Florida Transportation

Florida Transportation

The transportation system in the state of Florida is considered to be one of the most efficient systems of all, when compared to the infrastructure in other states of the country. As a matter of fact, one can observe the evolution of various means of transportation in the state of Florida. The major factor in such developments is step by step planning of the building of such infrastructure coupled with equivalent distribution of resources. The geography and the placement of important commercial hubs like Miami etc also come in to the picture when decisions regarding transportation are made. The Floridian transportation system is an intrinsic network overlapping various fields and mediums like road transport, water transport, airports as well as other various public transportation mediums.

Florida Road Transport

The network of roads in going in and out of the State of Florida is a mix up of interstate roads as well as Florida state roads. This network makes it much easier to travel inside the state. The interstate highways also offer a scenic route to the people who prefer to drive rather than fly or travel by trains.

For example Interstate Route no 10, which is one of the primary interstate routes, connects places like Pensacola, Jacksonville and Lake City. Another example would be Route No 95 which starts near Jacksonville and ends in Downtown Miami but cuts through Daytona Beach, Palm Bay, Vero Beach, Port Saint Lucie, and West Palm Beach etc.

 Connectivity offered by roads is bountiful and anyone wishing to travel through the state by car will enjoy every minute on the road.

Florida Rail Transport

Rail transport too has played an important role in the betterment of Florida’s transportation. The history of intercity rail transport however has been smudged.

In the year 2000, majority of the people supported the idea of high speed rail transport. In 2004 things had changed as the then governor had put the plans on hold due to the high cost structure.

Amtrak stations exist in Florida. In fact two additional Amtrak trains have been provided to make better the service provided in Florida. The Floridian transportation system has been greatly benefited by this, as, one of these trains’ runs between New York and Miami.

As far as the rail public transportation is concerned, the public needs are taken care of by Metrorail run by Miami Dade Transit Authority along with Metromover - a train system which covers Downtown Miami with other parts of the city. The statistical data itself points out the efficiency of the Metrorail as it has over 20 stations on a track having the length of 22.4 miles. This track connects to the Metromover and Tri rail services.

Many issues regarding Floridian transportation are taken care of by the Metromover track which is 4.4 miles long and has 21 stations along its route.

Florida Water Transport

Florida is a coastal state along with many water bodies inside as well. It has a record number of swamps which interconnect with other water bodies. Such geographical conditions make it easier for people to use the water ways for travel purposes.

A lot of people in the state of Florida own boats, some are small canoes whilst others are big luxury yachts (like the ones seen in Miami). Most of the expensive real estate properties are situated right alongside the Ocean making it pertinent for a lot of people to use a boat to travel from one place to another.

 Florida’s transportation system thus also heavily relies on waterways. Numerous marinas are built along the coast to make it easier for the people to exploit this medium.

hus one can observe the different means of transportation available to the people in the state of Florida. It also sets an example of positive exploitation of various avenues available to people along with the development of the traditional ones.

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

Agency Overview
Formed 1969
Preceding agencies State Road Department (SRD)
Florida State Turnpike Authority
Jurisdiction State of Florida
Headquarters Tallahassee, Florida
Agency executive Stephanie C. Kopelousos, Secretary of Transportation

Florida Airports

  • Destin/Fort Walton Beach Airport
  • Jacksonville International Airport
  • Key West International Airport
  • Kissimmee Gateway Airport
  • Melbourne International Airport
  • Miami International Airport
  • Okeechobee County Airport
  • Orlando International Airport
  • Palm Beach International Airport
  • Panama City-Bay County International Airport
  • Pensacola Regional Airport
  • Sarasota Bradenton International Airport
  • Southwest Florida International Airport
  • St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport
  • Tallahassee Regional Airport
  • Tampa International Airport
  • The Daytona Beach International Airport
  • The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport