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On Monday, the City Commission will consider the City's Mobility Plan that was developed with input from all over our community. The plan is a framework of best practices which will be used to inform our decision making for the next 20 years. No particular projects will be voted on at this time. What is the plan, and what are its goals? What does it mean for the future of West Palm Beach? We answer the most frequently asked questions, here:
MOBILITY PLAN FAQs
WHAT IS THE MOBILITY PLAN, AND WHAT ARE ITS GOALS? The Downtown West Palm Beach Mobility Plan is a bold initiative to enhance the way people and goods move throughout our downtown. It is the framework of best practices that will guide the City’s decision making for the next 20-years. The mobility plan provides the lens through which future transportation projects should be prioritized and implemented. The plan serves as a road map to create a modern, well-balanced transportation system that provides real mobility choices and creates great places where people want to invest their time and money. It establishes a shared community vision for how people travel that is built on shared, desired outcomes. City Commissioners will vote on whether to adopt the plan at a public meeting on May 20, 2018.
WHEN CITY STAFF TALK ABOUT MOBILITY CHOICES, WHAT DO THEY MEAN? Real mobility choices mean that people have the option to walk, bike, ride, or drive in a safe and comfortable environment. It’s about giving you even more options—not taking them away!
DOES WEST PALM BEACH REALLY HAVE A TRAFFIC PROBLEM? On Okeechobee Boulevard, traffic has increased less than 1% per year over the course of the last 20 years. This amounts to an additional 1.5 cars per day along the Okeechobee corridor. The mobility plan prepares for future increases in visits and jobs in our community.
IS THE MOBILITY PLAN A COMMITMENT TO FUND AND BUILD PROJECTS? No. It is not an approval of projects, funding or fees. If the City were to move forward with individual projects or initiatives that are recommended in the study, the projects and initiatives would go individually before the City Commission for a vote at a later date with opportunities for public comment and input. The mobility plan outlines specific actions organized into short-, medium-, and long-term stepping stones that will guide the community toward achieving the type of city West Palm Beach wants to be.
IS THIS PLAN TO FORCE PEOPLE TO GIVE UP THEIR CARS AND INSTEAD RIDE A BIKE, WALK OR TAKE A BUS? Absolutely not! We are offering convenient options for people who chose to use these alternative forms, particularly in the downtown area. We are not forcing anyone out of their cars.
HOW WAS THE MOBILITY PLAN DEVELOPED, AND DID THE CITY GET FEEDBACK FROM RESIDENTS? For more than a year, the City contracted with Alta + Planning and Design to develop the mobility study, which was spearheaded by noted mobility and transit experts. Engagement and communication with the community were top priorities critical to the success of the mobility plan. Over the course of a year, City employees delivered more than 50-presentations including a 4-day charrette to meet with community members and develop feedback.
WHAT ARE THE PLAN’S KEY RECOMMENDATIONS?
- Projects such as intersection improvements, improved lighting, mobility/transit hub, improved signal timing, dedicated rapid bus transit lanes, expansion of trolley routes to make Okeechobee Boulevard a safe and efficient corridor.
- Added multimodal access including vehicular capacity by providing a Fern Street connection across the SFRTA tracks from Australian Avenue to Flagler Drive.
- Expansion of bicycle network to safely connect neighborhoods and people to jobs, schools, parks, businesses and the downtown.
- Incorporation of transportation demand management strategies as a part of future land use planning in order to mitigate future congestion and encourage alternative modes of transportation such as walking, biking, and trolley riding.
- Restructuring parking strategies to reduce congestion, increase availability and improve overall user experience.
- Incorporation of new technologies (ie. autonomous rideshare)
- Optimization and expansion of trolley and bus services and routes.
- Adoption and implementation of Vision Zero, a strategy to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.
- Mode shift goal of 14% over the next 20 years to offset growth.
