Central Florida Transportation Planning Group (CFTPG)

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Central Florida Transportation Planning Group (CFTPG)

The Central Florida Transportation Planning Group (formerly the Central Florida Traffic Data Users Group) meets four times a year to provide presentations on trending transportation topics such as travel demand modeling, revolutionary technologies, transportation system/demand management, urban design, policy and growth management and other relevant transportation planning topics. The sessions are brown-bag lunch format and are open for anyone to attend. No RSVP is required. Please note our meeting location below:

Central Florida Expressway Authority
4974 ORL Tower Road, Orlando, Florida 32807
from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For more information, you may contact Judy Pizzo by email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

2020 Meeting Dates

Due to COVID-19, the CFTPG meetings for the remainder of 2020 will be offered as virtual events. The upcoming meeting dates are listed below.

  • August 17, 2020
  • October 29, 2020 (NEW DATE)
  • December 15, 2020

CFTPG Board Members

The CFTPG Meetings are guided by a volunteer board which includes members from a wide spectrum of the transportation industry who provide input on relevant meeting topics and speakers. Current board members are listed below.

  • Dr. Mohammed Hussein Zaki, Ph.D., UCF College of Engineering
  • Dr. Shaurya Agarwal, Ph.D., UCF College of Engineering
  • Blanche Hardy, PG, Orange County Assistant Project Manager & Transit Coordinator
  • Dr. Chia-Yuan Yu, Ph.D., UCF School of Public Administration
  • Dr. Luis E. Santiago, Ph.D. Associate Professor & Director, UCF School of Public Administration
  • Libertad Acosta-Anderson, Florida Department of Transportation
  • Luis Diaz, Stantec Inc.
  • Dr. Christopher Hawkins, PhD., UCF School of Public Administration
  • Allen Ibaugh, Data Transfer Solutions Inc.
  • Jack Klodzinski, Florida Turnpike Enterprise/AECOM
  • Fred Milch, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council
  • Karl Passetti, Kittelson and Associates Inc.
  • Judy Pizzo, Florida Department of Transportation
  • Mary Ross, Gannett Fleming, Inc.
  • Brenda Young, Florida Department of Transportation

CFTPG 2020 Meeting #3, Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Transportation Planning in 2020 – How Travel Modes and Behavior Have Changed

There has been profound changes to almost every aspect of transportation in the United States in 2020. This webinar will take a data-driven approach to evaluating impacts on various modes of transportation and showcase data management tools and resources to identify trends. The webinar will also highlight perspectives from agencies on how they have responded to these changes.

The first part of the event will feature presentations by representatives from the Transportation Research Board, Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. The second part of the event will include a moderated panel discussion by a transportation expert. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and to understand the short- and long-term travel trends. The presenters and moderator include:

  • Neil Pederson, Executive Director of Transportation Research Board, Speaker
  • Jessica Baas, Director of Performance Management, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Speaker
  • Casandra Borchers, AICP, Chief Development Officer, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, Speaker
  • Mario Peloquin, Chief Operating Officer, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Speaker
  • Brenda Young, P.E., State Safety Engineer, Florida Department of Transportation, Moderator

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CFTPG 2020 Meeting #2, Thursday, October 29, 2020

All Things Brevard: Air Space and Sea – What’s Happening in Space Coast’s Airport, Seaport, and Spaceport Industries?

The Space Coast is a global leader in space commerce with its history of government missions and a thriving commercial space industry. It is also home to flourishing seaport and aviation industries which serve as an integral part of the state’s economy. This is your opportunity to learn about all the exciting happenings in the Space Coast of Florida and how the transportation system serves as the backbone for economic development.

The event will start with an introduction by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Freight and Logistics Office, highlighting partnerships in the region. This will be followed by presentations from Space Florida, Port Canaveral, and the Melbourne International Airport about their initiatives in commercial space operations, cargo and cruise activities, and commercial aviation. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by the Executive Director of the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (SCTPO) focusing on how each of these industries are integral to and contributing to the intermodal system as well as the state’s economic development.

The presenters include:

  • Allison D. McCuddy, Freight and Logistics Manager, FDOT District Five
  • Georganna Gillette, Executive Director, Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization
  • Bill Crowe, Vice President of Engineering, Port Canaveral
  • Mark Bontrager, Vice President, Spaceport Operations
  • Cliff Graham, Director of Operations and Maintenance, Melbourne International Airport

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CFTPG 2020 Meeting #1, Monday, August 17, 2020

Accelerating the CAV Industry in Central Florida

Advanced connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies can be utilized to achieve precise vehicle trajectory control and render unprecedented opportunities to improve transportation system performance in safety, mobility and sustainability. However, CAV technologies also bring significant challenges to traffic operators and transportation planners in understanding, managing and planning for CAV traffic, particularly when mixed with human driven vehicles. This event will feature presentations on latest research on CAV modeling.

