Bypass Track Opens, Lets All Aboard Florida Proceed with West Palm Beach Station

October 14, 2015

The $2.9 billion All Aboard Florida project hit a milestone Sunday evening when freight trains started using a newly built bypass track through downtown West Palm Beach — a shift that will allow crews to complete work on the company’s $29 million station and rail platform under construction near CityPlace.Website Insert State Supported Passenger Trains copy

The new section of track is located between Quadrille Boulevard and the Florida East Coast Railway line. The bypass line, which is being built within the FEC right-of-way, runs from just north of Third Street to south of Hibiscus Street.

The track shift clears the way for the next phase of construction at the downtown station. All Aboard Florida plans to remove the old track to make room for work on the station’s train platform, overhead lobby and waiting area.

“Moving the existing freight rail line will allow us to begin construction on the station and two new rails that will accommodate the passenger service,” said Adrian Share, All Aboard’s executive vice president of rail infrastructure. “This is another step toward creating a new urban living space with an interconnected mobility system.”

The bypass track is expected to be a permanent fixture. Eventually, there will be three rail lines near the station, which is just north of CityPlace between Datura and Evernia streets.

All Aboard Florida began work on the station this year.

Read the full story by Jennifer Sorentrue in MASS TRANSIT by clicking here.

 

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