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Broward approves first part of a southern commuter rail link

(Mike Stocker / South Florida Sun Sentinel)
A location map provided by the Florida Department of Transportation shows the entirety of a long-planned Broward Coastal Rail Link commuter system.

The Broward County Commission on Thursday climbed aboard a plan for a proposed first segment of a commuter rail link that would provide local train services between Aventura and a point south of the New River in Fort Lauderdale.

By unanimous consent, the commissioners approved $15.5 million for development and a study and directed the county to seek federal dollars to construct the service along the Florida East Coast Railway line.

The so-called Broward Commuter Rail link would hook up with a segment being funded by Miami-Dade County between Aventura and the MiamiCentral station in downtown Miami.

Read more from our news partner at The South Florida Sun Sentinel.