April 2016 SCTPO eNews

“HAPPY TRAILS” TO LEIGH HOLT

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Space Coast TPO will say farewell to Multi-Modal Program Manager Leigh Holt in April. Leigh has accepted a position as Program Manager with the Sarasota-Manatee MPO. Leigh has been with SCTPO for five years, where she has made a significant impact to our community. She has been a strong leader in developing the Coast-to-Coast Bike Trail through Brevard, institutionalizing space as a transportation mode within the FDOT Work Program, and expanding the SCTPO’s public outreach program.

There will be a Bon Voyage for Leigh on Friday, April 15 from 11am – 1pm in the lobby of Building B at the Viera Government Center: 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Melbourne, FL 32940. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to 321-690-6890 or tpostaff@spacecoasttpo.com

We will miss Leigh greatly and wish her Happy Trails on her new adventure!

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SCTPO’s 2016 ANNUAL CALL FOR TRANSPORTATION PROJECT PRIORITIES

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The development of the Transportation Project Priorities is the first step in implementing transportation improvement projects within the planning cycle.  The SCTPO is now accepting 2016 applications for multi-modal transportation projects to be added for FY 2018 – FY 2022.  These applications will be used by the TPO and FDOT to qualify and prioritize proposed transportation-related projects for using federal and state transportation funding.

Many factors are considered when developing priorities, including the Long Range Transportation Plan, historic standing of projects within list, and prior funding commitments.  Results of the Annual State of the System Report are also examined for such factors as hurricane and other emergency evacuation needs, crash history and public safety, regional connectivity and current/future traffic volumes and level of service standards.

Applications from local governments and regional transportation authorities are due by close of business on May 13, 2016.

Website: http://spacecoasttpo.com/plan/project-priorities/


DRAFT UNIFIED PLANNING WORK PROGRAM AVAILABLE

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The Space Coast TPO is preparing a draft FY17 – FY18 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) that defines the TPO’s activities for the next two fiscal years. The draft UPWP is submitted to state and federal agencies for review, along with local agencies involved in transportation. Upon approval by the TPO Board in May and by state and federal agencies in June, the UPWP becomes the basis for the award of the TPO planning grant funds for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2016.

The full draft document was uploaded March 15, 2016 to our website. Comments on the draft document will be received until April 15, 2016 and can be sent via e-mail, fax or USPS to the TPO office. For questions, please contact TPO staff member Laura Carter at 321-690-6890.

Draft FY17-FY18 UPWP:
http://spacecoasttpo.com/plan/unified-planning-work-program/

Comments:
Email: laura.carter@brevardcounty.us
Fax: 321-690-6827
Address: 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way; Bldg B, Room 105, Melbourne, FL 32940


TWO SITES APPROVED BY TPO BOARD FOR ALL ABOARD FLORIDA BREVARD RAIL STATION

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The Space Coast TPO Board heard recommendations for a proposed future passenger rail station location in Brevard County on March 10, 2016. After consideration of nine proposed sites in Central and South Brevard, the Board passed a resolution that approves the sites in North Cocoa near SR501, SR528 and US1 (Cocoa 3 and Cocoa 4) and the former Cocoa passenger rail station site on US1 per All Aboard Florida’s request (Rockledge/Cocoa – Rosa Jones).  The next step is to send a formal request to All Aboard Florida (AAF) to conduct a ridership study.

You can find the Approved Resolution, the Passenger Rail Station Location Study PowerPoint and maps from the meeting, and more on our website: http://spacecoasttpo.com/rail/

Related articles:

Florida Today: Brevard in line for rail quiet zones, despite governor’s veto:
http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2016/03/24/brevard-line-rail-quiet-zones-despite-governors-veto/82185512/

WMFE 90.7 Intersection: Connecting the Transportation Dots in Central Florida:
http://www.wmfe.org/intersection-connecting-the-transportation-dots-in-central-florida/57586


UPCOMING TPO MEETINGS

Monday, April 11, 9:30am – 11:30am, Technical and Citizens Advisory Committees: http://spacecoasttpo.com/lead/april-11-2016-technical-and-citizens-advisory-committees/

Thursday, April 14, 9am – 11am, TPO Governing Board:
http://spacecoasttpo.com/lead/april-14-2016-transportation-planning-organization-board/


FLORIDA PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLIST CRASH FACTS FOR FDOT DISTRICT 5

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