Fort Lauderdale moving forward on downtown streetcar

By Michael Turnbell, Sun Sentinel
January 22, 2012
FORT LAUDERDALE—
In a city where the car is practically worshipped, are drivers ready to leave their wheels behind and catch the Wave?

After years of planning, Fort Lauderdale is on track to join cities like Portland, Ore., Denver and Tampa with its own fixed-rail downtown electric streetcar system. Next month, officials hope to get federal clearance on the project’s environmental impact, making it eligible for federal money for design and construction.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-lauderdale-downtown-streetcar-20120122,0,2816992.story

10 Comments

  1. yellows2k

    June 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Fort Lauderdale streetcar plans get federal boost

    By William Gibson June 19, 2012 02:44 PM

    Fort Lauderdale’s plan to build a visitor-friendly streetcar system to link its shops and downtown buildings will get a major boost this week when U.S. transportation officials dispense an $18-million grant for the first segment of the long-awaited project.

    http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/dcblog/2012/06/fort_lauderdale_streetcar_plan.html

  2. yellows2k

    June 20, 2012 at 9:15 pm




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    [SIZE=23px]Fort Lauderdale Wave Streetcar Gets Green Light

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    June 19, 2012[/SIZE][/COLOR]
    [SIZE=4][FONT=Arial][SIZE=16px]WASHINGTON – Earlier today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood informed U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) that an $18 million transportation TIGER grant she has championed for seven years, the Fort Lauderdale Wave Streetcar Project, would be funded.[/SIZE][/FONT][/SIZE]
    [SIZE=4][FONT=Arial][SIZE=16px]The money will go toward the first phase of the project that will eventually have streetcars running along a 2.7-mile corridor in downtown Fort Lauderdale.[/SIZE][/FONT][/SIZE]
    [SIZE=4][FONT=Arial][SIZE=16px]“This is wonderful news for South Florida. The Wave is a critical project because it will create jobs while also increasing transit ridership and spurring economic development. It continues the transformation of Broward County into a “livable community” – one which promotes transit-oriented development by enabling our residents to use a street car in place of single passenger vehicles to travel through the downtown Fort Lauderdale area.[/SIZE][/FONT][/SIZE]
    [SIZE=4][FONT=Arial][SIZE=16px]“After years of hard work and a team effort with business leaders as well as state and local government, we are grateful to Secretary LaHood and the Obama Administration for recognizing the importance of this investment in South Florida. I was pleased to be able to welcome Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff for a roundtable discussion with all of the community partners and a tour of the proposed site for the Wave streetcar project earlier this year. Our community effort paid off. This announcement is another example of the Obama Administration’s commitment to an economy built to last, by creating jobs through investments in transportation and infrastructure,” said Rep. Wasserman Schultz.[/SIZE][/FONT][/SIZE]
    [SIZE=4][FONT=Arial][SIZE=16px]“I am very pleased that the Department of Transportation has awarded an $18 million TIGER Grant to the Wave Streetcar project for downtown Fort Lauderdale. This is much-deserved funding for a worthy project that will greatly benefit the Broward community and South Florida as a whole,” said Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL). “Not only will this investment bring new, improved, and more efficient transportation to the region, but it will also create and support jobs. Additionally, the Wave promotes a livable community by integrating land use, transportation, economic development, and environmental sustainability. This grant award represents a significant step forward in making the Wave a reality, and I would like to take this opportunity to recognize all the project’s local and state partners for their ongoing leadership and commitment to this very important project.”[/SIZE][/FONT][/SIZE]
    [SIZE=4][FONT=Arial][SIZE=16px]“The Wave Streetcar is a key investment in the future of the City of Fort Lauderdale,” said Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler. “It will provide enhanced mobility and connectivity throughout our downtown, stimulate economic development, and promote long-term sustainability by offering a quick, convenient and environmentally-friendly public transportation alternative. We’d like to thank our members of Congress, our Senators and all of the agencies, organizations and governmental entities that have worked cooperatively to secure the funding to make this project a reality.”[/SIZE][/FONT][/SIZE]

    [SIZE=14px][SIZE=4][FONT=Arial][SIZE=16px]The Wave has community partnerships with Broward County, The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA), the State of Florida (FDOT), City of Fort Lauderdale, Downtown Development Authority, and the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization.[/SIZE][/SIZE][/SIZE][/FONT]

  3. Afi K. James

    June 21, 2012 at 1:05 am

    This is gonna be so cool when it’s finished.

