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SFRTA Builds First LEED-Certified Station in Pompano Beach

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (Tri-Rail) has begun construction on its first LEED-certified station, adjacent to the agency’s new headquarters site in ­Pompano Beach, FL.

Tri-Rail officials say the new station, as a LEED-certified facility, could serve as the prototype for future stations. The original station is the last vestige of the minimalist ones built when Tri-Rail was placed into “temporary” service more than 25 years ago. Its narrow platforms, short canopies and limited seating are the bane of the 200,000 passengers who use it annually because it offers little protection from Florida’s sun and torrential summer rains.

The project is made possible by a $5.7 million TIGGER III grant from FTA, one of only 46 to be awarded nationwide.

“In the same way that you have electric-powered cars that recharge their batteries and the batteries regenerate electricity as you need it, that’s basically what will be going on here,” said SFRTA Executive Director Jack ­Stephens. “You’ll have solar power that will allow for the charging of vehicles and the backup battery system, as well as providing energy to the station as a whole.”

The solar panels will provide 110 percent of the power needed to operate the station. The solar system could prove invaluable in the event of a hurricane such as 2005’s Wilma, which took out power at all 18 Tri-Rail stations and shut the system down for 17 days.

The station will also feature native vegetation that requires less water, an overpass to enable passengers to move from platform to platform without crossing at grade level, energy-­efficient elevators to the pedestrian bridge, secure bicycle lockers, dedicated alternative fuel-source parking, carpool/vanpool parking, LED lighting fixtures and a shaded, reconfigured parking lot.


Tri-Rail board members and Pompano Beach and Broward County elected leaders break ground for the agency’s new operations center/headquarters and for the system’s first LEED-certified station.

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