The Shared-Use Nonmotorized (SUN) Trail Program was created due to increasing demands continue to be placed on the state’s transportation system by a growing economy, continued population growth, and increasing tourism. The state also faces significant challenges to providing additional capacity to the conventional transportation system exist and will require enhanced accommodation of alternative travel modes to meet the needs of residents and visitors. With the goal of improving bicyclist and pedestrian safety for both residents and visitors as the highest priority the SUN Trail Program was created. The development of a nonmotorized trail network will increase mobility and recreational alternatives for Florida’s residents and visitors, enhance economic prosperity, enrich quality of life, enhance safety, and reflect responsible environmental stewardship. To that end, it is the intent of the program to efficiently providing transportation projects to develop the Florida Shared-Use Nonmotorized Trail Network, consisting of a statewide network of nonmotorized trails which allows nonmotorized vehicles and pedestrians to access a variety of origins and destinations with limited exposure to motorized vehicles.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) shall include the Florida Shared-Use Nonmotorized Trail Network in its work program developed pursuant to Florida State Statue: 339.135. For purposes of funding and maintaining projects within the network, the department shall allocate in its program and resource plan a minimum of $25 million annually, beginning in the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
The Florida Department of Transportation is soliciting new proposals for funding Regional Trail System and Individual Trail projects through the Shared-Use Nonmotorized (SUN) Trail program for inclusion in the Tentative Five Year Work Program development cycle. Projects programmed for this cycle will be funded as early as Fiscal Years 2023/2024.
To receive consideration for SUN Trail funding, the District Trail Coordinator must receive a separate, complete “Request for Funding” for each eligible Regional or Individual Trail project with applicable information, including the prioritization, and required signatures beginning October 5, 2017 and no later than 5 p.m. (EST) on December 15, 2017.
For more information, visit FDOT's SUN Trail Program Website
|SUN Trail Program Schedule|
|October 2016||Adopted Work Program - SUN Trail funded projects Fiscal Years 2016/2017|
|July 1, 2017||Adopted Work Program - SUN Trail funded projects through Fiscal Years 2020/2021|
|Underway||Development of the Preliminary Tentative Five-Year Work Program through Fiscal Years 2022/2023|
October 5, 2017 - December 15, 2017
Tentative Five Year Work Program development cycle through Fiscal Years 2023/2024.
New Project Solicitation Period
|July 1, 2018||Adoption of Work Program - SUN Trail funded projects through Fiscal Years 2022/2023|
|July 1, 2019||Adoption of Work Program - SUN Trail funded projects through Fiscal Years 2023/2024|