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SCTPO E-News July 6, 2016

Official Ellis Road  SIS Designation

The Ellis Road PD&E was completed in October of 2015. One of the recommendations that came from the PD&E was to move the Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) designation off of US 192 and on to Ellis Road. The SIS designation change will improve access to the Melbourne International Airport and will make the Ellis Road project eligible to receive SIS funds. This should also help speed up the construction process.

Official SIS Designation Letter


Final Passenger Rail Location Study

In December, 2014 the SCTPO and the Canaveral Port Authority agreed to undertake a study to identify a potential station location that would be supported by the various stakeholders in Brevard County. The locations have been submitted to All Aboard Florida for consideration.

Passenger Rail Station Location Study


2015 Traffic Counts Available

The SCTPO manages a traffic count program to monitor traffic level on major arterial and collector roadways in Brevard County. Counts are conducted from October to February each year.

Count results are maintained in an Interactive Traffic Count Database System that provides current and previous year traffic volumes, count location details, trends, graphs, reports, and maps.

The data is also published  in report form  Traffic Counts Report 2006-2015
Other Traffic Count sources – FDOT Traffic Information and FDOT On-line Traffic Counts


July Meeting Information

July 11, 2016 Technical and Citizens Advisory Committee

July 14, 2016 Transportation Planning Organization Meeting

Passenger Rail Station Location Study

Contact: Bob Kamm

All Aboard Florida is developing an express train service, called Brightline, that will provide direct intercity travel beginning in 2017 between Miami and Orlando International Airport, one of the most populous and visited regions in the United States.  The train will run through part of Brevard County using the existing Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway corridor between Miami and Cocoa, and connect on new track along State Road 528 between Cocoa and Orlando.  Current plans do not include a station in Brevard County.

The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (SCTPO) identified this as an opportunity to advance the County’s public transportation vision, as described in the TPO’s 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and 2016 Strategic Plan, and support the region’s economy and tourism industries. TPO staff encouraged All Aboard Florida (AAF) to add a Brightline station in Brevard County, which AAF declined to do at least during the initial phase of Brightline development. In December, 2014 the SCTPO and the Canaveral Port Authority agreed to undertake a study to identify a potential station location that would be supported by the various stakeholders in Brevard County. The locations have been submitted to All Aboard Florida for consideration and can be reviewed in the report below.

Passenger Rail Station Location Study

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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March 2016 SCTPO eNews

SPACE COAST TPO’S TOP TEN ACCOMPLISHMENTS FROM 2015

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Space Coast TPO celebrated the organization’s Top Ten accomplishments from 2015 at the February 11th TPO Board meeting. These accomplishments are based on the goals and objectives that are outlined in each year’s strategic plan. Highlights included adoption of the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan, adoption of the ITS Master Plan, opening the Apollo Bridge, and numerous corridor studies, Complete Streets and safety analysis reviews.

SCTPO 2015 Top Ten: http://spacecoasttpo.com/plan/strategic-plan/


DRAFT UNIFIED PLANNING WORK PROGRAM AVAILABLE ON MARCH 15

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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 later 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.

A summary of the draft document is currently posted for review. Beginning March 15, 2016 the full draft document will be available to download and view. 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 offices. For questions, please contact TPO staff member Laura Carter at 321-690-6890.

Draft FY17-FY18 UPWP (available March 15):
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


PROPOSED CANDIDATE SITES FOR BREVARD RAIL STATIONS

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The Space Coast TPO Board will hear recommendations for proposed future passenger rail station locations in Central and South Brevard County on March 10, 2016.

All Aboard Florida (AAF) is planning a limited stop high-speed interregional passenger rail service between Miami and Orlando International Airport. It is being privately funded as a for-profit venture and AAF seeks to earn revenue both through passenger fares and ancillary development near its stations.

