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West Palm Beach, FL
Amtrak station
SFRTA Tri-Rail commuter rail station
West Palm Beach SAL 001.jpg
West Palm Beach station
Location 201 South Tamarind Avenue
West Palm Beach, Florida
Owned by City of West Palm Beach
Line(s) South Florida Rail Corridor
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Intercity Bus Greyhound
Local Transit Palm Tran: 1, 2, 31, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 49
Construction
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code WPB
Fare zone 1
History
Opened 1925
Rebuilt 1991
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 62,990 (Amtrak) Decrease 3%
Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Delray Beach
toward Miami
Silver Star Okeechobee
toward New York
Silver Meteor Sebring
toward New York
Preceding station Tri-Rail.svg Tri-Rail Following station
Lake Worth
toward Miami Airport
Tri-Rail Mangonia Park
Terminus
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Okeechobee Sunset Limited
1993-1996
Delray Beach
toward Miami
Delray Beach
toward Miami
Palmetto
2002-2004
Okeechobee
toward New York
Delray Beach
toward Miami
Floridian Sebring
toward Chicago
Preceding station Seaboard Air Line Railroad Following station
Palm Beach
toward Tampa or Miami
Main Line Indiantown
toward Richmond
Seaboard Coastline Railroad Passenger Station
Location West Palm Beach, Florida
Built 1925
Architect L. Philips Clarke, Harvey and Clarke
Architectural style Mission/Spanish Revival
NRHP reference No. 73000600
Added to NRHP June 19, 1973

West Palm Beach station is a train station in West Palm Beach, Florida. It is served by Amtrak passenger rail and Tri-Rail commuter rail service. It is located at 203–209 South Tamarind Avenue, south of First Street/Banyan Boulevard.

History

WEST ELEVATION, VIEW FROM NORTHWEST - Seaboard Airline Railway Station, Datura Street and Tamarind Avenue, Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, FL HABS FLA,50-PALM,3-8
The station under operation by the Seaboard Airline Railway

The station officially opened to passengers in January 1925 as a Seaboard Air Line Railway depot. The building was designed by the Palm Beach architectural firm of Harvey & Clarke. Among other Seaboard trains, the station was served by the Orange Blossom Special until 1953, and 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. The station was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 19, 1973. Tri-Rail service to the station began in 1989.

The City of West Palm Beach, following a purchase of the building in 1988, tapped local architecture firm Oliver Glidden & Partners to head a $4.3 million restoration of the structure. The project was completed and the station rededicated in a ceremony attended by the Florida Governor in April 1991. Architect Robert D. Brown directed the restoration of ornamental cast stone elements, exterior masonry, doors, windows, and iron and tile work. The red clay tile roof was replaced, as were the electrical, lighting, plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Abatement of lead and asbestos was further required to bring the historic structure up to modern building code standards. The restoration effort earned the Florida Trust Award for Historic Preservation in 1994.

In summer 2012, the city finished an improvement project that included the installation of new sidewalks and more than five dozen trees around the building. The improvements were funded with a $750,000 Transportation Enhancement grant from the Federal Highway Administration, to which the city provided a $150,000 local match.

Since the 1997 closure of the Palm Beach Airport station closer to Palm Beach International Airport, Tri-Rail passengers access the airport via taxi and PalmTran's fixed bus route 44.

Station layout

Tri-rail EMD F40PH
A northbound Tri-Rail train departing the station

The station has two side platforms, with access to the station on both sides. West of the southbound platform is a long loop of bus bays serving Palm Tran routes. East of the northbound platform is the station house, a small parking lot, and bus stops for Greyhound Lines buses and Tri-Rail shuttles.

M Mezzanine Crossover between platforms
P
Platform level
Side platform Handicapped/disabled access
Track 1      {{{{{system}}} lines|{{{line}}}}} toward Miami Airport (Lake Worth)
     {{{{{system}}} lines|{{{line}}}}} toward Miami (Delray Beach)
Track 2 {{{line}}}}} toward Mangonia Park (Terminus)
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Side platform Handicapped/disabled access
Street level Entrance/exit, station house, buses, parking

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