Strategic Intermodal System Virtual Room

2045

Welcome Station

Overview

What's Next

Rural Mobility and Connectivity Station

Welcome to the SIS Virtual Room

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and its partners are updating the Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) Policy Plan and we want you to be involved.

We invite you to walk through each station to learn more about the SIS and the SIS Policy Plan. We welcome your comments at each station.

Overview of the SIS

What is the Strategic Intermodal System (SIS)?

The SIS is a statewide network of high-priority transportation facilities, including the State’s largest and most significant airports, spaceports, public seaports, freight rail terminals, passenger rail and intercity bus terminals, rail corridors, waterways, and highways. These facilities represent the State’s primary means for moving people and freight between Florida’s regions, as well as between Florida and other states and nations. Click here to see Florida’s SIS system map.

Why is the SIS important?

The SIS is the state’s highest priority for transportation capacity investments and a primary tool for implementing the Florida Transportation Plan (FTP), the state’s long-range transportation vision and policy plan. SIS facilities are the workhorses of Florida’s transportation system and account for a dominant share of the people and freight movement to, from, and within Florida.

What is the SIS Policy Plan?

The SIS Policy Plan guides the policy framework concerning planning and investment decisions for the SIS over the next five years. The SIS Policy Plan also identifies how to prioritize transportation capacity investments on these high priority transportation facilities. Click here to read the current SIS Policy Plan (2016). This policy plan aligns with the Florida Transportation Plan (FTP) Policy Element (2020) and is a primary focus of the FTP implementation.

The 2022 SIS Policy Plan update will focus on five areas:

● Safety ● Resilience ● Technology and Innovation ● Urban Mobility and Connectivity ● Rural Mobility and Connectivity

Safety is FDOT’s top priority and the state is putting every effort to create a safe and efficient transportation system for all users. With a statewide vision of zero transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries, FDOT along with their traffic safety partners recently updated the state’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) in conjunction with the FTP. The SHSP provides a framework for how Florida’s safety traffic partners will move toward the vision of a fatality-free transportation system.

Planning for SIS corridors considers safety as a factor in setting priorities for SIS projects. The SIS accounts for about one-third of all vehicle miles traveled (VMT) on all public roads, and about 60 percent of VMT on the State Highway System. Reducing fatalities and serious injuries on the SIS will help get us toward the vision of zero fatalities.

**Input requested: Click here to review a draft working list of potential policy changes related to safety. Leave a comment at the link above and let us know your thoughts on this focus area.**

Resilience

The SIS includes the state’s largest and most significant transportation facilities, critical for statewide and interregional travel. To ensure the efficiency and reliability of multimodal transportation connectivity between economic regions inside and outside the state, the SIS Policy Plan places high priority on reducing the vulnerability of SIS infrastructure to risks such as extreme weather, sea-level rise, coastal and inland flooding, wildfires, and extreme heat.

With an intent to identify critical SIS facilities susceptible to vulnerabilities, FDOT has mapped potential risks that could impact SIS corridors and hubs, such as coastal or inland flooding, storm surge, sea level rise, and wildfires. The potential frequency and probability of these risks and the probable impact if the risks do occur are analyzed to help planning for adaptation and emergency responses. The SIS Policy Plan will incorporate these risks into planning and management decisions.

**Input requested: Click here to review a draft working list of potential policy changes related to resilience. Leave a comment at the link above and let us know your thoughts on this focus area.**

Technology and Innovation

Florida's transportation industry is evolving rapidly embracing opportunities to integrate technologies and innovative practices. FDOT has consistently created innovative solutions to solve transportation challenges throughout the state and is a leader in transportation across the country.

With a focus on the future, FDOT recently assessed how emerging trends and technologies such as Automated, Connected, Electric, and Shared (ACES) vehicles, shared mobility, and e-commerce may impact SIS facilities. The assessment focused on preparing the SIS for these types of vehicles and other emerging technologies. In doing so, this helped to determine strategies to future-proof SIS investments and provide recommendations on how these considerations can be incorporated into the SIS planning and programming processes moving forward.

**Input requested: Click here to review a draft working list of potential policy changes related to technology and innovation. Leave a comment at the link above and let us know your thoughts on this focus area.**

Urban Mobility and Connectivity

Efficient and reliable mobility is important for all Florida residents and visitors. FDOT has been delivering mobility for over 100 years, however, mobility solutions are changing with the growing travel demand. As the third most populous state in the country, Florida has experienced tremendous growth in people and goods over the last few decades. While FDOT strives to enhance mobility of people and freight, projected growth indicates that congestion and delay is likely to be significantly worse by 2045 if current trend continues.

Urban areas in Florida are experiencing peak periods of congestion and constrained highway corridors, affecting the efficiency of urban SIS corridors and the ability of the SIS to play its role in supporting interregional travel. Congestion can impede the flow of interregional trips particularly in urbanized areas, where there are limited options for adding capacity to SIS corridors and few modal alternatives in and through many urbanized areas. Constraints on SIS funding allocations to the designated SIS facilities, make it challenging to improve mobility and connectivity between Florida’s large urban areas.

**Input requested: Click here to review a draft working list of potential policy changes related to urban mobility and connectivity. Leave a comment at the link above and let us know your thoughts on this focus area.**

Rural Mobility and Connectivity

When it comes to mobility, rural areas experience different issues. Due to the lack of connectivity, there is a need to support rural revitalization and economic development and facilitate an emergency evacuation a response. FDOT focuses on providing better connectivity in some rural parts of the state while balancing the need to protect and enhance the environment and community character and visions.

A significant portion of SIS highway mileage is in rural areas, and more than one out of every five daily vehicle miles traveled on the SIS is in a rural area, including trips that begin and end in urban areas. The current SIS designation gives specific considerations to facilities located in Rural Areas of Opportunity, and the SIS funding process provides for a potential waiver of match in these counties.

There has been significant collaboration on policies for planning corridors in and through rural areas, including the guiding principles from the various future corridor task forces.

**Input requested: Click here to review a draft working list of potential policy changes related to rural mobility and connectivity. Leave a comment at the link above and let us know your thoughts on this focus area.**

What's Next

Thank you for visiting the SIS Virtual Room. Below is the anticipated schedule for the remainder of the update process.

Safety Station

Resilience Station

Urban Mobility and Connectivity Station

Technology and Innovation Station