using mobility fees to fund transit improvements GuidebooK
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Freight Logistics & Passenger Ops + Central Office
Over the past several years, there has been growing interest in developing alternative to transportation concurrency in Florida. Many communities are increasingly interested in and developing alternative programs. The most common one has been a mobility fee – a transportation system charge that allows local governments to assess the proportionate cost of transportation improvements needed to serve the demand generated by development projects.
These programs allow for more flexibility in the use of collected funds than a traditional roadway impact fee; can promote compact, mixed-use, and energy-efficient development; and are shared by all developments creating the need for transportation system investments. As communities explore these programs, they need help understanding the important questions and the available program options for developing their own mobility fee program – one that reflects their community goals and needs.
Renaissance developed a five-step customizable framework within an accessible and engaging guidebook to help local governments plan, develop, and implement a mobility fee program to fund local or regional transit and transit-supportive investments. Based on an extensive review of alternative mobility funding systems in Florida coupled with selected national best practices, it is a resource to help communities at all stages – from “thinking about a mobility fee” to improving an existing one.