All Aboard Florida to pour West Palm Beach station foundation in 2016


All Aboard Florida will begin early next year pouring the concrete that will form the foundation of its $29 million train station and rail platform under construction near CityPlace.

Construction crews are in the process of preparing the site for the foundation work, which is expected to begin in the coming weeks, the company said.

The first concrete foundations are expected to be poured along the western side of the rail line. The foundation work will ultimately form the base of the structure that will hold the station’s escalator and elevator.

The concrete foundation that will support the station’s lobby is expected to be poured during the first quarter of 2016, the company said.

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline rail service plans to run 32 trains a day along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks with stops in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando. The company plans to launch service between Miami and West Palm Beach in 2017. The West Palm Beach-to-Orlando span is expected to begin by the end of 2017.

In February, crews in West Palm Beach will begin working on the 40-foot and 70-foot V-shaped columns that will be dominant structural pieces at Brightline’s stations.

Meanwhile, the company said it expects a third delivery of rail beams to arrive early next month. The material will be used to add a second track to the FEC line as part of the company’s cross-state rail system.

In Palm Beach County, crews earlier this year began preparing land along the FEC corridor to make way for the new track. All Aboard said roughly 40 rail crossings between Miami and West Palm Beach have been upgraded as part of the rail project.

The West Palm Beach station is one of four the company is building as part of the express passenger rail line planned between Miami and Orlando.

Vertical construction is already underway at the company’s station in downtown Miami, known as MiamiCentral, and an adjacent office and retail building slated to become Brightline’s future headquarters.

Foundation work on the company’s station near downtown Fort Lauderdale is expected to start next month.

After a flurry of construction news last summer, All Aboard Florida’s focus in recent months has been on marketing.

In November, the company unveiled the name of the passenger rail service, Brightline, and the look of its trains.

The week before, it sent a team to an international tourism trade show to tout its service. All Aboard has also asked for an extension on the sale of its bonds.


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