Hollywood station (Tri-Rail and Amtrak)
SFRTA – Tri-Rail
Hollywood Amtrak and former Seaboard Air Line Railway Station (left) and Tri-Rail Station (rear).
|Location||3001 Hollywood Boulevard
|Owned by||Florida Department of Transportation|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Connections||Broward County Transit (BCT)|
|Structure type||at grade|
|Passengers (2013)||34,869 10.1% (Amtrak)|
Seaboard Air Line Railway
The original station, which is used solely by Amtrak, is a former Seaboard Air Line Railway depot designed in the prevalent Mediterranean Revival style by Gustav Maass of the West Palm Beach architectural firm Harvey & Clarke. Although the first Seaboard passenger train arrived in January 1927, the station did not open until 1928, in what was then a remote area of Hollywood.
The station consists of three distinct sections. The southern end of the building contains the passenger station, while the northern end consists of the freight room and docks. The center section of the station contains the baggage room. Entry into the passenger waiting room is through doors on the southern end. On the west side of the building is a separate entrance into what was, in keeping with racial segregation laws of the era, the "colored" waiting room; it was converted into railroad offices by the Seaboard in 1963.
Also in 1963, the Seaboard added a large Spanish-style barrel tile canopy to shelter the southern entrance, modifying the architectural details of the two entry porticos. At the same time, the railroad replaced the concrete-etched station signs on either end of the building with copper signs. The station is virtually identical to the Fort Lauderdale Seaboard station to the north.
The station was served by, among other Seaboard trains, the Orange Blossom Special until 1953, and the Silver Meteor beginning in 1939. Amtrak maintained Silver Meteor service to the station when it took over intercity passenger train service in 1971. Both the Silver Meteor and Amtrak's Silver Star continue to use the station.
Tri-Rail commuter service
In 1988, through an agreement with CSX Transportation, the successor to Seaboard, the Florida Department of Transportation acquired the station as part of the state's South Florida Rail Corridor. In January 1989, the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) began using the station as a Tri-Rail stop. While Amtrak is the long-term lessee of the original station's ticket office, waiting room, baggage room, and platform, and the city of Hollywood is the long-term lessee of the freight room, Tri-Rail uses additional facilities built immediately to north of the old depot. The station is the southernmost Tri-Rail stop in Broward County.
|Route #||Route Name||Route Map||Note|
|7||Federal Highway (US 1) at Young Circle ↔ Pines Boulevard at US 27 via Pines/Hollywood Blvd||Map|
- Ray, Daniel P. (Apr 23, 1989). "Back On Track: Tri-rail Is Creating A New Heyday For Hollywood's 61-year-old Station". Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2011-05-03.
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Florida" (PDF). Amtrak. December 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
- "Draft Resolution Supporting Historic Designation of Hollywood Seaboard Air Line Railway Station" (PDF). Staff Summary Request. City of Hollywood. 2004-04-24. Retrieved 2011-05-09.
- Photograph of station in 1920s
- Inaugural run of Silver Meteor arriving at station in 1939
- Amtrak – Stations – Hollywood, FL
- South Florida Regional Transportation Authority – Hollywood station
- Hollywood Amtrak/Tri-Rail Station (USA Rail Guide – TrainWeb)
- Station from Hollywood Boulevard from Google Maps Street View
- Hollywood (HOL)--Great American Stations (Amtrak)
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