The Online Scenario Modeler gave the region the ability to explore and vote on their preferred future scenario.
In three months of voting mid-June through mid-September of 2013 the site was visited by over 100 people a week.
Preferred Scenario: Region In Motion
A significant percentage of the roughly 3 million new residents by 2060 are accommodated in walkable, transit oriented development centers along existing rail lines such as the FEC and CSX lines which extend from south of Miami to Sebastian and be- yond. Neighborhoods and communities are better connected to rail transit by streetcar or bus. Public streets are upgraded to provide a balance between all users of the rights of way: cars, buses, transit, cyclists, and pedestrians. Diverse transportation options keep the growing region in motion.
At the new walkable centers a range of building types and densities are developed to avoid monotonous places with one building type and an overwhelming scale. A diversity of housing also allows a variety of people in different stages of their lives to live together, generating more complete, stable, and active communities. The region begins to attract more young, highly paid, information-economy workers who seek walkable urban environments.
Climate change adaptation becomes a high priority. Numerous areas along the coast are protected against some effects of sea level rise with increased investments including stormwater sys- tem enhancement, back-flow preventers, increased storm walls, and other investments. Current Everglades restoration projects are completed and regional and state cooperation bolster the efforts to help mitigate the effects of saltwater intrusion into the water supply for additional years.
High transit investment: North/South Major TODs along FEC line and CSX line (heavy rail/premium transit), East/West Minor TODs along inter-county transit lines (streetcars, bus rapid transit).
Percentage of Trips By Transportation Option (Mode Share):
Car (60%), Transit (20%), Bike (10%), Walk (10%)
Distance To Transit:
75% of households will live within walking distance (1 mile) of transit.
Distance To Schools:
75% of households will live within walking distance (1 mile) of a public school.
Distance To Parks:
90% of households will live within walking distance (1 mile) of a park.
7.4 million vehicular trips contribute to air pollution yet fossil fuel emissions are reduced by 40% of today.
Total percent of Household Income Spent on Transportation Costs: 10%
Total percent of Household Income Spent on Housing Costs: 33%
The rate of obesity is 17%, less than many regions around the US and in Florida. Transportation choices & walkable areas help avoid the rate increase.
Artists in the Workplace:
An increase in artistic employment from 1.5% to 3.34%, establishing Southeast Florida as a creative enclave comparable to New York, Portland, and Boston.
Creative Class In The Workforce:
The creative class makes up 35% of the total working population, bringing the region average up to the top 50 of the US. Other regions within the top SO include Washington D.C., Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
More people will choose to live in the southern counties than is currently projected under the trend scenario due to multimodal transportation and redevelopment investments in the southern counties of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.
190 square miles of farmland protected over the trend scenario. The majority of the farmland protected is in the northern counties of St. Lucie, Martin, and Indian River.
New Roads & Infrastructure to Build & Maintain:
7.3 billion in public investment is saved on new roads and utilities over the trend scenario.