Freight & Logistics Planning Program
Miami-Dade County has an economy dominated by tourism, international trade, agriculture and mining, and natural resources. PortMiami is one of the largest container ports in Florida and is known as the cruise capital of world, Miami International Airport handles almost 80 percent of Florida’s air cargo and is one of the busiest cargo airports in world, and the Miami River, an emerging SIS waterway, provides key niche waterborne cargo services to smaller ports in the Caribbean Basin and supports an active industrial core along the river corridor. Two railroads serve the region connecting South Florida to the rest of North America, providing intermodal and carload services, and a well established network of roadways provide regional mobility as well as gateways to Florida and more distant hinterland markets. These transportation facilities complement a mature warehouse/distribution center and international banking and brokerage infrastructure that combined facilitate international trade activities.
Miami-Dade County Freight Plan
Miami-Dade County is home to a well-established and expanding freight transportation system. This system serves as the cornerstone of the region’s economy, providing goods and services to Florida’s largest consumption market as well as connecting the region to the global economy through major sea and air gateways, taking into account emerging and future technologies. The Freight Plan was recently updated in June 2018.
- Miami-Dade Freight Plan Update, June 2018
- Miami-Dade Freight Logistics Zone Designation Strategic Plan, June 2018
South Florida Regional Freight Plan
Southeast Florida has been actively engaged in freight transportation planning since 1996. The Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) was the first MPO in the state to complete a freight plan. The Broward and Palm Beach MPOs followed suit in 2003 and 2006 respectively. Building on these efforts, the three MPOs, in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), developed and adopted their first regional freight plan for Southeast Florida in 2010.
Statewide Freight Mobility and Trade Plan
Approved on April 27, 2012, Florida House Bill 599 requires the Florida Department of Transportation to develop the Freight Mobility and Trade Plan. The FMTP defines policies and investments that will enhance Florida’s economic development efforts into the future. The Freight Mobility and Trade Plan is complete! The Policy Element was adopted June 2013 and the Investment Element was adopted September 2014.
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