Demolition Begins for All Aboard Florida’s New Station
“It’s the first groundbreaking for one of All Aboard Florida’s three stations planned in South Florida. Work on stations in downtown West Palm Beach and Miami is expected to begin in the coming weeks. Another station is planned at Orlando International Airport. Site clearing work is expected to take about a month. The new 60,000-square-foot station should begin rising up from the ground in December or January. Some early work will include rebuilding the tracks in the vicinity of the station. The station should be completed before high-speed passenger trains begin running in late 2016 between Miami and West Palm Beach, and a year later to Orlando
The development is envisioned as a new gateway, revitalizing a ragged stretch of downtown straddling the railroad tracks, said Michael Reininger, All Aboard’s president and chief development officer. It’s expected to be a catalyst for shops and restaurants, hotels and housing for people who want to live downtown and near mass transit.
The station will have V-shaped columns and a multistory lobby spanning an elevated lounge above the tracks, where passsengers will wait to take elevators and escalators to board trains on a platform between the two tracks. All Aboard Florida will run 16 trains each way, each day, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., offering a trip from Fort Lauderdale to Orlando lasting two hours and 20 minutes, or a three-hour trip from Miami. The trains will use the existing FEC tracks from Miami to Cocoa and new tracks from Cocoa to Orlando along the BeachLine Expressway.” – Sun Sentinel Click here for full article