Presentation on theme: "TD Conference July 14, 2010. Existing Regional Transportation Authorities(RTA) and their service area CFRTA-LYNXCFCR-SunRailSFRTA-TriRailTBARTA Orlando/LynxOrlando/SunRailMiamiTampa."— Presentation transcript:
Existing Regional Transportation Authorities(RTA) and their service area CFRTA-LYNXCFCR-SunRailSFRTA-TriRailTBARTA Orlando/LynxOrlando/SunRailMiamiTampa Service Area Orange Seminole Osceola Service Area Orange Seminole Osceola Volusia Service Area Dade Broward Palm Beach Service Area Citrus Hernando Hillsborough Manatee Pasco Pinellas Sarasota
RTA’s Powers and Duties Peer Region Orlando Lynx Orlando SunRail MiamiTampa Set Fare PolicyYes Condemn PropertyNoYes Expand DistrictYesNoYesNo Increase or Levy TaxesNo Issue Debt SecuritiesYes Public-Private PartnershipsYes Enforce fines and penaltiesYes Enforce tollsNo Yes Own and operate transit facilities Yes Construct roadsNo Yes Operate/provide facilities outside district YesNoYesNo
Overview of RTA’s Board Structure Peer Region Orlando Lynx Orlando SunRail MiamiTampa Board Size55915 # of Elected Officials45310 % of Elected Officials80%100%33%67% Term LengthTerm of BoCC, Mayor 4 years2 years Term LimitsNone 3 terms Method of SelectionElected officials from each county, the Mayor of largest city, and District Secretary Elected officials from each county & the Mayor of Orlando Elected officials from each county, the Governor, and the District Secretary Elected officials from each county, the MPO’s, the Mayors of local cities, and the Governor
Local Funding Orlando Lynx Orlando SunRail MiamiTampa Seeks funding from local municipal governments on an annual basis Each County provides a dedicated annual contribution of $4.235 million Has received funding from private sector and MPO’s
Planning Each RTA must work with the MPO’s and FDOT District Offices in their service area to ensure coordination of planning and inclusion of their projects in the TIP and FDOT’s Work Program.
Step 1 JTA has completed the Northeast Florida Regional Transportation Agency Study. The study evaluated a framework for an RTA for the counties and municipalities located in Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St.Johns. The study included: a review of agency powers and duties a review of the ability to plan, design, finance, construct and operate a transportation system governance coordination of planning funding sources
A Key Component of Step 1 Though not called for, it was determined that potential member governments of an RTA needed a forum to provide input into the report as it was being developed. An Advisory Panel was assembled to help provide local input during the research phase of the project. Over 50 community leaders consisting of elected officials and civic leaders from each of the seven counties in the Study Region were invited to participate on the Advisory Panel. Members of the Advisory Panel met six times during the development of the report.
The Study identified the following benefits of regional transportation: 1. Encourages future competiveness and sustainable development patterns. 2. Enables leveraging of financial resources. 3. Emphasizes equity and balance among jurisdictions, modes of travel, and populations. 4. Supports integration of transportation, land use, environment, and social issues. 5. A cooperative process encourages full participation of partners from all sectors and modes. 6. Consistency among local and regional plans promotes clear development direction for public and private interests.
Next Step Form a Regional Transportation Study Commission (RTC) to prepare draft legislation for the formation of an RTA. It is recommended that the Commission be comprised of 2 appointees from each of the six county commissions, four from the Jacksonville City Council, the JTA Chairman, FDOT District 2 Secretary, Chairman of the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization and the Chairman of the Northeast Florida Regional Council. Involve key industry and agency groups affected by transportation issues in the discussions.
Summary Why were these RTA’s formed? 1. The commuting needs of the residents in these areas reached a point where alternative transportation solutions needed to be considered. 2. The implementation of transportation projects of regional significance became a key transportation priority in the service area.
Who initiates the process to develop the RTA? Typically, the local communities recognize that there is a significant need to provide transportation options that cross jurisdictional boundary lines. Based on this need, they begin discussions with key stakeholders on the feasibility of implementing an RTA.
These discussions are the most critical step in the process. At this step, the community comes face to face with the challenges to establishing an RTA. They include: 1. Building consensus among diverse sets of stakeholders. 2. Developing an equitable distribution of the regional investment. 3. Achieving consistency among local, regional, state plans and efforts. 4. Balancing local versus regional needs with available resources. 5. Implementing plans within multiple jurisdictions, existing regulatory frameworks and varied decision makers. 6. Sustaining cooperation by creating effective and lasting regional partnerships.
After discussions with key stakeholders (i.e. impacted counties), a planning study is completed to document the need and address such items as; powers and duties of the RTA governance coordination of planning funding sources Once this planning effort is completed and if the key stakeholders are ready to proceed, draft legislation is prepared to address and carryout the items outlined. What process is normally used to form an RTA?