April 19, 2021 | Issue 4
TRENDING IN TRANSPORTATION
SCTPO to Host Both In-Person and Virtual ADA Bus Trainings
In 2018, the SCTPO completed the ADA Bus Stop Assessment, where we collaborated with Space Coast Area Transit to analyze bus stops for ADA compliance and improvements. Due to the interest in this process and implementation, we will be holding two separate ADA Bus Stop Trainings. 

The training will focus on ADA compliance at public transit bus stops. Topics will include what makes a bus stop non-compliant, what is required, and details regarding amenities, such as shelters and benches. 

Attendees can either attend in-person or virtually based on their preference. The in-person option will include a site visit to nearby bus stops. AICP and PE credits will be available for both. *Registration Required!

Training will be held on the following dates:

April 21 (9 am-12 pm): REGISTER HERE
In-Person (Limited to 20)
Center for Collaboration
(1100 Rockledge Blvd, US-1, Rockledge, FL 32955)
  • Masks are required when in the main building and highly suggested in the meeting room.

 
May 5 (9 am-12 pm): REGISTER HERE
Virtual (GoToWebinar)
Save the Dates! 2021 SCTPO Transportation Thursdays
This year, SCTPO staff will lead quarterly webinars about various aspects of the transportation planning process. Save the dates for the rest of the year!
Stay tuned to our social media channels, website, and newsletter for future webinar and registration information.
SCTPO Wins Local Public Relations Award
The event saw 70 webinar attendees, 43,163 social media impressions, 900 project website visits, and 230 completed online surveys.
#ICYMI last week, the SCTPO received a Space Coast FPRA Image Award for its 2020 Minton Road Feasibility Study Virtual Public Meeting. This award recognizes the SCTPO's submission as the top-scoring entry for the Public Relations Programs category.

The Minton Road Feasibility Study Virtual Public Meeting sought to engage citizens in transportation planning, by gathering input on desired roadway alternatives to address congestion and safety.
Terry Jordan Appointed Interim Director of Space Coast Area Transit
Assistant County Manager Liesenfelt announced today that Terry A. Jordan was named as Interim Director of the Transit Services Department. Former Transit Director, Scott Nelson, retired earlier this year.

Jordan has served as Space Coast Area Transit’s Planner since June 2017, working on major initiatives such as the Intelligent Transportation System installation, Mobile Fare Payments, and bus stop improvements. Prior to working for Brevard County, Jordan managed two rural transit systems in North Carolina and worked for the North Carolina Department of Transportation managing Federal Transit grants. He began his career in 1990 at the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (also known as Lynx).

As a former transit agency director, Jordan was in charge of operations, financial management, budgeting and grants, new service development, State and Federal compliance, policy development, and quality control. Elected twice to the North Carolina Public Transportation Association Board of Directors, he also presented federally funded programs at the annual Community Transit Conference for North Carolina Public Transportation Systems. Jordan attended Craven Community College and is a graduate of the Brevard County Executive Leadership Program.
Minton Road Feasibility Study Completed, Final Report Posted
In 2019, the SCTPO kicked off its Minton Road Feasibility Study to evaluate the corridor for potential improvements through an existing conditions analysis, travel demand modeling, data collection, and intersection improvement recommendations.

The study limits stretched from Palm Bay Road to US 192 in West Melbourne. Two years, two virtual public meetings, and a number of presentations later, the study is officially complete.
SCTPO to Develop Transportation Resiliency Master Plan
Transportation resiliency is vital to our complex network of infrastructure, communications, economy, tourism industry, unique environment, and more. The SCTPO is currently developing a Transportation Resiliency Master Plan to define potential transportation-specific shocks and stressors, identify vulnerable corridors, and recommend strategies to improve the adaptability/recovery of the system.

