Getting around Fort Lauderdale does not have to be harmful to the environment. Before you get in the car and travel alone, remember that you have options!
- Bicycling and Walking
- Complete Streets Walk Audits
- Broward B-Cycle
- Flagler Greenway
- Broward County Greenways
- Sun Trolley
- South Florida Regional Transportation Authority
- Broward County Transit
- Riverwalk Water Trolley
- Water Taxi
- Port Everglades
- Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE)
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
- City Parking
- Pay By Phone
- Emergency Ride Home
- I-595 Express Bus
- Route I-95 Dade-Broward Express
Bicycling and Walking
Looking for a great way to stay in shape and help the environment too? Bicycle or walk the next time you are going a short distance. You will get the benefit of burning calories without burning natural resources!
Complete Streets Walk Audits
The City of Fort Lauderdale is partnering with the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization to conduct walking audits. Walk audits help highlight areas of needed improvement within a neighbor’s community, helping City planners better understand the needs of neighborhoods. Neighbors are encouraged to participate to help identify complete street principles best suited to meet the needs of the neighborhood.
Broward B-Cycle Bike Share Program
Broward B-Cycle is a bike sharing program aimed at making it quick, easy, and convenient for residents, workers, and visitors to get around Broward County on a bike. Broward B-Cycle opened on December 14, 2011, with stations in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood Beach, and Pompano Beach.
Bike sharing makes it economical and convenient to use bikes for trips that are too far to walk but too short to drive. As a member, you can use a B-Cycle to run an errand, grab lunch, travel from the bus stop to your office, or just get some fresh air. There are as many reasons to use a B-Cycle as there are members! That’s what makes bike sharing so great - a bike that’s there when you need it and gone when you don’t. Broward B-Cycle is designed to encourage you to use a B-Cycle for all your short trips. Once you’ve paid your modest membership fee, you can take an unlimited number of rides.
- Broward B-cycle is the most affordable major bike sharing program in the country.
- In the first year of operation, B-cycle helped us burn 3.4 MILLION calories and kept 88 THOUSAND pounds of carbon dioxide from entering our atmosphere.
The City of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County’s Comprehensive Plans have an adopted greenway system included in the Transportation Elements of both plans. The central north/south greenway corridor throughout Broward County is called the Dixie Highway Greenway due to its proximity to Dixie Highway. Trailheads in the City include: Floranada Park, Sistrunk Park, Himmarshee Village, Florence Hardy Park, Croissant Park and Snyder Park. The City of Fort Lauderdale calls this portion of the Dixie Highway Greenway the Flagler Greenway since it follows along the Florida East Coast Railway corridor on Flagler Drive.
The current project focuses on the segment of the Flagler Greenway that extends from Sunrise Boulevard to Broward Boulevard (approximately one mile in length). This greenway project serves as an important first step in a larger multimodal connectivity process ongoing throughout the City. This greenway segment will connect the local neighborhoods in the area to the existing transportation system that includes the Wave Streetcar project, the Tri-Rail Coastal Service Commuter Rail project, the Broward County Transit Bus system and the Sun Trolley bus routes. It will also connect bicycles and pedestrians to the B-Cycle Bike Share program currently in place.
Broward County's Greenways System will be a fully funded, countywide network of safe, clean, bicycle and equestrian paths, nature trails, and waterways.
Greenways will connect each neighborhood, from the Everglades to the Atlantic Ocean to conservation lands, parks and recreation facilities, cultural and historic sites, schools and business areas. The system will provide opportunities for recreation, restoration and enhancement of native vegetation and wildlife habitat, and alternative modes of transportation.
For more information, visit the Broward County Greenways website.
The Sun Trolley offers six different routes in Fort Lauderdale serving residents and tourists. The Sun Trolley works on a wave-and-ride system, meaning if you see a Sun Trolley and want to ride it, just wave it down and it will pick you up along the route. When you’re ready to get off, just tell the driver and the Sun Trolley will stop.
Rides on the Sun Trolley are very reasonable (sometimes even free), making it the most cost-efficient way to get around Fort Lauderdale for lunch on Las Olas or for a meeting Downtown.
Routes and schedules can be found at www.SunTrolley.com.
With the creation of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) on July 1, 2003, South Florida’s three counties began efforts to work together to ensure a viable regional transportation system. The SFRTA, with cooperation from our transportation partners, diligently to plan, develop, fund and operate a seamless, safe and efficient regional transportation system. A regional transportation system in South Florida will ensure mobility, advance sustainable growth and improve the quality of life for our current and future residents.
Check AMTRAK's Fort Lauderdale Station for tickets, status updates, and schedules online.
BCT can take you practically anywhere you want to go within Broward County: work, schools, shopping, libraries, parks, cultural and civic activities, and other places of interest.
