November 20, 2020 | Issue 11
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT EVENT RECAPS
Love to Ride Florida Challenge
There’s still time to participate in the Love to Ride Florida challenge. Ride your bike to transit and win a commuter backpack worth $200!

Ride your bike to the bus stop during the month of November. Make sure those rides are logged as transportation rides as part of the Love to Ride Florida challenge.

Each public transport ride is another entry into the drawing at www.lovetoride.net.
SCTPO, National Coalition for Safer Roads Celebrate
2020 National School Bus Safety Week
In early October, the SCTPO partnered with Melissa Wandall, Speaker, Advocate Consultant, Spokesperson, Alert Today Florida, and Brevard Public Schools, to recognize #NationalSchoolBusSafetyWeek. Our bus drivers play a crucial role in keeping our communities safe. On Oct. 22, we shadowed Sandra Chafin, a veteran bus driver of 31 years, who chatted with us about the importance of motorists making sure to slow down and ALWAYS for school buses. They carry our most precious cargo.
Re-watch: All Things Brevard: Air, Space and Sea
Re-watch the FDOT Central Florida's October Central Florida Transportation Planning Group's (CFTPG) webinar to hear the latest from Brevard’s Airport, Seaport and Spaceport industries. The webinar includes an expert panel (Space Florida, Port Canaveral, Orlando Melbourne International Airport - MLB) including the moderator, our own Executive Director, Georganna Gillette.
2020 Mobility Week Recap
The SCTPO had such a great time celebrating FDOT Central Florida's 2020 Mobility Week! Partnering with Space Coast Area Transit, we talked up trails,
promoted new transportation choices - like the beachside trolley, highlighted transportation achievements such as our Complete Streets, and educated our citizens about bicycle and pedestrian safety.
Learn More About Brevard's Best Trails
Missed the Trail Talk webinar we hosted, earlier this month? We got you covered!

Learn more about Brevard’s best trails from SCTPO Senior Transportation Planner, Sarah Kraum, who shares about the Space Coast trail network and where to find some beautiful walking and bicycling facilities.
TRENDING IN TRANSPORTATION
SCTPO Publishes 2019 State of the System Report
The SCTPO annually evaluates the state of Brevard’s transportation system and the results are summarized in the State of the System (SOS) report.

The SOS considers usage and performance trends of various transportation modes — highways, transit, seaport, airport and space. Safety, mobility and congestion levels are monitored. Long term trends and possible problem locations are identified. Ultimately, the SOS provides technical guidance to the TPO on where and how state and federal dollars can be programmed to enhance Brevard’s transportation system.

View the entire 2019 SOS Report or review the infographic brochure.
Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board
Currently Seeking New Members
The Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (TDLCB) is currently seeking members. The TDLCB works to ensure transportation opportunities are available for all residents, regardless of age, ability, or economic status. 

The board also provides direction and advice to Space Coast Area Transit in the provision of transportation services. If you are interested, please contact Cathy.Lively@brevardfl.gov.
Airline Schedules Continue Upward Trend into the Holidays at MLB
As the holiday season approaches, schedules from both American Airlines and Delta Air Lines continue to trend in a positive direction at Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) with the addition of more daily flights and larger aircraft to major hubs in Atlanta (ATL) and Charlotte (CLT), and the return of American’s nonstop service to Philadelphia (PHL). To prepare for the anticipated increase of passenger traffic, MLB has prepared to welcome all travelers with a calm, clean and safe travel experience.

Although airline schedules seem to be in a constant state of fluctuation due to the current global situation, check out the most updated outlook of air service at MLB throughout the holiday season: Holiday Air Schedule.
Brightline Orlando Extension Time-lapse Video Update
Check out this awesome time-lapse video showcasing the innovative engineering that Granite Construction is doing on the #OnTracktoOrlando GoBrightline project in Orlando.

