The Center for Urban Transportation Research conducted a review of each of Florida's 25 metropolitan planning organization (MPO) long-range transportation plans and the state's 2020 Florida Transportation Plan (FTP) to compare the policy directions of the documents and suggest areas for consideration and inclusion in future plan updates. Each of the 25 MPO long-range plans was reviewed, and telephone interviews were conducted with each of the MPO executive directors or designated staff members. Following the interviews, the plans were reexamined to determine the extent to which the issues or problems stated in the interviews were described in the plans. Common concerns included funding shortfalls, determining innovative financing strategies, involving the public, maintaining a mobility/livability balance, and air quality conformance. Many of the regions also identified the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, the consideration of alternative land use scenarios, differences in project selection criteria, and intergovernmental coordination as other areas of importance during plan development. The study offered suggestions to improve integration of the various MPO plans with the FTP and to improve MPO long-range plans, including placing greater emphasis on policy tradeoffs and less reliance on transportation planning models; applying the principles of strategic planning to the transportation planning process; and incorporating a strong visioning process. Additional recommendations include incorporating current issues and problems into the long-range plans; streamlining the reporting of performance measures; standardizing when plans are updated and how costs and revenues are reported; and reporting financial information by responsible agency and facility type.


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  • Accession Number: 00770205
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Publication No. CD-006
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 15 1999 12:00AM