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Transportation Matters - September 20, 2017

Transportation Matters - September 20, 2017

Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization www.PalmBeachMPO.org September 20, 2017

Hurricane Irma's Impacts

Transportation Network: Although Palm Beach County was extremely fortunate to suffer relatively minor damage, the hurricane created impacts for the transportation network, including restoration of many traffic signals. Tri-Rail has resumed service after suffering power outages that prevented the use of station elevators at some locations, plus numerous downed trees and vegetation along the rail corridor. Palm Tran and Palm Tran Connection quickly resumed normal operations. The Port of Palm Beach resumed normal operations within a few days, and Port tenant Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line supported first responders and local residents with free meals and deeply discounted cabin reservations before resuming normal cruise operations.

Emergency Management and Hurricane Preparation: 
With several weeks remaining in the 2017 hurricane season, it's a good time to visit the website for the Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management and to follow on Twitter @PBCDEM.

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National Rail Safety Week - Sep. 24 - 30

South Florida's rail lines are about to become much busier and quieter, so rail safety education for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers is more important than ever!

  • Additional new tracks were recently constructed along the Florida East Coast Railway, allowing for multiple trains to run at any time
  • The introduction of Brightline express passenger rail service later this year will add 32 daily trains in addition to freight trains already operating in the FEC rail corridor.
  • A continuous Quiet Zone will be implemented  between West Palm Beach and Miami. This means trains will discontinue the routine blowing of horns as they approach at-grade crossings, because supplemental safety measures have been installed with funding from the MPO.

Both passenger and freight service are currently operating on the region's second railway, the South Florida Rail Corridor, which also has multiple tracks. Service includes Tri-Rail, the region's public commuter rail system, Amtrack and CSX.

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 GIS Expo - Sep. 28 - 29 

The South Florida GIS Expo is a free annual conference sponsored by the Palm Beach Countywide GIS Forum. The Expo fosters collaboration, Geographic Information System coordination, networking, education and training for more than 600 members of the region's professional GIS community. It is held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Send an email to pre-register or  register at the door. Click for more details

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Sponsor Opportunities for the 2018 Safe Streets Summit

Save the Date!
Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

SafeStreetsSummit.org

Hilton
 600 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

Early sponsors of the annual Safe Streets Summit will reap maximum exposure in the months leading up to the Summit, where "Love Your Streets" will be the theme.
Click to review sponsor opportunities.

As many as 400 local government officials, urban and transportation planners and engineers, and community advocates will gather in downtown West Palm Beach to hear national experts speak on topics related to achieving complete streets that are friendly and comfortable for all users including pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders.

The Palm Beach MPO is pleased to co-host the regional #SafeStreetsSummit along with the Broward MPO and the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements of pre-conference workshops and activities for Feb. 1.

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Riviera Beach, Lake Park, North Palm Beach

Section 5 Workshop - Sat., Sep. 23 (Click for flyer)

Palm Beach Gardens, Juno Beach, Jupiter

Section 6 Workshop - Sat., Oct. 21 (Click for flyer)

The MPO's mobility study seeks input from the public for improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and Palm Tran bus riders along the US-1 corridor, and is about halfway through the schedule of events. A study of each section of the corridor begins with a Saturday workshop, followed by three weekday open house design charrettes, and a closing presentation. Check the project website for complete details.

Project website: US1PBCorridorStudy.com   Social Media: Facebook   Instagram

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National Walk to School Day - Oct. 4

International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. Since 1977, this one-day annual event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school. Thousands of schools across America participate each year. Click to plan an event

The public is invited to review the draft Public Participation Plan and provide comments. The document is scheduled to be considered for adoption by the MPO Governing Board at a regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 21. Click the image to learn about the Public Participation Plan's purpose, to ask questions, and to offer comments on the draft.

I-95 at Northlake Blvd. Interchange (Palm Beach Gardens) - Tue. Sep. 26

I-95 at 45th St. Interchange Project (West Palm Beach) - Thu., Nov. 2

Check out the MPO website's new Conferences web page to learn about conferences of interest for transportation planners, engineers, officials and advocates. Following are a few upcoming opportunities from the list:

Requests for MPO Presentations or Exhibits

Please direct requests and suggestions for MPO presentations to civic organizations or exhibits at community events to Public Information Officer Malissa Booth.

Various MPO staff members recently received training at the following conference:

Two MPO meetings were held on rescheduled dates due to Hurricane Irma, and the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) for Sep. was canceled. The Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC) met on Sep. 14, and the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met on Sep. 15. Information on rescheduled and canceled meeting dates was posted in advance on the MPO website.

Click on the links below to view presentations given at one or more of these meetings:

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Next Dates for MPO Meetings

Thu. Sep. 21, 9:00 AM MPO Governing Board
Wed. Oct. 4, 9:00 AM Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Wed. Oct. 4, 1:30 PM Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
Thu. Oct. 5, 9:07 AM Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC)
Wed. Oct. 18, 2:00 PM Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB)   

Go to PalmBeachMPO.org/meeting to access online agendas, backup materials, presentations, minutes and audio recordings of past meetings of the MPO Governing Board, MPO advisory committees, and the Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board. Members of the public are encouraged to attend all meetings of these MPO Boards and committees, as well as any ad hoc committee meetings or workshops publicly noticed on the MPO website.  

Public Notice:  Please be advised that multiple members of the MPO Governing Board or any of its advisory committees may attend any of these meetings.

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Complete MPO calendar listings: PalmBeachMPO.org/calendar 

  • All Aboard Florida/ Brightline Rail Construction
    Construction continues on all three of All Aboard Florida's south Florida train stations including the West Palm Beach station where Brightline service is scheduled to begin this year.
  • Southern Blvd. Bridge Replacement Construction
    This project, which began in April 2017, includes replacing the existing bascule (draw) bridge and tide relief bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway and Lake Worth Lagoon between the Town of Palm Beach and the City of West Palm Beach. New decorative lighting, pedestrian features, traffic signals, signage and drainage are included. A temporary bridge will be built north of the existing bridge to maintain traffic while the replacement bascule bridge is under construction. Construction is scheduled to last until late 2020.
  • Map of FDOT Construction Projects in Palm Beach County
    Click here for the interactive map. Click on traffic cone icons for project names and information.
  • Public Notices for FDOT District 4
    Click here for public notices for District 4 which Includes the following counties: Palm Beach, Broward, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River
  • Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) Weekly Construction Updates
    Click for announcements regarding updated lane closures and work zones due to construction and maintenance projects in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties.
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