District 1, with a land area of nearly 12,000 square miles, represents 12 counties in Southwestern Florida. Its 2,674,500 residents contribute to the 34.7 million miles traveled daily on its state highways.
FDOT provides capital and operating assistance to nine public transit systems, six of which are major with 291 passenger vehicles in District One. In addition, there are 124 private-use airports, 27 public airports, five major rail lines, and one deep-water port in operation.
The District has one deep-water seaport in operation, also a SIS hub, which receives state grant funds from the Seaports and Intermodal programs. District One is served by 5 Railroad Companies (CSX, Evansville Western Railway, Fla Midland, South Central Fla Express, Seminole Gulf Railway), 2 excursion trains (Murder Mystery – Seminole Gulf and Florida Railroad, Parrish).
The District now has one true intermodal logistics center called Central Florida Intermodal Logistics Center with freight movements by Rail (CSX & Evansville Western Railway) and Truck located in Winter Haven, Florida. Most of the Rail lines are either designated “Strategic Intermodal System” or an “Emerging Strategic Intermodal System”.
IT’S HERE!! Yes, what you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived! The District One Freight Mobility & Trade Plan (FMTP) is published and available for viewing. The origin of this FMTP can be traced back to the fall of 2013 with the approval of the Florida Freight Mobility and Trade Plan Policy Element – a key implementation action of which was the creation of the District Freight Coordinators (DFC) in each of FDOT’s seven districts. One of the primary functions of the DFC is to coordinate with economic development agencies, MPO/TPOs, the private sector, and other stakeholders to ensure a united front in freight and multimodal transportation improvements. Having a plan to guide all these efforts is a critical element in making that happen.
The District One Freight Mobility & Trade Study (FMTS), completed in August 2015, defined an integrated and connected regional freight transportation network, identified freight investment priorities to sustain growth in the region, and may be used to support requests for federal and state funding for enhancements or improvements to the existing regional freight network.
A recurring question during stakeholder interviews and outreach conducted as part of the FMTS referred to what we were going to do with all the information collected and the findings/recommendations. We used that information as the starting point to create the District One FMTP. In this FMTP there are four key components. The first is an Executive Summary of the plan’s entirety. The second is a Freight and Logistics Overview Guide summarizing the freight and logistics infrastructure and operational footprint in District One. The third component is the Implementation Guide containing strategies, objectives, action items and example projects to guide us along the path to improving freight mobility in the district. The fourth and final component is a User’s Resource Guide containing personnel contact information, links to freight-related documents and policies, a reference list to various offices and policies, and a glossary of terms for freight transportation and logistics.
The District One FMTP is flexible and dynamic, and can be modified as required for the changing landscape in the region. It is a partner product to the District FMTS in many respects, but does not contain specific construction or maintenance projects intended for the FDOT Work Program like the State FMTP Investment Element. The District FMTP, like the study before it is to be used as a guide for planners and engineers in the consideration of freight and logistics matters for future transportation plans and operational improvements. As such, the primary intent of the District Freight Mobility and Trade Plan is to help Tell the Freight Story, Develop a Plan, and Sell the Story and Plan of freight and logistics in District One.