Air quality is directly affected by our transportation choices. In Central Florida, the emissions released from cars, trucks and boats, account for more than 60% of our air pollution. While more fuel efficient cars and hybrids are positively impacting our air quality; these changes simply aren't enough. MetroPlan Orlando works hard to create plans that include transportation options to help improve air quality.
Knowing that an effective transportation system must include all types of transportation, our 2030 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) focuses heavily on transit and improving bicycle and pedestrian access. Our goal is to help people get from point A to point B using various options that help improve air quality. To learn more, please visit the LRTP section of our website.
Air Quality Plan
MetroPlan Orlando partnered with the University of Central Florida to develop an Air Quality Contingency Plan for our three-county area. This plan identifies cost effective ways to reduce emissions and improve air quality in our community. View the final report below.
The Clean Air Act
The Clean Air Act defines the Environmental Protections Agency's responsibilities for protecting and improving the nation's air quality. This federal law gives the EPA the authority to establish national air quality standards to protect public health and to regulate hazardous air pollutants.
The EPA will soon announce new, stricter air quality standards. Regions will have to plan transportation alternatives that will not cause or contribute to new air quality violations, worsen existing violations, or delay timely attainment of the relevant national air quality standards. If an area is designated nonattainment - meaning not meeting or exceeding the current standard - they must put together a plan to improve air quality.
For years, Central Florida has barely met the standard. Without actions to improve our air quality in the near future, our three-county area could be in jeopardy of being designated as nonattainment and losing valuable transportation dollars.
Air Quality Monitoring
Our air quality is monitored daily through specified stations in each county. To find out what the standings are in your community, visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection website. Use the interactive map to first choose your county, your monitoring station, and the relevant month. Current readings are recorded and available daily.
Clean Air Team
In 1999, MetroPlan Orlando initiated the development of the Clean Air Team. The Team is a broad-based community group that encourages people to develop and practice clean air habits. Click here to learn more.