Traffic Engineering and Operations Office
SunTrax is a large-scale, state-of-the-art facility being developed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) dedicated to the research, development and testing of tolling and emerging transportation technologies in safe and controlled environments.
SunTrax is a key member of the Central Florida Automated Vehicle (AV) Partnership, which is one of the ten U.S. Department of Transportation-designated AV proving grounds in the nation. The partnership is committed to advancing and sharing AV technology that improves mobility and transportation safety, and includes other key members such as Florida Polytechnic University, NASA, the City of Orlando, University of Central Florida, and several other universities and Central Florida government agencies..
Construction of this 475-acre facility is taking place in two phases. Phase 1, which includes the construction of a 2.25-mile oval track with 70 mph design speed, 5-lane mile-long straightaways and four free-flow toll gantries, broke ground in June 2017 and is expected to be operational by spring 2019.
Slated to be complete by spring 2021, Phase 2 of SunTrax will build areas in the 200-acre infield to test and develop connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technologies, and will feature various segmented testing environments including:
- • An urban area to simulate intersection configurations and complex lighting, signing, and signalization conditions,
- • A roadway geometry track made up of complex horizontal and vertical curves, plus irregular grade changes, and
- • A pick-up/drop-off area to replicate various multi-modal passenger transfers, such as airports and transit centers.