West Palm Beach station (Virgin Trains USA)

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West Palm Beach
Virgin Trains USA station
Brightline All Aboard Florida Station West Palm Beach (35100457414).jpg
The station in July 2017
Location501 Evernia Street
West Palm Beach, Florida
Coordinates26°42′43″N 80°03′20″W / 26.71182°N 80.05556°W / 26.71182; -80.05556Coordinates: 26°42′43″N 80°03′20″W / 26.71182°N 80.05556°W / 26.71182; -80.05556
Owned byFlorida East Coast Industries
Operated byVirgin Trains USA
Line(s)
Platforms1 Island platform
Tracks3
ConnectionsLocal Transit Palm Tran: 1, 40
Construction
ParkingYes
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedJanuary 13, 2018
Services
Preceding station Virgin-logo.svg Virgin Trains USA Following station
Fort Lauderdale Virgin Trains USA Terminus
Future services
Fort Lauderdale Virgin Trains USA Orlando
Terminus
Proposed services
Preceding station Tri-Rail logo.svg SFRTA Following station
Gregory Road Green Line 45th Street

West Palm Beach station is an inter-city rail station in West Palm Beach, Florida. It is served by Virgin Trains USA, connecting Miami and Orlando International Airport. The station is located in downtown West Palm Beach, on Evernia Street between Rosemary Avenue and Quadrille Boulevard.[1] This is about half a mile east of Amtrak and Tri-Rail's West Palm Beach station and half a mile south of the older Florida East Coast Railway station that operated on the same tracks in the first half of the 1900s, next to where Quadrille Boulevard turns south after crossing the Flagler Memorial Bridge.[2]

History[edit]

The station is a Modern style structure with illuminated V-shaped columns supporting the upper concourse echoing the designs of the Miami and Fort Lauderdale stations also under construction on the line.[3] It was planned and designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in association with Zyscovich Architects. It was completed in late 2017.[1]

Foundation pouring at the site to construct the $29 million station occurred in early 2016.[4] In March 2016 the raising of the 18 V shaped pillars began.[5] Earlier in the month, a 130-foot crane toppled over at the site with no injuries.[6]

Virgin Trains USA (then known as Brightline) launched its first passenger service in January 2018 with several daily trains to Fort Lauderdale. Future plans include extending the service to other stations.

Tri-Rail Coastal Link[edit]

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, which operates the Tri-Rail commuter train, proposed the construction of a Downtown West Palm Beach station (also planned as Evernia Street station) co-located with the current station. This station would be served by the Green Line, which would operate from Broward Boulevard to Toney Penna station in Jupiter.[7][8]

Station layout[edit]

M Mezzanine Access to station building, parking, and buses
P
Platform level
Track 1      Virgin Trains USA toward Miami (Fort Lauderdale)
(future service: Orlando Airport)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Track 2      Virgin Trains USA toward Miami (Fort Lauderdale)
(future service: Orlando Airport)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Train Station West Palm Beach - All Aboard Florida".
  2. ^ Researchers, Palm Beach Post Staff; Skinner, Sara E. "West Palm Beach in 1907".
  3. ^ Fleshler, David. "New rail service seeks dramatic lighting for stations".
  4. ^ "All Aboard Florida: West Palm Beach station work moving forward".
  5. ^ "All Aboard's Brightline reaches new construction milestone".
  6. ^ "Crane crashes while working on All Aboard Florida station".
  7. ^ "Tri-Rail Coastal Link Station Area Opportunities" (PDF) (Press release). Pompano Beach, Florida: Parsons Brinckerhoff. South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. April 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  8. ^ "Tri-Rail Coastal Link: System Map" (PDF) (Press release). Pompano Beach, Florida. South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. May 6, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2019.

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