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FDOT Launches M-CORES to Study Work on Three Transportation Corridors

August 28, 2019 - 6:00am
Evacuating on Florida's Turnpike
Evacuating on Florida's Turnpike

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) hosted a meeting of the three Multiuse Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) Task Force on Tuesday at the Tampa Convention Center, marking the start of the program’s study phase.

To translate, the M-CORES Task Forces' job is to study the potential for transportation and other infrastructure projects in these three Florida corridors:

  • Suncoast Connector, extending from Citrus County to Jefferson County;

  • Northern Turnpike Connector, from the northern terminus of Florida’s Turnpike northwest to the Suncoast Parkway;

  • Southwest-Central Florida Connector, from Collier County to Polk County.

The study areas do not identify specific routes.

FDOT Secretary Kevin J. Thibault
FDOT Secretary Kevin J. Thibault
FDOT Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, P.E., welcomed attendees, Task Force members and dignitaries, including Senate President Bill Galvano, in a morning plenary session followed by individual task force meetings in the afternoon. Members of the public had multiple opportunities to provide input at the meeting. Comments were submitted in writing and verbally to on-site court reporters, digitally on laptops during a scheduled public comment period. 

“The magnitude of the development of these corridors will require public involvement, an enormous partnership with the industry and an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ approach,” Secretary Thibault said in an FDOT press statement. “I would call today a great success.”

The M-CORES program is intended to revitalize rural communities, encourage job creation and provide regional connectivity while leveraging technology and enhancing quality of life and public safety. It is also intended to protect the environment and natural resources. 

Task Force members include representatives from state agencies, local water management districts, local governments, metropolitan planning organizations,
regional planning councils, environmental groups and the community at large. Each Task Force is required to issue its evaluations in a final report by Oct. 1, 2020.

Additional opportunities for input and comment will be provided at all future Task Force meetings and at community open house meetings throughout the three-study areas, according to FDOT. Comments may also be sent by mail to Ann Howard, 605 Suwannee Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399; by email to FDOT.Listens@dot.state.fl.us; or
via the comment form on the M-CORES website.

For more information on M-CORES, click here.

Comments

I'm sure the legislature knew better than the career planners and engineers at FDOT when they approved these roads at the last minute in the session with almost no debate. Cause we all know the bustling metropolises of Perry, Cross City, and Bartow need more roads. Orlando, Tampa, and Miami will just have to make do.

This state is in drastic need of EAST-WEST ROADS more so than more I-75s or I-95s. This current road thing is simply the latest way corrupt Republican government in this state has found to MAKE MONEY for their own inner cabal of tribal members and the special interests they favor! It's another boondoggle scam foisted on the taxpayers by the corrupt Republicans! A Trumpism, par excellence!

Your hallucinatory ramblings make me appreciate that the people of Florida wisely choose to keep the ignorant ilk of the Democrat party out of decision making power. As long as unhinged democrats like you keep spewing disconnected mumbo-jumbo, you're going to remain out of power - and that's fine by me.

The largest land owner in Florida is the Morman Church, of Salt Lake City, Utah. They have plans in Central Florida to build towns and the infra structure up for a large population by the 30's to the 40's ? They have a few dozen homes, and lots of grazing land to raise their stock and other food for their give away food storage programs to needy members?

These improvements are much needed and will help all Floridians tremendously. Let's keep this progress moving forward.

The intent is to enrich large land owners by foisting the road cost onto the public...……...These have been up multiple times and shot down as only raise costs, spread sprawl forcing local governments to raise property taxes to pay for improvements the sprawl brings......….........Saying it is needed for broadband is just silly and shows how dumb they think people are...…........And let's remember building the Veteran's Expressway , maybe others they took the Florida Turnpike and Selman Expressway tolls that had paid the loans off instead of making them free, they jacked the tolls up to pay for more toll roads in other places like the Veterans that still isn't making money so they want to extend it so it makes less.... …. What is need is improvement where people already are instead of starting from scratch digging through swamps, etc...…….A airplane light high speed rail on the west cost along , 19 and US41 would do much better by taking traffic of the roads and make getting to Tallahassee cheap to give them hell.

No kidding! Screw the general public to enrich Republican fatcats. Just like Trump is doing.

It's kind of funny reading your hate-filled left-wing diatribes.

Perhaps it's time for society to resolve its disputes by something other than rigged elections where one side only honors results that favor it, and tries to nullify everything else... Like a little b*tch-*ss bully who can't stand not getting his way... Inevitably, bullies learn their lesson when they get punched in the mouth. Maybe it's time for America's wannabee fascists to learn theirs.

It's definitely cute and pathetic that you have nothing substantive to say.

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