Sunday, July 26, 2015

All Aboard Florida and big plans for the Ft. Lauderdale station

Jennifer Sorentrue at The Palm Beach Post gives us a sneak peek at what we can expect at the West Palm station under construction right now:
     The plan [the AAF station in Fort Lauderdale] would transform the area around the train tracks, which now consists of quiet offices, industrial buildings, and uninviting roadways, into a pedestrian-friendly district full of commuters, new residents and tourists.
     The district is set to include a mix of residential, office, and retail space, scattered over roughly a half-dozen individual sites. Plans for each of those sites have not been finalized, officials said.
     “It is really the same principles that are in all of our station locations,” Reininger said.
     All Aboard plans to create similar districts around its station in Miami and West Palm Beach. The high-density development and pedestrian traffic are key to the company’s business model and provide riders for its express-passenger trains. [emphasis added]
The video below shows how long you can expect to wait for an AAF train at a crossing (NOTE: it's a very short video):