Currently, there is not a planned rail station in Brevard County. Any additional rail station sites in the County need to meet the multiple objectives of attracting passengers and supporting ancillary development and investment for AAF. To serve these demands, SCTPO, Port Canaveral, and local municipalities have worked together to identify potential sites that may match AAF’s profitability criteria.

Orlando Business Journal article:
http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/blog/2016/02/miami-to-orlando-train-may-consider-future-stop-on.html?ana=fbk


DRIVE A SCOUT TO SCHOOL DAY

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NASCAR driver Scott Lagasse, Jr. gave Golfview Elementary school student Sammy the ride of his life on February 18, 2016 as part of the Drive a Scout to School day. Sammy was selected from a pool of Cub Scouts who worked on their bicycle safety loop recently. As it happens, Sammy is a graduate of Space Coast TPO’s bicycle and pedestrian safety education program.

Sammy met Scott at Kennedy Middle School, where Sammy got lots of time exploring the car. Before they left for the one-mile ride to Golfview Elementary, Scott presented Sammy with a signed NASCAR helmet, which he proudly put on his head and declared, “This is going to be the best day of my life!”

Hundreds of students and teachers greeted the pair when they arrived at Golfview Elementary. Scott and Sammy demonstrated why wearing helmets is important, and each student received a signed card from Scott.

Drive a Scout to School day is a partnership between Boy Scouts of America, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Scott Lagasse Jr. of TeamSLR and the Alert Today Alive Tomorrow campaign from Florida Department of Transportation. Space Coast TPO is proud to have played a role in Sammy’s bicycle safety, and to encourage all pedestrians and bicyclists to wear protective gear.

Check our Facebook and Twitter for photo albums and posts about the day.

Space Coast TPO Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program: http://spacecoasttpo.com/modes/walkbike/bicyclepedestrian-education/

Alert Today Alive Tomorrow: http://www.alerttodayflorida.com/


SPACE COAST TPO JOINS ALERT TODAY FLORIDA TO EDUCATE RACE FANS

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Alert Today Alive Tomorrow (ATAT) is the Florida Department of Transportation’s state-wide bicycle pedestrian focused initiative aimed at reducing the high number of crashes resulting in death or serious injuries to these vulnerable road users. Brevard and Volusia rank in the top 15 counties for these types of crashes.

In February, Space Coast TPO staff joined the ATAT team for the 4-day race weekend at Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona 500 is NASCAR’s premier event, presenting a valuable opportunity to talk to Florida residents and visitors about the dangers facing Florida’s pedestrians and cyclists. Race fans that stopped by the ATAT booth were asked to complete a survey aimed at testing their knowledge of traffic laws pertaining to bicyclists and pedestrians. The safety team reviewed their answers with them and clarified any areas of confusion about traffic laws. Participants were also asked to record their opinion of how roadway safety and driver behavior affect bicyclist and pedestrians. The 1500 surveys that were collected will be sent to the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation (CUTR) to be analyzed.


MARCH IS FLORIDA BICYCLE MONTH

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March is recognized as Florida Bicycle Month. The Space Coast TPO would encourage everyone to get on a bicycle and enjoy our beautiful county. We also remind motorist and bicyclist to share the road safely by following these tips:

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Always wear a helmet
Ride in the same direction as traffic
Obey traffic signs, signals and lane markings
Be visible – at night, the law requires a headlight and taillight

Motorist
Avoid distractions, focus on the road
Pass bicyclists safely, minimum of 3 feet – it’s the law         
Slow down around bicyclists, speed is the cause of 32% of all fatal crashes


UPCOMING TPO MEETINGS

Monday, March 7, 9:30am – 11:30am, Technical and Citizens Advisory Committees: http://spacecoasttpo.com/lead/march-7-2016-technical-and-citizens-advisory-committees/

Thursday, March 10, 9am – 11am, TPO Governing Board http://spacecoasttpo.com/lead/march-10-2016-transportation-planning-organization-planning-board/

Monday, March 21, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trails Advisory Committee http://spacecoasttpo.com/event/bicycle-pedestrian-and-trails-advisory-committee-8/


WELCOME MAYOR KATHY MEEHAN AS NEW TPO CHAIR

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We welcome City of Melbourne Mayor Kathy Meehan as the new TPO Chairwoman.  Ms. Meehan was elected at the February TPO Governing Board meeting. We thank Jerry Allender for his years of service as the Chairman. Jerry will continue to serve on the TPO Board representing the Canaveral Port Authority.


