Greater Fort Lauderdale is a region on the move with several means of quality transportation to choose from. Regional transportation continues to expand, meeting the needs of the growing Broward County communities. The County offers an integrated system of efficient roads, highways, railways, airports, and passenger and shipping port terminals.
As the population increases, roads are widening, runways extended and port slips added. Several state and federal agencies work simultaneously to provide cost-effective and safe means of transportation while experiencing tremendous expansion. The Regional Transit Authority operates the commuter rail system, Tri-Rail, expanding the system to match the growth of the region. Both the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association and South Florida Commuter Services aim to reduce the number of single-occupant vehicles with innovative ride share and employer transportation programs. The efforts of the county’s transportation organizations are focused on funding regional transportation.
A comprehensive highway system connects the Florida Turnpike, federal highways and state roads. Broward County ’s major east-west artery, I-595, offers convenient connections to I-95, Alligator Alley and I-75, serving as a crucial link to Miami in the south and Naples to the west. Interstate 95 provides the north-south link that merges South Florida with the entire East Coast of the country. Five miles west of I-95 is the Florida Turnpike, the state’s main toll road, which extends from Miami to Orlando in the center of the state and beyond. Its southwestern extension leads to Homestead and the Florida Keys .
Visitors and residents are encouraged to utilize one of the area’s many means of passenger transportation. Broward County Transit authority, the countywide public bus system, interconnects with the commuter train system Tri-Rail for those looking for travel within the state. The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport offers air travel around the world while the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport meets the needs of local business travelers.
The following organizations play major roles in Broward County’s unique transportation system.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
320 Terminal Drive
Fort Lauderdale, 33315
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is conveniently located just three miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale with easy access to I-95, I-595 and Port Everglades. Over 660 international and domestic flights arrive and depart at the airport daily, transporting passengers to points throughout the U.S., Canada, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico, Latin and South America.
Almost 21 million passengers traveled through the airport in 2004. To keep pace with the explosive growth, the airport is in the later stages of a $695 million dollar expansion program that includes more terminals, more gates, more parking and increased airfield capacity. A new Rental Car Center opened in January 2005 and now houses most of the rental car companies in one centrally located, convenient location.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is one of the economic engines that drives Broward County , contributing over $2.3 billion dollars to the local economy and generating 31,500 jobs. The Airport is a service provided by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.
Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport
6000 NW 21st Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, 33309
Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport serves a wide range of general aviation needs including corporate aviation, air charter, air ambulance services, avionics, flight training and aircraft refurbishing. Owned and operated by the City of Fort Lauderdale , the airport is home to six full-service fixed base operators and more than 700 aircraft. The facility handles more than 240,000 takeoffs and landings per year ranking it as the 5th busiest general aviation airport in the country.
Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport features a 200-acre Industrial Airpark, which offers more than 1.5 million square feet of prime office, warehouse and manufacturing space. Businesses looking to expand or relocate can take advantage of the Airpark, as well as the City of Fort Lauderdale Foreign-Trade Zone #241, which offers numerous economic incentives.
Executive Airport operates the downtown Fort Lauderdale John Fuhrer Helistop that offers corporate executives convenient access to the City’s Central Business District and many of Fort Lauderdale’s arts, entertainment and cultural attractions.
Additional Area Airports
North Perry Airport
401 SW 77th Way
Pembroke Pines, 33023
Pompano Beach Air Park
1001 NE 10th Street
Pompano Beach, 33060
Broward County Transit Authority
3201 W. Copans Road
Fort Lauderdale, 33069
The Broward County Transit (BCT) is a public transportation option for getting around Broward County . BCT can take you practically anywhere you want to go – work, schools, shopping, libraries, parks, cultural and civic activities, and other places of interest. They also provide links to Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties transit systems. The buses provide connections to the community’s multimodal transportation network.
Of Broward’s almost 1,200 square miles, BCT buses provide service to 410 square miles. The service area becomes even greater with Route 18, BCT’s first bus route to service the tri-county area of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach .
