Sneak Peak at the Making of the Fort Lauderdale Brightline Train Station
December 2, 2016
This week, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Governor Council got a special sneak peak at the construction of the Brightline Fort Lauderdale train station. The 60,000 square foot train station is rapidly taking shape since the topping out ceremony on September 16. Come with us on a tour of the station as it’s now possible to see many of the guest areas and features as they are being built..
A circular drive is visible outside the main entryway which is framed by large red beams. Adjacent to the entrance is space for a retail partner (yet to be announced). Upon entering the lobby, guests will see a large wall of digital kiosks offering information and the ability to purchase tickets. To the right of the kiosks is the check-in area where guests can check in bags, get information and also purchase tickets.
Further to the right are the escalators (one up and one down), along with stairs and there will also be an elevator, that will take riders up to the Concourse level.
Once upstairs, ticketed passengers will pass through a security check point and then make their way to the guest lounge to await their train. On the right end of the Concourse is the lounge for those passengers who reserved seats in the Select Coach. The Concourse has large glass windows so guests can enjoy the view while waiting in air conditioned comfort. Restrooms and a food and beverage area will also be on this level.
At either end of the Concourse are stairs and escalators to take guests down to the covered train platform to board Brightline.
For those arriving in Fort Lauderdale on Brightline, they will proceed up the escalator and through the Concourse and then take the elevators down to the lobby level where they can board shuttles or rideshare cars to their final destination. A parking garage is also conveniently located adjacent to the station for those that are driving into the station. The parking garage is currently 50 percent complete.
Brightline will offer a variety of other modes of transportation to get riders to the stations and to their final destinations. In Fort Lauderdale, riders will have access to ride-sharing/taxi options, Broward b-Cyle bike share, rental cars and shuttle services, as well as be able to connect to the Sun Trolley, Broward County Transit system and future Wave Streetcar. In addition, the station is within walking distance to City Hall, the Historic District, Museum of Science, Riverwalk area and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
Brightline is an inter-city express train service launching in mid-2017, connecting Fort Lauderdale to Miami and West Palm Beach with future train service to Orlando.