West Palm Beach station

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West Palm Beach
Amtrak station
Tri-Rail commuter rail station
West Palm Beach SAL 001.jpg
Location 201 South Tamarind Avenue
West Palm Beach, Florida
Owned by City of West Palm Beach
Line(s) Amtrak: SFRTA:
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Intercity Bus Greyhound
Local Transit Palm Tran
Construction
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code WPB
Fare zone 1
History
Opened 1925
Rebuilt 1991
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 62,990 (Amtrak)[1][2]Decrease 3%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Miami
Silver Star
Silver Meteor
Tri-Rail logo.svg SFRTA
Main Line
Terminus
  Future services  
toward MiamiCentral
Downtown Miami Link (2017)
Terminus
Seaboard Coastline Railroad Passenger Station
West Palm Beach station is located in Florida
West Palm Beach station
West Palm Beach station is located in the US
West Palm Beach 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[4]
Architect L. Philips Clarke, Harvey and Clarke
Architectural style Mission/Spanish Revival[3]
NRHP Reference # 73000600[3]
Added to NRHP June 19, 1973

West Palm Beach Station is a train station in West Palm Beach, Florida. It 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 City of West Palm Beach, following a purchase of the building in 1988, tapped local architecture firm Oliver Glidden & Partners[6] to head a 4.3 million dollar restoration of the structure. The project was completed and the station rededicated in a ceremony attended by the Florida Governor in April 1991. Architect Robert D. Brown directed the restoration of ornamental cast stone elements, exterior masonry, doors, 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.[7] Abatement of lead and asbestos was further required to bring the historic structure up to modern building code standards. The restoration effort earned the Florida Trust Award for Historic Preservation in 1994.

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

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2014 - State of Florida" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2013 - State of Florida" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "National Register of Historical Places - Florida (FL), Palm Beach County". National Park Service. 2007-03-30. Archived from the original on 14 February 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Florida Historical Markers Programs - Marker: Palm Beach". Florida's Office of Cultural and Historical Programs. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Picciochi, Sandie (9 November 1988). "Roaring '20s Bash Will Raise Funds For Historic Rail Station". Sun Sentinel. Fort Lauderdale. p. 15. 
  6. ^ http://www.keystonerestoration.com/Page%2015.htm
  7. ^ a b "West Palm Beach, FL (WPB)". Great American Stations. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 

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