All Aboard Florida Plans Huge Downtown Train Station

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All Aboard Florida, a private group that plans to run trains from Miami to Orlando, yesterday unveiled plans for a 25,000-square-foot station in downtown Fort Lauderdale to be surrounded by high-rises and commercial properties.

The plan, shown to a chamber of commerce meeting on Tuesday, could have a dramatic effect on the area north of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Construction of the Fort Lauderdale station could begin next year. Service is planned for 2016.

Three other stations are planned, in downtown Miami, West Palm Beach, and Orlando. The station in downtown Miami is planned to be four stories high, to avoid traffic.

The Fort Lauderdale station, like the West Palm one, will have a central platform for boarding. It will take about two hours and 20 minutes for passengers to reach Orlando when the station is complete. Sponsors, who are raising $1.5 billion to build the project, say tickets will cost less than $100.

The station site in downtown Fort Lauderdale is the last one to be chosen. It is across from the downtown bus station and is on the route of a new, proposed trolley. There will be parking for 200 cars.

"It's hard to think of an area that is more geared toward transit-oriented development," Fort Lauderdale City Manager Lee Feldman told the Sun Sentinel.


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Omar Ghaffar
Omar Ghaffar

How about writing a positive article about it? Snarky editorial asisde, this development is a GOOD thing and may reduce the size of the ghetto there. The sheer mention of "high rises" and development sends chills through the spine; these are awful concepts that will never work (at least this is what we the New Times want our many unemployed slacker/readers to think, since it makes them feel better).

Lynne Dear
Lynne Dear

wish the economy would come back.. so many of us had to leave So FL for jobs and survival.


terrible location for a train station!  Downtown?  NFW!  

put the train at the nice tri rail station, away from the down town traffic

KennyPowersII topcommenter

BTW, All Aboard Florida has applied for Federal funding assistance for start up expenses.

KennyPowersII topcommenter

Isn't this a carbon copy of the previous plan, funded by a Federal grant and shit canned by Rick Scott? Beware " a private group".
Maybe Ricky is connected.

smdrpepper topcommenter

How are they going to shoehorn this into Downtown Lauderdale?


@smdrpepper actually I think its the vacant lot just east of the habitat for humanity store.  west of the tracks and (I think a DOT building)  north side of broward.


@KennyPowersII @smdrpepper now ask yourself how the traffic will be impacted by a train on the east tracks.

no reason to do this.  now if they want to build a elevated rail to the bus station, I'm all for that.

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