For Immediate Release
August 07, 2021
ICYMI: FDOT Receives the 2021 Transportation Achievement Award
SunTrax recognized in TSMO Category for Achievement
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT), Florida Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) has received a 2021 Transportation Achievement Award for SunTrax by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).
The ITE’s Transportation Achievement Awards recognize excellence in the advancement of transportation. SunTrax was recognized in the Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) category for the state-of-the-art facility, which is dedicated to the research, development, and testing of Florida’s tolling as well as other emerging transportation technologies.
“The ITE recognition of SunTrax is an honor and underscores the importance of the research and testing being done at the SunTrax facility,” said FDOT Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, P.E. “Part of the vision for SunTrax is to optimize future technologies that will improve safety within the existing infrastructure, which will lead to a better transportation system. The department is honored to receive the 2021 Institute of Transportation Engineers Transportation Achievement Award.”
The 2.25-mile-long oval testing track sits on a 475-acre facility located between Tampa and Orlando. The SunTrax facility features a multi-lane reversible oval track to test numerous technologies simultaneously and replicates typical Florida highway conditions, with a design speed of 70 mph. The first phase of construction included the infrastructure needed for FTE to perform testing of both current and future toll technologies.
For more information on the SunTrax Transportation Achievement Award, view the 2021 Award Recipient here.
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The Florida Department of Transportation’s mission is to provide a safe transportation system that ensures the mobility of people and goods, enhances economic prosperity and preserves the quality of the state’s environment and communities. The department is committed to building a transportation system that not only fits the current needs of Florida’s residents and visitors but also enhances mobility throughout the state to accommodate its consistent and rapid growth. The unique nature of the Sunshine State and its year-round warm climate provides numerous opportunities to achieve the department’s mission through multiple transportation modes including highways/streets, air, rail, sea, spaceports, transit, and the ever-expanding deployment of bicycle & pedestrian facilities.