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Overview


The Office of Freight, Logistics, and Passenger Operations, in coordination with other departments within the Florida Department of Transportation and participating organizations and agencies, welcomes your involvement in the development of the Freight Mobility and Trade Plan.

The Freight Mobility and Trade Plan, FMTP for short, seeks to define policies and investments that will enhance Florida’s economic development efforts into the future. Without your involvement, this plan will not achieve the degree of success necessary for that enhancement.

Background


Approved on April 27, 2012 by signature of Governor Richard L. Scott, Florida House Bill 599 requires the Florida Department of Transportation to develop the Freight Mobility and Trade Plan. The goals for the creation of the plan are:

  • Increasing the flow of domestic and international trade through the state's seaports and airports, including specific policies and investments that will recapture cargo currently shipped through seaports and airports located outside the state
  • Increasing the development of intermodal logistic centers in the state, including specific strategies, policies, and investments that capitalize on the state’s empty backhaul trucking and rail market
  • Increasing the development of manufacturing industries in the state, including specific policies and investments in transportation facilities that will promote the successful development and expansion of manufacturing facilities
  • Increasing the implementation of compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), andpropane energy policies that reduce transportation costs for businesses and residents located in the state
The full text and history of HB599 is available by clicking here.

Map-21, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (P.L. 112-141), was signed into law by President Obama on July, 6 2012. Funding surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014, MAP-21 is the first long-term highway authorization enacted since 2005. MAP-21 recommended that states develop state freight plans, including these required elements to qualify for an increased freight project funding percentage:
  • Identify trends, needs and issues
  • Describe policies, strategies and performance measures to guide investment decisions
  • Describe how the plan will improve state ability to meet national freight goals
  • Consider innovative technologies and operational strategies
  • Describe improvements required to reduce deterioration of heavy truck routes
  • Provide an inventory of facilities with freight mobility issues and strategies to address those issues.

 The full text and history of MAP- 21 is available by clicking here




The Freight Mobility and Trade Plan is being developed in two phases.  The Policy Element was adopted on June 19, 2013 and The Investment Element is currently in development:

Supported by the Office of Freight Logistics and Passenger Operations
Florida Department of Transportation.