About the Project
The Oakland Park Boulevard study corridor consists of the areas around Oakland Park Boulevard from the Sawgrass Expressway to State Road A1A. The corridor passes through the Cities of Sunrise, Lauderhill, Lauderdale Lakes, Oakland Park, Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderdale.
- Broward County, Florida
- FM Number: TBD
The Broward County Transit’s Route 72 on Oakland Park Boulevard is the busiest east-west transit route in the County, with nearly 9,000 riders boarding its buses daily. It provides very frequent service – every 15 minutes in each direction for much of the day –though many buses remain over crowded. Significant future growth in demand is expected for the Route 72 which will worsen the already crowded bus passenger conditions. With so many transit riders in the corridor and the potential for additional people to use the service, the Florida Department of Transportation, in partnership with Broward County Transit and the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) initiated a study aimed at:
- Improving conditions for pedestrians and transit riders;
- Improving transit service reliability and travel time; and
- Encouraging transit oriented development.
The purpose is to provide traffic and transit improvements for SR 819/Oakland Park Boulevard corridor from SR 869/Sawgrass Expressway to SR A1A. Oakland Park Boulevard is a county road from SR 869/Sawgrass Expressway to SR 817/University Drive and a state road from SR 817/University Drive to SR A1A.
The Study Team has collected and analyzed necessary data to determine the feasibility of implementing the following improvements in the corridor: Transit Improvements, Intelligent Transportation Systems and Community Connections. From those categories the Study Team incorporated the solutions into alternatives.
- Signal Progression – This is a method of timing traffic lights along the corridor to reduce delays for automobile traffic and subsequently transit vehicles. Given the length of Oakland Park Boulevard, the corridor has been divided into eight segments and signal progression is implemented within each of these segments. So once you get a green light, if you travel at normal speeds and there are no unusual conditions (accident or other stopped vehicles), you should have green lights at each successive intersection along the corridor.
- Transit Signal Priority – This allows the transit vehicle to communicate with traffic lights, through a device on the transit vehicle and in the corridor, so that the light will either stay green longer or turn green faster as the transit vehicle approaches the intersection.
- Queue Jump Lane – Buses will have their own traffic signal and be allowed to pass the line of cars and go through the intersection using the right turn lane.
- Bus Shelter Improvements –These improvements typically consist of providing improved amenities such as shelters and seating as well as potentially relocating existing bus stops to improve access and interaction with surrounding activities.
- Bus Schedule Revision – This involves making necessary improvements to the schedule to support reliability and convenience
- Sidewalk & Bike Lane Improvements – These improvements typically consist of additional sidewalk and bike lanes to fill the gaps and improve connectivity to transit stops.
The following agencies and cities are participating in the Oakland Park Boulevard transit corridor study.