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Each year, the Broward MPO Board adopts the Federal and State Legislative Priorities list. This document guides the MPO’s political engagement efforts in both Tallahassee and Washington. The MPO actively participates with both national and state advocacy organizations such as the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), Transportation For America, and the MPO Advisory Council (MPOAC) to advocate for additional funding to help advance the transportation goals of the MPO and the entire Broward region. As the new administration is sworn into office in 2017, this page will have additional information, particularly if Congress passes a new federal infrastructure bill.

FAST Act

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) into law. The FAST Act is the first multi-year transportation bill passed by Congress in over a decade, and includes increases in funding for several programs vital to the Broward MPO and its mission. This increased funding (in the form of both grants and formula funding) will allow the MPO to plan additional projects to help keep Broward moving. Please click below for more information on the FAST Act.

State of Florida Legislative Updates

The Broward MPO engages with state and local partners to further the MPO Board's goals of "Moving People, Creating Jobs, and Strengthening Communities," at the state level in Tallahassee. The Florida MPO Advisory Committee (MPOAC) provides weekly updates on transportation related bills in the Florida legislature. Please click on the links below for more information.

2017 Budget/Wave Streetcar

President Obama's fiscal year 2017 budget includes $11 million dollars in funding for the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Wave Streetcar. Click here to view a summary of the budget, and click here to view the list of FTA grant fundees, including the Wave Steetcar.

The 2017 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill finalized the $11.01 million dollars of FTA money for the Wave Streetcar.

Federal Advocacy/Local Contribution Funding

When the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) legislation was authorized in 2012, the State of Florida and the Broward Region saw a substantial reduction in Surface Transportation Funding while other metropolitan regions around the Nation saw funding increases. This prompted the MPO Board to seek options that address the funding shortfall while remaining a competitive MPO in the region. In June 2013, the MPO Board approved an optional five cent per capita local contribution to use for Board approved advocacy purposes.

Using the proceeds from this optional local contribution, the MPO entered into an agreement with Holland and Knight, LLP in January of 2014 to provide State and Federal Advocacy Service to the Broward MPO for the Broward urbanized area and the South Florida region in Washington D.C. and in Tallahassee. Holland and Knight was directed to advocate for additional discretionary and formula based funding to further the Boards goals to “move people, create jobs and strengthen communities.” The Holland and Knight team, in conjunction with the Broward MPO, has been working diligently to advance these goals and generate support for enhanced Federal and State funds for transportation projects within our Member Governments. The team has been providing monthly legislative briefings to the MPO Board's Executive Committee, in addition to providing written monthly reports. These monthly reports can be found at the links below.

For More Information

Please contact Daniel Knickelbein at (954) 876-0053 or knickelbeind@browardmpo.org to learn more about the Broward MPO and what they are working on in your community.