Located in the northern portion of downtown Fort Lauderdale, the station will catalyze growth, spur job creation and stimulate underutilized areas.
Planning and design is underway for the Fort Lauderdale station, one of four planned along the All Aboard Florida route. The station development will include a multi-story lobby, which will accommodate ticketing and luggage handling. The lobby will connect to an elevated passenger lounge with seating and food and beverage offerings for customers. The facility will also accommodate other transportation systems so passengers can reach their end destinations. The selected station location was chosen to provide connections to the Sun Trolley, Broward County Transit system and the future Wave Streetcar.
"For decades, Broward County's residents and businesses have advocated for passenger rail in the FEC corridor and soon that vision will become a reality with All Aboard Florida," said Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief. "The downtown Fort Lauderdale station will help stimulate our economy and boost our tourism industry."
"All Aboard Florida will be a great asset to Broward County and the entire state of Florida," said Bob Swindell, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. "Having seamless travel service as an option to and from Orlando will make Broward County and South Florida an even more competitive business location as the new service provides efficiencies for business people traveling around the state. Another benefit will be the private investment surrounding the FEC stations that will drive large capital investments and create numerous new jobs."
All Aboard Florida's three other stations will be located in Orlando, as part of the International Airport's new Intermodal Station; in downtown Miami on nine acres bordered by NW 1st Avenue and the elevated MetroRail tracks between NW 8th and NW 1st Streets and on two acres of land bordered by NW 1st Court and NW 2nd Avenue between NW 7th and NW 6th Streets and in West Palm Beach on two acres of land bordered by the FEC corridor and Rosemary Avenue between Datura and Evernia Streets.
The architect for the stations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach is Florida-based Zyscovich Architects in association with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, who are leading the overall design and planning efforts for the All Aboard Florida program.