"Town hall draws questions on surtax - Cindy Malin, with the Mobility Advancement Program, spoke about the surtax that had been approved by voters in Broward County, and how the county wanted to create better and more opportunities for people other than their cars, which created more traffic on the roads. She spoke of the term, silver tsunami, which was targeting older residents who would need other options in order to get around." The Miami Times – Read More
"Back in the Nov. 2018 election, Broward County voters approved a one penny increase in the County’s sales tax to fund better roads, less traffic congestion and more public transportation options…. So, there are a lot of changes on the way with the money raised from the penny increase in sales taxes. It’s just that it’s still too early to see them." - South Florida Sun Sentinel. Read More
"Over the next few years, Broward County residents will be able to drive around a little easier. Broward County is using penny surtax money to use high technology to improve intersections and to alert drivers of potential problems on the roadways." - Hollywood Gazette.
"Broward will use artificial intelligence to improve your commute. Think of it as the "county brain". With little room left to widen roads to reduce congestion, Broward County is turning to artificial intelligence to shorten commuter drive times. The county is building a network of cameras and sensors on its roads that will quickly adjust signals to reduce delays as changing traffic patterns are detected." - South Florida Sun Sentinel.
“Broward County is a shining example of taking action today to realize the economic and environmental benefits of clean energy now and well into the future. Broward, the second most populous county in Florida, recently set an ambitious goal to electrify its fleet by 2030. That commitment includes not only its general-purpose vehicles, but also its transit buses.” - CleanEnergy.org, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. Read More
"Mark Plass, district traffic operations engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation, said the average Broward commuter encounters about 50 intersections with traffic signals each day. The increased use of fiber optics is allowing traffic managers to do their job more effectively for Broward drivers, he said. This year's plan calls for installing fiber optics along Pine Island Road between Broward and Oakland Park boulevards. There will also be cables installed on Sunrise Boulevard from Flamingo Road west to Northwest 136th Avenue, and on Northwest 136th Avenue from Sunrise Boulevard northeast to Flamingo Road." – South Florida Sun Sentinel, "By the Numbers: Broward's transportation tax plan revs up"
WTS South Florida Chapter
is honored to recognize Gretchen Cassini, Broward County Assistant County Administrator, as the 2018/2019 Woman of the Year. Gretchen acted as the primary point of contact and lead for the Penny for Transportation campaign that led to the successful passage of the country's largest transportation surtax initiative, for Broward County, estimated at nearly $16 billion over 30 years. Her efforts will be seen and remembered for decades as future transportation projects come to fruition positively impacting Broward County and the South Florida region." – WTS, an organization dedicated to advancing women in transportation
"Now that we have long-term sustainable funding in place, as a result of residents' support of better transportation, BCT is gearing up to increase and improve transit services by 10 percent by the end of the year and by another 10 percent next year. These improvements include rolling out 147 new wi-fi equipped buses, extended service hours, and adding mobile payment options that will make it easier and more convenient for our customers to ride with us. Technological advances will also allow us to integrate ride hailing services and micro transit into our network and introduce environmentally friendly buses." – Broward County Transportation Director Chris Walton
"A new national poll finds older adults and people with disabilities feel there is a lack of accessible and reliable transportation alternatives, which prevents them from doing the things they need and want to do, which leaves them feeling frustrated, isolated, and trapped. With more than one in five Americans older than age 65 not driving, demand for transportation is steadily increasing as the boomer population continues to grow." – Metro Magazine, "Lack of transportation options worry seniors, people with disabilities"