Granite was one of the first to hit a major construction breakthrough in the US, captured in this Earth Cam 4K time-lapse-jacking a precast concrete box under an Orlando roadway in a matter of months. In this short movie you see hydraulic jacks push two precast concrete boxes, measuring 146-feet and 126-feet long respectively with 42-ft side walls, while an excavator digs out a path from inside the box and from the opposite side.

Proposed Roadway Improvements:
New Haven Avenue (U.S. 192) at McClain Drive.
FDOT Central Florida is currently working on initial plans for proposed roadway improvements at the intersection of New Haven Ave. (U.S. 192) at McClain Dr. in Melbourne.

Improvements include upgrading traffic signals, intersection lighting, reconstructing the median on the east side of the intersection to accommodate a crosswalk, constructing new pedestrian curb cuts, and ramps on the east side of the intersection to comply with the ADA. The project team is submitting initial plans, and we expect design to finish in July 2021.

FDOT invites your comments and questions about this project as we proceed through design. If you have a question or comment, email to Samuel.Jumber@dot.state.fl.us
Bridge Improvements:
North Courtenay Parkway (SR 3) Over Barge Canal
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is making improvements to the moveable bridges that cross the Canaveral Barge Canal on North Courtenay Parkway (State Road (S.R.) 3) in Merritt Island. Locally known as the Christa McAuliffe Drawbridge, this project will remove and
replace the locking system that locks the two sides of the drawbridge in place when the bridge is down. The project will also perform routine maintenance under the bridge deck, and perform steel modifications for enhanced strengthening of the bridge pier support system.

WHAT TO EXPECT
Throughout the duration of the project motorists should expect alternating bridge closures. When one bridge is closed, traffic will be guided to the other bridge, where single southbound and northbound lanes will carry motorists. This traffic pattern will be in place for approximately
one month per bridge, or until work is complete.
SOCIAL MEDIA SPOTLIGHTS
City of Cocoa Unveils Unique Crosswalk to Endeavour Elementary
Congratulations to the City of Cocoa on its newly installed, innovative crosswalk to Endeavor Elementary. The new crosswalk is decked out in the schools colors and showcases an uplifting message to student users. This crosswalk will help continue to elevate pedestrian safety and #VisionZero.
SCTPO, Brevard Sheriff's Office Donate Bicycle to Mims Student
This smile says it all! SCTPO Education & Safety Coordinator, Kim Smith, worked with Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Florida (Official) to donate a bicycle and helmet to a Mims Elementary student in need, who rides to school everyday.

The SCTPO frequently partners with
Brevard Public Schools (official) to coordinate the district's bicycle and pedestrian safety education program. We also work in the Partners in Education Program to fulfill our school community needs.
November 6 - 22|Space Coast State Fair Transit Discount
Space Coast Area Transit is now offering a $5 discount off admission price to Space Coast State Fair in Viera. Present original Space Coast Area Transit Bus Transfer Ticket to Box Office to receive discount for one person. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Void where prohibited. #321Transit 
Time Change Hinders Visibility, Stay Alert!
As time changes, remember to make sure you walk and bike with lights and wear light or reflective clothing so drivers can see you. When driving, make sure you are constantly scanning for people who are walking and biking! For more safety resources visit: www.sctpo.com/educational/resources/
Brevard County 2020 Census Recap
Despite the added challenges of a global pandemic, Brevard County had an excellent self-response rate for the 2020 Census. Spearheaded by Brevard's Correct Count Committee, the results below indicate the joint effort in helping to ensure that many citizens were counted.
2020 Thanksgiving, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving
This Thanksgiving Eve, let’s spread the message about the dangers of impaired driving. Use Thanksgiving Eve to prep for Turkey Day, not get wasted and drive. Join NHTSA as we Boycott Blackout Wednesday. 
Remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
NEWS FEATURES & UPCOMING EVENTS
CALENDAR ITEMS
Meetings
  • NO DECEMBER Committee/Board Meetings

Holidays
  • Nov. 26 & 27 : Thanksgiving Holiday Observed
(SCTPO Office Closed)
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.