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Transportation Planning for the Palm Beaches

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FUNDING

FUNDING

Overview

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 usually submitted in March and then ranked and recommended for funding by the MPO staff, advisory committees and ultimately approved by 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.     

Local Initiatives (LI) Program

The 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan allocates the MPO's federal Surface Transportation Block Grant funds to the Local Initiatives (LI) program - an annual application process to identify and fund Complete Street projects identified by local agency partners that can be implemented quickly and at lower costs than major MPO projects. Approximately $18M is available annually for projects under this program.  Click below for details.

Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program

The Transportation Alternatives Program is funded with a suballocation of the MPO's federal Surface Transportation Block Grant funds for 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 is available annually for projects under this program.  Click below for details.

Federal Requirements

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.

Non-MPO Funding Programs & Related Opportunities

Florida Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has transferred $7M annually from the statewide allocation of federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds to the federal Surface Transportation Program in order to create an SRTS program in Florida.  The SRTS Program is 100 percent funded, and is managed through the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on a cost-reimbursement basis. Applications are submitted to the local FDOT District Safe Routes to School Coordinator, reviewed for compliance with SRTS Guidelines, and awarded through a competitive process at the local FDOT level.  The call for applications is usually issued in September and applications are due to FDOT annually in December. Click for more information.

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