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PLANS & RESOURCES

PLANS & RESOURCES

Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

The Southeast Florida Transportation Council (SEFTC) is a formal partnership of the Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) within the US Census designated Miami Urbanized Area (UZA). The Miami urbanized area, as first defined following the 2000 U.S. census, encompasses parts of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. The Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) are designated to serve this urbanized area.

SEFTC facilitates transportation planning by engaging the public and fostering strong partnerships between the three MPOs with other agencies, local governments, and communities. One of SEFTC’s most important responsibilities is developing and implementing its Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) in coordination with other regional and local plans, while moving toward an agreed-upon vision for transportation in South Florida. The RTP is updated every five years to adapt to population changes of the region.  With the horizon year of 2040 - consistent with the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plans developed by the individual member MPOs for their respective counties – RTP development steps range from goal setting to selection and prioritization of projects for inclusion in a financially feasible plan.  SEFTC members are scheduled to adopt the 2040 RTP in July 2015.

Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)

Every five years, the MPO prepares an updated Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) with a twenty-five year outlook. Adopted by the Palm Beach MPO Board in late 2014, Directions 2040 provides the framework for a balanced and cost feasible transportation system that includes major roadway, transit and freight projects, while setting aside a pool of federal funds for the Local Initiatives program, a competitive funding program of the Palm Beach MPO for smaller, non-regionally significant projects. The final cost feasible plan of the Directions 2040 LRTP represents a $4.6 billion investment in system improvements.

FDOT Work Program

FDOT District 4 Work Program Public Meetings & Hearings
Wednesday, Nov. 30 - 6:30 PM 
FDOT Public Hearing & Webinar

Members of the public are invited to attend in person and provide comments at one of the below listed locations, or to participate by webinar, including the ability to provide comments:

  • FDOT District 4 Headquarters, 3400 W. Commercial Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 
  • FDOT Palm Beach County Operations Center, 7900 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33413
  • FDOT Treasure Coast Operations Center, 3601 Oleander Ave., Ft. Pierce, FL 34982
  • Webinar:  Link to be provided for advance webinar registration.    

Additionally, FDOT staff representatives will present the District 4 Work Program at the MPO public meetings listed below. Members of the public are invited to attend these MPO meetings and will be offered an opportunity to provide public comments on this or any other items on the agenda or general comments related to transportation matters under the purview of the MPO. 

FDOT Work Program Presentations to the MPO:

Wednesday, Dec. 7 - 9:00 AM
MPO Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting
Location: MPO Conference Room 4E-12, 2300 N. Jog Rd., West Palm Beach, FL  33411

Monday, Dec. 12 - 9:00 AM
MPO Governing Board Meeting

Location: Palm Beach County Governmental Center, 301 N. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, FL  33401

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

To fund short-term improvements to the transportation system that are consistent with the LRTP, the MPO adopts an updated Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) each year. The TIP allocates funds from federal, state and local sources for the upcoming five fiscal years for regionally significant transportation improvements located primarily on the state highway system for all travel modes.

Priority Projects:  Each year, the Palm Beach MPO Board adopts a list of Priority Projects which is transmitted to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for development of the annually produced FDOT Five-Year Work Program, which evolves into the TIP to be adopted the following year. The MPO Board adopted the Priority Projects list for FY 2017-2021 on July 17, 2015.

FDOT Work Program:  Pursuant to § 339.135(4)(d), Fla. Stat. (2015), the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) shall present the work program to the MPO “to determine the necessity of making any changes to projects included or to be included in the district work program and to hear requests for new projects to be added to, or existing projects to be deleted from, the district work program.”

The FDOT Work Program is typically presented for public review and comment and for MPO approval in December of each year.  The Palm Beach MPO Board approved the FDOT FY 2017-2021 Draft Tentative Work Program on October 15, 2015.

TIP:  The MPO’s adopted TIP is primarily based on the FDOT five-year work program for Palm Beach County, and generally moves forward projects in a time frame consistent with previous TIPs.

The TIP is developed through an effort involving the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, the Port of Palm Beach, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, the 38 municipalities located within the county, and local transportation providers. The Palm Beach MPO TIP is also developed in consultation with the Broward and Miami-Dade MPOs.  The Palm Beach MPO Board adopted its TIP for Palm Beach County for Fiscal Years 2016-2020 on June 18, 2015.

These documents include federal, state and local transportation funding for all modes for capital improvements, maintenance and operations.

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