- Riders purchased more than 50,000 bus passes online – double the number sold online the previous year.
- Today more than 50 BCT buses are Wi-Fi equipped, which allows access to the Internet while riding.
- Automatic vehicle location systems were installed on 240 paratransit vehicles, giving BCT customer service representatives access to real time vehicle location information to assist in scheduling riders.
- A creative sidewalk chalk stencil campaign using environmentally-friendly paint was used in high pedestrian traffic areas to help attract new riders to public transit.
Broward County is committed to a fully integrated, multimodal transportation system that meets the needs of residents, businesses and visitors. At its center is efficient and accessible public transit.
Of Broward County Transit’s (BCT)
41 million passenger trips, nearly
38 million were fixed route trips,
2.3 million Community Bus trips and 686,820 paratransit trips. Efforts focused on improving service for current passengers and attracting new passengers.
New I-595 Express premium bus routes were added weekdays during peak traffic hours, taking passengers to and from the BB&T (formerly BankAtlantic) Center Park and Ride to downtown Fort Lauderdale or downtown Miami. There are now four Park and Ride locations in Broward County, making it easier, more convenient and economical for passengers to access Express services.
Frequency of service on I-95 Express premium bus service from Miramar to downtown Miami increased from every 30 minutes to every 15 minutes, alleviating “standing room only” loads on this popular commuter route.
The “greening” of BCT’s fleet continued with the addition of 24 new 42-foot hybrid Bus Rapid Transit styled buses. Nearly 20 percent of the BCT fleet is now hybrid, up from 10 percent last year. Hybrid buses are more fuel efficient than diesel buses and contribute to a healthier and cleaner environment. An additional 21 new hybrids are being added in 2013.
An additional 100 buses were equipped with traffic signal priority devices, which used in conjunction with Broward’s traffic signalization system, improve on-time performance. Nearly 81 percent of BCT’s fleet is now equipped with these devices.
An additional 173 new bus shelters were installed, offering improved accessibility, a more comfortable, safe and secure waiting area, real-time transit information, solar powered lighting and bike racks.
The Broward B-Cycle Bike Sharing Program now includes 26 bike station locations with 275 bikes in Dania Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and Pompano Beach. In the first year of operation, nearly 16,000 riders took more than 24,000 trips, burned 3.4 million calories, saved 4,464 gallons of fuel and offset 87,804 pounds of carbon emissions.