Transportation is a division of the City's Transportation & Mobility Department. The division’s mission is to promote the livability, health, and economic benefits of a bicycle-, pedestrian-, and transit-friendly environment by creating a safe, effective, and connected network of transportation options for our neighbors and surrounding communities.
With South Florida’s population continuing to increase, road congestion and mobility problems stemming from additional vehicles on the road will exacerbate an already congested roadway system. The days of widening roads to create more capacity have come to an end. With the cost of owning a car or multiple cars continuing to grow, the family budget in the current scenario has taken a hit.
Future population and employment growth can only be accommodated by an integrated transit system that can carry a person from home to work and back again in a safe, clean, reliable, and affordable manner. Benefits of an integrated transit network that includes bus, rail, trolley, and other forms of public transportation will promote economic development, provide job access, and alleviate congestion that threatens our region with gridlock.
Fort Lauderdale is at the epicenter of the emerging transit system being planned for the region. With projects such as the Wave Streetcar, the Central Broward East West Study, the Tri-Rail Coastal Link, and the All-Aboard Florida inter-regional rail service scheduled to begin in the next few years, Fort Lauderdale is well-positioned to take advantage of and benefit greatly from these initiatives.
The congestion of vehicles along our roadways impacts many people, not only when trying to get to work, but also when running errands. Personal vehicles are a necessity in Fort Lauderdale based upon our current conditions, but the Transportation Division is working hard to provide desirable alternatives to taking your car to work and on short trips to run errands through improving sidewalks, bike lanes, and creating an improved transit network.
The division also works to make the existing network of streets safer for all users through studies of functionally challenged streets and changes to traffic patterns when required.