Freight Transportation Advisory Committee
The Freight Transportation Advisory Committee (FTAC) is the industry’s advisory panel to the TPO Governing Board on freight movement and truck traffic needs. Aside from advising the TPO, the FTAC considers the types of improvements that should be made with regard to safety and freight efficiency in the county including:
- Improving the turning radii for trucks
- Enhancing access to freight trucks
- Increasing capacity through select road widening projects
- Determining logistics for truck parking/staging
- Modifying access to both seaport cargo and cruise operations in the Port of Miami
- Promoting regular communication among freight businesses, elected officials, and appointed officials
The committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 2:00 PM. Here are the dates for 2019:
- January 8
- February 12
- March 11
- April 8
- May 13
- June 10
- July 8
- August 12
- September 9
- October 14
- November 18 (changed due to Veterans Day)
- Recess in December
Meeting dates above are subject to change. Click here to see current calendar.
The FTAC is comprised of up to 25 private citizens who have been appointed by the TPO Governing Board, one per member. Each FTAC member serves until they are replaced or choose to step down.
In Miami-Dade County, freight comprises rail, truck, air cargo, and sea cargo. Freight is a key aspect of the work performed by the TPO, because it is the essential component to move goods from the producer to the distributor and then to retail centers and consumers.
The county’s freight infrastructure includes Miami International Airport, Port of Miami, and the Miami River. The Port of Miami is considered the largest container port in the state and has been labeled the “cruise capital of the world.” The Miami River is the gateway of cargo services to Caribbean ports. Miami International Airport is one of the largest air cargo hubs in the United States.
As the third largest employment sector in the economy, freight transportation carries a significant economic importance to the county. Easy and accessible mobility is a fundamental characteristic of economic vitality for the region. Aside from supporting the economy through well-paying jobs, freight provides businesses with the advantage of allowing them to be more competitive.
It is for these important reasons the FTAC was created in 2005 to advise the TPO on such matters relating to freight and logistics within the county.
Would you like to join the FTAC or just have questions? Please contact Kevin Walford or call at 305-375-2642.
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