At one point or another, everyone in South Florida probably has wished that Tri-Rail was on the FEC line. All Aboard Florida – the plan to put passenger rail on the FEC line running through Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando – makes that wish a reality. But All Aboard Florida is merely the first step in the inevitable public transportation evolution of South Florida.

All Aboard Florida provides the blueprint for public transportation to succeed on a broader scale by providing the infrastructure for success. Its intermodal hubs with connections to other transportation systems will trigger new development patterns focused on density, intensity and uses that make urban living better. People will begin to leave their cars behind, which will spur additional demand for commuter rail along the FEC corridor and further the evolution.

The evolution may profoundly impact your Florida business in the future. For example, if you’re in the hospitality business, the way potential customers get to your restaurant, plan a trip that includes nights at your hotel or cruise ship or decide what activities they include in their vacation will change. To address these changes, you may relocate, expand, restructure, form strategic partnerships, create new brands or products or take other steps designed to put your business in the best position to succeed. The key to addressing these changes is having better information than your competition and shaping how the changes occur.