BrightLine Station Tour and Presentation

APA Florida Chapter, Broward Section


Thursday, February 2, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 2, 2017, 6 p.m. CST

Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

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BAPA members will attend a tour of the Brightline Passenger Rail Station located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Representatives, including Jim Hetzel, City of Fort Lauderdale’s Case Planner for the project, David Pendergast, Project Manager of Design and Construction for Brightline, and Ali Soule, Director of Public Affairs for Brightline, directly related to the project will provide insight regarding a range of topics. Attendees will learn about the permitting and development review process for a passenger rail station, the economics behind making Brightline’s approach to passenger rail profitable, the different approaches to transit-oriented development at each of the three stations, how the City worked with Brightline in order to better promote connectivity with adjacent neighborhoods including planned improvements, how the Brightline intercity rail system will interact with the planned Tri-Rail Coastal Link commuter rail system, Quiet Zone intersection design, design of station secured and non-secured areas, and proposed retail tenants at the station such as bike and car sharing and “grab and go” coffee shop concepts.


David Pendergast

Project Manager of Design and Construction, David Pendergraft is responsible for the delivery of the Fort Lauderdale Brightline station and related “transit oriented development” projects. Mr. Pendergraft will also manage the design completion and buildout of Brightline’s station lobby at the Orlando International Airport. Mr. Pendergraft brings a broad ... Read More

Ali Soule

As the Director of Public Affairs for Brightline, Ali Soule is responsible for managing and developing the strategy for the day-to-day government, media and community relations efforts. She has nearly a decade of experience managing public outreach efforts for rail and transit projects, specifically in South Florida. Prior to joining ... Read More

Jim Hetzel

Jim Hetzel has more than 16 years of planning experience and is currently a Principal Planner for the City of Fort Lauderdale. Jim began his career with the consulting firm Keith and Schnars, P.A. as an Associate Planner where he completed work on citywide master plans, transit feasibility studies ... Read More

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