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Planners in Broward prefer use of light rail for east-west mass transit

By Michael Turnbell
Transportation Writer
Posted April 15 2005

Broward planners chose light rail over buses Thursday to serve a $1 billion east-west mass transit line, opting for a pricier but more appealing system they hope will draw more commuters and help ease traffic.

The Metropolitan Planning Organization also voted to direct the state to build as much of the system as possible in an exclusive path that doesn't interfere with drivers.

Both decisions give the Florida Department of Transportation the green light to apply for federal funding later this spring.

They also signal engineers to start fine-tuning details such as the locations of stations and which parts of the route will be elevated, placed next to roads or share lanes with traffic. Construction would begin about 2012.

One of the biggest questions -- how to pay for it -- remains unanswered, although a group of Broward business leaders says a sales tax for transportation is the way to go.

Project officials must also find a way to deal with persistent concerns from Sunrise residents who support mass transit but say 136th Avenue is the wrong place for it.

"The noise [from traffic] is impossible," said Maxine Marshall, who moved to the area 21 years ago when 136th was a dead-end road with little traffic. "If it's on 136th, I want it totally off."

Early analysis suggests the county would have a better shot at winning federal money for a bus rapid transit system because the costs per rider for rail are much higher. But in picking light rail, planners said trains would serve the county's long-term needs better than buses.

Newer bus rapid transit systems use fancy buses that look like trains, but "when you come right down to it, it's still a bus and people won't get on it," said Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Christine Teel in championing light rail.

"I think it's the right thing for us to do," said Broward Mayor Kristin Jacobs. "We must think about moving people instead of cars."

The 21-mile route begins near Office Depot Center and runs along 136th Avenue, Interstate 595, State Road 7, Broward Boulevard, Andrews Avenue and U.S. 1 and ends at the airport.

Along I-595, light rail would either run in the median of the interstate under a system of elevated toll express lanes, or be elevated between eastbound I-595 and eastbound State Road 84 or south of State Road 84.

A mostly elevated light-rail system would cost $1 billion and require about $29 million a year in local tax money to build and operate, state estimates show. That's if the federal government contributes half the cost and the state contributes 25 percent. It would take $83 million a year in local money if the county receives no federal or state funding.

Jim Cummings, a South Florida Regional Transportation Authority board member, said Broward's biggest businesses support raising the county sales tax to come up with the local share. A penny increase in the sales tax would raise about $260 million a year.

Cummings said he plans to make the sales tax pitch to the Broward County Commission in the next two weeks to get the issue on the ballot in 2006. He said the bulk of the tax money could be used to pay for light rail and other major transit projects, with 20 percent given back to each city and town to spend on transportation projects within their own borders.

"There are 1 million more people going to move here by 2030," Cummings said. "That's enough cars to stretch from the northern tip of Alaska to the southern tip of Florida. Ladies and gentlemen, where are we going to put all those cars?"

Cummings said the county can't afford to waste more time because it is competing against dozens of cities around the country lining up to apply for a small pot of federal transit money.

He said a $1.46 billion light-rail line in Hillsborough County wasn't funded in the U.S. Department of Transportation's 2006 budget sent to Congress earlier this year because it lacked a local financial commitment from the county.
 

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Planners in Broward prefer use of light rail for east-west mass transit

By Michael Turnbell
Transportation Writer
Posted April 15 2005

Broward planners chose light rail over buses Thursday to serve a $1 billion east-west mass transit line, opting for a pricier but more appealing system they hope will draw more commuters and help ease traffic.

The Metropolitan Planning Organization also voted to direct the state to build as much of the system as possible in an exclusive path that doesn't interfere with drivers.

Both decisions give the Florida Department of Transportation the green light to apply for federal funding later this spring.

They also signal engineers to start fine-tuning details such as the locations of stations and which parts of the route will be elevated, placed next to roads or share lanes with traffic. Construction would begin about 2012.

One of the biggest questions -- how to pay for it -- remains unanswered, although a group of Broward business leaders says a sales tax for transportation is the way to go.

Project officials must also find a way to deal with persistent concerns from Sunrise residents who support mass transit but say 136th Avenue is the wrong place for it.

"The noise [from traffic] is impossible," said Maxine Marshall, who moved to the area 21 years ago when 136th was a dead-end road with little traffic. "If it's on 136th, I want it totally off."

Early analysis suggests the county would have a better shot at winning federal money for a bus rapid transit system because the costs per rider for rail are much higher. But in picking light rail, planners said trains would serve the county's long-term needs better than buses.

Newer bus rapid transit systems use fancy buses that look like trains, but "when you come right down to it, it's still a bus and people won't get on it," said Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Christine Teel in championing light rail.

"I think it's the right thing for us to do," said Broward Mayor Kristin Jacobs. "We must think about moving people instead of cars."

The 21-mile route begins near Office Depot Center and runs along 136th Avenue, Interstate 595, State Road 7, Broward Boulevard, Andrews Avenue and U.S. 1 and ends at the airport.

Along I-595, light rail would either run in the median of the interstate under a system of elevated toll express lanes, or be elevated between eastbound I-595 and eastbound State Road 84 or south of State Road 84.

A mostly elevated light-rail system would cost $1 billion and require about $29 million a year in local tax money to build and operate, state estimates show. That's if the federal government contributes half the cost and the state contributes 25 percent. It would take $83 million a year in local money if the county receives no federal or state funding.

Jim Cummings, a South Florida Regional Transportation Authority board member, said Broward's biggest businesses support raising the county sales tax to come up with the local share. A penny increase in the sales tax would raise about $260 million a year.

Cummings said he plans to make the sales tax pitch to the Broward County Commission in the next two weeks to get the issue on the ballot in 2006. He said the bulk of the tax money could be used to pay for light rail and other major transit projects, with 20 percent given back to each city and town to spend on transportation projects within their own borders.

"There are 1 million more people going to move here by 2030," Cummings said. "That's enough cars to stretch from the northern tip of Alaska to the southern tip of Florida. Ladies and gentlemen, where are we going to put all those cars?"

Cummings said the county can't afford to waste more time because it is competing against dozens of cities around the country lining up to apply for a small pot of federal transit money.

He said a $1.46 billion light-rail line in Hillsborough County wasn't funded in the U.S. Department of Transportation's 2006 budget sent to Congress earlier this year because it lacked a local financial commitment from the county.
I Hope this does it.
 

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i love the line that there is just to much traffic noise on his street and he loves the project but if its built anywhere near him he is totally against it

isnt that just perfect south florida? we all want a great mass transit system so that other people will ride it and leave the streets traffic free for us...
 

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i love the line that there is just to much traffic noise on his street and he loves the project but if its built anywhere near him he is totally against it

isnt that just perfect south florida? we all want a great mass transit system so that other people will ride it and leave the streets traffic free for us...
and whats funny; much of the people who ride mass transit don't have/drive cars to begin with.
 

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That's not gonna happen any time soon 'cause the idiots voted "NO" on Election day to increase one penny in sales taxes to raise money for this project! The whole transit plan for broward is on www.keepbrowardmoving.com...

By the way i've heard this light train will be on I-595 with some extra HOV lanes (like the ones on Golden Glades)..but that project is just a project..it hasnt been advertised yet!
 

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so Broward rejected the tax? are they following in Dade's footsteps waiting until traffic becomes unbearable to fund transit?
 

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so Broward rejected the tax? are they following in Dade's footsteps waiting until traffic becomes unbearable to fund transit?
I guess...y they dont get it??!!! we need a better mass transit people!!!!!!!:bash:
 
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