Fort Lauderdale station is a train station in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is served by Tri-Rail and Amtrak. The station is located on Southwest 21st Terrace, just south of West Broward Boulevard.
The original station, which is used by Amtrak, is a former Seaboard Air Line Railway depot built in 1927. Designed in the prevalent Mediterranean Revival style by Gustav Maass of the West Palm Beach architectural firm Harvey & Clarke, it is virtually identical to the Hollywood Seaboard station to the south. The station took the place of a temporary structure that had been hastily erected at the end of 1926 to greet the January 1927 arrival of the first Seaboard passenger train in South Florida, the Orange Blossom Special.
The station was served by the Orange Blossom Special until 1953 and, among other Seaboard trains, 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.
On January 9, 1989, the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority began Tri-Rail service to the station, building additional facilities and a pedestrian overpass just north of the original station. A park and ride lot is available, and is directly accessible via a proprietary exit from Interstate 95 north.
The station consists of a passenger waiting room on the northern end and a baggage room in the center section. On the southern end is a freight room, which is used by CSX, the successor to Seaboard. Just south of the street side entry to the passenger waiting room, and representative of the racial segregation laws of the era in which the station was constructed, is the entrance to what had been the "colored" waiting room.
The station has two side platforms connected by an elevated passageway. The station house, parking lot, and bus stops are located west of the southbound platform.
|M||Mezzanine||Crossover between platforms|
|Street level||Entrance/exit, station house, buses, parking|
|Track 1||← Tri-Rail toward Miami Airport (Fort Lauderdale Airport)|
← Silver Service toward Miami (Hollywood)
|Track 2|| Tri-Rail toward Mangonia Park (Cypress Creek) → |
Silver Service toward New York (Deerfield Beach) →
- ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2021: State of Florida" (PDF). Amtrak. August 2022. Retrieved September 27, 2022.
- Fort Lauderdale, FL – Amtrak
- Fort Lauderdale, FL – Station history at Great American Stations (Amtrak)
- 1947 photo of Seaboard Air Line steam engine no. 242 leaving Fort Lauderdale
- South Florida Regional Transportation Authority – Fort Lauderdale Station
- May 1995 Photograph (Amtrak Photo Archive)
- Fort Lauderdale Amtrak/Tri-Rail Station (USA Rail Guide – Train Web)