ORLANDO (CityofOrlando.net) – One of the busiest rail stations in the southeast will soon be restored, preserving the heritage of the Orlando Amtrak Station while also providing a better experience for passengers.
On Wednesday, September 24, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer helped kickoff the station’s restoration project. The renovation will improve accessibility to the building, which was built in 1926, and connectivity with the Orlando Health SunRail Station.
“Today we embark on the first phase of a restoration project for this historic landmark, enhancing the aesthetics of the station, while preserving its historic features,” Mayor Dyer said. “We also celebrate this well-known icon and how it continues to connect us today.”
District 4 City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, District 5 City Commissioner Regina I. Hill, District 6 City Commissioner Samuel B. Ings and representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation, Orlando Health and Amtrak also participated in the kickoff.
During the event, Mayor Dyer and the Commissioners worked-along with the contractor, The Collage Companies, to remove one of the station’s historic windows. The window will be refurbished and later reinstalled.
The renovation will be the largest for the station since 1990. The station serves 160,500 passengers a year. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2015 and will also include pedestrian enhancements for Sligh Boulevard.