Wave Streetcar Program Management
In the early 2000s, a transit and pedestrian study identified the need to invest in transit and pedestrian improvements in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Following this study, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), in cooperation with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (Broward MPO), completed an alternatives analysis and environmental assessment to identify potential route options, technology and potential environmental impacts associated with completing a transit improvement project. In 2008, a locally preferred alternative was endorsed by the partners — a 2.7-mile modern streetcar route.
Following a three-year effort supporting the development of the Wave Streetcar through various contracts, HDR was selected to lead the project management team that oversees the design, construction and implementation of the project. Between 2011 and 2013, we supported the DDA, the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) and the Wave project partners to advance the project through the local, state, regional and federal decision processes.
Our team developed and supported implementation of the governance structure put in place to deliver the project, including establishment of roles and responsibilities for agencies as sponsor, implementer, owner and operator of the Wave system. We also played a major role in supporting Wave Streetcar's successful $18 million TIGER IV grant award, the April 2013 approval into Small Starts Project Development by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the April 2014 FTA recommendation for $50 million in Small Starts funds.
The more than $140 million project seeks to create a livable community by integrating land use, transportation and economic development while being environmentally sustainable. A key aspect of the streetcar's alignment will include operation of hybrid off-wire streetcar vehicles over an existing movable bridge in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The Wave Streetcar will improve connectivity within the region, support increased density and growth and spur mixed-use development/redevelopment in the urban core.
Since May 2013, we have been the Program Management Consultant (PMC), reporting directly to SFRTA, but continuing to implement the inter-governmental agreement with the Wave partnership that includes DDA, the City of Fort Lauderdale, FDOT, Broward County and the Broward MPO. As PMC, our responsibilities include full-service project management, public involvement, preliminary engineering, procurement support, plan reviews and ultimately construction engineering and inspection.
We supported the selection of the project delivery method, completed the 30 percent design alignment and cost estimate, supported procurement activities for the designer and hybrid off-wire streetcar vehicles and are managing the safety and security review and certification process. We continue to support execution of the USDOT TIGER grant as well as steps needed to secure an FTA Small Starts Construction Grant Agreement.
Wave Streetcar is currently in the final design phase. Technical specifications are being developed for the procurement of the streetcar vehicles with a goal of receiving delivery of the vehicles in 2017.