515 NE 3rd Street
Fort Lauderdale, 33301
Greyhound offers approximately 27 schedules daily to destinations such as Orlando, New York, and Atlanta .
Greyhound Lines, Inc., is the largest North American provider of intercity bus transportation, serving more than 3,600 destinations with 19,000 daily departures across the continent. The company also provides package and courier express service, charter, tour services and food service at certain terminals.
COMMUTING MADE EASIER
Sun Trolley, Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association (DFLTMA)
305 S. Andrews Avenue, Suite 201
Fort Lauderdale, 33301
The Sun Trolley is administered by the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association (DFLTMA), which is a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization that has been serving Fort Lauderdale with community transportation since 1992. The DFLTMA consists of its staff, Advisory Council, and Board of Directors.
The mission of the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association is to provide convenient, accessible, and reliable transportation in the advancement of economic vitality, a clean environment, and support of our community.
South Florida Commuter Services (SFCS)
3201 W. Commercial Boulevard, Suite 211
Fort Lauderdale, 33309
SFCS provides the tri-county area with a range of programs geared to encourage ride sharing and assuage traffic problems on South Florida’s busy roadways. Measures include carpool and vanpool ride matching, a call center to field commuter questions, the Emergency Ride Home Program and employer transportation programs.
Commuter Rail Tri-Rail
800 NW 33rd Street
Pompano Beach, 33064
Tri-Rail, Florida’s only commuter rail system, carries more than 2.8 million people a year on a 72 mile corridor connecting Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Operated by the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Tri-Rail offers 30 weekday trains, 14 trains on Saturday and 12 on Sunday serving 18 stations, seven of which are in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. Connecting buses are available at all stations, with designated shuttles at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Miami International Airports and Palm Tran connections to the Palm Beach International Airport .
Tri-Rail is the efficient, affordable way to get around South Florida, with fares starting at just $2.
200 SW 21st Terrace
Fort Lauderdale, 33312
The Amtrak Silver Service links greater Fort Lauderdale to the rest of the country. The Silver Star and the Silver Meteor offer daily trips to and from New York, while the Sunset Limited rolls in from Los Angeles via New Orleans and Tallahassee three times a week. Auto Train originates in Sanford, Fla. , about a three-hour drive north, and carries cars, drivers and passengers on a nonstop ride to the Washington, D.C. area.
1850 Eller Drive
Fort Lauderdale, 33316
Port Everglades serves as a gateway to the world through cargo connections and exotic cruises, and offers full-service facilities to accommodate a wide variety of maritime activities. Nearly 6,000 ships call at Port Everglades each year. The Port is the world’s second busiest cruise port and its containerized cargo is ranked 12th in the nation. It now reigns as the region’s major petroleum storage and distribution facility and is a leading bulk cargo depot. In addition, Port Everglades remains one of the U.S. Navy’s favorite liberty ports. The Port has an obligation not only to meet the needs of its maritime customers and visitors, but also to give back to the local community.
Along with being a premier seaport, Port Everglades is now one of South Florida ’s strongest economic engines. The Port’s total financial impact on Broward County amounts to more than $10.2 billion in waterborne revenue, $2.1 billion in business activity and $58 million in local tax revenue. In addition, Port Everglades provides more than 22,500 jobs in Broward County , creating more than $670 million in personal income.
651 Seabreeze Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, 33316
Enjoy the “Venice of America” on the “On Time” scheduled service Water Buses operated by Water Taxi. Float your way to and from hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, theaters, shops, beaches, marinas and more. Travel daily between Oakland Park Boulevard to 17th Street Causeway, including the New River. All Water Bus boats are Coast Guard inspected and certified with licensed captains.
Passes are available in 1-day, 3-day, 7-day and 31 day increments. Broward County Mass Transit 31-day passes and Water Bus 31-day passes are interchangeable, so you can ride the land or Water Bus with the same pass. Group tours and charters are also available.