Florida's population ranked tenth in the nation in 1960. In 1988 it ranks fourth. Over 12 million people reside in Florida today, and that figure is expected to rise to 15 million by 2000 and to pass 19 million by 2020. This paper examines the causes and nature of this growth, its impacts, and the Florida response. The Florida response has included growth management legislation, using transportation as a growth management tool, high-speed rail legislation, and infrastructure funding. The 1988 Strategic Transportation Plan identifies bold, aggressive strategies, numerous reforms, and calls for a greatly expanded state highway system, improvements to public transportation systems throughout the state, and expansion and extension of Florida's Turnpike. The Strategic Transportation Plan identifies needs over a 20-year planning horizon and documents near-term goals that must be accomplished. The most significant near-term goals are to improve productivity, increase efficiency, and establish and improve partnerships with local governments. On May 25, 1988, the Task Force on Urban Growth Patterns was created, with the mission to facilitate implementation of the State Comprehensive Plan. This Plan has a guiding philosophy of managing growth that advocates the use of infrastructure investments to direct growth in ways that will protect and improve the quality of life. It advocates a number of policies to coordinate land use, transportation, and other public facility planning to promote "more desirable" development patterns. Particular emphasis is placed on the use of multimodal transportation investments to promote compact, high-density development.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 394-413
  • Monograph Title: A LOOK AHEAD: YEAR 2020
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00486292
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0-309-04702-1
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-040 656
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1989 12:00AM