The Tri-County Commuter Rail System in Southeast Florida: A Ridership Survey and its Planning Implications


  • Shih-Lung Shaw


Southeast Florida, comprised of Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties, is one of the fastest growing regions in the nation. Transportation has been a major planning issue in southeast Florida due to the region's rapid growth. Costs associated with highway expansion projects to accommodate the ever-increasing traffic have skyrocketed. Ironically, expanded highway capacity only seems to attract more traffic and create greater congestion. Interstate 95 (1-95), the major north-south arterial in the region, has been carrying an excessive amount of traffic generated by the rapid growth of the region.