Fort Lauderdale, FL (FTL)
Built by the Seaboard Air Line in 1926, the depot was designed in a romantic Mediterranean Revival style. Decorative elements include wreaths, shields and fancy scroll work.
200 Southwest 21st Terrace
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 42,684
- Facility Ownership: Florida Department of Transportation
- Parking Lot Ownership: Florida Department of Transportation
- Platform Ownership: Florida Department of Transportation
- Track Ownership: Florida Department of Transportation
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
The Amtrak station in Fort Lauderdale was built by the Seaboard Air Line in 1926. It was designed in the Mediterranean Revival style, which was popular in South Florida at the time for its romantic associations with early explorers and because regional boosters often drew parallels between Florida’s warm climate and that of Italy, Spain and southern France. The stuccoed building features a hipped red tile roof and decorative elements above the entryways that include a wreath with shield and fancy scroll work.
A restoration occurred in the early 1980s, and the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority made additional improvements in 1986. A 2014 renovation program included weatherproofing, work on the lobby and ticket counter and ADA-related improvements. A park and ride lot is available, as are Tri-Rail commuter trains and Broward County connecting transit routes. The station is also located on the edge of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
While Native Americans had lived in the New River area for thousands of years, the European settlements did not truly take hold until the late 19th century with improved transportation. The original Fort Lauderdale was built in 1838 and abandoned in 1842, after the Second Seminole War. A few hardy settler families continued on but population of the area did not grow until Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway came through on its way to Miami in 1896. The city was incorporated in 1911 and in 1915 it was designated the county seat of the newly-formed Broward County.
The Florida land speculation boom of the early 1920s brought Fort Lauderdale’s first major growth spurt, halted by the Miami hurricane of 1926 and the Great Depression. When World War II began, Fort Lauderdale hosted a major U.S. naval base with a naval air station to train pilots, along with radar and fire control operator training schools and a Coast Guard base at Port Everglades. After the war, returning veterans created a population explosion in the area that dwarfed the 1920s land boom.
On December 5th, 1945, the five planes of Flight 19 departed the Fort Lauderdale Naval Air Station and were never seen again. This and the coincidental explosion of Training 49, which was involved in the search for the missing squadron, have contributed significantly to the Bermuda Triangle myth.
Today, Fort Lauderdale is a major tourist destination as well as one of the primary yachting center from which cruises depart. Since the 1950s, the city has been a destination for college students on spring break, as popularized in the 1960 film, Where the Boys Are. However, since 1985, the city has cracked down on such rowdiness and discourage this annual pilgrimage—which has been a boon for the city’s tourism trade, as the city has sought to connect its arts and entertainment district, historic downtown area, and shopping and beach districts.
Amtrak provides both ticketing and baggage services at this facility, which is served by four daily trains.
- 35 Long Term Parking Spaces
- Accessible Payphones
- Accessible Platform
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Ticket Office
- Accessible Waiting Room
- Accessible Water Fountain
- Bike Boxes
- Checked Baggage
- Dedicated Parking
- Elevator Accessible
- Enclosed Waiting Area
- Help With Luggage
- Pay Phones
- Shipping Boxes
- Short Term Parking Spaces
- Ticket Office
- Wheelchair Lift