January 12, 2021 | Issue 1
PUBLIC INFORMATION & UPCOMING EVENTS
Glancing Back at 2020: SCTPO Year in Review
2020 brought hardships to our community and the nation, at large. But in the midst of these challenges, we want to take a moment, to pause, reflect, and celebrate our wins.

Check out this video to see our Top 10 favorite transportation planning moments from 2020.
FDOT Public Hearing: S.R. A1A Midblock Crossings
Cocoa Isles Boulevard to St. Lucie Lane in Cocoa Beach
Happening tonight! FDOT Central Florida will host a Public Hearing regarding project plans on State Road A1A from Cocoa Isles Boulevard to St. Lucie Lane in the City of Cocoa Beach on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 5:30 p.m.

The purpose of the project is to improve pedestrian safety along the corridor by constructing midblock crossings at four new locations and to provide minor pedestrian enhancements at side streets.

You can participate 💻online, 🙋‍in-person, or 📱via phone. For more information on how to join and participate, click here.
Next week, FDOT Central Florida will host a Public Information Meeting regarding project plans on Montreal Avenue (eastbound State Road 518) from U.S. 1 to Pineapple Avenue in Melbourne on Tuesday, January 19, at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of this project is to extend the life of the existing roadway by repaving Montreal Avenue from U.S. 1 to Pineapple Avenue and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety along the corridor.

Proposed design elements include adding landscaped curb extensions, removing six on-street parking spaces from the outside right lane, adding 11 on-street parking spaces to the inside left lane, adding a 7-foot-wide buffered bike lane, and modifying existing sidewalks. 

You can participate 💻online, 🙋‍in-person, or 📱via phone. For more information on how to participate, click here.
Technical Advisory Committee Meeting: Feb. 8, 9:30 AM
Due to the impacts of COVID-19 and to adhere CDC recommendations, the SCTPO will host its Technical and Citizens Advisory Committee Meetings separately to maintain safe social distancing practices.

The SCTPO will hold the Technical Advisory Committee on Monday, Feb. 8, 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.

If you have the capability, the SCTPO is strongly encouraging public citizens to please attend virtually. Attending virtually will help to reserve those in-person limited seats for those who may not have access to attend online.
Members of the public may Register Here.

***Committee Members: Please DO NOT use the above link, your custom registration link will be sent to you at a later date.
Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting: Feb. 8, 1:30 PM
Due to the impacts of COVID-19 and to adhere CDC recommendations, the SCTPO will host its Technical and Citizens Advisory Committee Meetings separately to maintain safe social distancing practices.

The SCTPO will hold the Citizens Advisory Committee on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, from 1:30 - 3:30 PM at the Center for Collaboration, located at 1100 Rockledge Blvd. Rockledge, FL 32955.

The function of the Citizens Advisory Committee is to provide citizens’ views and recommendations on projects, plans, and programs through the Committee to the SCTPO Governing Board.

If you have the capability, the SCTPO is strongly encouraging public citizens to please attend virtually. Attending virtually will help to reserve those in-person limited seats for those who may not have access to attend online.
Members of the public may Register Here.

***Committee Members: Please DO NOT use the above link, your custom registration link will be sent to you at a later date.
SCTPO Governing Board Meeting: Feb. 11, 2:00 PM
The SCTPO will hold its Governing Board Meeting on Thursday, February 11, 2021, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM at the Center for Collaboration, located at 1100 Rockledge Blvd. Rockledge, FL 32955.

The Governing Board provides continuous, comprehensive, and cooperative transportation planning process that meets Federal and State guidelines for the expenditure of Federal Transportation funds in Brevard.

If you have the capability, the SCTPO is strongly encouraging public citizens to please attend virtually. Attending virtually will help to reserve those in-person limited seats for those who may not have access to attend online.
Members of the public may Register Here.

***Board Members: Please DO NOT use the above link, your custom registration link will be sent to you at a later date.
Register Today! Minton Road Feasibility Final Concepts & Findings Virtual Public Meeting: Feb. 17, 5:30 PM
Last year, the SCTPO and the City of West Melbourne - Government hosted a virtual public meeting for its Minton Road Feasibility Study (from Palm Bay Road to US 192) which showcased initial findings, including proposed bicycle and pedestrian facilities and intersection improvements. Citizens provided valuable feedback and voted for alternatives.

Now based on public input, the project team has developed concept plans and final recommendations that will be presented in a webinar on February 17, 2021 at 5:30 PM. Join us by registering, today!
TRENDING IN TRANSPORTATION
SCTPO's Carol Holden Retires After Years of Dedicated Service
Happy retirement to SCTPO Finance Specialist, Carol Holden!

Carol joined the SCTPO in 2011. In her role, Carol has ensured that the SCTPO utilized its funds appropriately and was consistent will all rules and regulations. She has always excelled in the management of the SCTPO's finances and in achieving numerous clean audits.

In the beginning of her career with the SCTPO, she even served as the clerk to our advisory committees and governing board, creating agendas and minutes. Good luck on your next journey, Carol, we'll miss you!
SCTPO Announces 2021 Call for Projects
The SCTPO is now accepting transportation project funding applications for the 2021 Priority Project Process. Applications will be used by the SCTPO and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to qualify and prioritize proposed projects for state and federal funding. 