BCT’s public transportation services cover approximately 410 square miles with a total operating fleet of 299 buses on fixed routes. With over 1600 bus stops, you’ll probably find yourself near a BCT route almost anywhere you go.
Routes and schedules can be found at www.Broward.org/BCT.
- See the BCT System Map for route information.
Tri-Rail is a commuter rail line linking Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. It is run by the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA). The 70.9-mile-long system has 18 stations along the Southeast Florida coast. The system connects directly to Amtrak at numerous stations, and the Metrorail in Hialeah (Miami) at the Tri-Rail and Metrorail Transfer Station.
A second Tri-Rail line, on the Florida East Coast Railway corridor, is currently in planning to be operational by 2014. The line is expected to extend Tri-Rail service north to Jupiter, Florida, and south through Downtown Fort Lauderdale, terminating at Government Center in Downtown Miami, as well as numerous intermediate cities such as Hollywood and Miami.
For more information on Tri-Rail, visit www.tri-rail.com.
Riverwalk Water Trolley
Crossing the New River (FOR FREE!) is now easier than ever with the new Riverwalk Water Trolley, brought to you by the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association (DFLTMA) in partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale and Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale.
Visit the Water Trolley's website for more information on the route and stop locations.
Think of the Water Taxi as your trolley on the water. Since Fort Lauderdale is the "Venice of America," there is no better way to enjoy Venice than by your water borne trolley. Cruise Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood Beach to see the best sights, visit restaurants and hit the beach. Water Taxi is so much more than just a boat ride.
Exotic cruise vacations and international trade are what makes Port Everglades an economic powerhouse for Broward County and one of the most diverse seaports in the United States.
Located In the heart of Greater Fort Lauderdale and the City of Hollywood, FL, Port Everglades is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. It is a leading container port in Florida and among the most active cargo ports in the United States. And, Port Everglades is South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products including, gasoline and jet fuel. A foreign-trade zone and available office space inside the Port's secure area make Port Everglades a highly desirable business center for world trade.
City of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE)
Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport places corporate and business travelers right in the heart of one of the nation's best areas to live and work plus some of Florida's most popular attractions. Centrally located in the heart of the Uptown Business District, just minutes from downtown, the airport offers easy access to I-95 and the Florida Turnpike and all of the area's major attractions and events.
Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport is a public airport located in Dania Beach, three miles (5 km) southwest of the central business district of Fort Lauderdale, a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. It is also located near the cities of Hollywood and 21 miles (33.7 km) north of Miami.
A map of city public parking locations can be found here.
In areas where this service is implemented, you no longer need cash for parking. Simply park your car, make one short phone call, and then head for your destination. You can even choose to receive a text message reminder before your parking time expires. You have the option of calling back and extending your parking session from anywhere, subject to meter time limits. Pay By Phone parking is convenient, easy, and safe. Pay By Phone is a service of Verrus, "The Pay By Phone Company." You can sign up for a free account now.
Whether you’re driving to work, a meeting, or even to the beach, carpooling takes one or more cars off the road. In addition, we will have less congestion on our roadways, less vehicles fighting for limited parking, and you can decrease what you’re spending on gas.
Not sure who you could carpool to work with? South Florida Commuter Services can help. You can find commuters looking for carpool partners that live and work in your area by visiting the South Florida Commuter Services website and requesting a ride match.
The Emergency Ride Home program provides free taxi service from your workplace to your home in the event of an unexpected emergency 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Think of it as "commuter insurance."
The program is available to commuters who carpool, vanpool, ride transit, bicycle, or walk to work at least three days a week. Eligible emergency situations include illness of the commuter or a member of his/her immediate family; unscheduled overtime or extended work hours; or a carpool/vanpool driver's inability to make the scheduled trip home due to an unexpected work schedule or illness. Register at http://www.1800234ride.com/emergency/emergency-ride-home-program.
595 Express Bus Service, run by Broward County Transit (BCT) provides free commuter park-and-ride locations, and travel along the major interstate highways to Miami-Dade County and downtown Fort Lauderdale on weekdays during morning and afternoon peak travel hours. Parking permits are required for the 595 Express Westgate Square park-and-ride location.
The 595 Express Bus Service, funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), operates every 30 minutes on weekdays during morning and afternoon peak traffic hours. The service has new 42-foot hybrid buses equipped with Wi-Fi and 12-volt power outlets for charging electronic communication equipment.
95 Express Bus Service provides free commuter park and ride locations and travel along the major interstate highways to Miami-Dade County on weekdays during morning and afternoon peak travel hours.
95 Dade-Broward Express, Broward Blvd serves the Fort Lauderdale Tri-Rail Station.
For schedule information, visit the 95 Express website.