Project rendering of the Wave Streetcar Vehicle Maintenance and Storage Facility at SW 18 Street and SW 1 Avenue
The City of Fort Lauderdale is a thriving city, full of life and opportunity.
It is the cultural and economic center of Broward County, a world renowned tourist destination, and its port ranks among the top three cruise ports in the world. Of no surprise, it is the birth place of modern streetcar transit in South Florida – the Wave Streetcar.
The need to invest in transit in downtown Fort Lauderdale first came to light in 2004, and the idea of a streetcar was hatched soon after. What began as a local downtown Fort Lauderdale streetcar system has morphed into a regional plan for modern transit that will become the driving force of economic development along its route and beyond.
The first phase of the Wave is a planned 2.8 mile streetcar system designed to move people in and around downtown Fort Lauderdale, spanning the New River to connect the hospital and courthouse districts on the south side with the downtown business core and government, education, shopping, recreation and entertainment centers on the north side. It will serve as a circulator/distributor system, with connections to regional bus and rail systems. Click to read full story