ORLANDO, Fla. – Work on Central Florida’s first commuter rail line is progressing, and the line is expected to open by next year.
Work to convert the corridor for use by SunRail remains ongoing and the headway is quite apparent. For example, new platforms are nearing completion at the Amtrak stations in Orlando and Winter Park; the stations will continue to serve the national passenger railroad once SunRail starts operations.
As part of the 12-stop, 32-mile first phase, trains will operate between DeBary, north of Orlando’s city center, and Sand Lake Road in Orlando. When the second phase opens in 2016, the 17-station, 61.5-mile line will extend to DeLand on the north end and Poinciana on the south side.
“SunRail will be a game changer of tremendous opportunity, transforming our region, rolling through Orange, Seminole, Volusia and Osceola counties,” Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said during last month’s “State of the County Address.”