The 2000 US Census identified portions of the three counties served by the Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade MPOs as a single urbanized area, federally designated as the Miami Urbanized Area (UZA).
Following that designation, the three MPOs executed an interlocal agreement in 2005 to create the Southeast Florida Transportation Council (SEFTC). SEFTC serves as a formal forum for policy coordination and communication to carry out regional initiatives agreed upon by the three southeast MPOs.
Through SEFTC, the member MPOs from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties are committed to developing and implementing a coordinated planning effort resulting in, but not limited to, the following:
The Palm Beach MPO is honored that Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie serves as both the Chair of the Palm Beach MPO and as the SEFTC Chair. Keith James serves as the Palm Beach MPO’s alternate SEFTC representative.
The Palm Beach MPO coordinates regionally with other T/MPOs within District Four of the Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT), including the Broward MPO to the south, along with the Martin MPO, the St. Lucie Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) and the Indian River MPO to the north to serve 3,615,400 residents. Vehicles in District Four travel more than 52.4 million miles daily.
District Four is served by 90 airports, three deep-water ports, and two railroads. FDOT provides assistance to Tri-Rail (a commuter rail service), to Gold Coast Commuter Services (a commuter assistance program) and to two major transit authorities (Broward County Transit and Palm Tran) with 319 passenger vehicles.
The mission of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC) is to encourage and enable local units of government and citizenry to assemble and cooperate with one another and with representatives of major economic interests, to promote health, safety, and general welfare of the citizenry, and to plan for future development of the region that will keep it competitive and afford a high quality of life.
Regional planning councils are recognized as Florida's only multipurpose regional entity in a position to plan for and coordinate intergovernmental solutions to growth-related problems on greater-than-local issues, provide technical assistance to local governments, and meet other needs of its communities. The Palm Beach MPO partners with the TCRPC to provide staff support for both local and regional projects including the implementation of a continuous designated Quiet Zone along the Florida East Coast (FEC) rail corridor.
With the creation of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) on July 1, 2003, South Florida’s three counties began efforts to work together to ensure a viable regional transportation system. The SFRTA, with cooperation from our transportation partners, works diligently to plan, develop, fund and operate a seamless, safe and efficient regional transportation system.
To meet public demand, the SFRTA is strategically plans for needed transit projects to provide for the future regional mobility needs of South Florida’s resident and visitors. These projects will allow people to rely on transit and enjoy the benefits of avoiding our increasingly congested highways, while saving money on gas, as well as on auto insurance and maintenance. These transit projects complement existing and planned service by transportation partners, and will provide the backbone of an expanded regional transportation system that may include light rail, busways, streetcars and rapid bus transit, as well as others.