  4. bigswinging

    July 16, 2012 at 3:45 am

    Fort Lauderdale Streetcar a Terrible Idea, Cato Institute Says
    http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2012/07/plans_for_fort_lauderdale_stre.php

  5. RogerMexico

    July 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Well that should come as no surprise as the Cato Institute is against any and all government spending.

  6. Afi K. James

    July 17, 2012 at 1:18 am

    RogerMexico, post: 1517, member: 45 wrote: Well that should come as no surprise as the Cato Institute is against any and all government spending.

    Because we don’t have the money, stop the spending period.

  7. MiamiHurricane

    February 12, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    This is a terrible idea. What a waste, all this will do is allow fat bankers and lawyers the ability to not burn calories when moving around to get lunch. We need a legit light rail system down here that moves east west from downtown to the sawgrass mall. You can connect to many things from there like the convention center and airport all while connecting the exact group of people who will use it, the PEOPLE.

  8. Afi K. James

    February 12, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    MiamiHurricane, post: 3473, member: 458 wrote: This is a terrible idea. What a waste, all this will do is allow fat bankers and lawyers the ability to not burn calories when moving around to get lunch. We need a legit light rail system down here that moves east west from downtown to the sawgrass mall. You can connect to many things from there like the convention center and airport all while connecting the exact group of people who will use it, the PEOPLE.

    Oh I’m sorry, people are not gonna give up their cars.

  9. MiamiHurricane

    February 12, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    “NO we do not need a down town light rail. Rail takes you somewhere, not round in bureaucratic circles. All a down town loop would do is connect the court house lawers and city workers with their banks and condos.
    What we DO need is a REAL light rail plan connecting the things real citizens need or want to get to.
    LOOP #1
    Airport to convention center, going high over intercostal and down to Pier 66, on piles down center of 17th to Bahia Mar (for boat shows) past Swimming haul of Fame (for swim meets), connecting the parking lot under Las Olas Bridge, (the only large parking lot on the beach) along Birch road to connect the hotels and motels, cutting over the corner of Bonnet House to rise high again over intercostal and coming down at Galaria,(and the buss stops at Galaria), Following sunrise, past Gateway, at 15th street connecting the public park and libarry on one side and Publix and Wallgreens on the other. Swinging over Holiday park, with stop at Play House and War Memorial buildings, then crossing US1 to come down the center of N Andrews on piles. Connecting city hall, central buss station, Rivierwalk and then rising over the river to continue south, Court House, and south down Andrews to County Hospital, (REVITALIZING south Andrews as it goes) and then continuing on to the Airport where it closes the loop.
    LOOP #2
    Runs from Tri Rail station and the large un-used commuter parking lot at Broward and I95 (the parking lot has it’s own I95 exit ramps that are almost never used), EAST along Broward, connects Police station, then on to down town and buss station. Connects with Loop #1 and circles back along Sistrunk (Revitalizing Sistrunk) and back to north side of the existing Commuter parking lot.
    LOOP3
    Extends loop 2 to the west, running long Broward, stop at Broward Mall, then jog to the north to have a stop as the hospital, the Library, the Counties Western buss terminus, and Broward county offices. Continuing along Broward past Heritage and eventually swinging north to get to the buss terminus at SawGrass Mall, then on to the Ariana. Runs as a two track two way spur with return traffic on parallel rail.
    A rail system must go far enough to provide an alternate way of getting there that is far enough away so that waiting for the train and paying for it is faster considerably faster than walking. Little loops don’t help anyone do anything except go to lunch at a local restaurant.
    Successful rail goes between places people want to go. Like food shops, malls, parks, beaches and transit connector hubs.
    Successful rail goes for enough distance that waiting for the train makes sense.
    Successful rail connects major transit hubs, like airports, cruse ship terminals, buss terminals, commuter parking lots.
    Successful urban rail connects RESIDENTS with SERVICES and RECREATION. To do that it must pass through or near residential neighborhoods and connect people with the stores where they do everyday shopping. The real world ain’t Disney.
    Just think what it would be like if someone in Victoria Park or Harbor View, can walk to the Beach Loop and be connected with Supermarkets, Banks, Libraries, Malls, Theaters, City offices, County Courts, Bus Stations, the Tri-Trail and the Airport.
    Om the other hand if it does not connect RESIDENTS or the people who come without cars, the TOURISTS, to the transport, services and entertainment in the city then it is nothing more than a tax payer supported bus to executive lunches for bankers and lawers.

    I got that from the comment section from here http://www.abetterftlauderdale.com/?p=291

  10. yellows2k

    March 13, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Broward has granted final approval to the Wave streetcar project:
    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-downtown-streetcar-project-20130312,0,6597481.story

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