Florida Governor Rick Scott signs Executive Order authorizing the East Central Florida Corridor Task Force.
Welcome to Florida’s Future Corridors Initiative
The Future Corridors initiative is a cooperative effort between FDOT and statewide, regional, and local partners to envision and plan the future of Florida’s major statewide transportation corridors over the next 50 years.
This web site will help you learn more about this process, stay current on news and events, and become involved in this exciting effort.
About the Initiative
What is the Future Corridors Initiative?
The Future Corridors initiative is a statewide effort led by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to plan for the future of the major transportation corridors critical to the state’s economic competitiveness and quality of life over the next 50 years. This initiative builds upon the 2060 Florida Transportation Plan and Secretary Prasad’s “Florida’s 21st Century Transportation Vision,” which call for planning a transportation system that maintains our economic competitiveness by meeting today’s transportation needs for moving people and freight as well as our needs for decades to come.
Why Are We Considering Future Statewide Corridors?
In addition to an expected population increase of 37 percent by 2040, it is also anticipated Florida will experience a 44 percent increase in visitors by 2040 and a 39 percent increase in freight tonnage by 2035. This means as a state we need to:
- Better coordinate long-range transportation and development plans and visions to identify and meet a growing demand for moving people and freight.
- Identify long-range solutions that support statewide and regional goals for economic development, quality of life, and environmental stewardship.
- Provide solutions for or alternatives to major highways that already are congested.
- Improve connectivity between Florida and other states and nations and among Florida’s regions to better support economic development opportunities consistent with regional visions and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Strategic Plan for Economic Development.
What Types Of Corridors Are We Planning?
A statewide transportation corridor is one that connects Florida to other states or connects broad regions within Florida, generally by high-speed, high-capacity transportation facilities such as interstate highways or other limited-access roadways, major rail lines, and major waterways. These corridors may also involve multiple modes of transportation as well as other linear infrastructure such as pipelines and telecommunications or utility transmission lines.
This initiative focuses on two approaches to plan for future corridors:
- Transforming existing facilities in a corridor to serve a new function, such as adding tolled express lanes, truck-only lanes, or bus rapid transit systems to an existing highway, or adding passenger service to an existing freight rail line.
- Identifying study areas for potential new parallel facilities to provide alternatives to existing congested highways or potential new corridors for multimodal facilities in regions not well served by statewide corridors today.
When Will Future Corridors Be Developed?
FDOT will be conducting Concept studies on priority study areas in 2012 and 2013. The intent is to develop a long-range framework to guide future investment decisions in the study areas over the next 50 years. This strategy can be integrated over time into local and regional transportation, land use, and conservation plans. Evaluation and Project Development studies will be scheduled on specific segments as needed. Construction on some segments that are of independent utility could move forward in the next few years, while other corridors may not be developed for a few decades.
Who Will Be Involved in Planning and Developing Future Corridors?
As the lead agency for this initiative, FDOT will be working with a full range of statewide, regional, and local partners. A state agency working group, including the Departments of Environmental Protection, Economic Opportunity, Agriculture and Consumer Services, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Federal Highway Administration is guiding the overall initiative. In specific study areas, FDOT will work with a wide range of partners, including environmental organizations, business and economic development organizations, utility providers, local governments, metropolitan planning organizations, regional planning councils, and public and private landowners to better understand how they envision the future of Florida.
Corridor Study Areas
Study areas have been identified where FDOT could explore potential new or transformed corridors. These study areas represent regional pairs not well connected today, or where existing facilities do not have the capacity to support anticipated growth in demand over the next 50 years. The initial study areas include: