Creating a safe and accessible pedestrian and bicycle network is an important component to the City of Fort Lauderdale’s overall vision of being a livable City for all residents. The City is currently working with the Florida Department of Transportation, Broward County, and the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to implement the necessary strategies to realize this vision, which includes:
- Developing a Multimodal Connectivity Map to show the network of transportation options and where that network needs improvement,
- Prioritizing improvements,
- Making policy changes, such as adopting Broward County’s Complete Streets Model Policy, and
- Installing additional bike lanes and sidewalks where needed.
Public transportation plays a critical role in the multimodal connectivity of any city. Fort Lauderdale is served by a state of the art transit system that includes a wide range of services, including the Tri-Rail, Broward County Transit, the Sun Trolley, and the Riverwalk Water Trolley. Soon, this transit system will expand to include the Wave Streetcar, Tri-Rail Coastal Link, and All-Aboard Florida interregional rail service. Creating this transportation network provides neighbors, visitors, and employees with an alternative to personal vehicles.
- S.E. 17th Street Mobility Plan
- Fort Lauderdale Transit Master Plan
- Connecting the Blocks Program
- Broward Boulevard Gateway Implementation Plan
- Broward MPO Long Range Transportation Plan
- Broward County Transit Development Plan
- Central Broward East/West Transit Study
- The Wave Streetcar Project
- FEC All-Aboard Florida
- Tri-Rail Coastal Link
- Safe Routes to School
- Dixie Highway Complete Streets
- Proposed A1A Greenway from Oakland Park Blvd. to Flamingo Ave.
- A1A Scenic Byway / Barrier Islands Greenway
- I-95 Managed Lanes
The City of Fort Lauderdale is working with its partners to develop a corridor plan that includes guiding goals and objectives along with a wide range of multi-modal solutions to improve the mobility for all users on and around the S.E. 17th Street corridor and the surrounding street network. Recommendations for improvements resulting from data collection and analysis, as well as feedback from the community and technical committee were shared at the third public meeting held on December 14, 2016.
The City greatly appreciates the feedback our neighbors have provided on this initiative to date. If you have any further comments, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fort Lauderdale Transit Master Plan
The Transit Master Plan is the City’s plan for improvements to the community bus service provided through the Sun Trolley and Water Trolley brand and managed by the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association. It was funded through a grant from the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) through the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA).
The service and infrastructure recommendations included were developed based on input received during public involvement, review of existing plans, operational analysis, and an assessment of the City’s needs, opportunities, and vision. The recommendations include both short and long-term improvements to enhance the efficiency of the Sun Trolley services and additional opportunities to expand service to new areas when the opportunity allows.
Please click here to view the Transit Master Plan and Executive Summary.
The next phase of the Master Plan is to conduct in-depth public outreach in specific neighborhoods served by the Sun Trolley to better understand transit needs in a targeted way. The City and the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association are currently working with the community on the NW Community Link and the Neighborhood Link routes. A series of public workshops will be held throughout the service area through the end of the 2017 calendar year, and the City is also conducting an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FTLTransitPlan to solicit input from the community. The information gathered during the workshops and from the survey will be used to potentially develop a new route.
Connecting the Blocks Program
The City of Fort Lauderdale's goal of becoming more multimodal and connected is part of a larger vision that seeks to enhance the livability of the City, while continuing to foster economic growth. This is a vision that looks beyond change and points toward transformation.
To make this vision a reality, the City of Fort Lauderdale has developed the Connecting the Blocks Program (CTB), which outlines a plan—a pathway—to move from where we are today to the “City of Tomorrow.”
Fort Lauderdale is fortunate to have a strong network of east-west and north-south arterial roadways, which is supplemented by a fine grid of local streets, but dependency on a single mode of transportation has its costs. Specifically, the continued growth of traffic has tested the capacity of much of the roadway network, particularly during peak commuting times. In environmental terms, congestion equates to higher levels of pollution and greater energy consumption, and it can also impact the desirability of shopping areas and businesses as destinations. To achieve a truly connected community, the City will need to consider both the infrastructure needed to make the connections happen, as well as the barriers that need to be overcome to get there.
Connecting the Blocks includes a detailed list of needed pedestrian, bicycle, and transit infrastructure improvements that are accompanied by planning-level cost estimates and a recommended prioritization methodology. Read the Connecting the Blocks Program for more information.
The City of Fort Lauderdale, in conjunction with the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA), the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Broward County Transit (BCT), Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Authority (TMA), and the Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) form the core partners that seek to improve mobility, accessibility, connectivity, and quality of life along Broward Boulevard through the Broward Boulevard Gateway Implementation Plan.
The MPO Board unanimously adopted the 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) that sets the framework for a balanced and forward-thinking system with investments toward alternative modes, such as mass transit, bicycle, pedestrian, and smart growth policies. The Broward 2035 LRTP, branded as "Transformation," is the Broward MPO's plan for change. The LRTP was developed based on current political and public desire for more opportunities to move around Broward County other than by single-occupant vehicle travel. Economic vitality for the region, a better environment, and enhanced quality of life are envisioned through this plan.
LRTP Vision Statement:
Transform transportation in Broward County to achieve optimum mobility with emphasis on mass transit while promoting economic vitality, protecting the environment, and enhancing quality of life.
Broward County Transit Development Plan
Broward County Transit is launching the start of this project which will develop a 10-year transit development plan, commonly known as BCT Connected. This plan will assess the current transit system, evaluate existing and future needs, prioritize future projects and services, and create a vision for transit in Broward County.
For more information, visit the Broward County Transit Development Plan website.
The goal of the Central Broward East-West Transit Study is to connect the western portions of Broward County with downtown Fort Lauderdale and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport using premium transit service. Additionally, the study will support the region's economic development goals and local land-use plans to improve transit choices that appeal to a larger population.
The corridor boundaries of the study area are in central Broward County, located between Oakland Park Boulevard in the north, the Weston-Sawgrass area in the west, Griffin Road/Stirling Road in the south, and the Intracoastal Waterway in the east. The Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization selected the Griffin Road Alternative as the Locally Preferred Alternative for further study and evaluation, which is currently underway.
For more information regarding this project, visit www.centralbrowardtransit.com.
The Wave Streetcar will be downtown Fort Lauderdale’s very own environmentally friendly, electric fixed-rail streetcar system. This system will offer a convenient, “green” way for people to connect with all that downtown has to offer, while enhancing quality of life, making it easier to move around, adding greenery and lighting, and attracting new shops and services to the urban core. As Broward County seeks sustainable ways to improve transit, the Wave Streetcar is the future of improved countywide transit.
The Wave Streetcar will:
- Create a “greener,” more walkable downtown through wider sidewalks, shade trees, seating, lighting
- Connect downtown’s many points of interest and link them with the regional transit network
- Save time otherwise spent driving and parking
- Reduce carbon emissions, providing for better quality of life
- Be a catalyst to build future regional transit systems
- Have a positive impact on property values
- Stimulate neighborhood retail and restaurant opportunities
To learn more about the project, visit www.wavestreetcar.com.
- Wave Update June 2017
- PUBLIC NOTICE: Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Wave
FEC All Aboard Florida Intercity Rail – Miami to Orlando
Includes a Stop in Downtown Fort Lauderdale
A planned passenger rail service will link the nation’s most visited city with Florida’s gateway city for business and leisure travel. Floridians are both familiar and frustrated with the limited travel options available to get from city to city across this state that is 160 miles wide and 500 miles long. Some travelers choose to hit the roads in their cars, while others commit hours of preparation for air travel. Regardless of which method of travel you prefer, there’s one thing everyone can agree on:
"Florida East Coast Industries (FECI) is developing a privately owned, operated and maintained intercity passenger rail service that will be a solution for millions of Floridians and tourists."
This bold passenger rail initiative is called All Aboard Florida. Go to www.allaboardflorida.com to find out more about the project.
The proposed Tri-Rail Coastal Link is a plan to expand commuter passenger train service connecting Miami to Jupiter along 85 miles of Florida East Coast Railway. Tri-Rail currently runs along the CSX; however, the new service will run through the downtown areas of 28 densely-populated municipalities in eastern Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties to augment existing service.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) includes a series of operational and physical changes that help students walk and bicycle to and from schools. Traffic calming measures are routinely employed with other strategies and changes to create safer walking and bicycling routes to school by slowing traffic.
The Dixie Highway corridor will be enhanced by providing safe alternative modes of transportation for all users in the surrounding residential communities. Improvements will encourage pedestrian and bicycle friendly movement, slower vehicle speeds, and improved livability in the community through sustainable green streets design. Proposed safety enhancements include new raised -table intersections, stamped asphalt, lighting, landscaping, and signage. Proposed pedestrian and bicyclist enhancements include widening the roadway and constructing sidewalks and adjacent side street crosswalks.
The A1A Greenway from Oakland Park Boulevard to Flamingo Avenue allows for the opportunity to upgrade pedestrian facilities, improve bicycle facilities, increase the street canopy through trees, and narrow lanes to reduce vehicular impact on the surrounding area. By increasing safety, the A1A Greenway will encourage pedestrian and bicycle activity, improve business viability, and create a unique corridor experience.
Questions or comments may directed to Diana Alarcon, Transportation and Mobility Director, at 954-828-3764 or email@example.com.
The purpose of the A1A Scenic Byway / Barrier Islands Greenway is to establish this corridor as one of the most desirable recreation corridors in the County. Continuous multipurpose paths along the beach, the A1A roadway itself, and various neighborhood streets will link public beaches, resorts, waterside communities, activity centers, marinas, restaurants, municipal centers, and other attractions. Through the use of the appropriate signs and other markers, the A1A Scenic Byway / Barrier Islands Greenway has the potential to be the premier attraction in south Florida, further enhancing the unique sense of place along the corridor, as well as serving as an asset to each local neighborhood.
For more information, visit the Scenic Byway System website.
Managed lanes are being constructed along Interstate 95 in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. These lanes will allow commuters to travel in a separate lane much like a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane operates, but the number of occupants inside the vehicle is not restricted. Instead, there is a toll for using the express lane. Tolls are collected electronically via SunPass Prepaid Toll Program and are based on the level of traffic on the roadway. Hybrid and registered carpool vehicle owners may register with South Florida Commuter Services.
Construction on Phase 2 of 95 Express is in process and will extend the existing express lanes north from the Golden Glades Interchange in Miami-Dade County to Broward Boulevard in Broward County by converting the existing HOV lanes to two express lanes in each direction. Other work includes installing Intelligent Transportation System components, modifying the Ives Dairy Road interchange, bridge widening at specific locations and installing new noise walls at locations between Hollywood Boulevard and Taft Street.
For more information, visit www.95express.com.