Message From Executive Director, Greg Stuart 

Happy Monday! As we approach the middle of hurricane season, it's important that we remain vigilant and prepare ourselves for potential storms. Hurricane season officially lasts from June to November, but the peak of activity typically occurs between mid-August and late October. You may be thinking that hurricanes only affect people living in coastal areas. But the reality is that hurricanes can impact areas well inland and cause damage to communities not normally thought of as "hurricane prone." Take Hurricane Florence in 2018, for example. While the eye of the storm made landfall on the coast of North Carolina, its heavy rains caused devastating flooding in areas such as Fayetteville and Lumberton, hundreds of miles from the coast.

So, how can we prepare ourselves for potential hurricanes? First, stay informed. Monitor local weather reports and keep up with updates from the National Hurricane Center. If you're unsure about how to prepare for a hurricane, websites like Broward County’s official hurricane site that offers valuable information on evacuation plans, what to include in a disaster supply kit, and how to protect your property. Next, consider making a disaster kit for yourself and your family. Include essentials such as non-perishable food, bottled water, medications, first aid supplies, and flashlights. Don't forget about pets, either!  

Have food, water, and any necessary medications prepared for them as well. In addition, have a plan for evacuation in case the need arises. Identify safe evacuation routes, and keep in mind that major highways may be congested during an evacuation. Decide on a meeting place for family members in case you are separated. Lastly, ensure that your property is ready for potential storms. Trim back trees and shrubs, clear out gutters, and reinforce doors and windows. If you live in a flood-prone area, consider purchasing flood insurance. While it can be scary to think about the potential damage that hurricanes can cause, being prepared and vigilant can help mitigate their effects. Let's take steps to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities this hurricane season. Stay safe, everyone! 


New Podcast Episode Drops Tomorrow 🎙️

As we celebrate our 12th episode, and our first full year of Let’s Talk Transportation, we have an extended episode that is a recap of a panel discussion we had in May 2023 about new and emerging technologies in transportation. The discussion was part of our Route to 2050 Metropolitan Transportation plan engagement. The MPO’s Amanda Christon moderates this panel discussion that includes Broward County Commissioner Beam Furr, Candace Gomez-Cluck from Michelin, Scott Brunner from Broward County Traffic, and Jonathan Overton from the Florida Department of Transportation. Listen in to learn about what’s happening locally and around the world to improve safety, congestion, and the environmental impacts of how we move people and goods. Visit our podcast page to listen on August 15! For more information about the MTP, click here.

Hollywood Boulevard Resiliency Study

to Host Public Meeting 🗓️

Join the Broward MPO, the Florida Department of Transportation, Broward County and the City of Hollywood on September 13 as we discuss the impacts of climate change on the Hollywood Boulevard corridor between the ArtsPark at Young Circle in downtown Hollywood and the Intracoastal Waterway. 


Tri-Rail Announces New Ride Partner Discount  💰

Starting August 15, 2023, Tri-Rail’s Ride Partner services will be updated to include a $5 discount available at all Tri-Rail stations. Passengers with a current Tri-Rail Uber voucher will automatically receive a new voucher in their Uber Wallet. Notify your driver that you require a Tri-Rail connection to receive the discount on your Taxi trip. A $15 subsidy will remain available for Uber and Taxi service between Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) and the West Palm Beach Station. Complimentary shuttle bus service will remain available between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and the Fort Lauderdale Airport Station. Freebee service will remain available at the Cypress Creek Station. Call 1-800-TRI-RAIL (874-7245) for more information. 

2050 Regional Transportation Plan is Underway 

The Southeast Florida Transportation Council’s (SEFTC) website has been refreshed. With an updated look and content, the website aims to provide a user-friendly experience for all users. One of the highlights of the updated website is the introduction of the Southeast Florida 2050 RTP with an introductory fact sheet provided in three languages (English, Spanish, and Creole). This visionary 25-year horizon long-range plan identifies the most crucial transportation investments required to meet the ever-growing travel demands for a vibrant region, encompassing Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.  


Additionally, you are invited to actively participate in shaping the future of transportation in Southeast Florida as valuable feedback is important. To do so, simply take a few moments to complete the survey, accessible on the website or at Together, we can build a sustainable, efficient, and interconnected transportation network that benefits us all. Visit now to learn more and get involved. 

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