Orlando (Amtrak station)
Amtrak Inter-city rail and SunRail commuter rail 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|
|Bicycle facilities||Yes (SunRail)|
|Baggage check||Yes (Amtrak)|
|Owned by||City of Orlando|
|Passengers (2013)||160,442 7% (Amtrak)|
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. 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 of 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. Work officially commenced on September 24, 2014 and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2015.
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.
- 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
- Orlando (ORL)--Great American Stations (Amtrak)