West Palm Beach (Tri-Rail station)

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West Palm Beach
Amtrak station
SFRTA - Tri-Rail
West Palm Beach SAL 001.jpg
Station statistics
Address 201 South Tamarind Avenue
West Palm Beach, Florida
Line(s) Amtrak: SFRTA:
Connections Intercity Bus Greyhound
Local Transit Palm Tran
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Opened 1925
Rebuilt 1991
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code WPB
Owned by City of West Palm Beach
Fare zone 1
Traffic
Passengers (2012) 67,992 (Amtrak)[1] Increase 2.5%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Miami
Silver Star
Silver Meteor
Tri-Rail logo.svg SFRTA
Tri-Rail
Terminus
Seaboard Coastline Railroad Passenger Station
West Palm Beach (Tri-Rail station) is located in Florida
West Palm Beach (Tri-Rail station)
Location West Palm Beach, Florida
Coordinates 26°42′44.32″N 80°03′44.27″W / 26.7123111°N 80.0622972°W / 26.7123111; -80.0622972Coordinates: 26°42′44.32″N 80°03′44.27″W / 26.7123111°N 80.0622972°W / 26.7123111; -80.0622972
Built 1925[3][4]
Architect L. Philips Clarke
Architectural style Mission/Spanish Revival[2]
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 73000600[2]
Added to NRHP June 19, 1973

West Palm Beach Station is a train station in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, which is served by Amtrak passenger rail and Tri-Rail commuter rail service. It is located at 203 - 209 South Tamarind Avenue, south of First Street/Banyan Boulevard.

Operations[edit]

The station officially opened to passengers in January 1925 as a Seaboard Air Line Railway depot. The building was designed by the Palm Beach architectural firm of Harvey & Clarke.[5] Among other Seaboard trains, the station was served by 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. The station was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 19, 1973. Tri-Rail service to the station began in 1989.

The station was restored and rededicated in April 1991; work included restoration of ornamental cast stone elements, exterior masonry, doors and windows and iron and tile work. The red clay tile roof was replaced, as were the electrical, lighting, plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.[6] In summer 2012, the city finished an improvement project that included the installation of new sidewalks and more than five dozen trees around the building. The improvements were funded with a $750,000 Transportation Enhancement grant from the Federal Highway Administration, to which the city provided a $150,000 local match. [7]

Since the 1997 closure of the Palm Beach Airport station closer to Palm Beach International Airport, Tri-Rail passengers access the airport via taxi and PalmTran's fixed bus route 44.

Transit connections[edit]

Palm Tran[edit]

Route # Route name Schedule & map Note
1
Palm Beach GardensBoca Raton via Dixie Highway (US 1)
#1
2
Palm Beach GardensBoca Raton via Congress Ave (SR 807)
#2
31
West Palm Beach Cross-town via 45th Street
#31
40
Downtown West Palm Beach ↔ Wellington or Belle Glade via Southern Boulevard (SR 80) and South Congress Ave (SR 807)
#40
Limited-stop service to Belle Glade during rush hour
41
Downtown West Palm Beach ↔ Palm Beach Inlet
#41
43
Downtown West Palm Beach ↔ The Mall at Wellington Green via Okeechobee Blvd (US 27)
#43
44
West Palm Beach Crosstown (Downtown West Palm Beach ↔ Lake Point Center via Belvedere Road)
#44
45
Downtown West Palm Beach ↔ Lake Clarke Shores via Parker, Lake and Florida Mango
#45
No Sunday service
49
Downtown West Palm Beach ↔ Executive Center
#49

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2012, State of Florida" (PDF). Amtrak. December 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "National Register of Historical Places - Florida (FL), Palm Beach County". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-03-30. 
  3. ^ "Seaboard Coast Line Railway Passenger Station". Florida Heritage Tourism Interactive Catalog. Florida's Office of Cultural and Historical Programs. 2007-03-30. 
  4. ^ "Palm Beach County". Florida's History Through Its Places. Florida's Office of Cultural and Historical Programs. 2007-03-30. 
  5. ^ Picciochi, Sandie (November 9, 1988). "Roaring'20s Bash Will Raise Funds For Historic Rail Station". Sun Sentinel - Fort Lauderdale: 15. 
  6. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed March 18, 2013.
  7. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed March 18, 2013.

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