Overview


The accessibility study focuses on access to jobs, the most significant non-home travel destination. Accessibility refers to the ease of reaching valued destinations. It combines the simpler metric of mobility with the understanding that travel is driven by a desire to reach destinations.

These reports present the results of an evaluation of accessibility to jobs by auto, transit and bicycle throughout the state of Florida. Each report includes accessibility results by state and by metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and a brief methodology section that illustrates the methods used in conducting the study. Accessibility is calculated at the Census block level by computing the travel time from each block to surrounding blocks, and then adding up the total number of jobs that can be reached within different travel time thresholds. This process is repeated for every block within the state of Florida, and the results are aggregated to provide accessibility summaries for each county, and the jurisdiction of each MPO, within the state.

For the auto accessibility study, the impact of traffic congestion on job accessibility is also estimated by comparing accessibility during congested periods with accessibility during free-flow periods. This congestion impact metric shows the reduction in job access that travelers experience when congestion reduces road and highway speeds.

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*Note of caution: Comparisons of 2017 results with 2016 and 2015 results are discouraged due to methodology change by the data vendor.
For further information contact Monica Zhong or phone (850) 414-4808