RCAP Database | Sustainable Communities and Transportation Planning: SP-31

Provide seamless transitions to increase the use of low carbon modes for the movement of people and freight in the region.

  1. Improve connections among Tri-Rail and county transit service, municipal trolley and community shuttle bus services which may include re-alignment of routes. District circulators, such as the Metro Mover in downtown Miami which connects to Metro Rail provide the last leg of a commute for transit riders and should have high frequency and ease of transfer.
  2. Implement seamless regional transit fare and transfer media (traditional or virtual) across transit services in the region while improving walking and biking access to transit.
  3. Develop planning strategies to address planning for the “First and Last Mile” of transit trips, which act as barriers for commuters who could potentially take transit but whose starting point or final destination cannot be conveniently accessed from the nearest transit stop/station due to distance, terrain (street patterns), or real or perceived safety issues
    (traffic, crime).
  4. Partner to implement a Virtual Freight Network as part of the region’s comprehensive Intelligent Transportation System/ Transportation System Management and Operations Programs. Establish a software application to provide “load matching” for shippers and truckers to alleviate “deadheading” of empty trucks traveling back to destination.
  5. Incorporate climate adaptation strategies and GHG emissions inventories into Seaport and Airport Master Plans and Regional Freight Plans. Plans should address the critical last mile to and from major seaports and airports in part by providing comprehensive plan land use designations, policies, and standards that protect that function of roadway segments connecting seaports and airports (hubs) to corridors, such as interstates.
  6. Establish performance measures including VMT reduction and emissions reductions monitoring for freight projects such as ship to rail projects which remove drayage truck operations.
  7. Support clustering of distribution facilities to promote intermodal centers and economic development.
Planning Horizon: 
Short (0-5 years)
Potential Partners: 
State, Regional and Local Agencies, Metropolitan Planning Organizations Airport and Seaports, FHWA, EPA Smartway Transport, EPA Southeast Diesel Collaborative, and private shipping industry partners
Potential Funding Sources: 
Existing transportation funding sources and possibly competitive funding programs
Estimated Resources Required: 
Existing staff resources
Milestone Progress: 
Alignment of regional, local and municipal routes Adoption of transferable fare media and evaluation of rates Study access conditions for transit stations Development and adoption of First and Last Mile of Transit Strategies Virtual Freight Network Software and Implementation Climate adaptation and mitigation addressed in Seaport, Airport, and Freight Master Plans Develop Freight Project Performance Measurement Evaluation Criteria Development of a Freight Distribution Center Plan Evaluate, prioritize, and develop t aligned regional, local and municipal routes Adoption of transferable fare media and evaluation of rates Study access conditions for transit stations Number of communities adopting First and Last Mile of Transit Strategies, such as bikes on trains, car sharing programs, and improving the safe non- motorized travel from transit to destination. Explore partnerships for implementation of Virtual Freight Network Software and Implementation Decrease in empty truck trips Number of communities integrating Climate adaptation and mitigation addressed in Seaport, Airport, and Freight Master Plans Develop Freight Project Performance Measurement Evaluation Criteria Integrate consideration of greenhouse gas emissions in the developing clustering of freight distribution centers

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