Frequently Asked Questions

Who owns the Wave Streetcar?

The Wave Streetcar Project is a partnership among Broward County, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), City of Fort Lauderdale, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority (DDA), South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) and the Federal Transit Authority (FTA).

The FDOT in conjunction with Broward County will manage the construction of the Wave Streetcar system. Broward County will be the owner and operator when it is open to the public in early 2021 and has committed to 20 years of operating and maintenance funding.

When is construction of the Wave Streetcar anticipated to start?

The Wave Streetcar Project is currently under procurement and a Design-Build Team will be selected in late summer 2017. Construction activities, such as the relocation of underground utilities, could start by the end of the year. Construction of the system will start in 2018.

How much will the Wave Streetcar cost to build?

The cost to build the Wave Streetcar is $195 million and includes many improvements and additions that have been added throughout the project so far. Some of those include the addition of the loop to the north end of Flagler Village, the relocation of the streetcar maintenance and operations facility to SW 18th Street and SW 1st 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.

The cost to build the Wave Streetcar system is estimated to be $144M and includes construction costs of the infrastructure and purchase of streetcar vehicles and spare parts. The remaining $51M includes costs for the planning and project development stage, including environmental impact assessment studies, preliminary and final engineering, purchase of right-of-way property, program management and administration,  construction management, engineering and inspection services, construction performance bonuses, and other procurement costs.

Was there a study done to understand the affect the streetcar will have on traffic?

The Wave Streetcar went through a study phase that included an environmental assessment in 2012 and again in 2015. The study found that the streetcar is expected to have a minimal impact on the roadway level of service. The signalization along the corridor will facilitate the north-south movement of traffic, which are the primary traffic movers. This will mitigate some of the additional delay resulting from mixed-traffic operations. Additionally, the project will limit access to side streets along South Andrews Avenue. As a result, there will be a reduction of left-turning traffic which can impede traffic.

How are special assessment funds being spent?

The assessment paid by property owners has been used to pay for the preliminary design of the Wave Streetcar. 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 Streetcar. 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 Streetcar and our regional transit network.

Will existing BCT routes be affected by the Wave Streetcar?

Operation of the Wave Streetcar should not affect other routes.