The future of Fort Lauderdale’s Wave Streetcar.
So I came across this article in the Sun Sentinel the other day about the runway expansion project at Fort Lauderdale International Airport and although I am excited that the road construction around the airport is nearing an end I caught a small detail in the article regarding the tunnel system under the new runway that really got me excited.
“It’s one of six tunnels that run under the six-story runway that slopes over U.S. 1 and the Florida East Coast Railway tracks. Two will serve U.S. 1 traffic, one will accommodate the tracks, one will serve a service road, one the airport entrance road and the last one a future light-rail or streetcar system.”
The part I am excited about is the sixth tunnel. The tunnel currently has no use but was built for the purpose of accommodating a future “light-rail or streetcar system”. Now I am no city planner but I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say that although the current planned route of the Wave Streetcar doesn’t go further south than Broward General Hospital I am sure someone or a group of someone’s out there have plans to run the Wave Streetcar down Andrews Avenue to the airport. This would be a huge leap forward to help ensure a bright future for Fort Lauderdale. Once that is done the obvious next step is to get the Wave Streetcar to service Port Everglades as well as Fort Lauderdale Beach.
For now though I can only dream of a day when tourists don’t have to rent cars and locals don’t need to fight for parking because the Wave Streetcar may one day service Fort Lauderdale’s biggest attractions e.g. Fort Lauderdale International Airport, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Port Everglades, and downtown Fort Lauderdale including Las Olas Blvd.