MetroPlan Orlando researches current Central Florida trends to help plan for the region’s transportation needs. Tracking regional trends gives us insight into where the transportation system is doing well and what areas need improvement. It also gives us an indication of future needs.
The Tracking the Trends project stems from the Federal Highway Administration’s performance-based planning process. Throughout the year, MetroPlan Orlando maintains continuous monitoring of data to report any changes in trends. This data includes federal performance measures and regional targets. Some of the statistics include: traffic counts, vehicle miles traveled, Central Florida demographics, and data on traffic crashes.
Click on the graphic below to explore our most recently produced Tracking the Trends digital publication, which uses data from 2018 through 2020 (published in June 2021). Direct link to publication: MetroPlanOrlando.org/trends
A few notable takeaways from the most recent update include:
- People are driving more and using less fuel – Fuel efficient vehicles are causing vehicle miles traveled (VMT) to outpace fuel usage. Fuel taxes are reinvested back into transportation funding, which means that as fuel usage decreases, so will transportation funding. If no changes are made to the way transportation projects are funded, fuel tax revenue will continue to fall short in the effort to fund maintenance and capital improvements needed to support increased travel.
- SunRail has the best reliability in the region – When getting to an event, which mode of transportation is most reliable? When comparing all modes of travel, SunRail offers the best travel time reliability.
- Pedestrian fatalities are at unacceptable levels – Of the fatal crashes that occurred over the last five years, pedestrian crashes were the most prevalent, accounting for 27% of the total fatalities, reinforcing why we continue to focus on the safety of these most vulnerable users.
- Central Florida’s population is becoming more diverse – Hispanic or Latino populations (of any race) in the region represent the most significant increase in population, increasing 197% since 2000. Since 2012, 96% of population increases have been populations of color.
- Visitor lodging preferences are changing, leading to more driving – Vacation homes and short-term rentals now account for over a quarter of available accommodation options when compared with hotels and motels, signifying a change in lodging preference. This affects the transportation system, with many of these rentals located in residential neighborhoods away from the more established commercial areas with many hotels clustered nearby. This leads to longer trips as these areas tend to be further from the attractions and typically have less access to transit.
Archived Transportation Trends Reports
Visit our Tracking Transportation Trends archive to view reports from previous years.