Broward Commuter Rail (BCR) South Project
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Four and Broward County have been evaluating alternatives for implementing commuter rail along the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway from Aventura in Miami-Dade County into Broward County since January 2021. This evaluation is a direct result of a previous study known as the ‘Coastal Link’ that evaluated 85 miles of commuter rail in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. On August 25th, 2022, the Broward County Commission adopted a locally preferred alternative (LPA) for Broward Commuter Rail South (BCR South) to extend commuter rail service on the FEC Railway corridor from the planned passenger station in the City of Aventura north to the City of Fort Lauderdale, a distance of 11.5 miles. Stations are recommended in the City of Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and South Fort Lauderdale near the Broward Health Medical Center. The South Fort Lauderdale station provides access to downtown Fort Lauderdale, the Broward County Convention Center, Port Everglades, and the Beaches. The Broward County Commission directed staff to pursue grant funding from federal and state government sources to support the project, and to coordinate with the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and other organizations as appropriate in seeking such grant funding.Miami-Dade County is also studying the implementation of commuter rail service in the FEC corridor from Downtown Miami to a proposed station that will also serve Brightline in Aventura, known as the Northeast Corridor. The Northeast Corridor is in the Project Development phase with the Federal Transit Administration making it eligible to compete for federal funding.