The Potential of Intermodal/Multimodal
The creation of the Central Florida Expressway Authority in 2014 ushered in a new era of regional transportation planning.
CFX’s mandate goes beyond planning, building and maintaining limited-access expressways throughout its five member counties, Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole. It also includes the development of multimodal/intermodal systems. Simply put, CFX is empowered to explore and add transportation service options, such as fixed guideway, multimodal passenger and freight terminals, and park and ride lots within its limited access right of way.
In 2016, the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) concluded a multimodal investment assessment study and presented it to CFX’s Board. The report’s policy statement recommended “funding or partnering on multimodal initiatives where revenue generated from the investment equals the project cost or where toll user benefits are equal to or exceed the project cost.” CFX adopted the multimodal policy statement in March 2017.
The ability to consider alternative transportation services complements CFX’s vision statement, which calls for maintaining a world-class, integrated mobility network. Furthermore, a wider scope of opportunities allows CFX to take a leadership role in developing comprehensive solutions for future mobility challenges.
While specific multimodal projects are not named in the 2040 Master Plan, CFX is formulating policies with specific criteria and methodologies.