We want you to voice the changes you'd like to see in order to preserve and provide a resilient, secure transportation system through balancing social and environmental resources. Take the below poll to help us guide the conversation:
How concerned are you about our transportation system’s resiliency?
Doesn't concern me.
Sounds important.
It's vital to our community.
LOCAL & MODAL PARTNER UPDATES
Fundraising, Volunteer Opportunities at The Great Florida Air Show
The Great Florida Air Show, presented by Northrop Grumman, has announced its 2021 lineup of world-class performers appearing Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16 at Orlando Melbourne International Airport.

In their first Melbourne appearance since 2015, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the Air Show flying the Team’s new aircraft, the F-18 Super Hornet. Looking for a fun and unique way to experience the air show? Have a front-row seat to the action and sign up to volunteer!
Canaveral Port Authority Commissioners Re-Launch
Junior Port Ambassador Program
Port Canaveral is giving local students the opportunity to become young ambassadors for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. The Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners’ Junior Ambassador Program will enable students to share career opportunities at the Port and provide workforce development and community outreach.

Sophomores and Juniors in Brevard County public schools, private schools, and home-schoolers are eligible to apply for this program. During the school year, students in grades 10 and 11 will meet with Port leaders in such areas as cruise, cargo, recreation, hospitality, and environment. The students’ final project will be a presentation that features what they’ve learned. Junior ambassadors will share their presentations with the Commission and with students at their schools. Applications are due by Thursday, June 3, 2021.
East Central Florida Regional Planning Council Seeks Input:
Central Florida Vision "How Did We Grow?" Survey
In 2007, the region worked together to help shape the future of Central Florida through the "How Shall We Grow?" Regional Vision. Now, the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council wants to have a meaningful conversation about how well the region has implemented the vision and how to improve.

They want to hear from you again regarding your values, priorities for the region, and how they are doing in creating a great place to live, learn, work and play. If you're new to the region, learn more here.
Take the FDOT Sebastian Inlet Navigation Survey
Use the Sebastian Inlet bridge? The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Four is conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study to evaluate the replacement of the SR A1A bridge crossing the Sebastian Inlet located at the Indian River County - Brevard County boundary.

The purpose of this project is to address the structural and functional deficiencies of the existing bridge and the gap in system linkage for bicyclists and pedestrians. To determine appropriate navigational clearance needs for the bridge, an understanding of those who utilize the channel below the bridge is key to making informed decisions about the project.

FDOT wants to hear from you
Take the Sebastian Inlet Navigation Survey! The survey closes on April 25.
Share Your Input on Bicycle, Pedestrian Community Needs
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Five,
which includes us here in Brevard County, needs your help understanding why people walk and bike, what barriers exist for walking and biking, and the improvements needed to make roadways better for walking and biking.

Please share your thoughts: 
Public Meeting: SR 524 Project & Development Study Alternatives
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) invites you to a public meeting regarding alternatives for the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study on State Road (S.R.) 524 from Friday Road (south) to Industry Road in Brevard County on Tuesday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m.
 
This PD&E study is being conducted to determine the location and conceptual design of the preferred roadway improvements, and the associated social, economic, and environmental effects of the improvements. The proposed roadway improvements include widening the current two-lane rural roadway to a four-lane divided roadway. In addition to evaluating a no-build alternative, the study is evaluating several alternatives to improve mobility and enhance multi-modal opportunities, including bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
 
The Department is offering multiple ways for the community to give feedback and to participate in the meeting. All participants, regardless of how they attend, will receive the same information.
  • Virtual Option: Interested persons may join the Virtual Public Meeting from a computer, tablet, or mobile device, by registering here. Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting online. Please note, Internet Explorer cannot be used to register or attend this webinar. 
 
  • Phone Option (Listen Only): Participants may join the meeting in listen-only mode by dialing 1-562-247-8422 and entering the passcode 160-006-436 when prompted.
 
