FDOT Agrees To $74M In Funding For Commuter Rail Between Aventura & Fort Lauderdale

The Florida Department of Transportation has agreed to provide $74.2 million towards construction of a Broward commuter rail line, according to a tweet from County Mayor Michael Udine.

The rail service is expected to be similar to Tri-Rail in station spacing, headways, and ticket pricing, but will run through eastern areas that are much more densely populated on tracks shared with Brightline.

It will begin in Aventura (tying in Miami-Dade’s Northeast Corridor) and run to downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Construction on the $300m+ project is expected to begin in 2025, according to a newsletter produced by FDOT.

On August 25th the Broward County Commission adopted a locally preferred alternative for the line, with stations recommended at:

• City of Hollywood (between Tyler Street and Taylor Street)
• Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
• City of Fort Lauderdale (between SW 15th and SW 17th Streets, near Broward Health Medical Center)

Brightline is said to have told officials it no longer plans a station at FLL, leaving only the commuter rail station.

Additional infill stations will be considered once the system is in operation.

Officials will work to unify the Broward system with Miami Dade’s Northeast Corridor, which should allow commuter trains from downtown Miami to downtown Fort Lauderdale and FLL.

They are also working on a northern extension to Palm Beach.

 

 

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Melo is sigma and Chad
20 days ago

I say broward needs a street car or metromover too

Anonymous
20 days ago

I say no. No need for free raised short busses or traffic clogging street cars. It DOES need rail service along US1.

Alcoholiotic
20 days ago

Welp, we’ll just depend on you to provide us with all of South Florida’s transportation needs.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Who’s we? I’m not your mommy. You’re on your own to get to dance class.

One more lane bro
20 days ago

Streetcars don’t clog traffic, cars block streetcars. Cars ARE traffic.

Anonymous
20 days ago

no, streetcars create a mess.

MINDSET
19 days ago

Especially when there’s a wreck on the streets or roads.

Jerome
19 days ago

Your logic is backwards. Streetcars function like buses or trams by removing cars from the road by giving people another option other than driving.

Anonymous
18 days ago

Buses stop in traffic lanes and force traffic around them, plus most buses outside the I95 xpress are barely half filled. Not worth the few extra cars taken off the road. And many bus riders still would not be driving if not for the bus.

Anonymous
19 days ago

For what, the 4 blocks of downtown FTL? Legs broken?

MoistViolation
15 days ago

With the way people drive in SFL? Street cars will get into an accident every other block, aside from the fact they won’t make a dent in traffic.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Wow this is becoming a giant mess. South Florida needs trirail on the fec tracks to serve the entire region and then let brightline run their express trains from mia/ftl/wpb

Anonymous
20 days ago

TriRail should have been on the US1 tracks to begin with. It runs through higher density areas and more business centers than the I95 tracks do.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Tri-Rail was meant to be a temporary traffic reliever during I-95 construction, not a permanent transit solution. Remember, this is South Florida after all – good things usually aren’t intentional.

Billy
20 days ago

Tri Rail is filthy and unsafe

Anonymous
20 days ago

I’ve taken trirail often and I wouldn’t say that

Anonymous
20 days ago

TriRail is expected to use the FEC tracks once they get approval from the Feds. They have a $70 million dollar platform at Miami Central just for that.

anononon
20 days ago

No, they are just going to use them for the final mile downtown.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Yea this is false. The platform downtown currently is only meant to connect the current trirail along 95 to downtown Miami so you don’t have to transfer to the metrorail at Hialeah or the airport

Choo Choo
19 days ago

Brightline commuter rail’s service will in all likelihood be identical to what Tri Rail service would be.

MoistViolation
15 days ago

TriRail providing local service on the FEC tracks would be great (assuming TriRail gets better rolling stock), but the bigger problem is that there is not enough trackage to make that happen. You aren’t going to effectively run Brightline express service without at least a third track.

Two tracks will severely slow down Brightline, and they aren’t going to go for that,

What is criminal, though, is Brightline not adding a station at FLL. Talk about a low IQ and small mindedness.

Yet Another Anonymous
20 days ago

Skipping past Hallandale Beach again like Tri-Rail.

Anonymous
19 days ago

Yes, they are ignoring the density and demand around Hallandale Beach Blvd.

Happy Local
20 days ago

This is a great step! Hopefully more to come, but cheers to some forward progress on a giant and highly rational need!

Robin Stan
19 days ago

Only good thing FDOT has done in recent years.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Que the cheese and wine cellar about there not being an FLL station, despite the entire extent of the track being curved.

Anonymous
19 days ago

I’m assuming Brightline backed out of FLL bc of their station in downtown Ft.Lauderdale?

Ellis.
15 days ago

Ellis, Never Built Anything With a 20mil or a 50 project from the Ocean or Beach. That project will belong to the Ocean or back to the Great Mother Earth and More.?

anonymous
20 days ago

okay, please, but hopefully, this runs in conjunction with the miami-dade commuter rail.. aka brightline (because lobbyists have to make $$$$)

Anonymous
20 days ago

B-but, I though FDOT were big bad bullies who didn’t like rail?

Kitty w
20 days ago

Useful comment. We’re all richer for having read this. As are People who read this. Thank you

Alcoholiotic
20 days ago

lol…

uhh
20 days ago

Y-you’re right! South Florida has SOOO many trains! Broward especially! Every Broward resident takes the train to work.

Vancouverism
19 days ago

Light rail or Tram is the right answer. An invasive Tri-rail is not human scale

I love to assume
18 days ago

Dang… now we gotta hunt down and eliminate Tri-rail trains.

Anonymous
18 days ago

evidently Vancouverism is similar to alcoholism