funding of projects located within Palm Beach County. The application process typically commences in January, when the MPO posts online application materials. Applications are ranked and and recommended for funding by the MPO advisory committees and the MPO Board. Scoring criteria is based on the Goals, Objectives and Values of Directions 2040, the Palm Beach MPO's Long Range Transportation Plan.
The latest Long Range Transportation Plan Directions 2040, carved out future allocations of MPO Surface Transportation funds to be used at the MPOs discretion. As a result, the Local Initiatives (LI) program was created as an annual application process to identify and evaluate for potential funding the better lower-cost, non-regionally significant transportation projects that our communities want and our economies need.
Established by MAP-21, the federal Transportation Alternatives Program is a cost-reimbursement program where projects are selected by the MPO but administered by the Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT). The program funds on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation; recreational trail projects; safe routes to school projects; and projects for planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former divided highways. Approximately $3M has been allocated annually in recent years to fund Transportation Alternative (TA) projects.
The Palm Beach MPO is required by federal agencies to sign assurances that all recipients of federal funds allocated by the MPO have ADA transition plans in place. ADA transition plans outline a jurisdiction's assessment plans for bringing their infrastructure into compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Click for more information.