Prioritized Projects include the following types:

  • Roadway and Intersection Capacity Improvements;
  • Safety;
  • Bridge and Rail;
  • Transportation System Management and Operations (TSM&O)- Traffic Operations; and
  • Regional Trails (SUNTRAILS) and other Bicycle/Pedestrian focused projects

To submit a project, you must follow the submission guidelines by completing the FDOT Project Information Application Form and the SCTPO Project Application Form. Applications must be completed by a local jurisdiction or transportation agency. Click here to view all project application forms and directions. 

Applications are due to Sarah Kraum, via email, by March 15, 2021.
Florida Department of Transportation Presents
Five-Year Work Program During Public Hearing Week
This year, FDOT is holding a week long public hearing for the Work Program on-line beginning January 11, 2021 at 12:00 AM. This on-line hearing will be open and available 24 hours a day for citizens to view and comment on the project information. The Five-Year Work Program is the Florida Department of Transportation's plan for transportation system improvements programmed during the next five years.
Aerion Starts Development of New Campus at
Orlando Melbourne International Airport
Construction planning for Aerion Park - the future home of supersonic - has begun on 110+ acres of airport property at MLB in preparation for production of the AS2 supersonic business jet. The AS2 is the first of its kind and already has a growing backlog of customer orders that now extend to more than $6.5 billion. The new development on MLB’s globally recognized campus will incorporate Aerion’s new global headquarters plus an integrated campus for research, design, production and interior completions of the AS2.

"We are building the future of mobility – a future where humanity can travel between any two points on our planet in three hours or less," said Aerion Supersonic President & CEO Tom Vice. "We will change the world and bring a new sustainable means of supersonic and hypersonic flight to reality and it will happen here, at Aerion Park." Read full Orlando MLB Newsletter.
Space Coast Area Transit Offers New Beachside Trolley Service
The new Beach Trolley serves Route 9 in Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral from 6am-11pm, Monday-Saturday and 8am-5pm Sunday. The Trolleys are handicapped accessible. Bike racks are located on the front and surfboards are welcome inside! Transit maps and schedules can be viewed and downloaded at 321Transit.com
New Cargo Business Lands at Port Canaveral
Yara North America, a leading crop nutrition solutions provider, has launched an expansion of its southeast U.S. distribution of premium crop nutrition products from Port Canaveral in partnership with Ambassador Services International. 
 
“This is solid cargo business for our Port and a great business win for our partners at Ambassador,” said Port CEO Capt. John Murray. “Our central east coast of Florida location and ASI’s recent expansion at our Port provided Yara with a winning opportunity to more efficiently support crop growers throughout the southeastern United States.”
 
The expansion to Port Canaveral complements Yara’s existing distribution footprint on the east coast in Wilmington, NC and Savannah, GA. A.R. Savage & Son, LLC of Tampa, FL is the steamship agent for Yara North America at Port Canaveral.
Brightline Railroad Construction Advisory: Brevard County
Brightline announces lane closures, work zone, railroad crossing and bridge work 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.
Safe Mobility for Life Roadway User Survey
Are you a Florida resident aged 50 or older? If so, we’d like to learn more about how you get from place to place in your daily life. The Safe Mobility for Life Survey is being conducted by Florida Department of Transportation's Safe Mobility for Life Program/Coalition and Florida State University’s Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy.

The survey, which takes about 15 minutes, asks about your driving habits and use of other types of transportation, as well as various factors that may affect them. We will not record your name or any other information that shows your identity. Your participation in this study will help us better understand the transportation needs of Floridians.
SOCIAL MEDIA SPOTLIGHTS
Space Coast Area Transit MLK Day Schedule Changes
Please plan for the following Space Coast Area Transit schedule changes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 18th.

All Fixed Routes will operate on "Saturday Service”. For maps and Schedules, visit 321Transit.com
Illegal School Bus Passing Fines Increase
Brevard motorists, as of January 1, 2021, penalties have doubled for motorists who fail to stop for a school bus or who pass on the side that children enter/exit when the school bus displays a STOP sign signal. Take a moment to refresh yourself on school bus arm laws. #ZeroIn and follow the rules of the road to ensure the safety of yourself and others.
Protect Those Who Protect You, #MoveOver
January is Move Over month. If you see flashing lights on the side of the road—MOVE OVER or slow down.

Help protect our law enforcement, first responders, service workers, and emergency personnel. #MoveOverFL
NEWS FEATURES
CALENDAR ITEMS
Meetings/Events

Holidays (SCTPO Office Closed)
  • Jan. 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observed
The SCTPO office will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021, in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Our normal office hours will resume Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (SCTPO) will host a Virtual Member Orientation, for new and existing board and committee members, on January 21, 2021, from 9:00 - 10:00 AM.

Attendees will learn more about the SCTPO, how it functions, who informs our process, and more about their roles and responsibilities in transportation planning. Long-standing members are also welcome.
CONTACT US
Title VI/Non-discrimination: For questions regarding our civil rights adherence policies, please contact Abby Hemenway, Title VI Coordinator, at abby.hemenway@brevardfl.gov or call 321-690-6890.