Local Transportation Issues:
 Responsible Investments or Unsustainable Luxuries



The Forum is pleased to offer our invitees an opportunity to join the conversation about how we get around today - and how we want to get around tomorrow. The September Forum program will be interactive and this starts with a custom "SPEAK UP BROWARD" survey. 

Click here to take the 10 question survey.

Please don't ignore this survey- even if you do not plan to attend the Forum, complete the survey by September 18 so we have a strong Fort Lauderdale opinion base. Survey results will be tabulated by the MPO and given to you at the September Forum meeting. And we will post the results on our website. 


The focus of the meeting will be on the Florida East Coast Industries (FECI) plan known as All Aboard Florida for intercity passenger trains to offer an express-type service targeted to Florida residents and tourists looking for alternative travel options to attractions throughout the state.
Gregory Stuart, Executive Director of the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization will provide a regional viewpoint on a variety of transportation issues of local importance. Mr. Stuart will then introduce Jose Gonzalez, Executive Vice President Florida East Coast Industries, to update our audience about All Aboard Florida.

Commentators: Kristina Hebert, COO Ward's Marine Electric and President of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, will discuss the FECI plan from the perspective of the Marine Industry; and Kelly Tortoriello, V.P. Strategic Client Services Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau will tell us what the new rail service is projected to mean for Tourism.

To wrap the presentation, Christopher Ryan MPO Public Information Officer and Speak Up Broward representative, will give us the results of the transportation survey completed by Forum invitees and introduce the interactive survey that went live on September 12 at www.SpeakUpBroward.org.
Vice President of Programs Lloyd Rhodes will moderate audience questions
for the speakers and commentators.
The new passenger service will add 32 trains a day to the 14 freight trains (20 freight trains by 2018) traveling through with stops in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.  Inter-city connectivity has long been lacking in Florida via any singular mode and given the reasonable cost of train travel and the superior comfort it affords over bus or plane, All Aboard believes that this service will be used by many.
FECI is spending $1.5 billion on track upgrades, railway stations and sleek European-styled trains. They are also paying for safety improvements at the roadway crossings that would allow quiet zones, as much of the CSX tracks have for the frequent Tri-Rail trains. The "delta" between a safe passenger rail line and a quiet passenger rail line is still thousands of dollars. But All Aboard Florida is absorbing millions of dollars in needed improvements between Miami and Cocoa. After the improvements are made, municipalities will resume responsibility for maintenance.

Downtown Fort Lauderdale North of Broward Boulevard: The passenger rail could form part of a transit hub that includes a County bus depot and the Wave streetcar line


  • How many people would ride this train?
  • How much it will cost to ride?
  • Will this railroad project turn a profit on the passenger operations? (Only 2 rail passenger routes in the world do.)
  • Will passenger service affect freight service since the railroad has only a single track in many locations?
  • Is it true that the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) plans to construct a new bridge in downtown Fort Lauderdale so the more frequent rail traffic doesn't affect the city's active marine industry?
  • Does the commuter-rail station feeder study support Fort Lauderdale's Downtown Development Authority plan to run a streetcar system (The Wave) that will serve as a downtown circulator?
  • What will be the near quadrupling impact of 52 daily trains (by 2016) versus todays daily train traffic of 14 freight trains mean in terms of road traffic tie-ups?

Gregory Stuart
Executive Director
Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization

Jose Gonzalez
Executive Vice President
Florida East Coast Industries
Kristina Hebert
COO Ward's Marine Electric
President of the 2014-2015 MIASF Board of Directors

Marine Industries Association of South Florida
Phone: 954.524.2733
Kelly Tortoriello
V.P. Strategic Client Services
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
Christopher Ryan
MPO Public Information Officer
Jill Quigley
Senior Project Manager
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

7:30 am: Coffee & Networking
7:45-8:45 am: Presentation/Discussion

FAU/BCC Higher Education Complex, 111 E. Las Olas, Room 1110 

Parking available in the City Garage

RSVP to ftlauderdaleforum@gmail.com

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