You will also learn about the latest in the CAV industry and what is being done to accelerate implementation of CAV industry in Central Florida. The first part of the event will feature presentations by the following experts. The second part of the event will include a moderated panel by a transportation expert, Dr. Robert Bertini, where you will have the opportunity to learn about what local, regional and national agencies are doing to coordinate and accelerate the growth of the CAV industry. The presenters include:

  • Dr. Robert L. Bertini, P.E., Executive Director – Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida
  • Dr. Xiaopeng Li, P.E., Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida
  • Dr. Amr A. Oloufa, P.E., Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Central Florida
  • Josh Pederson, P.E., Project Manager, Florida's Turnpike Enterprise
  • Eric Hill, Transportation Systems Management and Operations Director, MetroPlan Orlando
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CFTPG 2019 Meeting #4, Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Back to the Future - Florida Transportation Plan 2045 and How Did We Grow

The session format consisted of two presentations on two major regional and statewide initiatives currently underway – the Update to the Florida Transportation Plan 2045 by the FDOT and the How Did We Grow evaluation by the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council. The event speakers and panelists included Judy Pizzo, Planning Project Manager, FDOT District 5 Planning and Environmental Management Office; Karen Snyder, Project Development Manager, FDOT District 5 Planning and Environmental Management Office; and Tara McCue, Director of Planning and Community Development, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council.

Judy Pizzo and Karen Snyder presented the 2045 FTP Update process along with statewide statistics and trends, various elements of the FTP and new considerations in the update. Following the presentation, the speakers conducted an online poll via PollEverywhere to get input from attendees on transportation trends, preferences and values that will share the update. Tara McCue presented an overview of the previous How Shall We Grow Effort that was adopted by the Central Florida region in 2007. Tara presented summaries by County and the region comparing the actual trends to the projected trends in the 2007 plan.

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The presentations from the December 3rd meeting can be found at this link: http://www.cfgis.org/FDOT-Resources/Meeting-Materials/Category-1-Example/Materials-from-12-03-2019.aspx.

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CFTPG 2019 Meeting #3, Tuesday, October 29, 2019

GOAA South Airport Complex & Multimodal Connections

The session consisted of presentations focusing on the GOAA South Airport Terminal Complex and the multimodal accommodations that have been made for SunRail, Virgin Trains, and LYNX to connect to the terminal. The event speakers and panelists are listed below - Davin Ruohomaki, Senior Director Planning, Engineering and Construction, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority; Michelle DeLora, General Consulting Team, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority; Michael Cegelis, Executive VP of Infrastructure Development, Virgin Trains; and Tiffany Homler Hawkins, Chief Administrative Officer at LYNX.

The presentations were followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Judy Pizzo, FDOT Project Manager. The event began with a welcome address by the CEO of GOAA, Stan Thornton, who provided a history of the master planning efforts undertaken at GOAA in the last 30 years and the growth projections for the next 50 years. Davin Ruohomaki explained the significance of the first phase of the South Airport complex as well as the masterplanning that has taken place for future modes of transportation to come together in one complex, on airport property and walkable to the airline terminal. Michelle DeLora explained the sustainability features that have been incorporated into the building design that has earned the facility the designation of the first LEED 4 building in the State of Florida. Mike Cegelis from Virgin Trains provided a history of the Brightline rail service that currently operates from West Palm Beach to Miami and the current construction work underway to connect to Orlando and Cocoa Beach and the future connection to Tampa.

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The presentations from the October 29th meeting can be found at this link: http://www.cfgis.org/FDOT-Resources/Meeting-Materials/Category-1-Example/Materials-from-10-29-19-Meeting.aspx.

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CFTPG 2019 Meeting #2, Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Planning for Visitors

Orlando had a record-setting 75 million annual visitors in 2018, increasing 4.2 percent over 2017. What are the impacts of these visitors on our transportation system? How do we plan for them through our regional planning process?

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) invites you to participate in this lively discussion focusing on the impacts of tourism on Central Florida’s transportation network and how their needs are accommodated by the public and private sectors. Bring your questions about how future planning efforts will address the millions of tourists that come to the region annually. Panelists include representatives from Universal Parks and Resorts, Walt Disney Imagineering, Metroplan Orlando, LYNX, Orange County Convention Center, and Visit Orlando. The event will be moderated by Billy Hattaway, Transportation Director, City of Orlando.

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Meet and Greet—11:30 AM • Panel Discussion—12:00 Noon

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CFTPG 2019 Meeting #1, Thursday, March 21, 2019

The session format was that of a panel discussion with Central Florida’s regional transportation agencies to hear from these leaders about the role of their agency in the future of transportation, transportation initiatives, legislative priorities and thoughts on transportation funding. The panelists included Hugh Harling, Executive Director of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council; Gary Huttman, Executive Director of Metroplan Orlando; Georganna Gillette, Executive Director of the Space Coast TPO; Lois Bollenback, Executive Director of the River to Sea TPO; Michael Woods, Executive Director of the Lake Sumter MPO; and Derrick Harris, Executive Director of Ocala Marion TPO.

The panel discussion was facilitated by Christine Kefauver, AICP, who provided a brief background and context for transportation in Central Florida, major transportation and economic trends, as well as major project initiatives. The discussion included policy priorities, SunRail transition, multimodal connectivity in the region, regional priorities, context-sensitive street standards, accommodating non-work trips in the transportation model, mobility as a service, funding, visitors, safety, and automated vehicles.

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