All Aboard Florida Unveils Design Plans for Fort Lauderdale Station
Both Reininger and Sharief -- as well as Fort Lauderdale mayor Jack Seiler -- mentioned the importance of expediency and having locations available off the rail service that folks will want to get off for and explore. It was even something Bernard Zyscovich, one of the design partners and the leader of Zyscovich Architects harped on.
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"Before we actually start thinking about the look of the building -- believe it or not that's not the first thing we do as architects -- we start thinking about what is the passenger experience? What is the community interaction? And one of the things that has come out of this is the fact that we're really focused on making sure that this particular station has phenomenal access and a lot of conveniences and will flow very, very quickly from the point you arrive in the plaza to the point you get on the train. That passenger experience is really fundamental."
"We're imagining this entire space to be a public space," Zyscovich says. "People can come out, they can get over to the bridge to go across to the buses, they can walk over to Himmarshee, they can go to the IMAX, they can go downtown. This becomes the nexus point."
Here are some of the other highlights during today's unveiling:
- 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."
- Although service between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach is expected to begin in 2016, the timeframe for service between Miami and Orlando is still unclear, pending environmental studies, but the trip from Miami to Orlando is expected run at three hours, a 25 to 30 percent reduction in current travel times.
- The exact details on amenities provided at the station will be forthcoming, but early plans include "on-board Wi-Fi, dining and entertainment, service offerings to meet a variety of passenger needs, and innovative seating and table configurations."