To plan for the Florida region with respect to the transportation requirements in the coming years, these important variables ought to be considered in detail:
1. Population projections of the region.
The population, and their travel and the mode and method of travel, frequency, commuting and the specific requirement are important.
2. Travel demand and transportation requirements.
The second factor after we analyze the demographic data is the ideal choice of transports, the method of commuting, tourist and other non regular travelers, and goods transport is to be chalked out.
3. Safety and infrastructure requirements.
What is the driving, traveling, infrastructure safety to be considered? What is the fatality rate now, and how ought it be reduced? What structures have to be built and how the cost and benefit be used?
4. Cost benefit analysis
Once we have all the data with us, we perform a statistical analysis of these variables and find a linear solution to the model creation for the transport planning for the region.
The analysis of the concept is then revised with the results obtained to present a workable model.
The population, Demand & Projections
Population and economy
The Florida population is growing and the projections suggest that the population will treble and added to that are the tourists, settlers, immigrants expected on account of the development of the region as a commercial hub. According to the 2025 Florida Transportation Plan, “Florida has long been one of the nation’s fastest growing states. ...
opulation over the age of 65 will grow to 5.8 million residents, an increase of 92 percent over 2004 levels and a dramatic increase in the need for specialized mobility options.
- The state's employment base will grow to more than 11.6 million jobs, an increase of
45 percent over 2004 levels. The number of interstate and international visitors to Florida will exceed more than 92 million per year, an increase of 23 percent over 2003 levels.
- The volume of domestic and international freight moving to, from, and within Florida
will increase to 1.5 million tons per year, an increase of 78 percent from 2001 levels.
This growth will continue to increase the demand for people and freight movement to,
from, and within Florida. Current projections indicate the demand for nearly all modes of
Transportation will increase at a higher rate than population and employment over the
next two decades." 1
Urban areas are expected to grow and it is the urban areas that contain the most (90%) of the population. Over seventy five percent of the population commutes long distances to work.
Not only commuting, but requirement of freight forwarding, both within the region and to other places is on the rise.
The actual demand for freight movement in 2002 was in various segments of transportation as shown below.
The survey indicates a future projection to the extent that Road transports will be: 54% and lifting of cargo by air - 74%, Through the railway 29%, and shipping 115%. Movement of freight by road is 85% by railway 65% and shipping at 48%. Rate of increase in the population is expected to be at 42% per 23.7sqm.2
"The state has been adjusting to the growth phenomenally well. For more than a century, Florida's transportation system has adapted to growth and changes in the state's