The Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is leading this Multimodal Corridor Study that will encompass the US-1 corridor in Palm Beach County from Camino Real in the City of Boca Raton to Indiantown Road in the Town of Jupiter. The project corridor runs approximately 42 miles north-south along 14 local municipalities. The corridor serves as Palm Tran’s highest ridership bus route 1 and “The Bolt” with limited stop service from Boca Raton to West Palm Beach. To date, several municipalities along the corridor have performed Complete Streets studies for the portion of US-1 that traverses their community, meanwhile other municipalities have expressed interest to perform similar studies.
The purpose of this study is to develop a comprehensive plan to implement continuous multimodal facilities that connect the communities along the corridor, including upgrading the existing limited stop service to Corridor-Based Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and expanding this service north of West Palm Beach to Indiantown Road in Jupiter.
The study will include a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) to aid in the decision making process to make choices that improve public health through community design. The HIA will provide a better understanding of the impacts the US-1 multimodal improvements could have on the overall health of the communities that would be served along the corridor. This would take into account potential impacts on the physical, social, economic and emotional health of the community members improved through:
- Access to goods and services
- Access to jobs and education
- Mobility through non-automobile travel
- Economic Development Opportunities
Other indicators evaluated through the HIA will include chronic illness rates, obesity rates, bicycle and pedestrian crash data, quality of life/social cohesion, access to healthy foods and goods selection, and attainable housing availability.
The public outreach campaign for this project will kick off with an outreach event in the spring of 2017. Following this event, the project corridor will be divided into 6 sections where stakeholder interviews and public charrettes will take place.
- Section 1 (May): Boca Raton
- Section 2 (June): Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Gulf Stream
- Section 3 (July): Hypoluxo, Lantana, Lake Worth
- Section 4 (August): West Palm Beach
- Section 5 (September): Riviera Beach, Lake Park, North Palm Beach
- Section 6 (October): Juno Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens
Project tasks will be completed between the Palm Beach MPO, Palm Tran, and three consultant teams that will work together to share information and deliver the same project message and branding. The project will result in FDOT-based design templates for continuous multimodal facilities along the corridor to carry the proposed improvements forward for future funding through preliminary design and engineering. The project will also provide project justification and identification of local financial commitment to advance the Corridor-Based BRT improvements to Federal Transit Administration (FTA) discretionary and competitive federal grant program funding. Proposed improvements will follow the Palm Beach MPO’s Complete Streets User Considerations Hierarchy, prioritizing safe facilities for the most vulnerable users first: pedestrians, bicyclists, transit and then automobiles. The project will conclude in the spring of 2018 with an outreach event to grow public awareness of the potential value of the corridor for healthy community development.
Palm Beach MPO & Complete Streets
The Palm Beach MPO aims to achieve a safe and convenient transportation network by implementing Complete Streets within the context of our county’s diverse communities. The Palm Beach MPO seeks to promote Complete Streets by prioritizing the funding of Complete Streets infrastructure projects, providing educational opportunities, and encouraging local jurisdictions to adopt and implement local Complete Streets policies. The Palm Beach MPO Board adopted its Complete Streets Policy on March 17, 2016. For more information about the MPO’s Complete Streets efforts visit: http://www.palmbeachmpo.org/complete-streets