The TPO is wrapping up the first phase of a research study to evaluate the fast changing dynamics of new emerging land uses related to merchandise distribution centers. Jacksonville is an attractive location for these centers because of our interstate access, robust rail system and exceptional port. Companies can deliver to 60 million people within an eight-hour drive of Jacksonville.
Amazon has two fulfillment centers, a sorting center and a delivery station in Jacksonville. Wayfair recently announced the development of a distribution facility at Cecil Commerce Center. Now that consumers expect online vendors to provide next-day or even same-day delivery, we must ensure that transportation planning takes these cultural shifts into account. The next study phase will develop trip generation rates specific to these unique centers based on data collection and operations.