On Monday, November 13 Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (Florida’s Turnpike) held a groundbreaking ceremony and open house for its new center for transportation innovation, SunTrax.
SunTrax, a long-term partnership between the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida’s Turnpike and Florida Polytechnic University (Florida Poly), includes a 2.25 mile oval track on a 400-acre site in the city of Auburndale.
Centrally located between Tampa and Orlando, SunTrax will be within 45 minutes of Florida’s Turnpike headquarters in Ocoee, centralizing testing operations.
Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, Executive Director of Florida’s Turnpike said: “As a leader in transportation technology, Florida is creating this high-tech hub for the research, development, and testing of emerging transportation technologies related to tolling, intelligent transportation systems and other advanced transportation concepts. SunTrax enhances Florida’s place at the forefront of new transportation and tolling technologies, while providing Florida Poly a unique opportunity for its students to participate in the testing and development of transportation technologies and innovations.”