Freight Transportation Advisory Committee
The Freight Transportation Advisory Committee (FTAC) is the industry’s advisory panel to the TPO Governing Board on freight movement and truck traffic needs. Aside from advising the TPO, the FTAC considers the types of improvements that should be made with regard to safety and freight efficiency in the county including:
- Determining logistics for truck parking/staging
- Development of Inland Port locations for PortMiami
- Improving the turning radii for trucks
- Enhancing access to freight trucks
- Increasing capacity through select road widening projects
- Modifying access to both seaport cargo and cruise operations in the Port of Miami
- Promoting regular communication among freight businesses, elected officials, and appointed officials
- January 10
- February 14
- March 6
- April 10
- May 8
- June 12
- July 10
- No meeting in August
- September 11
- October 9
- November 13
- December 4
Dates are subject to change. Click here to see current calendar.
The FTAC is comprised of up to 25 private citizens who have been appointed by the TPO Governing Board, one per member. Each FTAC member serves until they are replaced or choose to step down.
In Miami-Dade County, freight comprises rail, truck, air cargo, and sea cargo. Freight is a key aspect of the work performed by the TPO, because it is the essential component to move goods from the producer to the distributor and then to retail centers and consumers.
The county’s freight infrastructure includes Miami International Airport (MIA), Port of Miami, and the Miami River. Miami International Airport is the #1 ranked airport in the USA for international freight and also leads all US airports in perishable cargo with 69% of the market and is the first IATA designated Pharma Hub in the US and the second in the world after Brussels. PortMiami is one of the largest container ports in Florida and is known as the “cruise capital of world,” with over 6 million passengers annually. The Miami River is the gateway of cargo services to Caribbean ports.
As the third largest employment sector in the economy, freight transportation carries a significant economic importance to the county. Easy and accessible mobility is a fundamental characteristic of economic vitality for the region. Aside from supporting the economy through well-paying jobs, freight provides businesses with the advantage of allowing them to be more competitive.
It is for these important reasons the FTAC was created in 2005 to advise the TPO on such matters relating to freight and logistics within the county.
Would you like to join the FTAC or just have questions? Please contact Kevin Walford or call at 305-375-2642.
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