South Florida Regional Planning Council

Southeast Florida - Facts at a Glance


Growing Population - On June 6th, 2003 , the U.S. Office of Management and Budget officially recognized what South Florida ís residents have known for a long time: Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties comprise one large urbanized region.  Yes, itís official Ė with 5.2 million residents our region is now the sixth largest in the nation, surpassing the Washington , Atlanta , and Detroit metropolitan statistical areas.   South Florida ís population is expected to increase by more than 2.6 million, raising the regionís population to 7.8 million, by 2030. 


Increasing Congestion - From 1982 to 1999 the regionís population increased 42% while the average number of miles driven by each driver increased 62%.  South Floridians are spending an increasing amount of traveling time stuck in traffic.


Regional Partnerships = Local and Regional Success - No one county can meaningfully address growing regional transportation impacts within its borders working in isolation.  The transit needs in the region far outweigh any one countyís ability to secure adequate resources working alone.


Needs are greater than resources - 2025 Estimate of Unfunded Transit Needs in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties = $6.462 billion


South Florida ís Congressional and State Legislative Delegations - South Florida ís elected federal and state representatives currently represent over 30% of the elected membership of the Florida Congressional Delegation and State Legislature.  A unified regional ď South Florida Ē agenda supported by Palm Beach , Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties í federal and state legislative representatives would greatly increase the regionís political power and ability to access a wide range of resources.


TEA-21 Reauthorization - A special funding opportunity exists this year with the reauthorization of the federal Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21).  Because the Transportation Equity Act is currently reauthorized every six years, the region must act now to maximize the 2003 opportunity to secure transportation dollars or wait until 2009.   With TEA-21 reauthorization, many more projects will qualify for funding than there will be funding available. A unified South Florida Legislative Delegation will be critical to the regionís success in accessing these limited dollars.   





For more information please contact Isabel Cosio Carballo ( or Christina Miskis ( of Council staff via email or by telephone at (954) 985-4416.



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Last edited on December 10, 2008