Modern streetcars operate on steel embedded tracks and are generally powered by overhead power lines. Typically mixed with automobile traffic, the streetcar acts as an urban circulator using the existing street system to navigate its travel. Many cities, including Portland and Seattle, have successful modern streetcar systems in service. The streetcar differs from light rail in its smaller vehicle size and single-car operation.
- The Wave Streetcar brings a modern transit service to Downtown Fort Lauderdale and is the first project of a planned regional transportation system within Broward County.
- This streetcar transportation system will be a vital component of the overall transportation network and provide options that support mobility in the region.
- The Wave is part of an integrated approach to public transit and will complement the full spectrum of mobility options including Brightline, Tri-Rail, Sun Trolley, buses, ride-share services, biking and walking.
- The Wave Streetcar has strong support from all the project partners, Federal, State, County, and City. The Broward MPO, DDA, and SFRTA also continue to be active and supportive partners in both project approach and funding.
- The Wave supports and directs growth to the urban core of the County, where increased development intensity is not only permitted but planned and encouraged.
- Investment in the Wave has helped spur major private investment in Downtown Fort Lauderdale with more than $3 billion of real estate development planned, approved, under construction or completed within the past five years. The system is already beginning to pay for itself through increases in property value and real estate investment.
- This first project phase will include the latest battery powered technology to allow the streetcar to go off wire for approximately ½ mile during the 3rd Avenue bridge crossing. The streetcars will have the capability to be upgraded as technology evolves and the system expands.
- Recent streetcar systems across the country have realized significantly more riders than projections originally predicted, which is anticipated for the Wave streetcar as well.
- The project is on schedule to be awarded to a contractor this fall 2017. There is a complete funding plan in place which includes an executed Federal TIGER grant and will be solidified with the execution of the Federal Small Starts Grant, expected in July 2017.
- The Wave project partners are excited to bring this new premium transportation service to South Florida.