  • In-Person Open House Option: Participants may attend in person by going to the City of Cocoa Civic Center, 430 Delannoy Ave., Cocoa, FL 32922 on Tuesday, May 4. Participants can stop by anytime between 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. to view a looping presentation and project displays, speak with project team members, and submit comments or questions. The Department requests advance registration for this option to ensure all attendees are accommodated safely and according to social distancing guidelines. To register for the in-person open house option, please email FDOT Project Manager Lorena Cucek by phone at 386-943-5392, by email at lorena.cucek@dot.state.fl.us.
Brightline Railroad Construction Advisory: Brevard County
Brightline announces lane closures, work zone, railroad crossing, and bridgework information for Phase 2 construction from Orlando to West Palm Beach, connecting Orlando to South Florida:


Motorists and watercraft should proceed with extra caution through work zones and adhere to posted detour signs, speed limits, and other signage.
Railroad construction information can also be found online here.
EVENT RECAPS & SOCIAL MEDIA SPOTLIGHTS
US 192 Bicycle Safety Pop-Up Education Event
On March 30, SCTPO staff partnered with FDOT Central Florida and Alert Today Florida to raise awareness about looking right for bicyclists. The team spread out all across the US 192 corridor near Melbourne Square, to educate motorists and bicyclists about playing their part. #321VisionZero
Executive Director Presents at Propeller Club of Port Canaveral
Executive Director, Georganna Gillette, recently presented at the Propeller Club of Port Canaveral. Georganna provided an overview of the many projects and initiatives that the SCTPO is currently working on in relation to the Port area, i.e. NASA Causeway Indian River Bridge Replacement and improvements to connectors to the Space Port; SR 528 widening and new bridges, and the Ellis Road widening. The luncheon ended with attendees watching the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month! In 2019, distracted driving claimed 3,142 lives in the US. One death on our roadways is too many.

For many, driving is a daily activity, not requiring much thought or consideration, but when we're behind the wheel we must be focused on one task: safe driving. Anytime you divert your attention from driving, you're distracted. Play your part, put down the distractions and just drive.
April 26-30: National Work Zone Awareness Week
Work zones play a critical role in the preservation and enhancement of our nation’s roadways. They separate construction and maintenance activities from traffic, providing a safe route for all road users and a safe area for workers.

However, work zone-related changes in traffic patterns and rights of way, combined with the presence of workers, and the frequent movement of work vehicles may lead to crashes, injuries, and fatalities. It’s important for everyone to do their part to be safe.
Drive Safe. Work Safe. Save Lives.
Space Coast Area Transit Launches New Bus Tracker App
Ready. Set. GO! Space Coast Area Transit’s new bus tracking tools allow you to view any bus on its route with real-time arrival information. See just how soon your bus is coming! Download the app on the Apple App Store or get it on Google Play or make your travel plans online at 321Transit.com.
Brevard Public Schools Now Hiring: Bus Drivers
Brevard Public Schools is currently hiring bus drivers! If you know someone who loves working with children and enjoys the flexibility and benefits this position provides, call at 321-633-3690 or visit www.brevardschools.org.
UPCOMING MEETINGS & NEWS FEATURES
Technical Advisory Committee Meeting: May 10, 9:30 AM
The SCTPO will hold the Technical Advisory Committee on Monday, May 10, 2021, from 9:30 - 11:30 AM at the Center for Collaboration, located at 1100 Rockledge Blvd. Rockledge, FL 32955. The Technical Advisory Committee reviews the work progress and evaluates the technical acceptability of plans and studies. They make recommendations to the SCTPO Governing Board, with supporting technical information to assist them with policy-making decisions. Members of the public may Register Here.
Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting: May 10, 1:30 PM
The SCTPO will hold the Citizens Advisory Committee on Monday, May 10, 2021, from 1:30 - 3:30 PM at the Center for Collaboration, located at 1100 Rockledge Blvd. Rockledge, FL 32955. The Citizens Advisory Committee provides citizens’ views and recommendations on projects, plans, and programs through the Committee to the SCTPO Governing Board.
Members of the public may Register Here.
SCTPO Governing Board Meeting: March 13, 2:00 PM
The SCTPO will hold its Governing Board Meeting on Thursday, May 13, 2021, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM at the Center for Collaboration, located at 1100 Rockledge Blvd. Rockledge, FL 32955. Public citizens may Register Here.
Brevard County Newsletter - 4/1/2021
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