Ocala Union Station

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Ocala Union Station
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Ocala Union Station is located in Florida
Ocala Union Station
Location Ocala, Florida
Coordinates 29°11′31″N 82°8′9″W / 29.19194°N 82.13583°W / 29.19194; -82.13583Coordinates: 29°11′31″N 82°8′9″W / 29.19194°N 82.13583°W / 29.19194; -82.13583
Architect A. M. Williamson Walkup
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 97001557[1]
Added to NRHP December 22, 1997

The Ocala Union Station (also known as Union Station Plaza) is a historic site in Ocala, Florida, United States. It is located at 531 Northeast First Avenue, and was built in 1917 by both the Atlantic Coast Line and Seaboard Air Line Railroads. Prior to this, ACL and SAL had separate depots in Ocala. The former ACL station was originally built by the Florida Southern Railroad, while the former SAL station was built by the Florida Transit and Peninsular Railroad.[2] On December 22, 1997, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

The station served as a stop for Amtrak's Palmetto service until 2004, using the Seaboard Air Line's former tracks, now part of the Wildwood Subdivision, a segment of the CSX S-Line. The former Atlantic Coast Line tracks are now part of Florida Northern Railroad. Currently Amtrak offers exclusive coach service from the station twice a day: one run to connect to the Silver Star (Amtrak train) in Lakeland and another run connecting to the Silver Star (Amtrak train) again in Jacksonville. There are several intermediate stops in each direction.

Greyhound and Ocala's SunTran bus service still use the station to this day. The Shuttleliner limo/van service offers several trips daily to Orlando International Airport from the station. Greyhound service will be provided at the Pilot Travel Center at 4032 W. Highway 326, two blocks east of Interstate 75.[3]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Mulligan, M.: "Railroad Depots of Central Florida", pages 40, 84, 117-119. Arcadia Publishing, 2008.
  3. ^ "Greyhound leaving city, moving station to I-75/CR 326" by Susan Latham Carr (OcalaSun Monday, November 4, 2013)

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  Former services  
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Miami
Palmetto
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
St. Petersburg – Jacksonville
toward Jacksonville