West Palm Beach station

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West Palm Beach, FL
Amtrak station
SFRTA Tri-Rail commuter rail station
West Palm Beach SAL 001.jpg
West Palm Beach station
Location201 South Tamarind Avenue
West Palm Beach, Florida
Owned byCity of West Palm Beach
Line(s)South Florida Rail Corridor
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
ConnectionsIntercity Bus Greyhound
Local Transit Palm Tran: 1, 2, 31, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 49
Construction
ParkingYes
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeWPB
Fare zone1
History
Opened1925
Rebuilt1991
Traffic
Passengers (2014)62,990 (Amtrak)[1][2]Decrease 3%
Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Delray Beach
toward Miami
Silver Star Okeechobee
toward New York
Silver Meteor Sebring
toward New York
Preceding station Tri-Rail logo.svg SFRTA Following station
Lake Worth Main Line Mangonia Park
Terminus
Future services
Lake Worth Downtown Miami Link
(TBD)
Mangonia Park
Terminus
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Okeechobee Sunset Limited
1993-1996
Delray Beach
toward Miami
Delray Beach
toward Miami
Palmetto
2002-2004
Okeechobee
toward New York
Delray Beach
toward Miami
Floridian
Sebring
toward Chicago
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 United States
West Palm Beach station
LocationWest Palm Beach, Florida
Coordinates26°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
Built1925[4]
ArchitectL. Philips Clarke, Harvey and Clarke
Architectural styleMission/Spanish Revival[3]
NRHP reference #73000600[3]
Added to NRHPJune 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.

History[edit]

The station under operation by the Seaboard Airline Railway

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.

Station layout[edit]

A northbound Tri-Rail train departing the station
1F Overpass Walkway between platforms
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Track 1      Main Line toward Miami Airport (Lake Worth)
     Silver Star,      Silver Meteor toward Miami (Delray Beach)
Track 2      Silver Star toward New York (Okeechobee)
     Silver Meteor toward New York (Sebring)
     Main Line toward Mangonia Park (Terminus)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Station building Entrance/exit, buses, parking

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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