With the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) as clients, RS&H is helping shape the present and future of mobility in Northeast Florida.
RS&H is leading with the evaluation and design of express lanes on Interstates 95 and 295, the implementation of the First Coast Expressway, as well as the proposed Ultimate Urban Circulator (U2C) in Jacksonville. The projects are part of the North Florida Smart Region, as the area aims to implement new and emerging technologies through integrated systems management and operations.
The region will be in the national spotlight in June, as the JAX Chamber joins the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at a Washington, D.C., fly-in. RS&H Planning Group Leader Rob Palmer will be on hand to discuss transportation and infrastructure initiatives, including how automation is altering the transportation landscape.
“The goal is to educate and inform our clients not just in Northeast Florida but across the country,” Palmer said. “We need to look at how we prepare new infrastructure for needs five to 20 years from now. Our transportation plans will continue to tighten as technology continues advancing at a rapid pace.”
Earlier this year, RS&H, the JAX Chamber and University of North Florida hosted U.S. and Florida Chamber members for a two-day workshop to examine emerging technologies affecting travel, parking, circulation and transit. The group discussed areas to focus on over the next five to 10 years, as well as what education, infrastructure and testing areas Northeast Florida is in a good position to accelerate.
RS&H Vice President Kim Holland led a panel discussion on the existing transportation landscape with North Florida TPO Executive Director Jeff Sheffield, Aviation Systems Engineering Company Director Brent Klavon and Jacksonville Aviation Authority Senior Manager of Aviation Planning and Spaceport Development Todd Linder.
Palmer then led a discussion on the future landscape, featuring a panel of transportation and autonomous technology experts from near and far. Grayson Brulte, the co-founder and president of a California-based consulting firm that specializes in designing innovation and technology strategies for a global marketplace, joined Dr. Dean Bushey, the director of autonomous services for Florida Polytechnic University. Elite Parking Services of America President and CEO Dane Grey and Brad Thoburn, JTA’s Vice President of Planning, Development and Innovation rounded out the panel.
More than 150 attended the event, which included tours of JTA, UNF, Jacksonville University and the Mayo Clinic.