Methodology for Linking Greenways and Trails with Public Transportation in Florida

One of the goals of the Florida Transportation Plan 2060 is to make transportation decisions to support and enhance livable communities. Qualities of livable communities include a mix of affordable transportation options, such as public transit, passenger rail, walking and bicycling. Livable communities promote public health and well-being by providing access to affordable housing and job opportunities, access to recreation and open space, access to health-promoting food options, and access to medical services. Improved access is associated with proximity to public transit services. Livable communities also promote preventive care through the design of a built environment that supports active transportation such as walking and bicycling. More walking and bicycling reduces dependence on auto travel that causes air pollution and contributes to lung disease. In many communities, there is a network of fixed route public transit service and also the existence of bicycle lanes, paved shoulders and sidewalks on at least a portion of the street network. Most public transit riders already walk or bicycle to and from a transit stop. It is possible that in some cases, a community has a multi-use or single use trail which, if connected to transit service, could serve well beyond a first and last mile of a transit rider's journey. In other cases, a community may be developing a network of urban trails that opens up further possibilities to enhance community-wide accessibility by connecting the trail network to the transit network at multiple points. The objective of this research is to provide a methodology to evaluate how intermodal connections between public transportation and trails can improve livability in Florida communities.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    BDV26 977-03


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Florida Department of Transportation

    605 Suwannee Street
    Tallahassee, FL  United States  32399-0450
  • Project Managers:

    Matthews, Gabrielle

  • Performing Organizations:

    National Center for Transit Research

    University of South Florida
    4202 East Fowler Avenue, CUT 100
    Tampa, FL  United States  33620
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hendricks, Sara

  • Start Date: 20140211
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20150228
  • Source Data: RiP Project 36058

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01557847
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Florida Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: BDV26 977-03, DTRT12-G-UTC22
  • Files: UTC, RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 26 2015 1:01AM