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Jesús Fuentes and Vane Christiansen Join Alta
Jesús Fuentes, PE Joins Alta as Senior Associate Engineer in Florida

Jesús Fuentes, PE has joined Alta as Senior Associate Engineer in our West Palm Beach office. Jesús is a detail-oriented civil engineer with more than 17 years of experience in the South Florida region. He has been involved in the inspection, administration, and completion of several transportation projects for FDOT, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, and the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority. He is also a mass transit, Complete Streets, and Vision Zero advocate working to create more accessible, walkable, and bikeable places. Under his management as part of the Broward MPO and Palm Beach TPA regional mobility plans, his teams have implemented more than eight miles of buffered bicycle lanes, 11 miles of shared use pathways, 17 miles of conventional bicycle lanes, and 6.7 miles of bikeways on low-volume streets.
Vane Christiansen Joins Alta as Senior Planner in Florida

We are also excited to share that Vane Christiansen has joined Alta as Senior Planner in our West Palm Beach office. Vane is a planner with over five years of industry experience in private and public sectors. Vane graduated from Florida State University with a Master of Science in Planning, and a focus on active transportation. Prior to joining Alta, they served as the Regional Market Manager for the Zagster (now Superpedestrian) micromobility pilot program in Tallahassee, establishing the first bike share in Florida’s capital. Most recently, they served as the Florida Manager for the East Coast Greenway Alliance where they organized the 2020 Southeast Greenways and Trails Summit and led the 2021 update of the Design Guide.

Please join us in welcoming them both to the Alta team! Contact Jesús and Vane to learn more about what Alta can do for you today.
Alta's Florida Team Makes an Impact
Alta assisted Collier County, FL in winning a $13 million TIGER grant for the Complete Streets Initiative in Immokalee. The funds will help design and build a connected system of sidewalks, bike boulevards, and access to transit improvements that will enhance the community, which is largely dependent on non-vehicle transportation. In 2021, Alta was selected as part of the design-build team to implement the improvements.
 
One of the first projects of its kind in West Palm Beach, the Datura and Evernia Streetscape project creates a long-term vision for streets and public spaces. Alta is leading the development of short- and long-term strategies to enhance Downtown residential life, support regional commerce, and enliven public life. The community-driven design process included a virtual charrette, a project website, a four-day online workshop using Facebook Live, YouTube, and Zoom to host community meetings, virtual stakeholder meetings, and an interactive online survey to collect community input.
Alta is part of a team studying the feasibility of a 12-mile rail trail connecting Bonita Springs to Estero. The trail will provide recreational opportunities and enhance economic opportunities in northern Collier County. Alta is leading alternatives determination and analysis, selection of a Preferred Alignment, and conceptual design, along with other aspects. 
In an effort to accelerate implementing bike infrastructure due to increasing demand, the City of Miami Beach hired Alta to provide an assessment of its Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for updates that would help it become a "premier biking city". Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Santa Monica, CA and Cambridge, MA were some of the cities Alta provided insights on.
Founded in 1996, Alta pioneered the field of active transportation. Since then, we've evolved our planning, design, engineering, and education/encouragement work into a visionary global practice that empowers people to live active, healthy lives and gets them to where they need to go. Want to know more? Stay in touch below. 
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