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It's a new fiscal year for us here at the Broward MPO, and we are making strides in transportation with various projects in the pipeline. This is thanks to several grants. We just wrapped up our Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant, constructing pedestrian and bike-friendly facilities and creating vital links throughout the county. The $5 million Safe Streets for All grant is a collaboration between the MPO and Broward County to design safer, more walkable communities for all residents. The recently awarded $15.4 million Rail Crossing Elimination Program will upgrade 21 Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway grade crossings to the highest level of safety. Lastly, the Thriving Communities grant will train staff throughout our county to implement affordable transit-oriented development. These grants expand upon the MPO’s commitments to meet our community's transportation needs. We can look forward to a better future for all Broward residents with safer streets and better transportation options.
While these grants mark an important beginning for the new fiscal year, the MPO will not stop there. We will continue collaborating with our partners (local government entities, non-profits, and other community organizations) to provide sustainable and inclusive transportation. It is essential to acknowledge that transportation and community development are not separate. By utilizing all resources, the MPO has the chance to deliver the needs of its residents and promote growth throughout the county. So, let us look forward to what the MPO has in store for the new year, and the positive changes are yet to come! I'd also like to take a moment to wish everyone a happy Fourth of July holiday. As you celebrate this day, we encourage everyone to keep safe while traveling!