Orlando (Amtrak station)
Front entrance to the 1926-built Orlando Station. Originally used by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, now by Amtrak.
|Address||1400 Sligh Boulevard
Lynx bus #40
|Platforms||1 side platform, 1 island platform|
|Passengers (2012)||172,502 3.7%|
The Orlando Amtrak Station lies south of Downtown Orlando, about a mile south of the old stations at Church Street and Central Boulevard. It was built in 1926 by M. A. Griffith and W. T. Hadlow for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in the Spanish Mission style, and used by the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad after the 1967 merger with the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. Before the new station was built, the ACL station was at Church Street; this is now the Church Street Station tourist attraction. The SAL had a separate station at Central Boulevard (see Orlando).
As of February 2006, Thruway Motorcoach service is no longer provided by Coach USA to area hotels and attractions. Martz First Class Coach Tampa Bay provides this service for Amtrak to Lakeland, Tampa, Pinellas Park-St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Sarasota, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers. Local hotel transfer shuttle service is also still available, but again, no longer through Coach USA.
Orlando Station serves the Silver Meteor and Silver Star lines. It was also the eastern terminus of the Sunset Limited between Orlando and Los Angeles. However, due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina, the Sunset Limited between New Orleans and Orlando was suspended indefinitely in August 2005.
Orlando station is a planned stop on the SunRail commuter rail system, which is planned to be operational in 2014. Additionally it is the proposed terminus on the proposed Orange Blossom Express commuter rail project out of Lake County. Plans to upgrade the station for SunRail service include a matching canopy for the second platform and a name change to "Orlando Health/Amtrak Station" due to its proximity to the main Orlando Health hospital campus, Orlando Regional Medical Center, the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies.
- Amtrak – Stations – Orlando, FL
- Orlando: A Visual History 1926
- September 18, 1999 Photograph (Amtrak Photo Archive)
- Orlando Amtrak Station, and former Atlantic Coast Line Station (USA Rail Guide - TrainWeb)
- Orlando Health/Amtrak SunRail Station Concept
- Orlando Health/Amtrak SunRail Station Redevelopment Plan
- Orlando (ORL)--Great American Stations (Amtrak)
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