THE RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDE A “MODE SHIFT” GOAL. WHAT IS THAT? Today, the driving capacity of the street network is approximately 77% full during peak periods. By 2040, the driving capacity is projected to be 91% based on current developments plans and transportation choices. The goal is to capture this 14% increase in new trips by converting them (mode shift) from a driving trip to a walking, biking or transit trip. By providing these opportunities, we’ll be able to achieve a 3% mode shift every five years.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MODE SHIFT? The benefits of this mode shift are many. They will allow the downtown to grow while also accruing the positive outcomes and quality of life desired today and tomorrow. The main benefits include reduction in crashes and safer streets for everyone; more predictable and reliable travel times; more travel choices, particularly for shorter trips; positive health benefits from increases in physical activity; and increases in economic development opportunities.
WHAT ARE THE ACTIONS NEEDED TO ACHIEVE THE MODE SHIFT? Land use and parking policies changes that reduce demand and subsidies for driving; Increased transit funding and convenience of services; Increased funding and change design standards for street construction that support walking, biking and transit; Increased incentives for walking, biking and transit through robust transportation demand management program
WHAT HAPPENS IF MODE SHIFT IS NOT IMPLEMENTED? It’s projected there will be a14% increase in driving and associated increase in congestion and travel delay, and there will be no reduction in number of crashes on our roads. Based on data used from the FDOT 2010/2040 SERPM, it’s estimated there will be a 56% increase in jobs in the downtown and 35% in residents by 2040, so the City must plan today for tomorrow.
DOES THE MOBILITY STUDY BRING BACK THE FLAGLER SHORE PROJECT? No. We are not talking about Flagler Shore, which was a temporary pilot project. The Flagler Shore project has ended and is not even being contemplated at this time.
SOME INDIVIDUALS HAVE RAISED THE IDEA OF AN OKEECHOBEE BOULEVARD CROSSOVER. WHY ISN’T THAT A PART OF THE MOBILITY PLAN? As crossovers are not considered best practices, consultants have not recommended this for our city.
HOW CAN I VIEW THE STUDY? The study is available at http://www.wpbmobility.com/.
Mayor Muoio Announces
Quiet Zone Establishment
PUBLIC URGED TO MAKE WISE DECISIONS AT RAILWAY CROSSINGS AND ALONG RAILROAD TRACKS
VIDEO: Mayor Muoio Announces Quiet Zone Establishment
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As the establishment of a quiet zone along the FEC/Brightline railway would improve the quality of life for residents and is, therefore, a top priority of Mayor Jeri Muoio, Mayor Muoio announced the city’s establishment of a quiet zone in West Palm Beach effective Monday, May 14, 2018 at 11:59pm. The quiet zone, located along the Brightline/FECR railway between 15th Street and the southern city limits, means that trains will not be required to blow their horns. However, horns may sound when arriving at or departing from the station or in the event of an emergency situation. Once Brightline expands its service north, the City will begin the process of establishing a quiet zone in the northern part of our city, along the railway north of 15th street and to the northern city limits.
For safety tips and information , please visit Operation Lifesaver at https://oli.org/. The City wishes to thank West Palm Beach neighborhood associations, Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, Brightline and the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council for working with us on this effort.
ROAD CLOSURE NOTIFICATION
The 300 block of Clematis Street, between S. Olive Avenue and S. Dixie Highway, will be closed to road traffic effective Monday, June 4, 2018 through October in order to begin work on the Clematis Streetscape project. This portion of Clematis Street is expected to reopen in October barring any project delays.
The Clematis Streetscape project will make design improvements to Clematis Street that will elevate the experience and overall quality of life for Clematis merchants, residents and visitors. After several public input meetings with Clematis Street merchants, other area merchants, stakeholders, residents and visitors, the City Commission voted to implement recommendations from the award-winning design team, Dover, Kohl & Partners.
