Fort Lauderdale — Public Meetings Underway
Public scoping is underway for the planned Wave modern streetcar line at Fort Lauderedale, a seaside resort city along the Atlantic Ocean on the east coast of Florida. At a public meeting, the Sun Sentinel newspaper reports, attendees were advised that some left turns for motorists will be eliminated by the streetcar track. The 2.8-mile line costing $195.3 million is scheduled to open in 2020.
Station stops for the Wave will be placed in the middle of South Andrews Avenue. Construction on the modern streetcar line is planned to begin later in 2017. The platform location will block some left turns from side streets and from South Andrews. The specific affected areas may change due to public input.
Stops are currently planned near the Brightline train station, the adjacent bus terminal, downtown college campuses, the Fort Lauderdale Art Museum, Riverfront, the government center, the main library, Las Olas Boulevard, the courthouse, and Broward Health Medical Center.
Stops that will include crosswalks would be along South Andrews Avenue at 14th, 13th, 10th and Eighth streets, as well as Rose Drive, and 11th Court.
Another will be near the bus station in the center of Brickell Avenue between Broward Boulevard and Northwest Second Street.
Some attendees questioned the cost and effectiveness of the Wave plan.