Fort Lauderdale mulls next streetcar phase

With plans in place for a 1.4-mile initial streetcar operation to begin in 2016, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.’s Downtown Development Authority is weighing plans to add a second phase in a loop pattern.

Siemens lands All Aboard Florida order

Siemens on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 said it has been selected “to build the locomotives and passenger coaches for the All Aboard Florida passenger rail project that will connect South and Central Florida.”

Florida county pro-LRT group eyes referendum

Pro-rail forces backing light rail transit in Pinellas County, Fla., are actively generating publicity and reaching out to voters prior to an election this November seeking approval for the first LRT system in the Tampa Bay region.

Study touts All Aboard Florida’s stimulus

All Aboard Florida, the higher-speed rail (HrSR) intercity passenger service being advanced by Florida East Coast Industries, will add nearly $3.5 billion in GDP to the state of Florida’s economy, according to findings from an economic impact study conducted by The Washington Economics Group, Inc. (WEG), published Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

St. Augustine, Fla., mulls streetcar

St. Augustine, Fla., is considering a narrow-gauge heritage streetcar operation, roughly paralleling U.S. Route 1 and linking several traffic generating sites within the municipality.

SunRail prepares for operating debut

SunRail regional rail service will make an official debut Thursday, May 1, 2014, serving the Orlando, Fla., metropolitan area, one day after state and local officials marked the launch of the service Wednesday at a ceremony.

SFRTA names new executive director

Jack Stephens has been named executive director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA), succeeding Joseph Giulietti. SFRTA’s governing board awarded Stephens a one-year contract.

Gainesville, Fla., weighs streetcar line

Consultants are working with a Streetcar Project Advisory Committee in Gainesville, Fla., to prepare a proposal for a line linking the city’s downtown with the University of Florida.