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CITY OF WPB PRESENTS MOBILITY STUDY FINDINGS
Recommendations Provide Safer Options, Mitigate Future Congestion
The Okeechobee corridor was a key focus of the Mobility Study.
At a Mayor-Commission Work Session on April 30, 2018, the City of West Palm Beach-- along with nationally known cities expert and mobility consultant Gabe Klein-- presented the results of its mobility study, including the Okeechobee Corridor Study, the Downtown Parking and Transportation Demand Management Study, and the Citywide Bicycle Masterplan. The Mobility Plan establishes a common community vision for how people travel that is built on shared, desired outcomes. To realize the vision, the plan outlines specific short- and long-term actions that will guide the community toward achieving the future City of West Palm Beach. The findings, which are designed to mitigate future congestion and provide safer options for all users, have been finalized and are expected to be adopted by the City Commission in May.
Key recommended projects, programs and policies include:
- Okeechobee corridor projects such as intersection improvements, improved lighting, mobility/transit hub, improved signal timing, dedicated rapid bus transit lanes, expansion of trolley routes.
- 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 sever injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.
“The Downtown West Palm Beach Mobility Plan provides the lens through which future transportation projects—including physical infrastructure and transportation services-- should be prioritized and implemented,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We must always prioritize a transportation network that meets and exceeds the needs of those who live, work and visit here. We must continue to evaluate whether projects support anticipated regional and local growth while also promoting business and preserving the quality of life and human dimension of downtown that make it unique, accessible and diverse.”
The development of the mobility plan began in the spring of 2017 with a visioning workshop and charrette, which included a public meeting and stakeholder meetings held over three days and the launch of an interactive online map and project website. During the summer, the project technical steering committee met to provide technical guidance as the ideas for strategies were developed. In the fall, the complete mobility strategy was presented at a public open house. Input received at the meeting was used to refine and finalize the recommended actions to implement the plan.
“This plan represents a comprehensive strategy that-- when implemented-- will help the city grow while becoming more safe, healthy, resilient, connected, welcoming, and action-oriented,” said Assistant City Administrator Scott Kelly. “I am excited about the projects, policies and programs that have been developed to create a transportation system that is more predictable, reliable and future ready.”
“The Citywide Bicycle Masterplan, Downtown Parking and Transportation Demand Management Study, and the Okeechobee Corridor Study were developed concurrently, with public and stakeholder meetings,” said City Traffic Engineer Uyen Dang. “The input received was incorporated into this planning effort to develop a comprehensive mobility strategy. The opportunities for input are summarized and expanded on in the Community’s Mobility Vision.”
The Mobility Plan development process included opportunities for public participation.
During the input phase, the City engaged the following stakeholders in its ongoing research and discussion: Transportation Planning Organization, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, Palm Beach County, PalmTran, SFRTA, Florida Department of Transportation, Town of Palm Beach, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, homeowners, condo and neighborhood organizations, and Palm Beach Atlantic University
To learn more, please visit www.wpbmobility.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Electric Vehicles Join City’s Growing Green Fleet
The City of West Palm Beach announces that it is adding more electric and hybrid vehicles to its growing fleet of green vehicles. The City has recently taken delivery of two new Chevrolet Bolts and one hybrid bucket truck, and eight more electric vehicles are on the way. Replacing the less efficient hybrid vehicles, the new electric vehicles will join the current green fleet which includes three hybrid bucket trucks and 28 hybrid cars.
“We are definitely ahead of the curve on electric vehicles, since many municipalities do not have Chevy Bolts in their fleet,” said General Services Manager Mario Guzman. “The Bolts can go more than 230 miles on a single charge, so there is no need for ‘range anxiety’. Additionally, according to fueleconomy.gov, we’ll be saving $550 per month per vehicle in fuel costs —or $11,000 a year.”
Not only are these electric vehicles saving the City thousands of dollars per year, but also they do not affect the environment with carbon emissions. The average vehicle emits about 4.7 tons of carbon dioxide per year. These emissions are nonexistent in electric vehicles.
The Chevy Bolt is an all-electric hatchback vehicle that runs on "nickel-rich lithium-ion" chemistry. This means that it can run on much higher temperatures than the average electric car since it utilizes a simpler and more affordable liquid cooling system. The Bolt can run 238 miles on battery alone, 120 in the city and 110 on the highway.
“As a City, we are looking at new ways to use resources and assets to forge a path toward greater resilience,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We are so pleased with the addition of these electric vehicles, as they will help the City reach our long range goal of (2050) net zero GHG reduction, eliminating carbon emissions in our City.
Three of the Chevy Bolts will be utilized by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the West Palm Beach Police Department’s Community Patrol, and the Department of Parks and Recreation. Seven of the vehicles will be utilized as part of the City’s loaner pool. The City aims to expand its shared vehicles program within the City to allow more flexibility in the fleet by reducing the number of vehicles needed along with the cost of gasoline per year.
The fleet also has three hybrid bucket trucks and 28 hybrid cars, which significantly lower emissions as well. Yet, electric vehicle prove to be more eco-friendly than hybrids. According to a study conducted by Environment America Research and Policy Center, electric vehicles could prevent more than 18 million metric tons of carbon pollution annually. The study also mentions that switching to electric vehicles can save more than 2 billion gallons of gasoline per year or eliminating tailpipe pollution (exhaust gas) from 3.8 million of cars and trucks today.
West Palm Beach Interfaith Prayer Breakfast
Mayor Jeri Muoio Thursday led the Annual West Palm Beach Interfaith Prayer Breakfast including Clergy, Faith, Community and Neighborhood service groups.
“I’m happy to see so many diverse communities represented”’ said Mayor Jeri Muoio.
The mayor’s opening remarks were followed by the UB Kinsey/Palmview Elementary Chorus and prayers from an Iman, Rabbi and other Christian Clergy. Prayers were made for the nation, government leaders, military and public service personnel, youth, neighborhoods, the business community, the education system and those who are marginalized.
“It’s good to have people of all faiths come together to pray for the well-being of our city”, said Pastor Kevin Jones, coordinator of the Mayor’s Community Initiatives.
The prayer breakfast marked the Mayor’s 3rd annual interfaith event.
WPB Fishing Club Receives Historic Marker
The Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, has approved an official State Historic Marker for the venerable West Palm Beach Fishing Club (WPBFC) located at 5th Street and North Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach. The 83-year old organization was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. The Historic Marker recognizes the organization’s notable contributions to the region related to tourism, marine conservation advocacy and civic outreach, especially during the period following the Great Depression and during the post-World War II era. The marker will be placed along 5th Street in the club’s front yard.
"The City of West Palm Beach has a treasure in this building and even more so in the history and mission of the Club, as evidenced by its rich interior. Most people are probably not aware of the amazing conservation and civic endeavors the Club has undertaken. I'm excited that this marker will give passersby a glimpse of this history and hopefully inspire them to explore the Club," said Friederike Mittner, City of West Palm Beach Historic Preservation Planner.
Placement of the official Historic Marker is a milestone event for the WPBFC and is the culmination of an effort that has been underway for over a decade. Efforts included letters of support from the City to the State.
“Being on the National Register Review Board of the Florida Historic Commission for the past 10 years, I have never encountered such a small, relatively simple, historic building with so much local history. Under the category of community services in the fishing industry, so vital to locals and visitors, the West Palm Beach Fishing Club has been, and will continue to be, for many decades the place of fond memories in South Florida fishing tales,” commented Rick Gonzalez, President REG Architects.
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Peace in the Streets
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Twin Lakes Neighborhood
Meeting Place - Twin Lakes Community Center
1200 7th St.
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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