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Old Posted Aug 22, 2007, 2:37 PM
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Downtown Fort Lauderdale (by: gabozova taken from Skyscrapercity.com)


Fort Lauderdale: City may receive federal funds for downtown light rail system
August 22, 2007
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Digg Del.icio.us Facebook Furl Google Reddit Spurl Yahoo Print Single page view Reprints Reader feedback Text size: The city's Downtown Development Authority could be in line for $400,000 in federal funding.

The money would go toward the Downtown Transit Circulator, a light rail/streetcar system directly serving the 750-acre urban core of Fort Lauderdale. When complete, the system will be approximately 4.5 miles in length, provide access from 20 stations and be supported by a maintenance and storage facility.

The North/South and East/West loops will provide service to the five major activity centers, linking governmental facilities, office, retail, entertainment, cultural, educational and residential destinations along with remote parking.

An appropriation for the project is working its way through the federal budget process in Washington, said U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston. It's included in the $15.1 million in federal funds for South Florida that are already in spending measures that have passed the House of Representatives.

The spending item must still get approved by the Senate and signed into law by the president.

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Old Posted Aug 22, 2007, 5:22 PM
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interesting article I knew Ft Lauderdale had been toying with this idea for a while now. Do you know if it will tie in with Tri-Rail?
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Old Posted Aug 22, 2007, 7:11 PM
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interesting article I knew Ft Lauderdale had been toying with this idea for a while now. Do you know if it will tie in with Tri-Rail?
Yes, but it looks like that connection will be saved for the 2nd phase. Here is the proposal, it seem like the above funding is just for phase 1 on this map: (taken from www.ddaftlaud.com)


Phase 4 looks like it will use the existing tracks that run parallel to Dixie Highway.

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linkto proposal: http://www.ddaftl.org/informationaltransit.pdf

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Old Posted Aug 23, 2007, 4:16 AM
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More of a streetcar than light rail, if you take "light rail" to mean the sort of regional mini-metros that some cities are building.

Nonetheless cool. I hope it's built.
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