Kissimmee station

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Kissimmee, FL
Kissimmee Amtrak Station -- Old Luggage Cart.jpg
A sign welcomes passengers to Kissimmee Amtrak station
Location111 East Dakin Avenue
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Coordinates28°17′38″N 81°24′15″W / 28.293838°N 81.404271°W / 28.293838; -81.404271Coordinates: 28°17′38″N 81°24′15″W / 28.293838°N 81.404271°W / 28.293838; -81.404271
Owned byCSX Transportation
Line(s)
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
ConnectionsLocal Transit Lynx Intermodal Facility
Located at 108 Church St.
Local Transit Greyhound
Located at 103 East Dakin Ave.
Construction
ParkingAdjacent to station
Other information
Station codeKIS
History
Opened1883 (SFR)
Rebuilt1910 (ACL), 1976, 2018
Traffic
Passengers (2013)44,906[1]Decrease 7.5% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Miami
Silver Meteor
toward New York
toward Miami
Silver Star
SunRail logo.png SunRail
Terminus
SunRail
toward DeBary
  Former services  
Preceding station   Amtrak logo no text (1971).png Amtrak   Following station
toward Chicago
Floridian
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
Main Line
toward Apopka
Apopka – KissimmeeTerminus
TerminusKissimmee – St. Cloud
toward St. Cloud

Kissimmee station is a train station in Kissimmee, Florida. It is served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system of the United States, and SunRail, the commuter rail system serving Greater Orlando. The station opened in 1883, and has served several different railroads. It is the closest Amtrak station to Walt Disney World.

History[edit]

Extension of the platform

Kissimmee station was originally built as a South Florida Railroad Depot 1883, and was also a junction for the St. Cloud and Sugar Belt Railway and the original Florida Midland Railroad, all three of which were eventually acquired by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. It was replaced by an Atlantic Coast Line Depot in 1910, which is the building that remains to this day. The station was restored in 1976, but suffered some damage to the canopy during the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season that was repaired within two years.[2] Sometime prior to 1990, it also contained a separate Railway Express Agency building, that was previously the site of the original South Florida Railroad depot.

Kissimmee Station is located across from a small Greyhound bus stop on the corner of Dakin Avenue and Thurman Street. Its one platform crosses Dakin Avenue and runs as far west as Monument Avenue. The section of this platform between Monument and Dakin Avenues once ran along a former segment of Thurman Street which is now an apartment complex and parking garage.

SunRail service[edit]

The Kissimmee Amtrak is part of Phase 2 expansion of the SunRail commuter rail system, opened on July 30, 2018.[3] To accommodate this new service, the station underwent numerous upgrades, including the addition of a 381 space park and ride garage, a bus drop off area, and the addition of a second platform and track. These additions are also integrated into the city of Kissimmee's long-range plans for an intermodal center.[4]

Connections[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Florida" (PDF). Amtrak. December 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 September 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014. External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ Kissimmee, Florida (KIS) - Great American Stations. Accessed March 12, 2013.
  3. ^ Spear, Kevin (30 July 2018). "First SunRail trains from Osceola County please commuters". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  4. ^ Kissimmee Amtrak Station Proposal(SunRail) Archived 2009-02-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "KISSIMMEE INTERMODAL STATION" (PDF). LYNX. April 2016. Retrieved 2016-06-04.[permanent dead link]

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