Orlando (Amtrak station)

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Orlando Health/Amtrak
Amtrak Inter-city rail and SunRail commuter rail Station
OrlandoFL (Amtrak Station).jpg
Front entrance to the 1926-built Orlando Station. Originally used by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, now by Amtrak.
Station statistics
Address 1400 Sligh Boulevard
Orlando, Florida
Coordinates 28°31′33″N 81°22′53″W / 28.52590°N 81.38130°W / 28.52590; -81.38130Coordinates: 28°31′33″N 81°22′53″W / 28.52590°N 81.38130°W / 28.52590; -81.38130
Line(s)

Amtrak:

SunRail:

Connections Thruway Motorcoach
Lynx bus #40
Structure type At-Grade
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 3
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes (SunRail)
Baggage check Yes (Amtrak)
Other information
Opened 1926
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code ORL
Owned by City of Orlando
Fare zone Orange
SunCard Yes
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 160,442[1] Decrease 7% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Miami
Silver Meteor
Silver Star
Terminus Sunset Limited
service suspended
toward Los Angeles
SunRail logo.png SunRail
Terminus
SunRail
toward DeBary
  Future services  
toward Poinciana
SunRail
Phase 2 (2017)
toward DeLand
  Former services  
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
Main Line

The Orlando Health/Amtrak Station is a train station in Orlando, Florida, United States served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system. It is located approximately one mile south of Downtown Orlando where the old railroad stations at Church Street and Central Boulevard were located. 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.[2] 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).

The 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.

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.

In August 2014, the City of Orlando announced a $2.1 million station restoration project. The project, which is the first major renovation to the facility since 1990, will include fixing cracks and leaks in the stucco walls and tile roof, pavement repairs, restroom upgrades, repainting of the building exterior, restoration of the original 1926 wood doors and windows, replacement and relocation of the air conditioning system to the roof of the building (which will allow the original entrance on the side of the building to be reopened), and the installation of a wheelchair ramp from the parking lot to the new station entrance.[3] Work officially commenced on September 24, 2014 and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2015.[4]

The station also serves as a stop on the SunRail commuter rail system. Additionally it is the proposed terminus on the planned Orange Blossom Express commuter rail project out of Lake County. Upgrades to the station for SunRail service included 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.[5]

Connections[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Florida" (PDF). Amtrak. December 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed March 15, 2013.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ Orlando Health/Amtrak Station (SunRail)

External links[edit]

Media related to Orlando (Amtrak station) (category) at Wikimedia Commons

Part of the restored interior.