Rendering of All Aboard Florida’s West Palm station ()
All Aboard Florida completed its round of South Florida unveilings Monday when it revealed plans for its West Palm Beach station.
The Coral Gables-based firm is proposing a 240-mile passenger rail service to connect Miami and Orlando, with South Florida stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.
The West Palm Beach hub would be a nearly 60,000-square-foot station and platform off Quadrille Boulevard between Datura and Evernia streets. The station would be north of CityPlace and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and south of the government center district and Clematis Street.
Planners say the site is a strategically located to serve as a new gateway for the city linking to neighborhood trolleys and other transit services.
“There is no doubt as to the benefit an All Aboard station will bring to our city, and we continue to look forward to the economic impact for our city,” West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio said.
Developers say the project will add $164 million to the county’s economy by 2021 and contribute more than $6 billion to Florida’s economy over the next eight years.
“All Aboard Florida’s West Palm Beach station will stimulate our local economy and drive new tourism to our county and region. It will also create more than 1,200 jobs during construction and implementation for all cities along the route,” said Palm Beach County Mayor Priscilla A. Taylor. She called it a “transformative project.”
Miami-based Zyscovich Architects designed the project in association with Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.