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Construction begins for All Aboard Florida’s Fort Lauderdale station

Today marked the start of construction for All Aboard Florida’s downtown Fort Lauderdale station. Existing buildings were demolished so construction on the nearly 60,000-square-foot station and platform can begin.

The station will be located on nearly 5 acres adjacent to the Florida East Coast Railway corridor on Northwest Second Avenue, between Broward Boulevard and Northwest Fourth Street. Once completed, a new two-lane street immediately west of the tracks will serve as the main entrance.

Designed by architects as “progressive future-looking,” this sleek station will focus on getting passengers quickly from an outdoor plaza to a building with ground-level ticketing, concessions and rental cars. There it will lead to a 200-seat lounge above the tracks where people will wait to take elevators and escalators to board the trains.

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All Aboard Florida is an intercity passenger rail project that will connect Miami to Orlando with intermediate stations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.  Service is set to begin from Miami to West Palm Beach in late 2016, followed by service to Orlando the following year.

The Fort Lauderdale station also plans to:
-Connect to the Sun Trolley, Broward County Transit system, future Wave Streetcar and planned Tri-Rail Station.
-Drive new visitors into downtown and the surrounding cultural, economic and shopping destinations.
-Create more than $333 million in economic impact for Broward County through year 2021 and 800 jobs through the construction of the station and rail line.