Goals and Objectives
The Florida Transportation Plan (FTP) is the single overarching plan guiding Florida's transportation future. Updated every five years, the FTP is a collaborative effort of state, regional, and local transportation partners in the public and private sectors. The FMTP includes the integration of the FDOT modal plans and studies into a cohesive Freight Mobility and Trade Plan that is focused on supporting the Florida Transportation Plan’s goals and federal freight goals.
The FMTP objectives were developed by examining goals and objectives from the FTP, FDOT Modal Plans, partner agency plans, as well as by incorporating feedback provided by the FLFAC. This crosswalk ensured that the FMTP objectives reflect Florida’s collective freight vision and set the stage for collaborative implementation of the FMTP recommendations.
Outreach - Our inclusive engagement process involved soliciting feedback from the freight community - private sector stakeholders in the shipping and manufacturing industries, to business executives and public sector leaders, to the general public.
- Several Florida Freight Advisory Committee meetings focused on the FMTP update to gain targeted industry input during the plan development process - click here for details!
- A Project Advisory Committee (PAC) was assembled to represent FDOT offices related to freight, provide guidance on the development of the plan, and help validate the results.
- We received local feedback in each of FDOT's 7 districts during a series of Regional Freight Forums - this input is woven into the draft plan documents above, and is summarized here!
Technical Analysis – Data-driven analysis was key to highlighting successes and gaps in Florida’s freight system. The analysis for the FMTP involved examining networks, assets, commodities, and performance measures. A total of 17 performance measures were examined from a host of available datasets, including a few federally required measures such as combination truck hours of delay and truck travel time reliability.
Emerging Industry Trends – The evolution of freight transportation is largely shaped by trends in demographics, consumer behavior, economics, regulations, and technological advances. New trends can create new challenges or unique barriers, which is why the FMTP analysis included anticipated future impacts based on our stakeholder feedback and industry research. One important emerging freight trend is the rise in connected and automated vehicle (CAV) and electric vehicle (EV) technology, and the plan highlights how technology can be a capacity multiplier in this arena.
Recommendations and Action Items
Recommendations for action are aligned with the FMTP objectives. Five recommendations have been developed for each FMTP objective based on technical analysis results, capturing stakeholder input, and considering emerging market trends and opportunities. These are documented in the Freight Mobility and Trade Plan Chapter 9.
The Action Items are organized into an implementation plan with a timeline based on short-term (less than 2 years), medium-term (3-5 years), long-term (5+ years) and continuous horizons. These are documented in the Freight Mobility and Trade Plan Chapter 10.