The 300 block of Clematis Street is the first phase of the multi-phased project and will take place during the summer months for minimal impact with an estimated completion in October 2018. The Clematis Streetscape project is one of several City of WPB and WPB CRA projects aimed at ensuring that the city’s downtown core evolves with the needs of residents, merchants, and visitors.
NOTE: Pedestrian traffic will remain unaffected and businesses will remain open during the project. Suggested alternate routes around downtown West Palm Beach include Banyan Blvd. and Datura Street.
For more information on the Clematis Streetscape project, please visit wpb.org/clematisstreetscape or call 561-822-2222.
Businesses Participate in City's 3rd Annual
Green Business Challenge
Thank you to all of the businesses who joined us for the kickoff of the 3rd annual West Palm Beach Green Business Challenge!
The Green Business Challenge is a yearlong competition brought to you by the City of West Palm Beach Mayor's Office of Sustainability and its sponsors and partners. The goal of the Challenge is to make our business community more sustainable, efficient and prosperous by supporting participants with the right mix of resources and recognition to reduce energy use, water use, and waste. It is free to join and open to all West Palm Beach businesses and organizations.
By joining the Challenge, organizations will have access to green resources and Office of Sustainability workshops. Organizations will also be able to earn points by completing activities to become recognized as environmental leader s in our City. Organizations will also receive recognition via storefront labels, media spotlights, Challenge website's leadership board, and awards at the 2019 WPB Green Business Challenge Awards Ceremony.
Join the West Palm Beach Green Business Challenge today by going to wpb.org/GBC and let's work together for a prosperous, sustainable future!
Peace in the Streets
Please join us on our community walks as we engage our brothers and sisters!
Meeting Place - Mt. Gilead Baptist Church
1313 Division Ave.
For more information contact Rev. Kevin Jones at (561)822-1413 or (561) 832-8338, ext. 3.
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2018 Holiday Sanitation Schedule
There will be regular service on the following holidays:
- Memorial Day - May 28, 2018
- Independence Day - July 4, 2018
- Labor Day - September 3, 2018
- Columbus Day - October 8, 2018
- Veterans Day - November 12, 2018
There will be NO service on the following holidays:
- Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018; Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 11/26/18. Recycling will resume on 11/29/18. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
- Christmas Day, December 25, 2018: Residential garbage will resume your next scheduled service day beginning 12/28/18. Recycling will resume on 1/1/19. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
- New Year's Day, January 1, 2019: Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 1/4/19. Recycling will operate on normal schedule. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
The sanitation schedule is produced by the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Works. For more information, please call (561) 822-2075.
Downtown WPB Trolley Schedule
The Downtown West Palm Beach Trolley Service is FREE courtesy of the City of West Palm Beach, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Palm Beach Outlets, and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). Operated by Molly's Trolleys, the trolleys pick up and drop off at designated stops in the City and are handicapped accessible. The trolley is a convenient way to move throughout the City and to visit all of your favorite downtown shops, restaurants, and attractions!
There are three routes in the downtown: the Yellow Line, Green Line, and Blue Line. The Yellow and Green Line trolleys pick up passengers every 10-15 minutes, and the Blue Line picks up every half hour with set stop times.
- The Yellow Line travels to CityPlace and Clematis Street. Hours of operation: 7 days a week (No service on Thanksgiving or Christmas); Sunday - Wednesday: 11am - 9pm; Thursday - Saturday: 11am - 11pm.
- The Green Line travels to the TriRail Station and downtown to make it even easier to vist our attractions. Hours of operation: 7 days a week (No service on Thanksgiving or Christmas); Monday - Friday: 8am - 7pm; Saturday: 9am - 6 pm; Sunday: 11am - 6pm.
- The Blue Line travels through downtown, Northwood Village, and the Palm Beach Outlets. Hours of Operation: Thursday - Saturday ONLY, 11am - 10pm; Run every 30 minutes with specific stop times.
2018 Neighborhood Meetings Schedule
Western Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 4:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
South End Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
North End Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change. For more information, please call (561) 822-1412.
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