On June 20, 2003, Governor Jeb Bush signed into law legislation creating the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority and began a promising new chapter in South Florida's transportation and economic future and quality of life.
With the creation of the Authority, the region moves one step closer to the development of a regional multi-modal transit system that will alleviate road congestion and give residents and visitors the ability to move easily throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
The region's key business leaders, organized as the Regional Business Alliance, spearheaded the initiative to pass enacting legislation during the 2003 legislative session. The legislation, as originally proposed, was unanimously supported by the Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County Commissions; the Tri-County Commuter Rail Authority; the Regional Transportation Organization; the Metropolitan Planning Organizations; the South Florida and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Councils; and many of the region's elected leaders and business chambers. The region's media leaders, including the Sun-Sentinel, the Herald, the South Florida Business Journal, Miami Today, and the Palm Beach Post played a critical role in the passage of the legislation.
The South Florida Regional Planning Council, in partnership with the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, contributed its expertise and significant staff resources to aide the passage of this important legislation. In addition to hosting the Regional Business Alliance meetings, the Councils provided technical assistance, prepared the Regional Transportation Authority White Paper, and served as a central source of information and connection point for supporters of the proposal.
Prepared by the Senate Committee on Transportation
CS/CS/SB 686 - F.S. Chapter 2003-159
CS/CS/SB 686 — Transportation by Comprehensive Planning Committee, Transportation Committee, Senators Klein, Villalobos, Dawson, Margolis, Wasserman Schultz, Campbell and Bullard
This legislation amends ss. 343.51 , 343.52 , 343.53, 343.54 , 343.55 , 343.56 , 343.57 , 112.3148 , 768.28 , and creates s. 343.58 , F.S. The legislation replaces the Tri-County Commuter Rail Authority with the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) whose proposed authority would extend to any transit system in the three affected counties with approval by the county commission with authority over the transit agency. The governing board of SFRTA will consist of nine members: one county commissioner from each of the three affected counties, selected by each county commission; one resident from each county, selected by each county commission, representing business or civic interests; one representative of Florida’s Department of Transportation selected by its Secretary; and two residents of any of the three counties selected by the Governor.
The legislation provides if the SFRTA service area is expanded the new member county on the SFRTA will be represented by one member appointed by the county commission for that county; one resident from the county, selected by the county commission, representing business or civic interests; and one resident of the county selected by the Governor.
legislation authorizes the authority to expand the service area of the
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