West Palm Beach is now in on the action for All Aboard Florida now that SOM has unveiled plans for this third station in the privately funded rail network. Connecting Miami through Ft. Lauderdale up to West Palm Beach, All Aboard Florida will eventually lead into Orlando and eliminate congestion on regional highways as well as significantly reduce carbon emissions with increased mass transit use. This third and final station designed by SOM in collaboration with Zyscovich Architects mirrors the other two stations in concept, form and materiality with bright, daylit interiors and clearly integrated into the fabric of the surrounding cities.
The new West Palm Beach station for the All Aboard Florida rail network will be located on a 2.5 acre site in the heart of downtown. SOM and Zyscovich Architects made sure to improve connectivity to the city’s vehicular, trolley, and pedestrian networks as well as to establish connections with the Tri-Rail and Amtrak West Palm Beach Station nearby. As a bonus, the station will also improve pedestrian connections between the busy Clematis Street to the north and the city’s CityPlace shopping district to the south.
“We are excited at what our vision of the future holds for West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County,” says P. Michael Reininger, President and Chief Development Officer of All Aboard Florida. “Passenger rail has been integral to the history of Florida, and we have arrived at a point in time where it will once again take on a transformational role – creating connectivity, representing a unique collaboration between the private and public sectors, and stimulating job creation and economic impacts. We have been working closely with the city staff to develop a station and overall master plan that makes the downtown area even more dynamic.”
The West Palm Beach station has been designed to look and feel just like the Miami Multimodal Hub and the Ft. Lauderdale Station. Like the other stations, it is built from stacked concrete and glass volumes supported by concrete V-braces and will be elevated above the street level with great views, will be flooded with daylight and feature lush plantings of native Florida plants. Passengers will easily be able to recognize it as the station similarities in navigation and wayfinding will improve the rail experience.
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