All Aboard Florida Announces Fort Lauderdale Station Location

SOURCE: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20131122005443/en/Aboard-Florida-Announces-Fort-Lauderdale-Station-Location 

All Aboard Florida, the highly anticipated passenger rail line, announced today plans to develop its Fort Lauderdale station on parcels of land adjacent to the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) corridor on NW 2nd Avenue, between Broward Boulevard and NW 4th Street. Located in the northern portion of downtown Fort Lauderdale, the station will catalyze growth, spur job creation and stimulate underutilized areas.

Sun Trolley“The announcement of our Fort Lauderdale station is just the start of All Aboard Florida’s overall program to revitalize the area north of Broward Boulevard”

Planning and design is underway for the Fort Lauderdale station – one of four planned along the All Aboard Florida route. The station development will include a multi-story lobby which will accommodate ticketing and luggage handling. The lobby will connect to an elevated passenger lounge with comfortable seating and food and beverage offerings for customers. The facility will also accommodate other transportation systems so passengers can conveniently reach their end destinations. The selected station location was chosen to provide convenient connections to the Sun Trolley, Broward County Transit system and the future Wave Streetcar.

“For decades, Broward County’s residents and businesses have advocated for passenger rail in the FEC corridor, and soon that vision will become a reality with All Aboard Florida,” said Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief. “The downtown Fort Lauderdale station will help stimulate our economy and boost our tourism industry.”

“This is an exciting day for the City of Fort Lauderdale. All Aboard Florida’s station will be an ideal complement to the forward-thinking transportation initiatives and development we have planned for our city and aligns with our `Fast Forward Fort Lauderdale’ vision,” said City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler. “This intercity passenger rail system, station and transit oriented development will continue to solidify our city as a world class destination and a great place to live, work and play.”

“The announcement of our Fort Lauderdale station is just the start of All Aboard Florida’s overall program to revitalize the area north of Broward Boulevard,” said P. Michael Reininger, President and Chief Development Officer of All Aboard Florida. “We have plans to develop additional parcels surrounding our station as a mixed-use transit oriented development, encouraging the increasingly popular social, cultural and business environment. We selected this area since it’s strategically located in close proximity to cultural, entertainment and employment centers and connections to other transportation options.”

“We continue to make significant progress to develop this privately funded intercity passenger rail system,” said Don Robinson, President and Chief Operating Officer of All Aboard Florida. “This announcement is another major step forward as we advance the rail infrastructure and station designs. All Aboard Florida will transform the way Floridians move and do business by connecting the major central business districts within the South Florida region and with Central Florida.”

“All Aboard Florida will be a great asset to Broward County and the entire state of Florida,” said Bob Swindell, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. “Having seamless travel service as an option to and from Orlando will make Broward County and South Florida an even more competitive business location as the new service provides efficiencies for business people traveling around the state. Another benefit will be the private investment surrounding the FEC stations that will drive large capital investments and create numerous new jobs.”

All Aboard Florida’s three other stations will be located in Orlando, as part of the International Airport’s new Intermodal Station; in downtown Miami on 9 acres bordered by NW 1st Avenue and the elevated MetroRail tracks between NW 8th and NW 1st Streets and on two acres of land bordered by NW 1st Court and NW 2nd Avenue between NW 7th and NW 6th Streets; and in West Palm Beach on two acres of land bordered by the FEC corridor and Rosemary Avenue between Datura and Evernia Streets.

The architect for the stations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach is Florida-based Zyscovich Architects in association with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, who are leading the overall design and planning efforts for the All Aboard Florida program.

Ft. Lauderdale’s Sun Trolley Wins Awards for Social Media and Video Production Successes

In a world filled with social media pages, posts, #hashtags and tweets, one Ft. Lauderdale-based nonprofit is breaking the mold and exuding excellence. Ft. Lauderdale’s Sun Trolley, operated by the Downtown Ft. Lauderdale Transportation Management Association, received two special awards at the Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA) statewide conference in Clearwater, Florida on October 29, 2013.

Sun Trolley“We are honored to receive 2nd place awards in two categories: Social Media and Electronic Media/Audio Visual,” states Patricia Zeiler, Sun Trolley’s Executive Director.

“Being on the cutting edge of digital media has not only helped the Sun Trolley grow its ridership, which averages approximately 40,000 passengers per month, but it has allowed us to communicate more efficiently with our passengers as well as increase corporate sponsorships and partnerships.”

Sun Trolley’s Facebook Page
Sun Trolley’s ever-popular Facebook page has become a fan favorite for both residents and tourists alike approaching nearly 2,500 Likes. “Our page is popular because it really serves as one-stop shop for messaging,” states Zeiler. “We make an effort to post about local events, restaurant openings, transportation trends and we use the page to announce route changes, delays and fare adjustments – it really has become the go-to resource for our passengers.”

Sun Trolley’s Video entitled “Women In Transportation” is a Big Winner!
Additionally, the Sun Trolley also took home the second place award in the Audio Visual category for a video that promotes the Sun Trolley and its leadership. “Our winning video was developed as part of a national campaign called “Women in Transportation,” states Laurie Menekou, Sun Trolley’s media spokeswomen. “It highlights the executive leadership of Patricia Zeiler who has not only led the Sun Trolley to success but has been an unwavering advocate for public transportation in Broward County and the State of Florida.”

Sun Trolley’s Digital Media Footprint and Success
In addition to the two awards presented at the FPTA statewide conference last month, the Sun Trolley is also very popular on Trip Advisor currently ranking as Ft. Lauderdale’s second most popular tourist destination. The Sun Trolley’s success doesn’t stop there, the Sun Trolley has also won numerous awards and gained national media attention for the ever-popular Tracker App: the Tracker App has exceeded 10,000 downloads in the past year alone.

To download the mobile app, printable route maps or to learn more visit http://www.suntrolley.com or call (954) 761-3543. Like what Sun Trolley is doing? Show it at facebook.com/sun-trolley.