Fort Lauderdale — Open House on Extension
Ft. Lauderdale will hold a public open house meeting January 21 sponsored by the Florida state transportation department to discuss extending the city's proposed modern streetcar line , the Sun Sentinel newspaper reports. The extension to the airport would add five miles to the proposed $150 million, 2.7 mile starter line.
Even though Fort Lauderdale's Wave streetcar system has not yet broken ground transportation officials scheduled an open house to present plans to extend the line to the port, airport, and convention center. The initial line is not expected to open until 2018.
This initial 2.7-mile downtown stretch will cost up to $150 million, along a route that runs on or near Andrews Avenue from Sistrunk Boulevard south to Southeast 17th Street.
The second phase extension would add about 5 miles of rail.
Roughly half of the current project will be funded by the federal government, with the balance from Florida sources including the state, county, city and taxes on property owners near the streetcar route.