Announcement of Wave Streetcar Industry Forum

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Proposed Adjusted Score Design Build Contract

 Wave Streetcar

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is hosting an Industry Forum on Friday, May 20, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Riverview Ballroom located at 201 SW 5th Avenue | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312.  Registration/Check-In begins at 8:00 AM and the formal presentation begins at 9:00 AM. The project to be presented is the Wave Streetcar, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Wave Streetcar project consists of the design and construction of the first phase of the Wave Streetcar System. Phase One is a 2.8 mile segment 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. The project includes the purchase of the five (5) streetcars.

The alignment has a total of 13 stations along the route. Five of the stations will be located in the center of the roadway, serving southbound streetcars on one side and northbound streetcars on the other. The remaining stations will be built along an existing sidewalk. The Vehicle Maintenance and Storage Facility (VMSF), also in this contract, will be built on two acres of land at SW 18 Street and SW 1 Avenue. The VMSF includes light and heavy maintenance bays, the Operation Control Center, office/administrative space, train wash equipment, and various shops. Designed to initially accommodate five vehicles, the VMSF will have the potential to house a total of 15 vehicles, as the system expands its routes.

Other project requirements include, but are not limited to: surveys, roadway, earthwork, drainage, moveable bridge rehabilitation/modification, miscellaneous structures, guardrail, retaining walls, traffic control, utility relocation, signing and pavement markings, embedded track work, traction electrification, overhead contact system (OCS), train control/signalization, communications, SCADA, street lighting, fare collection, public involvement, and environmental permitting.

The purpose of the Industry Forum is to inform potential Design-Build teams, including contractors, subcontractors, design consultants, and streetcar vehicle manufacturers, of the important elements and considerations of this proposed contract, including whether to include the streetcars as part of the Design- Build contract or to procure the streetcars under a separate contract.

Attendance is not mandatory but is recommended to learn more about the project. This Industry Forum will include a presentation on the project scope, anticipated procurement timeline, and procurement process for the project. After the presentation, time will be allotted for questions from industry partners. Advanced registration is required and may only be accomplished by completing the registration form posted on the project website at  and also available from the link below:

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This registration form will also serve as a way to RSVP to the Forum and to request one-on-one meetings as described below.  Deadline to register is 5:00 PM, May 16, 2016.  FDOT reserves the right to limit the number of attendees per team as space is limited. You will be contacted should this be the case.

There will also be an opportunity for Design-Build teams to meet one-on-one with the FDOT senior management staff and the project Technical Review Committee (TRC) members, on May 20.  All one-on-one meetings will be held at the FDOT District Four Headquarters at 3400 West Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 33309.

The duration of the one-on-one meetings will be limited to 50 minutes for TRC members and 50 minutes for FDOT senior management staff.

The Draft Request for Proposal (RFP) will be released on May 12, 2016 and sent to registered teams for review.

Industry feedback on the RFP and related topics can be discussed at the Industry Forum one-on-one meetings on May 20, 2016.  If additional comments are to be provided following the Industry Forum meetings, email the Project Manager at

The Wave Streetcar Project is a partnership among Broward County, Florida Department of Transportation, City of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, US Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration. Funding of this project is contingent upon appropriation by the Legislature.

Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or require translation services (free of charge) should contact Robert E. Bostian Jr., P.E., Project Manager, at 954-777-4427 or via email at at least seven (7) days prior to the Public Information Workshop.

Obama Administration Earmarks $50 Million in FY2015 Budget for Fort Lauderdale’s Wave Streetcar Project

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently informed
The Wave Streetcar Partnership, consisting of the City of Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, South
Florida Regional Transportation Authority(project sponsor) (SFRTA), Broward County Transit(BCT), Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (Broward MPO), Florida Department of Transportation(FDOT), and the Downtown Development Authority of Fort Lauderdale (DDA), that President Obama has recommended a $50 million Small Starts grant for the construction of The Wave Streetcar as part of his Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Transportation budget.

The grant, which is offered through the Federal Transit Administration Capital Investment Grant program, adds to the $18 million TIGER grant received in June of 2012 and will provide the remaining federal funding needed to design and construct the 2.7
mile streetcar project in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

“The Wave Streetcar is a vital part of Fort Lauderdale’s Citywide Vision and Strategic Plan and it aligns with our Complete Streets policy, which recently ranked #1 in Florida and #3 in the nation,” said Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler. “The City is extremely grateful to be recommended for the Small Starts grant and the opportunity presented to spur economic growth through a viable, sustainable transportation option such as The Wave. The Wave will increase mobility for everyone, and a federal investment of this magnitude recognizes the community’s support and desire for transportation choices that improve our quality of life. We would like to thank the WaveStreetcarPartnership team for their tireless efforts in securing a total of $68 million in federal funding for this project.”

Wave Streetcar $18 Million Grant Achieved Through Regional Partnership

The Wave Streetcar Project was awarded an $18 million transportation TIGER grant from the Federal Transit Administration yesterday. The Office of U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) announced the good news after U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood informed her of the funding.

This project has been the work of a regional team of partners that includes the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) project sponsor, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (Broward MPO), Broward County, Broward County Transit (BCT), the City of Fort Lauderdale, and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The Wave is viewed as an important next step in creating a regional transit framework that will greatly enhance the economic development, livability, and environment of South Florida.

An initial project of the DDA, the Wave has grown to the strong partnership of aforementioned governments and agencies. Acting as a project sponsor, SFRTA will administer the grant, which will help fund the first phase of the project that will eventually have streetcars running along a 2.7-mile corridor in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. SFRTA will also lead the design and construction efforts, with an anticipated opening in late 2015. Kristin Jacobs, Chair of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority and Vice Mayor of Broward County said, I am very excited about the future of Broward County with the Wave Streetcar. Creating a sustainable community through transit options and being environmentally responsible have long been among my priorities.

This project exemplifies what can result when federal, state, and local governments and agencies partner together for the good of the community. Without the generous support of the Federal Transit Administration and the collaboration of the Florida Department of Transportation, Broward County, the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Downtown Development Authority, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the City of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County Transit, this project would not have come to fruition. We look forward to not only this first phase but to the successful expansion of this system to the west to bring in our sister cities with more choices for mass transit in the future.

The Broward MPO’s Executive Director, Gregory Stuart commented, “The Wave streetcar will enhance existing transportation choices, radiating out from the Broward MPOs first (funded) mobility hub; the Gateway hub itself is a multi-block location that offers private developers the opportunity to build in a location where multiple boarding’s and alighting’s will occur. The Wave streetcar is a critical starting point for implementing the MPO Board’s vision, to transform transportation options in and around Broward County.

“The Wave Streetcar is a key investment in the future of the City of Fort Lauderdale,” said Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler. “It will provide enhanced mobility and connectivity throughout our downtown, stimulate economic development, and promote long-term sustainability by offering a quick, convenient and environmentally-friendly public transportation alternative.” “I believe this is taking our downtown to the next level.

This type of infrastructure investment will increase private development by six-fold in and around our downtown. It will lead to improvements such as new housing, fun and exciting shops, boutiques, and galleries. This investment will further eliminate our blighted empty lots, improve drainage, and create a vast system of pedestrian improvements with sidewalks, shade trees, street lighting, and crosswalks,” said DDA Executive Director, Chris Wren.