Project Facts

The Wave Streetcar brings a modern transit service to Downtown Fort Lauderdale and is part of a planned regional transportation system. It will integrate with a full spectrum of mobility options including rail, commuter and community buses, rideshare services, biking and walking. Extensions to other major destinations within Broward County are already being planned.

  • The Wave Streetcar is a 2.8-mile fixed-rail streetcar circulator with 14 platforms in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.
  • The project is “shovel-ready”.
  • The design-build contract will be awarded in September 2017.
  • A groundbreaking will be held in late fall 2017.
  • Construction will begin by late January 2018 and revenue service is anticipated for late 2021.
  • The Wave Streetcar supports and directs economic growth to the urban core.
  • This $195 million streetcar project supports and generates local jobs. This results in economic output to the local and regional economy.
  • The Wave Streetcar is the result of a collaborative effort between the Federal Transit Administration, Florida Department of Transportation, Broward County, City of Fort Lauderdale, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization and Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority.
  • The Fort Lauderdale City Commission approved a special assessment on property taxes for downtown property owners in June of 2013 to generate $20.59 million for the project. The assessment went into effect in August 2013 and has a 25-year term.
  • The project finance plan, approved by the Federal Transit Administration, includes a modest property tax assessment on downtown residents and property owners to pay a portion of the local share; an assessment that has already been collected for four years as the project is approaching construction.
  • Broward County Transit will operate and maintain the Wave Streetcar.
  • The project will include the latest battery powered technology to allow the streetcar to go off wire for approximately one-half mile during the SE 3rd Avenue Bridge
  • The streetcars will have the capability to be upgraded as technology evolves and the system expands.
  • Plans for future expansion include extensions to Port Everglades and the Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport.
  • In addition to the streetcar service, the project will add important community improvements within the route such as:
    • A 20 to 25-year upgrade on the SE 3rd Avenue Bridge mechanical and electrical system
    • Upgrades to existing aging water, sewer, and stormwater utility infrastructure
    • New sidewalks and upgraded Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant ramps
    • New pedestrian crosswalks and upgrades to existing crosswalks
    • Upgrades to existing street lighting
    • Six new traffic signals
    • New security cameras
    • Art throughout downtown at the stations

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