The Palm Beach MPO plans for the efficient movement of people and goods, and participates in the production of freight studies.
The three T/MPOs, in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), developed and adopted their first regional freight plan for Southeast Florida in 2010. The Plan was completed in close coordination with the Southeast Florida Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the 2035 Long Range Transportation Plans (LRTP) for each MPO. Since 2010 the region has made significant progress in advancing key freight infrastructure projects. The Southeast Florida Regional Freight Plan, 2014 Update (SFRFP), provides an opportunity to tell Southeast Florida’s freight story, highlighting the region’s successes and strengths, as well as identifying the next steps and challenges as the region continues to position itself as a global logistics hub. The planning horizon for the SFRFP is 2040 and has been closely coordinated with the 2040 RTP and 2040 LRTPs.
Southeast Florida is home to a well-established and expanding freight transportation system. This system serves as the cornerstone of the region’s economy, providing goods and services to Florida’s largest consumption market as well as connecting the region to the global economy through major sea and air gateways. The region is home to a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural community with an economy dominated by tourism, international trade, agriculture and mining, and natural resources. Port Everglades and Port Miami are two of Florida’s leading seaports, handling containers, petroleum products, and cruise passengers. The Port of Palm Beach, as one of the country’s most efficient container operations, services the Caribbean Basin. The Miami River provides key niche waterborne cargo services to smaller ports in the Caribbean Basin and supports an active industrial core along the river corridor.
The region is served by three international airports: Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL), and Miami International Airport (MIA). MIA handles almost 80 percent of Florida’s air cargo and is the 12th busiest cargo airport in world. Two railroads serve the region connecting Southeast Florida to the rest of North America, providing intermodal and carload services, supported by a shortline. Finally, a well established network of roadways provide regional mobility as well as gateways to Florida and more distant hinterland markets. These transportation facilities complement a mature warehouse/distribution center, international banking, and brokerage infrastructure that facilitate international trade activities.