All Aboard Florida Unveils Design Plans for Fort Lauderdale Station

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Courtesy of All Aboard Florida
Earlier today, Broward and Fort Lauderdale officials, All Aboard Florida reps and architects spoke about the upcoming passenger rail service. The original All Aboard plan called for service from Miami to Orlando, but the trains will stop only in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach beginning in 2016.

"As we initiate this new service in South Florida," says Mike Reininger, the president and CEO of All Aboard Florida. "Fort Lauderdale quite literally stands in the center of all of it."

Fort Lauderdale is the second station for which the company has released design plans -- they released Miami's in May. The renderings unveiled today show a modern-looking, $30 million station. Besides having having a glass structure and a waiting area located over the tracks, Reininger promised expediency and availability to multiple coveted Lauderdale locations.

"Our Fort Lauderdale station will serve as a gateway to the city and will be an iconic destination with ready access to places to shop, dine, live and to connect," he said. "We chose this site -- here between NW 2nd street and Broward Blvd. -- because it provides convenient connections to the sun trolley, to the Broward County transit system, to the coming Wave street car, a planned tri-rail station, as well as walkable access to the government center, to major businesses and offices, Las Olas Blvd. and Las Olas Riverfront and other points of interest including museums, historic districts and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts."

The new station will bring nearly 800 jobs to Broward County and it's going to be a cash cow for the city. The state of Florida is set to see $6 billion in economic impact over the next eight years and it'll create more than 10,000 jobs, according to Reininger. This, undoubtably, is something that makes Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief smile.

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Courtesy of All Aboard Florida
"This has been a labor of love," Sharief said. "All Aboard Florida would come to my office with their preliminary plans and they were always willing to take community input and incorporate them into this plan. That's why before you today you see such a practical plan that integrates with our community and provides infrastructure that we need so desperately."

"Imagine a day when tourists from South America who want to see Broward's beaches can fly into Orlando, hop on a train after spending a few days at the theme parks and get off in Downtown Fort Lauderdale," she continued. "Just steps across from the platform to ride a commuter train to get to another one of our great cities."


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frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...............................hey ft liqourdale ! if you want to attrack SOUTH AMERICANs don't build a railroad station - just build a childrens detention facility - then they'll come - at the rate of about two-thousand per week

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.............................joke for today

WHY BUILD  a railroad station on the property ?

BECAUSE a SOCCER STADIUM wouldn't fit !

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...........................these clowns can't operate a simple PUBLIC BUS operation without major problems - how are they going to run a railroad ?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.......................well i am very glad the HOMELESS will have their own disneyworld here in downtown ft liquordale because i am concerned about them since the WOMANs CLUB has fenced off their garden gazebo hangout

if ALL ABOARD FLORIDA train is half as successful as the Broward County Transit bus operations are in shuttling hobos, vagrants and miscreants around, this will work just fine - my German tourist visiting friends to this day can't stop talking about what a unique experience the BCT rides were

and ALL those J O B S created in minimum wage security positions for our out of work RIVERWALK PARKING VALETs and PREDATORY TOWING operations SPOTTERs will really be a boon to our McDonalds and KFC franchises

until someone reports exactly what tied up downtown traffic in all directions for three hours on december 19 in the morning and then later that same day for five hours in the afternoon at the port entrance i will maintain that getting around here will be worse and worse with every next new thing = period

carmellajohn
carmellajohn

Great just what we need, more people, tourists to our Ft.Lauderdale area. Will this lower my taxes?  I think not.Will this revenue allow residents to go to these attraction at a reasonable rate, as it stands now things are totally geared for tourists and residents can't afford to go to any of it. How many languages will we have to speak to be employed at this venue?

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII topcommenter

Just wondering who owns that land where this edifice will reside. I wouldn't be shocked if somehow the Hamilton Forman family was found to be profiting from this choice. They always seem to. Nothing of significance ever happens in Broward without these powerbrokers getting a piece.

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Michelle Brecher
Michelle Brecher

I wonder how the Residents of City View feel about this being right across from their homes. I know, I will capitalize on this future "nexus point" of downtown where my home is. bring it!

riverrat69
riverrat69 topcommenter

And after reading this:

  • The exact pricing structure is still under development, but officials did say tickets will be priced competitively against other modes of transportation that "travel the same corridor."

  •  How about this:

       All Aboard the Florida Taxpayers will charge $30 to $36 dollars to go from West Palm Beach to Miami while Tri-Rail charges $6.90.

       Now just how much faster is All Aboard, NONE.

      Now just how competitive is that? NOT.

    riverrat69
    riverrat69 topcommenter

    After reading this:

    ""Imagine a day when tourists from South America who want to see Broward's beaches can fly into Orlando, hop on a train after spending a few days at the theme parks and get off in Downtown Fort Lauderdale," she continued."

    I can only conclude Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief thinks it's a great idea to build a rail system that services South American tourists at the expense of the Florida taxpayers. How much Mike Reininger dick has she sucked?

    frankd4
    frankd4 topcommenter

    ........................i really do NOT think there is a groundswell of interest by the SOUTH AMERICAN tourist to have to see " here between NW 2nd street and Broward Blvd "   in such a capacity that a railroad has to be built to accomodate them all

    seems to me the particular point of interest of many SOUTH AMERICANs these dayz is TEXAS just across the border from naugales mexico

    frankd4
    frankd4 topcommenter

    ..................that's a B I N G O !

    it was a stoke of genius to take an unsaleable piece of railroad yard property unfit for residential development and cha-zaam make it into a multi-million dollar PERSONAL bonanza by fleecing the state and county governments to open the bounty of their TAXPAYER coffers !

    does this mean we no longer need that runway extention project at the airport ? IF NO then how does the taxpayer get a refund of $750,ooo,ooo on that spending fiasco ?

    frankd4
    frankd4 topcommenter

    ..........................stop making sense

    frankd4
    frankd4 topcommenter

    ....................yup, that's how she got to where she is !

    KennyPowersII
    KennyPowersII topcommenter

    @riverrat69 Hey Babs, how about the concept that S A tourists might fly into Ft Lauderdale then ride the train to the theme parks in Orlando?

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