The Orlando Transportation 2030 report calls for action in seven priority areas over the next decade.
Orlando, Fla. – Today, the Orlando Economic Partnership (the Partnership) and its Alliance for Regional Transportation (ART), which comprises of key business leaders from around the region, released the Orlando Transportation 2030 Report, outlining a blueprint for the region’s transportation future.
The report, which takes into account current trends and disruptions facing the region, key mobility challenges and opportunities, and successful practices both within Central Florida and nationwide, outlines seven regional priorities to move Orlando’s transportation system forward along with what must be done to achieve them.
Adopted by the Partnership Board of Directors, the seven priorities to guide regional action over the next decade include:
- Build out and speed up regional transit systems to achieve a dramatic increase in access to jobs, education, health care, attractions, and services using public and private mobility solutions.
- Transform all of Interstate 4 (I-4) by adding capacity and incorporating emerging technologies and design techniques, allowing our region’s ‘main corridor’ to achieve the highest levels of safety, efficiency, and reliability.
- Improve east-west connectivity between key locations throughout Central Florida to support commuting, visitor, and supply chain needs and better integrate our diverse region.
- Strengthen Central Florida’s global gateways for air, space, sea, rail, and highway transportation to support further growth in trade and visitor activity.
- Lead in transportation innovation including automated, connected, electric, and shared vehicle technologies.
- Empower a regional transportation authority to oversee expansion, management, and operations of regional public transit systems.
- Invest boldly in a shared regional vision for transportation to support thriving communities and a globally competitive economy.
“We must reimagine and reinvent transportation in Central Florida for the 21 Century.”Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
“Achieving these transportation priorities will enhance the safety and security of our transportation system; ensure more equitable access to jobs, schools, and health care for Central Floridians; and increase the competitiveness of our businesses—positioning Orlando for continued prosperity through 2030 and beyond,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.
The Partnership and ART developed the blueprint in the report to guide local, regional, state, and federal leaders as they plan the region’s transportation future. This blueprint provides overall strategic direction, with the expectation that priorities and actions will be refined on an ongoing basis.
“From highway to rail corridors, airports to spaceports, Orlando’s extensive transportation network has long provided a foundation for economic growth,” said Sean DeMartino, ART board member, past chair of the Partnership and President of the North and Central Florida Coastal Construction Company. “However, rising congestion, heightened safety concerns, and increasing costs to households and businesses threaten the region’s future. The transportation system does not consistently provide efficient and reliable access to jobs, education, health care, and other services that residents of all ages and abilities in all parts of the region need to thrive.”
A 10-member workgroup representing major employers and members of the ART Executive Committee directed this effort and received input from leadership of regional agencies, including the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 5, MetroPlan Orlando, the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX), and the Central Florida Expressway Authority.
“With our growth comes great responsibility to make critical decisions today that ensure we can finance and provide the right infrastructure for tomorrow.”Tim Giuliani, Partnership president and CEO
“As the region’s economic and community development organization, the Orlando Economic Partnership is focused on finding solutions that advance Broad-Based Prosperity™,” said Tim Giuliani, Partnership president and CEO. “It’s a complicated endeavor that includes tackling difficult issues and leveraging the community’s collective impact to solve. One of those issues is finding smart transportation solutions that make sense for our residents, companies and communities.”
To download the Orlando Transportation 2030 Report, visit Orlando.org/art. For more information on the Alliance for Regional Transportation or the 2030 Report, please contact Laureen.Martinez@Orlando.org or at 407-242-3982.
About the Alliance for Regional Transportation
The Alliance for Regional Transportation (ART) supports private and public projects that help to build more vibrant and sustainable communities, contribute to our global competitiveness, create high wage jobs and increase prosperity for all families living, working and learning in the Orlando region. For more information, visit www.Orlando.org/art