County awarded BUILD grant to reimagine mobility in Central Florida

The grant funding will go toward creating new and modifying existing infrastructure in Lake Nona

November 12, 2019
Lake Nona autonomous shuttles mobility
Autonomous shuttle in Lake Nona community. Image courtesy Tavistock Development Company

Orange County, Florida, today was awarded a $20 million BUILD grant by the U.S. DOT to create a Local Alternative Mobility Network (LAMN) in the Lake Nona community in the city of Orlando.

The BUILD grant—the first of its kind awarded to Central Florida—funding will go toward creating new and modifying existing infrastructure in Lake Nona, including multimodal corridors with dedicated autonomous vehicle (AV) lanes, bicycle and pedestrian pathways, an integrated and multiuse mobility hub, and support for AVs, all designed to reduce automobile dependency. 

“With this ambitious project, we strive to create better mobility options,” Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings said in a statement. “This is about looking ahead to new technologies and innovative transportation solutions to ensure the future mobility of our residents and visitors.”

The LAMN project includes five major components aimed at reducing automobile dependency: a full-service mobility hub, infrastructure for autonomous vehicles, a bicycle transportation network, linear park, and linear park bridge. Each component is designed to work with the others to enable intelligent solutions for regional and local transportation in Lake Nona, and will better connect residents, visitors, veterans and students to employment centers, medical facilities, essential services, retail, education and entertainment options. BUILD grant funding will support the planning, design, and construction of each component’s critical infrastructure.

The highly competitive BUILD grant program funds investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are awarded to projects that have a significant local or regional impact.

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SOURCE: Lake Nona / Tavistock Development Company / Orange County

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