All Aboard Florida begins construction of Fort Lauderdale station

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Demolition of existing buildings on the site of All Aboard Florida’s new Fort Lauderdale Station is set to begin this morning, marking the start of construction for the station, the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports. The station will be located on nearly five acres adjacent to the Florida East Coast Railway tracks at Northwest Second Street, north of Broward Boulevard.

The station will feature an outdoor plaza leading to a building with ground level ticketing, rental cars and concessions. It will have a lounge with 200 seats above the tracks, with elevators and escalators leading down to track level.

Northwest Second Street will be permanently closed at the FEC tracks so an 800-foot passenger platform can be built, though an official closing date has not been announced. Once the station is completed, a new two-lane street immediately west of the tracks will serve as the main entrance.

The Fort Lauderdale station is one of four planned along the route, including stations in downtown Miami, downtown West Palm Beach and Orlando International Airport.

Service is set to begin from Miami to West Palm Beach in late 2016, followed by the segment to Orlando the following year.

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