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Winter Park station is a train station in Winter Park, Florida. It is served by SunRail, the commuter rail system of Greater Orlando, and Amtrak, the national passenger rail system of the United States. The current station was built in 2014, replacing earlier stations going back to 1882.

Winter Park, FL
Amtrak Inter-city rail and SunRail commuter rail Station
Winter Park Station IMG 1444.jpg
New Winter Park station
Location150 West Morse Boulevard
Winter Park, Florida 32789
Coordinates28°35′52″N 81°21′07″W / 28.59772°N 81.35181°W / 28.59772; -81.35181Coordinates: 28°35′52″N 81°21′07″W / 28.59772°N 81.35181°W / 28.59772; -81.35181
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
ConnectionsLocal Transit Lynx: #01, #09, #14, #23, #102, #443[1]
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
ParkingAdjacent to station
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeWPK
Fare zoneOrange
History
Opened1882 (SFR)
Rebuilt1913, 1962, 2014
Traffic
Passengers (2018)25,844 (annual)[2]Decrease 5.2% (Amtrak)
Passengers (FY2018)81,590 (annual)[3]Decrease 14.5% (SunRail)
Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Orlando
toward Miami
Silver Meteor DeLand
toward New York
Silver Star
Preceding station SunRail logo.png SunRail Following station
AdventHealth
towards Poinciana
SunRail Maitland
towards DeBary
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Sanford Sunset Limited
1993-2005
Orlando
toward Orlando or Miami
Orlando Floridian
Sanford
toward Chicago
Preceding station Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Following station
Orlando
toward Tampa
Main Line Maitland
toward Richmond

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HistoryEdit

The original Winter Park depot was built in 1882 by the South Florida Railroad ten years after it built a line from Sanford to Orlando. A newer passenger station was built in 1913 by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL) and included a freight depot, which is located to the south of the current station. The freight depot was in use by the railroad until 1982 when it was purchased by the city. It is now used as a farmer's market and as a venue for weddings and other special events.[4][5] A newer modern station was built by the ACL in 1962 directly adjacent to a large city park known as Central Park. It was located one block away from Park Avenue, a street that is lined with upscale boutiques and restaurants.

On February 14, 2013, Pillar Construction Group of Clermont, FL began work on a new $1.2 million station building, which replaced the 1962 era depot. The new station, which was designed in the Craftsman-style to better blend with the city's architecture, includes an improved lobby, artwork and larger restrooms.[6][7] The new depot was primarily funded through a $950,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration's Bus & Bus Facilities program, which was matched with more than $237,000 in local funding from the city.[8] Following the grand opening of the new station on March 3, 2014, the historic ACL depot was closed and demolished.[9][10][11][12]

In addition to Amtrak, Winter Park station serves as a stop on the SunRail commuter rail system. Operations began on May 1, 2014.[13] Unlike most SunRail stations, which feature canopies consisting of white aluminum poles supporting sloped green roofs, Winter Park's canopies have traditional white gabled roofs. It also includes ticket vending machines, ticket validators, emergency call boxes, drinking fountains, separate platforms designed for passengers in wheelchairs.

SunRail ridershipEdit

On average, the SunRail station at Winter Park sees an average of 779 daily boardings.

ConnectionsEdit

  • Lynx;#1, #9, #14, #23, #102, 443.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.golynx.com/plan-trip/riding-lynx/sunrail-connections.stml
  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. ^ Surviving Florida Railroad Stations (AmericanRail.com)
  5. ^ Existing Railroad Stations in Orange County, Florida
  6. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed March 18, 2013.
  7. ^ Winter Park breaks ground on new train station for Amtrak, SunRail
  8. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed March 18, 2013.
  9. ^ "Winter Park SunRail Station ready for grand opening," by Michael W. Freeman (Orlando Sentinel; February 21, 2014)
  10. ^ "Winter Park celebrates grand opening of SunRail station," by Michael W. Freeman (Orlando Sentinel; March 3, 2014)
  11. ^ "Winter Park unveils new Amtrak/SunRail station," by David Breen,(Orlando Sentinel; March 3, 2014)
  12. ^ "Winter Park's aging train station now part of the history books". Orlando Sentinel. 9 June 2014.
  13. ^ Winter Park/Park Avenue Station (SunRail)

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