It’s estimated that Florida will see an increase of 6 million people by 2030. That means there will be approximately four to five million new Florida drivers commuting on our roads. Along with the 95,000 million visitors that come to our state each year, it’s estimated that there will be more than 150 million daily vehicle miles added to Florida roads by 2030. It’s imperative for Florida to become a leader in safe infrastructure and reliable systems of transportation. Currently, Florida’s bridge system is the number one system n the U.S., with less than two percent of the state’s 12,000 bridges ranked structurally deficient.
Florida also moves people and items with a labyrinth of highways, railways, seaports, airports and space ports, all interconnected to provide services and goods that grow our economy. Whether it’s the more than 1,000 miles of coastlines and more than 3,000 miles of highways, Florida’s transportation infrastructure relies on capable investments in order to keep our economy flowing and keep Floridians safe.
State and private-sector investments in Florida’s transportation infrastructure are vital for future economic growth in the global trade sector. Transportation and infrastructure needs also require special training for intermodal transportation and logistics jobs so Florida’s workforce is prepared to accommodate Florida’s growing population.
The Florida Chamber will support the funding of infrastructure needs as a path to secure our future. We must also work toward creating strategic intermodal systems that will help to improve major trade and freight corridors in order to meet Florida’s long-term needs.
The Florida Chamber believes the future health and prosperity of all Floridians begins with creating and maintaining sustainable and reliable infrastructure systems.
While several updates to Florida’s transportation system are currently underway in Florida’s major cities, we must continue to stay focused on creating transportation systems and infrastructure that safely transport valuable cargo, from our Florida grown crops to our children and families.
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