The 2019 Florida Travel Choices Awards were presented at the 2019 Florida Commuter Transportation Summit on May 31, 2019.  The Florida Travel Choices Awards recognize excellence in Florida public transportation.  The Florida Travel Choices Awards are divided into three categories:

  • Marketing Excellence
  • Innovative Program
  • Leadership

2019 Florida Travel Choices Awards

Innovative Program Award:  2019 Go DTO: Downtown Orlando Commute Challenge, reThink Your Commute

The Innovation Award is given to a Florida public transportation system, commuter assistance program, transportation management organization or other Florida entity that has designed and implemented specific public transportation-related programs that demonstrate innovative concepts or effective problem-solving techniques. The program should be of proven value and adaptable for use by others.


The 3rd annual Go DTO Downtown Orlando Commute Challenge took place from July-December, 2018. This version of the campaign saw more innovation as the campaign shifted from a trip-tracking challenge to utilizing the Pictition platform to help put a face on various modes of commuting. Separate pledge boards were created for six different commute options and the timeframe was expanded from one month to 6 months. The longer effort allowed the CAP team to create more targeted programming around each option. The implementation of these “mode moments” included Carpool King for a Day, employer SunRail trips and more. The budget for this project was approximately $12,000. The concept has certainly proven adaptable – we love seeing the success that the Tampa Bay area has had in rolling out their Tampa Bay Commuters pledge this year!

Marketing Excellence: 2019 Tourism + Transit Summit, Space Coast Area Transit and reThink Your Commute

Recognizing excellence in Florida public transportation-related marketing including advertising campaigns, electronic media, print media and special events.

The 2019 Tourism + Transit Summit brought together business leaders, elected officials and other stakeholders from across Brevard County to show their love for transit on Valentine’s Day. The event featured Peter Kageyama, author of “For the Love of Cities” and “Love Where You Live” as the keynote speaker. Thanks to the support of local businesses including the Space Coast office of Tourism and Carnival Cruise Line, participants were able to travel aboard Space Coast Area Transit buses to a docked cruise ship for lunch and continued conversation. The event also featured the opportunity to win a 3-day cruise to the Bahamas courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line. Continued partnerships were key for this event success.  CAP support was $6,500.

Leadership Award: Libertad Acosta-Anderson, FDOT District 5

The Leadership Award honors a Florida individual who has made outstanding contributions to the public transportation industry. This award may be conferred upon a public transportation policy maker or private citizen who has made outstanding contributions to public transportation at the local or state level.

Libertad has been unwavering in her support of reThink, the District 5 Commuter Assistance Program. She actively participates in reThink sponsored events and advocates for commuter programs at FDOT Leadership meetings. Libertad convinced the FDOT Executive Board to create and support Statewide Mobility Week.

Mobility Week is a coordinated and concentrated celebration of week-long activities geared towards promoting awareness of transportation choices and safety in collaboration with partner agencies to create greater synergy and visibility. The goal is to encourage regional and local government agencies to cooperatively adopt policies that promote sustainable mobility, as well as plan, design and implement as system of complete streets that promote active transportation and livable communities. The 2018 Mobility week supported 93 events in 6 FDOT Districts with 141 partners participating. Libertad is increasing the visibility of commuter assistance activities department-wide. She accomplished this by tying all the activities back to meeting goals in the department’s FTP.