Monday June 30 marked the official launch of Uptown Link, a new mid-day shuttle service connecting uptown Fort Lauderdale’s shops, restaurants, businesses and schools with the Cypress Creek Tri-Rail Station. The service has been running since March, but Monday’s ribbon cutting was a chance for both the public and private sector to reflect on the future of transportation in Broward County.
The Uptown Link is the first project initiated by Envision Upton, a public private partnership to create a mass transit and pedestrian friendly live and work community in the Cypress Creek Corridor of Uptown Fort Lauderdale. As members of Envision Uptown, Brenner Real Estate supports Uptown Link and Scott Brenner, Ken Silberling and Bea Suarez were pleased to represent our company at the event. You can view our prior article on Uptown Link for more detailed information on the service.
We understand that Uptown is primarily an automobile-serviced market. But according to Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, the vision for Fort Lauderdale is to become a multimodal city of the future by reshaping transportation. That includes the Wave Streetcar project in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, a new Downtown Station for the All Aboard Florida High Speed Rail Service and new bike trails. The Uptown Link is not going to revolutionize transportation along Cypress Creek Road, but it provides a vital last mile connection and marks an important step in the right direction as a catalyst for public transportation.
Guest speakers Jim Wolfe from the Florida Department of Transportation, City Commissioner Bruce Roberts, Diana Alarcon from the Transportation and Mobility Division of the City of Fort Lauderdale, Joe Quinty from Tri-Rail and Cary Goldberg President of Envision Uptown from Diversified Real Estate Investment highlighted some important facts regarding our transportation system.
Gas prices continue to rise and roads continue to become more congested. The aim is to get people off the roads and momentum is gaining across the country. 35 million people in the US use public transportation daily. Transit use is at its highest levels since the 1950s. Looking closer to home, Tri-rail ridership is up 140 percent since 2005. We are not going to change people’s behaviors overnight, but we do need to start somewhere and that is where the Upton link comes in.
Uptown is a key business hub for South Florida. Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport is the 5th busiest general aviation in the country and Uptown is home to companies such as Citrix, Microsoft, Nipro, Zimmerman Advertising and of course Brenner Real Estate Group.
As commercial real estate owners, managers and brokers, we are responsible for bringing numerous companies to the Uptown market through the sale and leasing of office, industrial and retail space.
Our job at Envision Uptown is to create a more livable community. By encouraging use of Uptown Link we hope to change the way people view public transportation in our City. So, try it for lunch, encourage your employees to use the service and we will promote it to our office space tenants. The change will not happen overnight, but Uptown Link marks an important first step in creating a new vision for Uptown Fort Lauderdale.