Frequently Asked Questions
What makes the Wave Streetcar environmentally friendly?
The Wave Streetcar is environmentally friendly in many ways. It is powered by electricity, which when compared to gasoline, significantly reduces emissions and harmful air pollutants. It also provides a quiet ride, unlike the bus that operates on a noisy combustion engine. Additionally, the streetcar glides on steel wheels while the bus uses rubber tires which are difficult to dispose of, not making them environmentally friendly.
Why has the cost to build the Wave Streetcar gone up to $195 million?
The cost to build the Wave Streetcar increased because many improvements and additions have been made to the original proposal. Some of those include the addition of the loop to the north end of Flagler Village, the relocation of the street car maintenance and operations facility to SW 18 Street and SW 1 Avenue requiring an extension of the tracks, the addition of more sophisticated and communications equipment and the fortification of the Operations Center to withstand hurricanes.
Why is the project behind the original published schedule?
The published date of construction starting in 2016 is behind schedule because of the various additions and improvements made to the project. (See above) The partner agencies have worked diligently to have the proper funding in place and have the preliminary design address a safe, comprehensive and innovative modern streetcar system.
Downtown property owners have been paying an assessment since the fall of 2013. Where is that money?
The assessment paid by property owners has been used to pay for the preliminary design of the Wave. The money raised by this 25-year assessment will continue to fund the construction and future operation of the streetcar.
How much will the Wave Streetcar cost to ride and will the ticket be compatible with other County services?
Broward County Transit (BCT) will determine the cost of the streetcar fare, as they will own and operate the Wave. It is anticipated the cost will be competitive with BCT bus fares. Daily, monthly, and annual passes will also be available. The system will integrate into Broward County’s universal pass system.
Will the Wave Streetcar have a dedicated lane in traffic or can I drive in the same lane?
Vehicular traffic and the streetcar will share the same lane of traffic.
How often will the Wave Streetcar pick up passengers at any given stop and what time will it run?
The Wave Streetcar is expected to pass by stations every 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the day of the week and the time of day. More precise schedules will be published once the system is operational.
Normal hours of operations are expected to be as follows:
- Monday-Thursday – 6:00 am-12:00 am
- Friday – 6:00 am-1:30 am
- Saturday – 7:00 am-1:30am
- Sunday-Holiday – 7:00 am-10:00 pm
What will happen to the Sun Trolley when the Wave Streetcar is operational?
The Sun Trolley will be redeployed to serve the surrounding neighborhoods and will make connections to the Wave and our regional transit network.
Since BCT will be operating the system and we are in tight budget times, will existing routes serving other areas be eliminated?
Operation of the Wave should not impact other routes.