- Orlando (Amtrak station)
Front entrance to the 1926-built Orlando Station. Originally used by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, now by Amtrak.
Station statistics Address 1400 Sligh Boulevard
Coordinates Coordinates: Lines
Connections Thruway Motorcoach
Lynx bus #40
Platforms 2 Tracks 2 Parking Yes Other information Opened 1926 Accessible Code ORL Owned by CSX Traffic Passengers (2010) 159,533 9.4% Services Preceding station Amtrak Following stationtoward Miami Silver Meteortoward New York City Silver Star Terminus Sunset Limitedservice suspendedtoward Los Angeles Future services SunRailSand Lake RoadTerminus SunRail Phase 1Planned 2013toward DeBarySand Lake Roadtoward Poinciana SunRail Phase 2Planned 2015toward DeLand Former services Atlantic Coast Line RailroadPine Castletoward Tampa Union Station Main Line
The Orlando Amtrak station lies south of Downtown Orlando, about a mile south of the old stations at Church Street and Central Boulevard. It was built in 1926 by M. A. Griffith and W. T. Hadlow for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in the Spanish Mission style, and used by the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad after the 1967 merger with the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. Before the new station was built, the ACL station was at Church Street; this is now the Church Street Station tourist attraction. The SAL had a separate station at Central Boulevard (see Orlando).
Thruway Motorcoach service, as of February 2006, is no longer provided by Coach USA to area hotels and attractions. Martz First Class Coach Tampa Bay provides this service for Amtrak to Lakeland, Tampa, Pinellas Park-St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Sarasota, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers. Local hotel transfer shuttle service is also still available, but again, no longer through Coach USA.
Orlando station serves the Silver Meteor and Silver Star lines. It was also the eastern terminus of the Sunset Limited between Orlando and Los Angeles. However, due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina, the Sunset Limited between New Orleans and Orlando has been suspended indefinitely since August 2005.
Orlando station is a planned stop on the SunRail commuter rail system, planned to be operational in 2013. Additionally it is proposed terminus on the proposed Orange Blossom Expressway. Plans to upgrade the station for SunRail service include a matching canopy for the second platform, and a name change to "Orlando Health/Amtrak Station" due to its proximity to the Orlando Regional Medical Center.
- Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach
- LYNX bus (link) 40 - Public Bus System
- Amtrak – Stations – Orlando, FL
- Orlando: A Visual History 1926
- September 18, 1999 Photograph (Amtrak Photo Archive)
- Orlando Amtrak Station, and former Atlantic Coast Line Station (USA Rail Guide - TrainWeb)
- Orlando Health/Amtrak SunRail Station Concept
- Orlando Health/Amtrak SunRail Station Redevelopment Plan
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