More than 100 guests turned out to West Florida Regional Planning Council’s 50th Anniversary Open House on October 20. We were excited to see members from all over our seven-county area! All the programs and services of the planning council were on display including Long Range Transportation Plans, GIS, Transportation Symposia, bike helmet fittings, rideOn, the Rural Work Program, Bay Area Resource Council, brownfields cleanup and reuse, HAZMAT services (LEPC), Small Quantity Generators, and SHIP housing replacement. Many were surprised at the number and diversity of programs and services we can offer to counties and municipalities.
Each of the Transportation Planning Organizations (TPOs) staffed by the West Florida Regional Planning Council (Florida-Alabama, Okaloosa-Walton, and Bay County) are tasked with developing Project Priorities. Project Priorities are approved in September each year and are due to the State Departments of Transportation by October 1st. The adopted Project Priorities are used by the State Departments of Transportation to develop a five-year Work Program. This five-year Work Program is then used by the TPOs to develop a five-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is adopted by the TPOs at their June meetings each year.
rideOn is a Commuter Assistance Program with a mission to offer innovative solutions to transportation challenges in the counties of Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, and Washington. rideOn assists commuters in their transition from driving …
The newly released publication, Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2014 Benchmarking Report, produced by the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the Center for Disease Control’s Healthy Community Design Initiative, offers in-depth information on the economic impact of investing in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure including job creation, retail and residential housing sales and tourism. And quite simply, while populations grow, land mass does not; making alternative modes of transportation safe and accessible will better accommodate future growth.