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Annual Call for Projects Now Open

Contact: Georganna Gillette

Each year, the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (SCTPO) issues a “Call for Projects” to provide local governments the opportunity to submit projects for consideration into the subsequent year’s Work Program and Transportation Improvement Program. This year, the SCTPO will be accepting transportation project applications from February 9 to April 13, 2015.

Applications are used by the SCTPO to qualify and prioritize proposed transportation-related projects for implementation using federal and state transportation funding. A revised Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Project Information Application must be filled out for all new projects. Applications do not need to be submitted for projects already on the adopted project priority list. Local governments that wish to apply are asked to ensure that the application includes a scope of work, tentative schedule and cost estimate for the requested phase of work. This information is mandatory before FDOT can program projects with available State and Federal funding.

FDOT Project Information Application
Work Program Schedule

The deadline for submittal of all project applications is 5:00 pm on Monday, April 13, 2015.

The SCTPO is accepting applications in the following categories:

  • Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) Roadway Projects
  • Other SIS Modes to include Aviation, Seaports, Spaceport and Rail
  • Regionally Significant Non-SIS Roadway Projects (Capacity, Widening and Multimodal)
  • Transportation System Management and Operations (TSM&O)(ATMS)
  • Intersection Improvements

All Aboard Florida Train Stop in Brevard County?

All Aboard Florida’s plans to build a passenger rail line between Orlando International Airport and Miami continue to move forward and now the private rail company may reconsider a stop in Brevard County.

Port Canaveral is funding a study to look at where a potential train station could be located in Brevard County.

Port leaders are hoping that a stop in Port Canaveral is feasible to help cruise passengers get to and from Orlando International Airport.

The Canaveral Port Authority is going to fund a study conducted with the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization to determine if a Brevard County stop would work and where it should be located!

Read the full article from Channel 13 News.

Brevard Supports Financing Plan for All Aboard Florida

The Brevard County Commission on Tuesday supported a financing plan to help All Aboard Florida develop its passenger rail service between Orlando and Miami.

The vote was 3-2, with Commissioners Trudie Infantini and Chuck Nelson voting no.

All Aboard Florida plans 16 train runs a day in each direction through Central and South Brevard, but will not stop here, at least in its first phase of operations. Interim stops would be in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

Brevard County would not have any financial risk from the proposed $1.75 billion private financing plan.

Read the full article here.

All Aboard Florida Hosts Public Meetings

All Aboard Florida and the Federal Railroad Administration are giving the public eight opportunities to share their thoughts about the Central Florida leg of the $2.5 billion Miami-to-Orlando passenger rail project.

Coral Gables-based All Aboard Florida and the FRA are hosting the meetings between Central and South Florida in October and November to collect enough feedback from the public that will be used to finalize an environmental-impact statement needed before construction can begin on the West Palm Beach to Orlando portion of the 240-mile intercity passenger rail.

Read the full article from the Orlando Business Journal.

Railroad Quiet Zone Analysis

The SCTPO is coordinating an analysis to assess the applicability of “quiet zones” at specific locations along the Florida East Coast (FEC) rail corridor. This analysis is to address concerns of local jurisdictions about increased warning horn noise along the railway due to the frequency of proposed passenger train travel by All Aboard Florida (AAF).

Quiet Zones Technical Analysis
All Crossings Analysis Summary Spreadsheet

AAF is working on plans to provide high speed passenger rail service between Miami and Orlando, using existing FEC rail lines. The video below depicts estimated gate crossing times of under one minute.