Transportation Tuesday
September 21, 2021
Okeechobee Blvd. & SR 7 Multimodal Corridor Study
The Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency is offering a virtual workshop for the public to give input on transportation issues and opportunities along Okeechobee Blvd. & SR 7. Look through the different stations to learn more about this study and provide feedback on how we can plan for a more safe, efficient and connected multimodal transportation corridor.
Brightline's Critical Step Forward
Beginning Saturday, September 25 Brightline will conduct work, known as a signal and track cutover, along 13 miles of track in Palm Beach County, which will integrate a new second railroad track into the existing rail corridor. The work will spread across 17 railroad crossings between West Palm Beach and Jupiter and could bring additional wait times. Brightline is reminding the public, pedestrians, motorists and cyclists to make safe choices around trains and crossings, obey all traffic laws around crossings and never stop on the tracks! Remain alert and aware when near railroad tracks and only cross the tracks at a railroad crossing. The safety message is simple: look, listen, live. Flagging operations and cutover work will occur from Saturday, September 25 at 6 a.m. through Friday, October 1 at 6 p.m.
Traffic Impacts & Closures Near You
Tri-Rail ridership reached 9,000 daily passengers
For the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic started, Tri-Rail ridership reached 9,000 daily passengers. They've seen the second best ridership recovery in all US Commuter Rail systems, according to a recent American Public Transportation Association report.
The League of American Bicyclists Launches Campaign to Reach 1 Million Miles of Bike Trips
Put down the car keys and put on a helmet to take part in the “Drive Less, Bike More” campaign. Make your next trip to the coffee shop, convenience store or corner market by bike and join tens of thousands of others in making 1 million bike trips for transportation by the end of 2021. Don't forget to share your rides with us on social media!
Strategic Intermodal System Virtual Room
The Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) is Florida’s high priority network of transportation facilities important to moving people and freight, linking Florida’s regions, and investing in strategic transportation facilities. FDOT is updating the SIS Policy Plan, which sets the policy direction for designating, planning, and implementing the SIS. The SIS Virtual Room, open 24/7, provides information and includes stations where you can review and comment on draft working lists of potential policy changes under five focus areas: safety, resilience, technology & innovation, urban mobility & connectivity, and rural mobility & connectivity.
Funding Opportunities
America Walks Community Change Grant
The program aims to provide support to our growing network of advocates, grassroots organizers, organizations and agencies using innovative, engaging and inclusive programs and projects to create tangible change at the community level. Applications close September 30, 2021. Learn More Here

Accelerated Innovative Deployment Grants
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced that the Accelerated Innovative and Deployment Demonstration Program will grant up to $10 million for cost-effective road and bridge projects. These grants are incentives to improve the safety and mobility of eligible highway transportation projects maintained by state departments of transportation (even on behalf of a metropolitan planning organization or local government), tribal governments, and federal lands management agencies.
Deadline to apply is September 28, 2021. Learn More Here

National Center for Mobility Management Ready-to-Launch Grants
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), through the National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM), is accepting applications for 2021 Ready-to-Launch Grants. Recipients will receive grants up to $75,000 for communities to pilot a promising mobility solution, the development of which was inspired and informed by the results of community research. Deadline to apply is October 15, 2021. Learn More Here

Hometown Grant Program
T-Mobile, in partnership with Main Street America and Smart Growth America, is committing $25 million toward small town grants over the next five years through its Hometown Grants program. The program will award up to 100 towns per year with project funding grants of up to $50,000 each, with a focus on revitalizing community spaces in towns with 50,000 people or less. Applications accepted on a quarterly basis. Learn More Here
We are looking for a Deputy Director of Multimodal Development and an Executive Secretary to join our team. If you or someone you know might be the right fit, please learn more and apply at PalmBeachTPA.org/Jobs.
Governing Board & Committee Meetings
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 9 a.m.

Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m.

Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC)
Thursday, Oct. 7 at 9 a.m.

Palm Beach TPA Governing Board
Thursday, Oct. 21 at 9 a.m.

Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB)
Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.

Meeting details and agendas are posted at the links above one week in advance, along with an online comment form as an option for public comments before or during each meeting.

TPA Governing Board and advisory committee meetings are currently held as a combination of in-person meetings at the TPA office and virtual meetings on Zoom.
Governing Board meetings are available to watch LIVE at PalmBeachTPA.org/Live and recorded videos of TPA meetings are posted to the TPA YouTube channel.
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is November 21, 2021
Tragically, traffic deaths are rising in the U.S. and the need for strong advocacy to change the status quo is greater than ever. Please mark your calendars now and sign up here to be on Vision Zero's list for updates and coordinated event strategy.
Upcoming Deadline for Bicycle Friendly America
The TPA encourages everyone to pursue Walk Friendly and Bicycle Friendly designations. Applications are due on the following dates:
Bicycle Friendly University on October 1, 2021
Bicycle Friendly Business on October 5, 2021

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