Considering Technology and Resilience in the Florida Transportation Plan
Jim Halley, A.A.E., ACE
Florida Department of Transportation,
Office of Policy Planning
Statewide Planning Coordinator
This seminar took place on April 10th, 2020.
Technology is constantly evolving and changing the way people interact with one another, work, do business, travel, and even how they buy groceries. New and emerging technologies offer the potential for a safer, more efficient transportation system; more connectivity globally and locally; and streamlined business practices. However, increased reliance on technology brings other challenges to the forefront like cybersecurity and data privacy. Transportation partners need to make wise decisions today to prepare for this future.
Natural hazards, cyberattacks, and other events can have significant and unexpected impacts on Florida. Simultaneously, trends such as sea level rise and global economic shifts can lead to progressive challenges. These events and trends can result in unanticipated transportation system disruptions and increasing constraints on infrastructure, impeding access to reliable mobility. The impact on the lives of residents and visitors and the flow of business and trade can be extensive. It is critical to prepare Florida’s transportation system to be adaptive in the face of these events and trends. Planning for resilience leverages our understanding of potential hazards to mitigate risk, make wiser investment decisions, and provide more reliable transportation.
Jim Halley graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management in 2003 and from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with an M.B.A. in Aviation in 2014. After spending time as an active duty Marine Corps Officer upon graduating from Florida Tech, Mr. Halley worked as an airport planner with the Lee County Port Authority/Southwest Florida International Airport. Jim has since worked for two aviation consulting firms – Talbert and Bright in NC and Kimley-Horn in FL – as well as multiple airports within Florida. Jim has served as the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Aviation System Development Manager for the majority of the past 4 ½ years where he managed FDOT’s public-use aviation system program, the Continuing Florida Aviation System Planning Process, and FDOT’s airport sustainability efforts. Jim recently transitioned into a new role with the department as the Statewide Planning Coordinator for the FDOT Office of Policy Planning where he will manage tasks related to the Florida Transportation Plan update and lead public and partner outreach and Policy Planning’s Automated, Connected, Electric, and Shared (ACES) Vehicles efforts. Jim served 8 years as a U.S. Marine special operations team leader and artillery officer and has nearly 12 years of experience in airport operations, planning, development, and management. Jim is an Accredited Airport Executive and Airport Certified Employee, both through the American Association of Airport Executives, a licensed skydiver through the U.S. Parachute Association, and was named to Airport Business Magazine’s “Top 40 under 40 Aviation Professionals” in 2017.