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About the Study

Project Overview

The SR50 / UCF Connector Alternatives Analysis Study is focused on identifying the issues, opportunities, and recommended improvements related to transportation in the SR 50 Corridor, with a particular focus on transit. When complete, this study will provide a clear understanding of the transit needs, the range of potential solutions, and the locally preferred alternative solutions for addressing the corridor’s transit needs.

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The Study covers a two-mile wide east-west corridor following State Road 50, bound by the Orange County / Lake County line on the west side and stretching to Alafaya Trail (State Road 434) to the east. The study area also includes a two-mile wide north-south corridor along Alafaya Trail north of SR 50, extending up to UCF and ending at the Seminole County Line.

The study process relies on input and participation by public agencies at the local, regional, State, and Federal levels; by community groups, residents, and travelers; and by businesses, employers, and institutions that have a stake in the corridor. The study will develop potential strategies and evaluate them based on broad set of transportation and land use criteria in order to help inform the selection of the locally preferred alternative strategy or set of strategies. Once a locally preferred alternative is chosen, this will be recommended and advanced for further development, funding, and implementation.

How is the Study funded?

The Study has been funded through a grant administered by the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) for the Alternatives Analysis (AA) Program. Grant recipients are selected through a competitive process, based on the project’s potential to meet long-term transit goals and anticipated economic benefits.

US DOT, EPA, and HUD jointly developed six Livability Principles that are being used to help guide the development and evaluation of transportation alternatives as part of the Study. The six principles are as follows:

  • Promote more transportation choices
  • Promote equitable, affordable housing
  • Enhance economic competitiveness
  • Support existing communities
  • Coordinate and leverage Federal policies and investment
  • Value communities and neighborhoods.

For more information, visit the Sustainable Communities website.

Study Schedule

The SR50 / UCF Connector Alternatives Analysis started in April 2013 and will last approximately 18 months. The detailed project schedule is shown below. The study process is divided into five main phases designed to answer core questions:

  • What are the issues, opportunities, goals, and objectives? What are the purpose and needs of the corridor?
  • What are our choices/alternatives?
  • Which alternatives best meet our needs, goals, and objectives?
  • Which alternative do we want to move forward?
  • How can we best fund and implement the preferred alternative?

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Why is SR 50 Important?

State Road (SR) 50 runs east-west through the heart of Central Florida and connects thousands of people to employment, shopping, healthcare, education, recreation and other activities. Given its regional importance and high levels of transit use, SR 50 is a top transit priority corridor for LYNX, the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority. In April 2013, LYNX began a study of the SR 50 corridor to provide a clear understanding of the transportation issues facing the corridor, propose alternative solutions to address these issues, and analyze the cost, benefit and impact of each alternative.

The Study Area, shown in gray on the map below, includes a 27-mile stretch of SR 50 between the Orange County/Lake County line and Alafaya Trail (SR 434); as well as a three-mile stretch of Alafaya Trail itself, generally between SR 50 and the University of Central Florida (UCF). For the purposes of this project, the Study Area also includes a two-mile wide buffer (one mile on either side of SR 50 and Alafaya Trail).

This corridor is a dynamic, diverse area that includes several existing activity centers, such as UCF, Downtown Orlando, Health Central Hospital, and Fashion Square Mall, along with opportunities for redevelopment immediately adjacent to the corridor. The study will evaluate the transit service alternatives to serve existing activity centers while also considering the potential for transit-oriented development/redevelopment in the study area.

With the ongoing expansion of LYMMO, the introduction of SunRail, and other complementary LYNX transit corridor initiatives, high quality transit service in the SR 50 study corridor will provide a crucial east / west connection that is an important piece of the larger Central Florida transit system.

LYNX is sponsoring this study, which is being funded through a grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). By following the federal Alternatives Analysis (AA) study process, the study team will be able to assess a range of solutions within this priority corridor, resulting in a locally recommended set of transportation improvements to be advanced for further review. In addition, the project will become eligible for federal funding in future phases.

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What is the Recommended Alternative for SR 50?

The SR 50 Locally Preferred Alternative is BRT service traveling in mixed-traffic. The alignment would run along SR 50 from Oakland in west Orange County to Parramore Avenue. It would then turn south to serve the Downtown area using the proposed exclusive lanes of the LYMMO Lime line along Amelia Avenue and Livingston Street, continuing east to LYNX Central Station (LCS). Connection to LCS will provide transfers opportunities to the rest of the LYNX bus system and SunRail. From LCS it uses the existing exclusive lanes of the LYMMO Orange line and then turns north onto the Orange Avenue and Magnolia Avenue one-way pair, and travels east along SR 50 to Alafaya Trail, and north to UCF.

The project will be implemented in two phases. Phase 1 will initially provide BRT service to the portion of the corridor with the highest immediate need (minimum operating segment), between Powers Drive and Goldenrod Road, a total of approximately 12.2 miles. This alternative is projected to serve approximately 14,300 riders per day with an estimated capital cost of $36 million ($2 million per mile) and additional operating and maintenance cost of $2 million per year. Phase 1 is proposed to operate at 10-minute frequencies during peak times and 15-minute frequencies during off-peak times while maintaining the existing local service routes along SR 50. It will include premium transit features such as enhanced stations, unique bus branding, transit signal priority, off-board ticketing, and user amenities such as free Wi-Fi on the bus.

The alternative is coupled with an enhanced connection between two of the biggest activity centers in the region, Downtown Orlando and the UCF area, through an Express Bus Service. The Express Bus Service is anticipated to be implemented in the fall of 2016.

Phase 2 will consider extending BRT service to Oakland and UCF, expanding the total length of the corridor to 30 miles, and would be implemented in later years. The implementation will depend upon future growth and development patterns along SR 50 and the associated ridership demand.

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SR 50 Health Impact Assessment

MetroPlan Orlando is conducting a Health Impact Assessment on the SR 50 LPA to help decision-makers better understand the benefits or impacts of the SR 50 BRT on the overall health of the communities that would be served by this proposed transit investment. This would include potential impacts of the SR 50 BRT on the physical, social, and emotional health of community members through improved:

  1. Access to goods and services
  2. Access to jobs and education
  3. Mobility through non-automobile travel
  4. Economic development opportunities

An HIA can help decision-makers understand how BRT investment can benefit or impact the health of the communities along the SR 50 Corridor. More information on the SR 50 HIA can be found on this website.

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