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Broward County Transit and FDOT seek public input on Broward Commuter Rail Project

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Broward County Transit (BCT) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) are inviting the public to participate in a crucial discussion about the Broward Commuter Rail (BCR) South Project. This meeting will focus on the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study for the proposed rail line along the Florida East Coast Railway, stretching from the Aventura Station in Miami-Dade County to southern Fort Lauderdale in Broward County. The project is particularly significant as it aims to enhance connectivity and provide efficient transportation options for residents and visitors in the region.

To ensure broad public participation, the meeting will be held in two formats: an in-person session and a virtual session. The in-person public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 6 PM at the City of Hollywood City Hall, located at 2600 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Florida 33020. Attendees will have access to free on-site parking at City Hall Circle and in the overflow parking at Broward Library.

The virtual public meeting will take place on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at 6 p.m. Interested participants can join the meeting from their computer, tablet, or smartphone by registering online. Alternatively, participants can dial in using their phone by calling 562-247-8422 and entering Access Code 153-015-917.

The BCR South Project is set to include stations in the City of Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and South Fort Lauderdale. It’s important to note that this project is independent and located south of the New River in Fort Lauderdale. Both meetings will feature a formal presentation followed by an open discussion session. During the open discussion, staff will be available to answer questions and provide assistance. Comments and questions will be addressed in the order they are received. If a question is not answered during the event, a written response will be provided after the meeting. Additionally, questions and comments can be submitted before the meeting by emailing the Project Manager.

Public participation is encouraged from all community members, regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, anyone requiring special accommodations to participate in the public meeting is asked to notify the agency at least seven days prior to the event. For such accommodations, contact BCT Project Manager Jie Bian at 954-357-8532, by writing to 1 North University Drive-Suite 3100A, Plantation, FL 33324, or via email at [email protected]. For further information, FDOT Project Manager Phil Schwab, P.E., can be reached at 954-777-4524.

Individuals who are hearing or speech impaired can use the Florida Relay Service by calling 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice) to communicate their needs.

The involvement of the public is vital in shaping the future of transportation in Broward County. The BCR South Project aims to improve regional connectivity, reduce traffic congestion, and offer a reliable alternative to driving. By attending these meetings, community members have the opportunity to voice their opinions, ask questions, and provide feedback that will be instrumental in the planning and development stages of the project.

The meetings serve as a platform for residents to understand the scope and impact of the BCR South Project, ensuring that the development aligns with the community’s needs and expectations. Public feedback is essential to address concerns, incorporate valuable suggestions, and foster a collaborative approach to this significant infrastructure project.

For more information about the Broward Commuter Rail South Project, please visit the official Broward County Transit website. Engaging with this project not only informs residents about upcoming changes but also empowers them to contribute to the region’s transportation future.

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