After a contentious start and little support from the Governor’s Office, agreement reached on Sunrail funding during Dec. 2010 Special Legislative Session. Construction has been initiated for Phase one of two phases for 61 mile system and it will be operation in 2012. Funding is split between the feds (50%), the state (25%) and local governments (25%).
The Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) has developed a transportation master plan for the seven country area. It proposal a regional multimodal transportation vision that includes significant rail development in its mid and long term network. The long term (2050) network envisions 115 miles of long distance or commuter rail. Additionally, Hillsborough Transit (Tampa) is conducting an alternatives analysis for two corridors that includes an evaluation of enhanced bus, BRT and light rail. A local one penny sales tax to help fund the system failed a referendum last year.
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority completed a feasibility study for commuter rail in 2009. The study screened seven service corridors and narrowed them to three preferred service corridors. These connect downtown Jacksonville to the town of Yulee to the north in Nassau County, St. Augustine to the southeast and Green Cove Springs to the southwest. All routes are along existing FEC and CSX rail lines. This study concluded that commuter rail is feasible for this emerging area. In addition to commuter rail, JTA is looking at BRT, streetcars and waterborne transit.
ULI in Action on Transportation and Infrastructure: A Catalyst for Sustainable and Competitive Regions (Debbie Orshefsky) - ULI Fall Meeting - 102611
The Curtis Project in Florida Connecting Florida Partnership led by ULI SE FL/Caribbean that included all five District Councils in Florida. Committed to the integration of land use and transportation, including increased transit connectivity. Advocacy and outreach effort. State and metropolitan levels. Outreach tools: major report, briefing paper, legislative mailings, web presence, programs co- sponsored with transportation agencies, and informal speaker’s bureau.
The Curtis Project in Florida Partnerships District Councils: ULI Southeast FL/Caribbean, ULI Central FL, ULI Tampa Bay, ULI Southwest FL, and ULI North FL. State-level outreach: legislature and key agencies. Metro-level outreach: metropolitan planning organizations, regional planning commissions, regional transportation authorities, local transit providers, and local governments.
The Curtis Project in Florida Outcomes and Results State Level: educational outreach to legislators and officials timed for maximum impact. Special session of the state legislature on commuter rail (December 2009). New session of state legislature after contentious elections, including on transit (March 2011). Metropolitan Level Programs in each metropolitan region touching 1000+ individuals. Go-to Resource on Transportation, Land Use, and Economic Development Speakers, briefings and materials available at the request of state and metropolitan officials and interest groups. New Partnerships Regional transportation and economic development organizations representing both the public and private sectors.
The Curtis Project in Florida Sunrail – Central Florida 61 miles Phase I – DeBary to Sand Lake Rd. Construction 2011 Operational 2013 Phase II – Sand Lake Rd. to Poinciana (south) and DeBary to Deland (north) Construction 2012 Operational 2014
The Curtis Project in Florida TBARTA – Tampa Bay Area –Regional Plans call for new rail and bus transit, express bus, and special lanes for buses and carpools. –Systems designed to link key employment and population centers throughout the Region - downtowns, suburban centers, and key educational and cultural destinations.
The Curtis Project in Florida Jacksonville • Feasibility Study – July 2009 • Examined 7 service corridors • Identified 3 preferred service corridors identified • Long Range Plans
The Curtis Project in FloridaSoutheast Florida - Miami Dade, Browardand Palm Beach Counties Operates on shared track with freight trains Four services integrated with Tri-Rail Mix of express and local service 15 minute headway (peak), 30 minute headway (off-peak) Running time 2:05 hrs Up to 52 potential stationsRidership 59,000 daily by 2030 - FEC only – 38,500 - TriRail only – 11,000 - FEC/TriRail integrated – 9,700Ridership:
The Curtis Project in Florida Next Steps Each District Council working with own transportation and land use decision makers Continued advocacy for public transportation choices at state level Working closely at regional level for better planning and ties to land use decisions Planning a statewide conference for June 2012 focusing on importance of regional actions