In an era where technology meets urban planning, the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is pioneering a groundbreaking collaboration that exemplifies how innovative partnerships can reshape our approach to sustainable urban development. Tech giant Google Alphabet Inc., consultancy powerhouse Deloitte, and the forward-thinking team at the Broward MPO are at the heart of this collaboration. This dynamic alliance was proudly showcased last week at the Las Vegas #NEXT conference. I served on a panel to discuss our agency’s shared commitment to leveraging the latest technological advancements to improve sustainable transportation and resiliency. The partnership is channeling the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and geospatial technology to tackle some of Broward County's most pressing challenges, including flood risk management and resilient infrastructure planning. These tools allow for analyzing complex data at an unprecedented scale and speed, providing insights to inform smarter, more sustainable decision-making processes. By integrating AI with geospatial platforms, Broward is setting a new standard for municipalities to adapt and respond to the evolving needs of their communities in the face of climate change and urban growth. This collaboration represents more than just a technical achievement; it is a beacon of hope for a future where technology and strategic partnerships drive the creation of resilient, thriving communities. The Broward MPO's initiative with Google Alphabet Inc. and Deloitte illustrates a powerful commitment to innovation, sustainability, and the well-being of its citizens, positioning Broward County as a leader in the charge towards a more resilient and sustainable future. 

City of Hallandale Beach Launches

Cloud Nine Electric Bus Fleet 

The City of Hallandale Beach has taken a giant leap forward in transforming its transportation system into a more sustainable and eco-friendly one with the recent unveiling of nine cutting-edge electric buses known as Cloud Nine. The roll-out event, held last week, was a significant milestone, showcasing the city's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and embracing innovative technology for public transportation. Carol Henderson, the Deputy Executive Director for Intergovernmental and Outreach at the Broward MPO, was there to support this landmark occasion. Her participation underscores the importance of collaboration between governmental bodies in achieving sustainable urban development goals. 


Cloud Nine is not just a win for the environment but also for the community, promising a cleaner, quieter, and more efficient ride for the residents of Hallandale Beach and Broward County at large. The investment in electric buses marks a crucial step towards creating a modern, sustainable public transport system that could serve as a model for cities nationwide.  The City of Hallandale Beach, with the support of the Broward MPO, has demonstrated exemplary leadership in moving towards a greener future. We congratulate them on this impressive achievement and look forward to witnessing the positive impacts Cloud Nine will have on the city’s transportation system and environmental health. 

Broward MPO to Host Public Meeting for

Hollywood Boulevard Resiliency Study

Broward MPO Transportation Academy Wraps Up Another Successful Session

The Transportation Academy has successfully concluded its third session, focusing on federal and state funding intricacies, opportunities, and restrictions. Participants enjoyed presentations by Todd Brauer from the Whitehouse Group, Peter Gies from the Broward MPO and Lowell Clary from Clary Consulting Company. Attendees posed insightful questions and contributed to engaging discussions on the nuances of funding, exploring trade-offs, program allocations, and project financing. The group also embraced interactive activities such as Financial Feud, adapted from Family Feud, and The Funding Games, where players negotiated and compromised to secure project funding. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the next module!

FHWA Releases Report Featuring

Broward MPO Case Study 

The Broward MPO’s Transportation Planning Equity Assessment  was developed in 2018 to more consistently and comprehensively evaluate the MPO’s plans and programs in conjunction with Federal Environmental Justice and Title VI regulations. The Assessment, now considered a best practice, has been showcased at many state and national conferences and incorporated into most of the MPO’s plans, programs, and public outreach efforts. The Assessment is regularly updated using the latest data from the Census Bureau and a new, public-friendly webpage has been developed in an effort to help get the word out. After participating in a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) equity survey and subsequent interviews to discuss the Assessment and the role it plays in addressing equity, it was determined that the MPO and its Assessment would be featured as a case study in an FHWA/USDOT publication titled “Using GIS to Advance Transportation Equity and Address Disadvantages.” This document has since been published and is available here. We are thrilled by this opportunity to shine a spotlight on the Assessment and share it with a wider audience. For any questions related to the MPO’s Transportation Planning Equity Assessment, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 

Listen to the Latest Episode of the

MPO’s Podcast Featuring Alan Hooper 

The latest episode of the Broward MPO’s award-winning “Let's Talk Transportation” podcast delves into a dialogue with Alan Hooper, Fort Lauderdale native and influential figure in urban development. Recognized with the MPO's 2024 Visionary Award, Hooper's contributions through projects like Avenue Lofts and Flagler Village have notably reshaped the city's landscape. Their discussion highlights the pivotal role of transportation in community enhancement and offers insights into Fort Lauderdale's evolving future. Sharing roots in both their hometown and Florida State University, the conversation uncovers the inspiration behind Hooper's pioneering endeavors, drawing parallels to urban designs influenced by cities like New York and Tallahassee. Emphasizing patience in development, they also discuss the critical elements of street connectivity and pedestrian-friendly environments in fostering vibrant, livable urban spaces. 


Join the Broward MPO at Coral Springs EarthFest

The Broward MPO team is excited to be a part of the Coral Springs EarthFest celebration on April 27. This event is dedicated to celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day, emphasizing sustainability and environmental stewardship. EarthFest visitors will have the chance to interact with the MPO team and learn about our initiatives to enhance transportation and reduce environmental impact within the Broward County region. This event aligns perfectly with the MPO's mission to create a more sustainable and efficient transportation network, fostering community involvement and awareness. Don't miss the chance to join the MPO at this impactful community event. 


National Work Zone Awareness Week Starts Today

Let's make Florida's roads safer together! This National Work Zone Awareness Week, here's a friendly reminder to slow down in work zones for the safety of our hardworking crews and yourself. Did you know that from 2020 to 2023, Florida tragically saw 293 work zone fatalities? Let's all do our part to prevent further tragedies. Click here to join the campaign.

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