March 20, 2013

Planned Florida streetcar system approved

Rendering courtesy of the Downtown Development Authority of Fort Lauderdale.

Rendering courtesy of the Downtown Development Authority of Fort Lauderdale.
Plans for a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., streetcar system received unanimous approval Wednesday from the Broward County Commission, setting in motion financial agreements and partnerships that will make electric streetcar transportation a reality in the downtown area by 2016.

The electric streetcar, called "The Wave," will operate in part via overhead electrical wires in some areas and by battery power in others, according to a project release.

Initially, the streetcar will travel a 1.4-mile loop around inner downtown Fort Lauderdale. The next step, dependent on federal financing, will expand the route to 2.7 miles. A $50 million FTA grant has been requested to complete the entire system.

The total cost for building the 2.7-mile “Wave” is approximately $143 million and will come from federal, state and local sources. Broward County will be responsible for operational costs once the project is up and running.

System features include 10 stations, which will be solar-powered and be equipped with real-time arrival information and kiosks displaying destinations/attractions in the downtown, as well as upcoming community events.

A traffic signalization package is also part of project, which will help maintain headways of 7.5 minutes during peak periods and 10 minutes during off peak periods.

RELATED ARTICLE: Check out, "Streetcar Projects Breaking Ground Despite Uncertain Federal Future."

deli.cio.us digg it stumble upon newsvine
[ Request More Info about this product / service / company ]


E-NEWSLETTER

Receive the latest Metro E-Newsletters in your inbox!

Join the Metro E-Newsletters and receive the latest news in your e-mail inbox once a week. SIGN UP NOW!

View the latest eNews
Express Tuesday | Express Thursday | University Transit

White Papers

Mass Transit Capital Planning An overview of the world-class best practices for assessing, prioritizing, and funding capital projects to optimize resources and align with the organization’s most critical immediate and long-term goals.

The Benefits of Door-to-Door Service in ADA Complementary Paratransit Many U.S. transit agencies continue to struggle with the quality of ADA service, the costs, and the difficulties encountered in contracting the service, which is the method of choice for a significant majority of agencies. One of the most basic policy decisions an agency must make involves whether to provide door-to-door, or only curb-to-curb service.

Mass transit mobile Wi-Fi & the public sector case study How Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority successfully implemented Wi-Fi on its light rail and bus lines

More white papers


STORE
METRO Magazine - June 2013

METRO Magazine
Here are the Highlight:
  • Top Rail Survey
  • SunRail to Transform Florida’s Commuter Culture
  • Smaller Systems Face Fleet, Expansion Issues
    And much more…
  •  
    DIGITAL EDITION

    The full contents of Metro Magazine on your computer! The digital edition is an exact replica of the print magazine with enhanced search, multimedia and hyperlink features. View the current issue