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Orlando Health/Amtrak station, also known as Orlando station, is a train station in Orlando, Florida. It is served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system of the United States, and SunRail, the commuter rail service of Greater Orlando, as well as local and intercity buses. It serves Amtrak's Silver Meteor and Silver Star lines. Built in 1926, the historic station is located approximately one mile south of Downtown Orlando near the campus of Orlando Health. Serving 160,442 passengers at last measure in 2013, The station is Amtrak's fifth busiest in the Southeastern United States; it is the second busiest Amtrak station in Florida, behind the Sanford station of the Auto Train.

Orlando, FL
Amtrak Inter-city rail
SunRail commuter rail
OrlandoFL (Amtrak Station).jpg
Front entrance to the 1926-built Orlando station. Originally used by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, now by Amtrak.
Location1400 Sligh Boulevard
Orlando, Florida
Coordinates28°31′33″N 81°22′53″W / 28.52590°N 81.38130°W / 28.52590; -81.38130Coordinates: 28°31′33″N 81°22′53″W / 28.52590°N 81.38130°W / 28.52590; -81.38130
Owned byCity of Orlando
Platforms1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks3
ConnectionsIntercity Transit Thruway Motorcoach
Local Transit Lynx: #40[1]
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
ParkingYes
Bicycle facilitiesYes (SunRail)
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeORL
Fare zoneOrange (SunRail)
History
Opened1926
Traffic
Passengers (2018)123,990 (annual)[2]Decrease 3.8% (Amtrak)
Passengers (FY2018)32,166 (annual)[3]Decrease 2.8% (SunRail)
Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Kissimmee
toward Miami
Silver Meteor Winter Park
toward New York
Silver Star
Preceding station SunRail logo.png SunRail Following station
Sand Lake Road
towards Poinciana
SunRail Church Street
towards DeBary
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Winter Park Sunset Limited
1993-2005
Kissimmee
1993-1996
toward Miami
Kissimmee Floridian
Winter Park
toward Chicago
Preceding station Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Following station
Pine Castle
toward Tampa
Main Line Winter Park
toward Richmond

HistoryEdit

 
Part of the restored interior.

The station was built in 1926 by M. A. Griffith and W. T. Hadlow for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. The building was designed in the Spanish Mission style. It became part of the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad after the Coast line merged with the Seaboard Air Line Railroad in 1967.[4]

Service in peak yearsEdit

Prior to the decline in operations in the 1950s and 1960s several long distance trains operated by the ACL ran through the station.

  • Champion (West Coast) New York – Sarasota
  • Havana Special New York and the train's Sarasota section

Shuttle sections that fed off these trains in Jacksonville, to points south. In Jacksonville connections could be made with trains that originated in either Chicago or Cincinnati:[5]

Service in Amtrak yearsEdit

Amtrak continued the Champion. Until 1979, the Chicago-originating Floridian served the train's St. Petersburg section. Following the discontinuing of the Champion, the Silver Meteor and the Silver Star Tampa and St. Petersburg-bound western sections made stops in Orlando. In 1993 the Sunset Limited was extended toward southern Florida, thus, for the first time, providing direct Orlando to South Florida service. By the mid-1990s, the Silver Meteor and Silver Startrains were routed through Orlando.[6] As a result of Hurricane Katrina, the Sunset Limited was suspended in 2005.

Recent improvementsEdit

In 2014, the City of Orlando started a project to build a second platform for use by the new SunRail commuter rail service. Unlike most SunRail stations, which feature shelters consisting of white aluminum poles supporting sloped green roofs, the station's canopies feature arches that resemble the mission-style architecture of the adjacent historic station's canopy. It also includes ticket vending machines, ticket validators, emergency call boxes, drinking fountains, separate platforms designed for passengers in wheelchairs. The station was officially named Orlando Health/Amtrak Station due to its proximity to the main Orlando Health hospital campus, Orlando Regional Medical Center, the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies.[7] The revamped station opened on May 1, 2014.[8]

In August 2014, the City of Orlando announced a $2.1 million station restoration project of the historic building. The project, which was the first major renovation to the facility since 1990, included fixing cracks and leaks in the stucco walls and tile roof, pavement repairs, restroom upgrades, repainting of the building exterior, restoration of the original 1926 wood doors and windows, replacement and relocation of the air conditioning system to the roof of the building (which allowed the original entrance on the side of the building to be reopened), and the installation of a wheelchair ramp from the parking lot to the new station entrance.[9] Work officially commenced on September 24, 2014 and was completed on June 29, 2015.[10][11]

The station is also serves the Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach bus and Lynx bus route 40. It is also the proposed terminus on the planned Orange Blossom Express commuter rail project out of Lake County.

ConnectionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SunRail Connections".
  2. ^ "Fact sheet: Amtrak in Florida" (PDF). Rail Passengers Association. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  3. ^ "SUNRAILANNUAL RIDERSHIP BY STATIONFY 2018" (PDF). SunRail. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Orlando, FL (ORL)" (2014). www.greatamericanstations.com. Accessed April 14, 2015.
  5. ^ Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Timetables, June 12, 1955, Tables B through L
  6. ^ Amtrak timetable, November 10, 1996, p. 29.
  7. ^ "Orlando Health/Amtrak" (2015). www.sunrail.com. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  8. ^ Carchidi, Jim (Apr 9, 2014) "Pre-dawn party: SunRail opens the Orlando Health station". Orlando Business Journal. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  9. ^ Tracy, Dan (August 22, 2014). "Downtown Orlando Amtrak station to get $2.1 million face-lift" Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  10. ^ "Amtrak Station Restoration Begins" (September 24, 2014). www.cityoforlando.net. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  11. ^ "Renovation of Orlando's historic Amtrak station complete" (June 29, 2015). www.orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved September 8, 2015.

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