FDOT Funding Planning For Fort Lauderdale Airport People Mover System

The Florida Department of Transportation has agreed to provide funding to help plan for a people mover system at Fort Lauderdale Airport, the Broward County Aviation Department announced.

The agency agreed to contribute $12.95 million for preliminary planning work that will help move the project to the design and development phase, and will also fund construction of a pedestrian bridge between the proposed system and the airport’s new Terminal 5.

Construction could begin in 3 to 5 years, with completion between 2028 and 2030.

A monorail similar to the one at Disney is likely to be used, but plans have not yet been finalized, a Broward commissioner told the Sun Sentinel.

The people mover would have stops at the airport’s rental car area, parking garage, and future Intermodal Center.

In total, the airport system alone is estimated to cost $600 million.

The people mover is proposed as an elevated guideway and train system 60-65 feet above ground level, with six stations in a u-shaped closed loop. The loop would become bi-directional as part of a second phase.

Eventually, there could be an extension from the Intermodal Center to Port Everglades and the Broward County Convention Center, but it would be spearheaded by a separate department in Broward, likely the Transit Department.

Brightline’s tracks run pas by the airport’s east side, and the company is also now studying building a station there.

 

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Anonymous
6 months ago

Studies over studies. A pot of gold for planners, engineers, and other professional to milk from for years to come without any physical progress ever becoming a reality.

Fern
6 months ago

We don’t build anything in this country, we just study maybe deciding to do a study about building something

Original
6 months ago

Um, this is in Broward county.. you’re thinking about MiamiDade county.

Yet Another Anonymous
6 months ago

Broward even worse. Wave Streetcar

Anonymous
6 months ago

some people will champion even the lamest of public transit proposals like the Wave streetcar…. have some discretion, not all transit proposals are good

Anonymous
6 months ago

Says somebody who probably thinks the Metromover should be expanded to Miami Beach rather than the Metrorail, despite the latter being more feasible from a capacity and speed perspective, because he doesn’t want to pay fares… The Wave would have been great to connect the greater downtown area with Brightline.

Original
6 months ago

What make you think the Metromover will always be free? And what make you think everyone need to or want to zoom from a Metromover stop to stop at 60 miles an hour? And what makes you think you know what’s “feasible” to make a smooth transition over to Miami Beach from a capacity, speed, and cost perspective?

Anonymous
6 months ago

^^says somebody who knows nothing about anything

Ugh
6 months ago

12 million for a freaking study?!!!

Drac
6 months ago

The people who’re going to do the study have expensive taste!

Fred
6 months ago

And if they didn’t do a pre bid study, or a pre construction study, you’re heads would all explode in anger when something was overlooked and it failed.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Misleading article…… FDOT is not funding a study, the funding is to build a connector from a future terminal, currently under design, to a future station AND to begin the design of the system. This is a reality.

Bandit
6 months ago

This plus the Brightline station would be game-changing. Imagine being able to take a train from MIA to FLL

Not Anonymous
6 months ago

this makes FLL 20x more convenient

Anonymous
6 months ago

$13million for a study? They already have a master concept plan. What more do they need?

Anonymous
6 months ago

Donations to their reelection campaign

PirataDeCulo
6 months ago

We don’t elect FDOT employees

Ugh
6 months ago

We elect those that appoint them and do oversight on them

Anonymous
6 months ago

its unreal the studies over and over and over……and nothing to deal with the actual problem….what pathetic leadership

Mana has Mono
6 months ago

This is huge for brightline

Melo is sigma and chad
6 months ago

study for we could have another study in four years

Anonymous
6 months ago

theoretically, construction could begin by the start of ww5 and completion of phase one could be by the end of world war 7. which would allow a new $1,000,999,999 study to begin of a potential phase 2.

MEAN MACHINE
6 months ago

The WAVE killers in Fort Lauderdale said, “not so fast… “

Anonymous
6 months ago

FLL isn’t in the City of Fort Lauderdale.

MEAN MACHINE
6 months ago

Um… oh forget it. Will somebody else explain things to this person.

Anonymous
6 months ago

20 YEARS LATER …..

Doug
6 months ago

Seriously 10 years to build a monorail who are you people

Bill
6 months ago

12 million dollars could pay the salary of 60 scientists and engineers for a year of work each. How do I sign up to take part in this boondoggle?

More metromovers West-to-East
6 months ago

Hahahahah Florida is ridiculous compared to Europe. In London there is much less space and last year they even found arqueologic pieces when digging the street.. but they could complete 3 floors of subway underground.. here we have a loooot of space between Walmarts and McDonald’s parking lots and they need 12 Millons to Study were to build it 🤣🤣🤣🤣

Miami305
6 months ago

This would be great if built. Unfortunately even if it is approved we’d be lucky to have it by 2030…

Jesus
6 months ago

I love it 12.9 million for a study to then say they need to study it more. Just draw it up and build it’s what a crock of shitake.

Bombo
6 months ago

This is some serious bullshite!

Anonymous
6 months ago

This would be a much needed connection and I believe it’s already in FLLs long term plans to build a mover around the airport. Brightline is probably waiting to see that before forking over money to build a station

No roads, no rail, no future
6 months ago

Meanwhile in China, they built 4000 miles of high-speed rail from the Himalayas to the Shanghai and from Manchuria to Hong Kong in about 10 years… F$&#! Even Mendoza, Argentina (the wine region city), has built almost 100 miles of new expressway in a recurrently bankrupt country, plus a light rail system with nearly 15 miles now… lol, America is doomed.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Fk China. They kill you if you object. If you want to take an example, take India. It’s democratic and all kinds are objections and court cases are filed. Yet they are building hundreds of thousands of km of subway and elevated trainsand high speed trains and rapid transit train routes all over the country.

No roads, no rail, no future
6 months ago

Yeah, so that’s why we should feel good about our do nothing, take the money government. (not just Florida, but Cali, New York, Texas too). How about not one extreme (like there, which you do have a point), but not this extreme where NOTHING can ever get done?

chupacabra
6 months ago

a great idea but how many more studies to milk the county governance??

Karen
6 months ago

Can I bid on the study I’ll do it for half the price

chip
6 months ago

They cant even get the brightline to Orlando yet,Whats taking so long

Anonymous
6 months ago

They have the right people overseeing Brightline’s Miami to Orlando project, unlike those clowns who was overseeing the FIU bridge collapse.

Anonymous
6 months ago

India is democratic and all kinds are objections and court cases are filed over development projects Yet they are building hundreds of thousands of km of subway and elevated trainsand high speed trains and rapid transit train routes all over the country. America needs to learn.

Drac
6 months ago

Look, eye kneed mi moni mang…

Lima Tango
6 months ago

12 million for a study, with Tri Rail in west end of FLL , no mention of that . There’s already a one cent tax for public transit in Broward, no mention of that either. There’s a Rail director at BCT , with no rail service. I know I work there. Seriously folks that $12 million could have been better spent on a social program. Not this boon daggle.

Anonymous
6 months ago

No news about Miami today?

Anonymous
6 months ago

Look at the other posts lol

Anonymous
6 months ago

Yeah clearly this one is out of place

Anonymous
6 months ago

Have you never taken a flight out of FLL? This impacts Miami

peej
6 months ago

You’re right, no one from Miami ever flies out of FLL. & surely no one would like to ride the Brightline from Downtown directly to a quick connection to the Terminals…

Anonlymoysbouy
6 months ago

as if you could afford a house in Las Olas Isles

Anonymous
6 months ago

Would you rather read a story about One Bayfront Plaza’s 7th revised rendering and groundbreaking date?