In 2012, Florida became the second state to allow driverless cars. Florida Trend. "Automobiles", September 2013.
In 2011, Floridians drove an estimated 10,200 vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per person, or eight percent more than the average for the rest of the nation. Tougher Choices: Shaping Florida's Future. Leroy Collins Institute, February 2014.
In 2011, residents of Florida's four largest urban areas were saved over 15 million hours and $323 million due to congestion alleviation from public transit. Tougher Choices: Shaping Florida's Future. Leroy Collins Institute, February 2014.
Florida's Transit Office stated in 2011 that transit service for most Floridians was inadequate, and that existing levels of transit service made it unattractive -- 84.4% of Florida's urban transit ridership was transported by bus in 2009. Tougher Choices: Shaping Florida's Future. Leroy Collins Institute, February 2014.
The year 2012 saw the highest number of visitors to the state in history -- an estimated 91.4 million, generating $4.2 billion in sales tax revenue and over 1 million jobs -- with just over 50% of those visitors by air. Tougher Choices: Shaping Florida's Future. Leroy Collins Institute, February 2014.
The Tampa-Orlando Megapolitan Area will add over 70% more people by the year 2040. American Planning Association, Planning Magazine, “America 2040: The Rise of the Megapolitans”, January 2007.
In member surveys conducted by the Tampa Bay Partnership, transportation was named the number one issue affecting the region’s economic competitiveness. Tampa Bay Partnership, 2006.
The Interstate System accounts for 3% of total public lane miles in Florida, but carries 30% of our total traffic. Florida Department of Transportation, 2006.
By Year 2030, the miles people are expected to travel in the West Central Florida region will increase by almost 100% – and will cause a 300% increase in travel delay. Florida Department of Transportation, 2006.
From 1990 to 2005, the population of the Tampa-St. Petersburg region has grown by 31% - in that same time, the total annual delay in travel time has increased by 119%. Texas Transportation Institute, The 2007 Urban Mobility Report, Mobility Data for Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL, September 2007.