Bringing Commuter Rail Service to Southeast Broward! 

The Coastal Link commuter rail project along the Florida East Coast (FEC) corridor in eastern Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties has been under consideration for many years. Two segments of the project are moving forward into design and construction, once approved. The Miami-Dade segment is called the NE Corridor Project as part of their SMART Plan; the segment in Broward County is the Broward Commuter Rail - South PD&E Study. 

Additional information can be found at the following websites for each project: and respectively.

Unlike Brightline, which is a high-speed, intercity [assenger rail service that is designed to carry people quickly to a limited number of destinations, this project would bring commuter rail service to the heart of South Florida’s historic downtowns including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. At this time, the Broward Commuter Rail - South project would extend commuter rail service from Aventura in Miami-Dade to a terminus south of the New River in Fort Lauderdale. The preliminary environmental analysis required for the extension of the commuter rail into Broward has been completed, and New River Crossing studies that closely examine the bridge crossings and tunnel crossing alternatives to extend service north, further into Broward County, have been issued by both Broward County and the City of Fort Lauderdale.


 Studying Commuter Rail in the Corridor

  • Broward and FDOT MOU is signed
  • PD&E Consultants selected
  • Miami-Dade County Resolutions for ongoing track access negotiations
  • Broward continues dialogue with Brightline and FDOT
  • Broward and FDOT draft MOU to advance commuter rail project
  • FDOT conducts New River Crossing Feasibility Study
  • Brightline starts revenue service from Miami to West Palm Beach
  • Miami-Dade begins negotiating track access
  • Broward passes penny surtax
  • Phased project implementation based on local funding share by country
  • FDOT & SFRTA formally request Entry into PD from FTA
  • FTA and FRA later agree to put PD request on hold to avoid confusion with AAF
  • MPOs sign collective MOU and authorize request to begin FTA New Starts Project Development (PD)
  • 25 stations identified for further evaluation in PD&E
  • Refined Master Plan for 85-miles commuter rail service from Miami to Jupiter
  • Integrated extension of Tri-Rail on shared tracks with FEC Freight
  • All Aboard Florida (AAF) announced from Miami to Orlando
2004 - 2010
  • MPOs and FEC request regional Transit Study by FDOT
  • FDOT held over 400 public meetings to develop System Master Plan
  • Resolutions of support from Broward MPO, Palm Beach MPO and cities

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Project Partners

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Please contact Amanda Christon at (954) 876-0078 or to learn more about the Broward MPO and what they are working on in your community.