Current Projects - Freight

The Broward MPO is working with our partners in the region to improve the movement of freight and goods in Southeast Florida.

Economic Impact

The economic impact of freight and goods in Southeast Florida is tremendous. According to the 2014 Southeast Florida Regional Freight Plan, the freight industry is directly responsible for 278,000 jobs in Southeast Florida, with an average annual salary of $69,000. Overall, the freight industry has a $55 billion dollar impact on Southeast Florida's economy.

2018 INFRA Grant

The Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, in coordination with Port Everglades, is applying for a Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to leverage existing local and state funds to construct the Intermodal Freight Connector Project. The INFRA program is a new program in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act to fund critical freight and highway projects across the country.

The Intermodal Freight Connector Project calls for the extension of an existing turning notch to add up to five additional berths at the Port, the purchase of super post-Panamax container gantry cranes, the renovation of dock infrastructure (including a switchgear building), and state-of-the-art environmentally friendly bulkheads. These activities will complement the recent Florida East Coast Railway investment in an on-port Intermodal Container Transfer Facility, the Florida Department of Transportation Eller Drive Grade Separation Project, which separates truck and rail traffic serving Port Everglades’ Southport container complex, and the larger deepening and widening project, which will help the port to continue to accommodate post-Panamax cargo vessels, which call at the port today.

Broward MPO Freight Transportation Advisory Committee (FTAC)

For a link to the Broward MPO Freight Transportation Advisory Committee webpage, CLICK HERE

Intermodal Freight Planning

Improving the efficient movement of freight and goods in Southeast Florida also requires considering the transfers of freight and goods between different modes of transportation---air, sea, rail, and road. These transfers between modes occur at intermodal facilities such as airports, seaports, freight rail terminals, and major trucks terminals. In 2014, Port Everglades in partnership with the Florida East Coast Railway completed a $53 million dollar Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) that will help transfer international and domestic shipments between ship and rail. The completion of this facility has increased traffic at Port Everglades by 26 percent.

Coordination/Partnerships

Effective freight and goods movement and intermodal freight planning involves the coordination and collaboration of many agencies. The Broward MPO works with partners in all three Southeast Florida counties to ensure the quick and efficient movement of goods in the region. The 2014 Southeast Florida Regional Freight Plan was completed with input from all three area MPOs (Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach), all three ports (PortMiami, Port Everglades, and Port of Palm Beach), all three area airports, the Florida Department of Transportation, and private industry.

The Broward MPO's freight partners include:

MPOAC Freight Advisory Committee

MPO Executive Director Gregory Stuart chairs the Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council (MPOAC) Freight Advisory Council, whose mission is to serve as the clearinghouse for all Florida MPOs and support regional freight planning efforts. The MPOAC Freight Advisory Council is made up of representatives from MPOs from across the state of Florida, and promotes the quick and efficient movement of goods throughout the state. For more information on the MPOAC Freight Advisory Council, visit: http://www.mpoac.org/freightpage/index.shtml

What's Next?

  • Plans to dredge the main Port Everglades navigational channels from 42 to 48 feet continue. This dredging would allow the arrival of larger ships that will travel through the expanded Panama Canal. For more information on the dredging of Port Everglades, please visit: http://www.porteverglades.net/expansion/harbor-improvements/
  • PortMiami  recently completed its deep dredge and is now the only major logistics hub south of Virginia capable of handling fully laden post-Panamax vessels.  For more information on the PortMiami dredging, please visit: http://www.miamidade.gov/portmiami/deep-dredge.asp

For More Information

Please contact Paul Flavien at flavienp@browardmpo.org or (954) 876-0045 to learn more about the Broward MPO and what they are working on in your community.