Wednesday, January 14, 2015

This is a great idea - putting our elected leaders on a bus...

But they are not going out of county. They are actually going to experience Palm Beach County's public transportation in real time, together. Read about a "rolling retreat" by members of the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization this Thursday, from the Post's Joe Capozzi: 
Trains, trolleys and buses will make up the unique setting Thursday for a rolling field trip by elected officials who serve on a Palm Beach County transportation board.

The 19 members of the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization usually meet every month in a conference room on the 12th floor of the county Government Center in downtown West Palm Beach.

But their next meeting will be a “rolling retreat” that will start at the Tri-Rail station in downtown West Palm Beach and continue to Boca Raton and Delray Beach with rides on shuttles, buses and trollies.

No votes or formal action will be taken. “It’s just an opportunity for them to experience the (county’s transportation) system,’’ said Nick Uhren, the MPO’s executive director.

“It’s not a retreat in the sense where we will even have discussion shaping future policies. It’s more of a field trip to give board members an opportunity to have this experience and let this experience guide their future conversations about transportation items.’’
Our Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo is a member of our MPO as is Shanon Materio (Lake Worth business owner and West Palm Beach Commissioner).