TopTransportation Update - October 2, 2017
PLEASE NOTE: The MetroPlan Orlando Board meeting was canceled in September because of Hurricane Irma. It has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11.
In This Issue
Feature Stories
Report Celebrates Our 20th Anniversary
Since 1997, MetroPlan Orlando has led the way as an independent organization providing a vision for transportation to residents, businesses and visitors in Central Florida. To observe our 20th anniversary, we created a Report to the Community that tells our story.  Find out more here
Marilyn Baldwin Recognized as Advocate
Marilyn Baldwin, right, a longtime advocate for the disabled and a volunteer at MetroPlan Orlando, is WTS Central Florida Chapter's Citizen Transportation Advocate of the Year. The award salutes someone who is an outspoken supporter of transportationLearn more here.  

 News In Brief
NewsBrf1Transportation Forum
Leaders from across the community discussed how to advance regional transportation at Central Florida Leadership Forum's Regional Transportation Summit. The program included speakers, panels and a report from the Transportation Task Force, which made suggestions on how to improve the system. Click here for more information
Corrine Study Advancing
The first phase of the Corrine Drive Complete Streets Study concluded with a public workshop at which we shared information from our technical analysis and community survey. The 150 participants shared insights and ideas for transportation improvements along the corridor. The second phase will develop possible concepts to improve Corrine. Find out more here.

Board Approves New TIP
The MetroPlan Orlando Board has approved this year's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Updated annually, the TIP sets the schedule for improvements to the region's transportation system over the next five years. This short-term plan assigns nearly $8 billion to specific projects and covers all modes of transportation. Review the new TIP
NewsBrf3LYNX Looking Forward
Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) recently launched LYNX Forward, an initiative to rebuild transit network services in Central Florida. The process will involve  completing a 10-year Transit Development Plan (TDP) and a plan to "re-imagine" the fixed bus route network. The goal is to develop a system with more frequent and reliable service. More on LYNX Forward

Bike/Ped Leader at FDOT
Michael Ziarnek, the new Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for FDOT District Five, will help address bicycle and pedestrian needs district-wide. He possesses extensive experience in traffic engineering and what he describes as a passion for bikeable and walkable communities. He earned degrees in Civil Engineering and Urban and Regional Planning from University of Colorado Denver.  

LYMMO Lime Line Opens
LYNX and the City of Orlando have added 2.1 miles and nine stops to the Downtown LYMMO system with the opening of the Lime Line. The new line is expected to serve 1,500 passengers daily with stops at the U.S. Courthouse, FAMU College of Law, Creative Village and the future UCF-Valencia Downtown Campus, Amway Center, and LYNX Central Station. Learn more about the downtown LYMMO.

News3aNew Wekiva Segments
The Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) has opened Sections 1A and 1B of the Wekiva Parkway (SR 429). This five-mile stretch, the second phase of the parkway to open,  extends from the previous end of SR 429 to Kelly Road. When finished, the Wekiva Parkway will connect to SR 417, completing the beltway around Central Florida. More about Wekiva Parkway

Kissimmee Corridor Study
The City of Kissimmee is conducting a complete streets corridor study for N. Central Avenue  in the Kissimmee Medical Arts District. The goal is to improve mobility and accessibility for all users. This includes improving pedestrian travel and connectivity, aiding traffic circulation, and preparing for anticipated demand increases from Kissimmee's future SunRail station. Learn more about the study. 

Welcome to Mobility Week
The second annual Central Florida Mobility Week will be observed from Oct. 28 - Nov. 3. During Mobility Week, counties, cities and transportation agencies will host a variety of events to promote safe and sustainable transportation choices. This is an ideal time for agencies to highlight transportation achievements, roll out new initiatives or implement new policies. Find out more here.

MeetingCalendarWould you like to attend a meeting?
All our meetings are open to the public and are posted in our office and on our website. Upcoming meetings include:

MetroPlan Orlando Board, 9am, Oct. 11

Regional Leadership Council, 10:30am (or when Board adjourns), Oct. 11 

Community Advisory Committee, 9:30am, Oct. 25

Transportation Systems Management & Operations Advisory Committee,
8:30am, Oct. 27

Technical Advisory Committee,
10am, Oct. 27

Municipal Advisory Committee, 9:30am, Nov. 2


2017 Board of Directors
The MetroPlan Orlando Board includes representatives from Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. View   our board members here .

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  TrendsReport Celebrates MPO's 20th Anniversary
Since 1997, MetroPlan Orlando has led the way as an independent organization providing a vision for transportation to residents, businesses and visitors in Central Florida.
To observe our 20th anniversary, we have created a Report to the Community that tells the story of our work and partnerships. The report, 20 Years of Leadership, is accompanied by a timeline that illustrates some of the most important changes to our transportation system, from the beginnings of the region's main road I-4 to the take-off of its commuter rail line, SunRail.
In 1977, the Orlando Urbanized Area Metropolitan Planning Organization - MetroPlan Orlando's forerunner - was formed to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated transportation planning program in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. This early operation was housed within the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council.
It became independent 20 years later, largely because of the rapid growth taking place in the region. Since then, MetroPlan Orlando has fostered regional cooperation and set the long-term transportation priorities for Central Florida.
The entire report and timeline are available online here. An expanded online version of the Central Florida Transportation Timeline is available here.
The report also tells you what to expect in the future, as we look forward to our next 20 years. While a lot of things change over time, you can count on our continued commitment to safe, efficient, technologically advanced transportation for everyone.
The 2016-17 Report to the Community includes inserts that give the history of significant transportation events in Central Florida.

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 MilestonesWTS Recognizes Marilyn Baldwin's Advocacy
Virginia Whittington presents Marilyn Baldwin with an award at the WTS banquet
Marilyn Baldwin, a longtime volunteer at MetroPlan Orlando, has been named WTS Central Florida Chapter Citizen Transportation Advocate of the Year.
This award, unique to the Central Florida Chapter, salutes a private citizen who is an outspoken supporter of transportation and exemplifies the purpose of the transportation community and its goals and objectives. The presentation was made at the 20th annual WTS Central Florida Scholarship & Awards Banquet.
Ms. Baldwin is a member of the Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (TDLCB), which is facilitated by MetroPlan Orlando and focuses on paratransit service in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties. She chairs the Quality Assurance Task Force, a subcommittee of the TDLCB.
She has been a committed advocate for persons with a disability, serving as a Commissioner on the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged from 1992 to 2002. For many years, she served on the Orange County Disability Advisory Board and the LYNX Accessibility Advisory Committee.  Each year, Ms. Baldwin participates in the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged Legislative Awareness Day, where she meets with state lawmakers to advocate for the needs of the people with disabilities in Central Florida and throughout the state.
Also honored at the WTS banquet was Virginia Whittington, MetroPlan Orlando's Director of Regional Partnerships, who was named Member of the Year. Ms. Whittington is completing a two-year term as president of the WTS Central Florida Chapter.
Keynote speaker for the event was SunRail Executive Director Nicola Liquori. Scholarships were presented to undergraduate and graduate students in transportation-related fields.
WTS, originally known as Women's Transportation Seminar, is an international organization, with more than 6,500 members, dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women.

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