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Sunday: Paint a mural in an intersection!

This Sunday, a group of volunteers will be painting the intersection at Fern Street and Tamarind with the mural pictured below. It’s a joint effort by The Knight Foundation, StreetPlans, Dreyfoos School of the Arts, the City of West Palm Beach, and the Downtown Development Authority. Hope to see you there Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm!

To participate: Fill out this form and email to Brandon Zicker, City of West Palm Beach.
bmzickar@wpb.org

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INTERSECTION REPAIR PROJECT

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Background:  Street Plans, an urban planning business, received a grant from the Knight Foundation to implement an Intersection Repair Project and they selected the City for its pilot program. Intersection Repair is a creative means to “purpose a neighborhood street intersection as a community space.”  

Who?  Working with the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Visual Arts Department students were invited to participate as teams to create proposals for the first Intersection Repair to be painted in the city.  

Why?  The main objective of this project will be to demonstrate the impact that this creative intervention Intersection Repair model can have on the community.  It is intended to draw attention to the context of this intersection and to place emphasis on the routes of other non-auto oriented forms of transportation: walking, bicycling, and public transit.  

How?  Six teams of visual art students, grades 9-12, submitted proposals – Art in Public Places selected the design

When?  Sunday, March 5, 2017 11am – 2pm  

Where?  At the intersection of Tamarind Ave. and Fern Street

The Art Team: The selected team is made of four young ladies, Ania Johnson, Jessica Raia, Megan Tachev and Dani Walters

The Intersection Repair Design:    

The selected design incorporates different species of native palm trees mixed with silhouettes of active people biking, walking, etc. wrapped in warm, vibrant colors reflective of our environment.  


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Pivotal agreement reached for commuter rail; FDOT consent last remaining hurdle

The pressure on the Florida Department of Transportation to approve expansion of Tri-Rail service along the Florida East Coast Rail Corridor has reached its peak. After today’s unanimous vote of support from the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) Governing Board, FDOT consent is the last remaining hurdle before communities and neighborhoods along the FEC can begin planning their own commuter rail stations in earnest. It could soon be possible for residents of Jupiter or Delray Beach to walk to a train station and head directly into Downtown Wilton Manors or Midtown Miami. Alternatively, the same resident could take Tri-Rail to connect with All Aboard Florida’s trains to Fort Lauderdale or Orlando.

FDOT consent involves two key commitments: written confirmation of their contribution of $17.2 million, and permission to SFRTA to “reprogram” money set aside for the Metrorail/79th St station to new Tri-Rail stations and/or related costs.

In return for this, FDOT gets unlimited rights to run Tri-Rail up the FEC corridor with a significant reduction in maintenance costs since they will be shared with All Aboard Florida.

By SFRTA’s own estimates, this will generate $18 million in local tax revenue, 28,000 new permanent jobs and 2,300 tons of annual CO2 reduction per year, among other benefits.

More importantly, South Florida residents will finally have commuter rail service AND a real alternative to I-95.

Join Walkable West Palm Beach in supporting Tri-Rail Coastal Link by following Friends of Tri-Rail Coastal Link on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TriRailCoastalLink and using #BringTriRailDowntown in your own social media posts.

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Bridges, bike lanes, and Tri-Rail bike cars: Recent media coverage

In case you missed it: Walkable West Palm Beach was interviewed for two stories this week that ran in local newspapers. Angel Streeter of The Sun Sentinel wrote a story on bike lanes and bridges, and Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post did a story on the new bike cars on Tri-Rail trains.

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New Tri-Rail bike car has space for 14 bikes. Photo: The Palm Beach Post