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Amtrak station safety

Hi -

I know there are some older discussions about this, but looking for an update on the safety of the Amtrak station in Jacksonville. May be traveling with small child. From what I've read so far, it is in an older industrial section of town so not much to see or do but stay in the station? We may be dropped off several hours in advance of train (by someone else that needs to catch a flight so not much flexibility there). Amtrak leaves fairly late at night so am concerned about safety while we wait. Thanks!

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1. Re: Amtrak station safety

Better to get dropped off at a nearby hotel from which you can take a taxi to the train station nearer to the time when the train will be getting in.

Edited: 17 February 2012, 16:32
Chantilly, Virginia
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Thanks for the info! I also thought about going to the airport with our driver and killing time there - better food options and more things to look at. Then taking a cab to the train station later. Anyone have thoughts on cab safety as well as fare prices from JAX to Amtrak station? It would be a Sunday night.

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3. Re: Amtrak station safety

Hello Sara,

I haven't been to the Amtrack Station, but it's location on the map doesn't look too savory.

What time does your train leave?

Across Interstate 95 from the airport there is a mall, the River City Marketplace. There is a movie theatre there that shows 14 films. It's easy to while away a couple hours watching a film. Here's a link: fandango.com/hollywoodtheatersrivercitymarke…

The phone number for Gator City Taxi is (904) 355-8294 Suggest you call them and ask about fares.

Something else you could do would be to call the Jacksonville Police Department and talk to them about the safety at the Amtrack Station. The information number is (904) 630-7600

Have a safe trip,


Edited: 17 February 2012, 21:47
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4. Re: Amtrak station safety

The amtrack station is like any other train station. Just be careful and use your common sense. You certainly do not need to rent a hotel room to avoid waiting at the station!!

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5. Re: Amtrak station safety

While it's true that the station is not in the greatest area, I don't think that you would be in any danger inside the station. My daughter and little grandson took the train many times from south Florida to Jacksonville a few years ago when our grandson was a baby. There was never a problem. It's well-staffed and I wouldn't worry. However, it's true that there is nothing in the area for you to do. It would be fairly expensive to take a taxi from the airport to the train station. If you need to kill some time, it may be better to hang out at the Jacksonville Landing, which has some shops and restaurants, and is closer in proximity to the station itself.


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6. Re: Amtrak station safety

Thanks for all the replies. We ended up hanging out at the airport for a couple of hours so that we had food options and taking a Gator City cab to the train station (about $35 with tip). Because it was a holiday Sunday night, little was open. The train station itself seemed fine and well-staffed. We were the only ones waiting for the first 45 min. but then other passengers began showing up and we never felt uncomfortable.

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7. Re: Amtrak station safety

Good to hear, Sara.

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