The Broward MPO is striving with our partners at the Florida Department of Transportation District 4, Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and freight carriers to improve the movement of freight and goods. It is our common goal to have this movement maximizes its efficiency’ while limiting the impact of the freight and goods movement on the residents and visitors of Southeast Florida.
Freight and Goods Movement Planning
Freight and goods movement planning is a process of identifying, evaluating, and selecting needed projects and actions that will improve the movement of freights and goods. The Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization has worked continuously over the last several years to develop and maintain a freight and goods movement planning program. This program was initiated in the mid-1990s with an industry outreach activity designed to identify key freight transportation issues.
The Freight and Goods Movement Industry Outreach Initiative was conducted in two phases. The first phase consisted of workshops with management-level representatives from the freight industry. Specific transportation issues emerged from these workshops, along with proposed projects that would immediately benefit the movement of goods in Broward County.
The second Phase of the Outreach Initiative involved surveying commercial truck drivers to gather information on the difficulties they encountered traveling on the roads in Broward County. Drivers also were presented with several questions on the need for a truck stop in Broward County, a need which was identified in the initial phase of the outreach.
Intermodal Freight Planning
Improving the efficient movement of freight and goods in Broward County also requires considering the transfers of freight and goods between the 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.
Intermodal freight planning in Broward County considers:
These considerations and the results of the industry outreach initiative led to the development of a comprehensive freight and goods movement study. The Broward County Freight and Goods Movement Study (FGMS), completed in 2002, is identified as a component of the Broward County Long Range Transportation Plan. The FGMS developed a detailed freight profile for Broward County, including recognition of the importance of freight facilities located in Miami/Dade and Palm Beach Counties.
The freight transportation profile included:
Following the FGMS the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization undertook development of the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) intermodal plan, which was completed in 2003. This project expanded the work completed by the FGMS to look specifically at the use of information technology to improve the safety and mobility of freight operations.
The Intermodal ITS project included:
Subsequent to the completion of the ITS intermodal plan the Broward MPO took the next step in the freight program development, with a specific focus on Port Everglades, the largest single freight hub in Broward County. The Urban Freight/Intermodal Mobility Study, conducted in cooperation with Port Everglades, was completed in 2007.
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The Urban Freight/Intermodal Mobility Study included:
Currently the Broward MPO is undertaking the production of a Regional Freight Plan in cooperation with the Florida Department of Transportation, District 4, and the MPOs to the north and south of Broward County, i.e. Palm Beach and Miami-Dade.
Effective freight and goods movement and intermodal freight planning involves the coordination and collaboration of many partners. Transportation Planning Division staff members serve on the DOT Freight and Goods Movement Committee; the Miami-Dade Freight Transportation Advisory Committee (FTAC); several of the Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) development committees; the South Florida Metropolitan Area Continuing Florida Aviation System Planning Process (CFASPP) Steering Committee; and the South Florida ITS Coalition.
For more information about the Broward MPO’s freight planning efforts please contact Paul Flavien at email@example.com or Ricardo Gutierrez, at firstname.lastname@example.org both can be reached at 954-876-0033.