The MPO has submitted a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) for its Regional Complete Streets Initiative. If awarded, the grant would help fund $19.1 million dollars worth of bike and pedestrian improvements in the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale Lakes, Oakland Park, and Pompano Beach.
At Thursday’s Broward MPO Board Meeting, the Board voted in favor of moving forward with the outline of a plan to place a penny sales tax referendum on the November ballot. This would allow the voters of Broward to vote on increasing the sales tax by one percent to pay for transportation improvements throughout the region.
The Broward MPO is hiring a transportation planner, preferably someone with Transportation Disadvantaged experience. This is professional and technical planning work assisting with major MPO programs, projects or plans such as: long range, short range and regional transportation planning; transportation improvement programming; congestion management and corridor planning; multimodal planning; transportation land use planning; and administrative support to meet other state and federal requirements.
Every four years, the Broward MPO undergoes an intensive evaluation process headed by the Federal Highway Administration (FWHA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The FHWA/FTA Federal Review consists of four main activities, including: The review of planning documents, conducting a site visit, the development of a certification report, and a certification review close out presentation that discusses evaluation findings.
National leaders in transportation policy, planning, and engineering joined local elected officials to tackle the challenge of making some of the most dangerous cities for cyclists and pedestrians in the country safer through Complete Streets policies. Over 200 people were in attendance while others followed online using social media #S32016, making this the largest summit of its kind ever in South Florida.
The Broward MPO received applications from 10 municipalities for its 2016 Complete Streets and Localized Initiatives Program (CSLIP), the first year of the program. A total of 25 projects were submitted for funding, with each project receiving a score based on criteria approved by the Broward MPO Board.