Value: Cooperatively delivering an efficient and accessible regional intermodal transportation network
Broward County is home to nearly 2 million residents and welcomed more than 13 million visitors in 2018. A world-class multimodal transportation system is essential to meeting the growing demands of Broward County's population, which is expected to increase by 228,000 residents in the next 25 years.
Traffic congestion and signal synchronization, safer bicycling, and better public transit, to name a few, have been identified as major problems for residents and visitors alike. In 2018 a concerted effort was made to put a Penny for Transportation surtax on the November ballot. A special website was created, town halls were conducted, residents and city officials were educated, and these efforts were successful. The 1 percent local option sales tax was passed and will be used to fund countywide transportation system improvements. To find out how the funds will be used visit PennyforTransportation.com.
Broward County Transit (BCT) serves approximately 410 square miles with a fleet of 346 buses on fixed-routes and express commuter services to neighboring Miami-Dade County.
Broward County's Transit Development Plan, and the Broward MPO's Long Range Transportation Plan will address future projections and trends in transit and technology.
BCT took delivery and placed into service 60 new transit buses. With the addition of these new replacement buses, BCT's average age of the fleet was reduced from 7.68 years to 6.57 years.
BCT was awarded $1 million from the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) for the operations and maintenance of new "Broward Breeze" limited stop bus service that began service in January. This new service gives customers access to employment, education and medical centers, transit facilities, governmental centers, shopping and entertainment venues in Sunrise, Plantation, and downtown Fort Lauderdale.
The Paratransit program continues to grow. In February, the Paratransit Rider's Choice Pilot Program was launched in partnership with CabConnect. It provides an additional transportation choice for ADA-eligible customers to complement their existing Paratransit services by providing them a fare payment card system to utilize a taxi company of their choosing to arrange their trip. So far, the program has resulted in 3,588 taxi trips, with a net savings of $29,454.
In addition, BCT's Paratransit program ordered 46 new sedans for its fleet, 23 of which have been delivered and put into service. All 46 vehicles are being converted to not only run on gasoline, but on propane auto-gas as well.
Residents and visitors took over 44,000 bike rides on Broward B-Cycles, riding more than 282,000 miles on the bikes and reducing over 267,000 pounds of carbon emissions.