Improving Broward’s mass transit: There will be speed bumps

If you’re a Broward County resident looking for mass transit improvements, get ready for a bumpy ride.

The county’s ability to win voter approval of a $15.6 billion, 30-year transportation sales tax in November may turn out to have been the easy part — and that’s a tax that was defeated twice before by voters.

County officials have already seen Fort Lauderdale’s Wave streetcar project derailed last year after more than a decade of planning. They heard opposition from Plantation and Davie to proposed light-rail lines to be paid for by sales tax dollars even before the election was held, forcing them to assure voters that any plan would be fully vetted before the public.

But just how hard the going will be can be seen in a transportation issue that isn’t even dealing with sales tax dollars: Plans by the Florida Department of Transportation to put a 170-space park-and-ride lot in Weston at the city’s Interstate 75 interchange on Royal Palm Boulevard.

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