The Florida Department of Transportation has completed a $1.08 million repair and renovation of the historic Fort Lauderdale Train Station on the South Florida Rail corridor.
Built in 1926, the station today serves Tri-Rail commuter passengers, Amtrak passengers and freight customers and CSX Railroad freight customers. The station is adjacent to large park and ride lot facilities just south of the I-95/Broward Boulevard interchange, and is served by both Tri-Rail feeder bus and Broward County Transit bus stops.
After receiving approval from the State Historic Preservation Office, work got underway in February 2013 on much needed improvements that will extend the overall life and functionality of the train station and adjacent platform that serves southbound trains.
The project included:
- Upgrading the station exterior to withstand adverse weather conditions, particularly wind, water and moisture
- Installing a new roof, windows and doors on the station building
- Repairing and retiling the passenger canopy
- Installing new sidewalks and ramps
- Renovating inside the train station to meet ADA requirements
- Upgrading the appearance of the train station lobby
To minimize impact to station users during the renovation, Amtrak ticket and freight offices, the CSX freight office and public rest rooms were moved to a temporary facility adjacent to the station. Also, so there would always be cover for passengers, work on the canopy was performed in segments.
Renovation work did not impact the adjacent parking lots, bus stops, Tri-Rail ticket kiosks or the pedestrian bridge used to access the northbound train platform.