M-CORES Planning Issues

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2022 Statement from FDOT announcing suspension of planning for the Northern Turnpike Extension

2021 SB 100 Repealing M-CORES (but still authorizing some roads)

1000 Friends of Florida 2021 Legislative Recommendations (1000 Friends of Florida, January 12, 2021)

1000 Friends of Florida M-CORES Webinar Broadcast & PowerPoint (1000 Friends of Florida, December 11, 2020)

M-CORES Task Force Final Reports (FDOT, November 12, 2020)

1000 Friends of Florida announcement on release of M-CORES report (1000 Friends of Florida, November 13, 2020)

1000 Friends President Paul Owens’ Op Ed on the Task Force Reports (Orlando Sentinel, November 13, 2020)

Letter to FDOT Secretary Thibault indicating that 1000 Friends of Florida does not support final task force reports (1000 Friends of Florida, October 23, 2020)

Letter to FDOT Secretary Thibault outlining grave concerns with M-CORES task force reports (1000 Friends of Florida, October 8, 2020)

M-CORES:  A Detour Around Accountability (1000 Friends of Florida and Sierra Club Florida Chapter)

PD & E Recommendations (1000 Friends of Florida)

Guiding Principles Recommendations and Cover Letter (1000 Friends of Florida)

Broadband, Economic Development and M-CORES (1000 Friends of Florida)

On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 1000 Friends of Florida sent a letter to the Florida Department of Transportation regarding concerns associated with the M-CORES planning process. These relate to numerous requirements in Senate Bill 7068 and sections 338.223 and 339.135, Florida Statutes, applicable to planning for and evaluating the M-CORES corridors.

“Provisions in state law clearly indicate that, among other things, the Task Forces are charged with identifying the need for, economic impacts of, and economic feasibility of their respective M-CORES corridors,” notes Tim Jackson, a transportation planner and long-time member of 1000 Friends’ Board of Directors. “It is imperative that these and other issues be added to the agenda for the next meeting of each of the three task forces to allow time to identify the data needed and timeline to make informed recommendations.” FDOT staff have agreed to meet in late January to discuss these concerns.

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