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SunRail
SunRail
is a commuter rail system in the Greater Orlando, Florida area. Service began on May 1, 2014.[4] Phase 1 comprises 31 miles (50 km) with 12 stations[4] along the former CSX
CSX
Transportation "A" Line connecting Volusia County
Volusia County
and Orange County through Downtown Orlando. The extensions proposed for Phase 2 would add a new northern terminus at DeLand and four more stations southward, terminating at Poinciana in Osceola County. It is expected to be fully completed sometime in 2017.[5] Formerly known as "Central Florida
Florida
Commuter Rail", the SunRail
SunRail
system is financed by the state and Federal governments and the counties it serves. SunRail
SunRail
is Florida's second commuter rail system after South Florida's Tri-Rail. SunRail
SunRail
opened on May 1, 2014 with over 10,000 passengers riding the trains on opening day.[6] In 2015 the system saw 957,800 passenger trips, for an overall average of 3,800 paying riders per weekday.[1]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Cost and funding 1.2 Project planning and approvals 1.3 Construction

2 Service

2.1 Route 2.2 Schedule

3 Fare system and ticketing

3.1 Limited Use Tickets 3.2 Reloadable SunCards

4 Technical

4.1 Operations and maintenance 4.2 Rolling stock 4.3 Paint scheme

5 Safety and security

5.1 Grade crossing accidents 5.2 Positive train control technology

6 Plans and expansions

6.1 Phase 2 South 6.2 Phase 2 North 6.3 Phase 3 (airport connection) 6.4 Daytona Beach extension

7 See also 8 References 9 External links

History[edit] See also: South Florida
Florida
Railroad and Jacksonville, Tampa and Key West Railway Cost and funding[edit] Instead of building an entirely new rail line, the State of Florida purchased a 61-mile segment of the existing "A" Line between DeLand and Poinciana from CSX
CSX
Transportation. The total cost of the system was originally estimated at $615 million for construction plus $432 million to purchase the right of way and tracks. However, the cost of construction ended up being above the $615 million quoted and the agreement still allows CSX
CSX
to run a limited number of freight trains along the line at night, although the majority of the freight traffic has been rerouted west to CSX's "S" Line.[7] The system was financed by the federal government, the state and the counties. Volusia County, Seminole County, Orange County, the City of Orlando and Osceola County are the partners in the project. Fifty percent of the funding came from a federal transit "New Starts" grant. The local partners were responsible for 25 percent of the cost and another 25 percent was paid by the State of Florida, which included the cost of track improvements, construction of train stations, and purchasing of locomotives and rail cars. On 22 December 2010, it was announced that the state of Florida
Florida
had created an escrow account with $173 million.[8] The money was planned to be used to purchase the tracks SunRail
SunRail
operates on, and also allowed the state to formally request $300 million from the federal government to cover construction costs.[8] During its first year of operation, SunRail
SunRail
made a total of $7.2 million from a combination of fares, advertising and fees paid by CSX and Amtrak
Amtrak
to run their trains through the corridor. However, SunRail spent a total of $34.4 million during that same year, ending it with a $27.2 million deficit and an average daily ridership of 3,700 passengers.[9] Project planning and approvals[edit]

Geographic map

At the end of July 2007, Orange County, Seminole County, Osceola County, Volusia County
Volusia County
and the City of Orlando all voted on and approved the Sunrail project. Osceola County had agreed in principle, but was still examining how to fund its $9.3-million share at the time.[10][11][11][12][13] An agreement was reached between Florida
Florida
Department of Transportation and CSX
CSX
for the purchase of the tracks on November 29, 2007, and the Florida
Florida
Legislature approved the CSX- Florida
Florida
Department of Transportation agreement in order for project construction to begin. However, the legislature failed to vote on the agreement to purchase the right of way and tracks from CSX
CSX
in the 2008 session. At issue were provisions regarding liability and indemnification. Commenting on the bill, state senator Paula Dockery said, "I don't envision a time anytime soon where thoughtful senators are going to say that there's some kind of good public policy involved in taking liability away from somebody who was at fault and putting it on the taxpayers of the state of Florida."[14] The contract between CSX
CSX
and Florida
Florida
DOT was in place through June 30, 2009, and the legislature planned to use another opportunity to consider and approve the agreement in the 2009 legislative session.[15][16] The bill made it through all necessary Senate committee approvals and the first segment of the project had already been approved to enter Final Design by the Federal Transit Administration on August 11, 2008. On January 14, 2009, the SunRail
SunRail
name and logo were presented to the public by City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.[17] Progress continued to move slowly forward on the project until the state legislative session on April 30, 2009, when the project was once again defeated by a 23-17 vote. The movement against the project, which was once again led by state senators Paula Dockery and Mike, continued to revolve around an amendment that would have approved a $200 million insurance policy for SunRail. Another political problem for SunRail
SunRail
was an overall lack of support for the project from the South Florida
Florida
delegation (which included state senators Chris Smith of Fort Lauderdale, Dan Gelber of Miami
Miami
Beach, Nan Rich of Weston and Frederica Wilson of Miami) effectively killed the bill. After the second failure, with the deadline to purchase the tracks in question from CSX
CSX
looming, the state initially pulled the plan from the legislative agenda, endangering as much as $307 million in federal funds that had been promised to SunRail, which would have been taken away if the plan failed. Nearly $27 million of that federal money had already been spent to purchase rail equipment and land for stations and it was unknown whether or not the State of Florida
Florida
would have had to pay the money back to the federal government. However, CSX rescinded the deadline on June 29,[18] permitting more negotiation time for insurance arrangements. An agreement on insurance was finally reached, and lawmakers convened a special session in December 2009 that passed the House on December 7 and the Senate on December 8. Additional federal money may be attracted to reduce the financial cost to the state.[19] On December 8, 2009 the contractual requirement necessary to move forward with SunRail
SunRail
was passed along with funding for South Florida's Tri-Rail
Tri-Rail
system. At the bill's signing Senate President Jeff Atwater said "Today, Florida
Florida
is embracing the opportunity to lead the nation in developing a comprehensive transportation system, thereby ensuring our competitive edge in the 21st Century global economy. A comprehensive transportation system, creating opportunities and avenues to connect employers and employees, is integral to building a stronger future for Florida."[20] Negotiations with Amtrak
Amtrak
subsequently led to a dispute over which party would bear liability for incidents on Amtrak
Amtrak
trains operating on the route, which would be owned by SunRail— Amtrak
Amtrak
wanted SunRail
SunRail
to assume responsibility for such incidents, while SunRail
SunRail
wanted Amtrak to be liable. The purchase of the trackage from CSX
CSX
could not be completed until an agreement with Amtrak
Amtrak
was reached.[21] On December 10, 2010, it was announced that Amtrak
Amtrak
and the state had apparently reached a deal regarding the issue, as Amtrak
Amtrak
had dropped its opposition to the sale.[22] On January 29, 2011, Florida
Florida
Governor Rick Scott
Rick Scott
froze all SunRail contracts and ordered a six-month legislative review of the project to determine whether the project was a good investment.[23] However, on July 1, 2011, Florida Department of Transportation
Florida Department of Transportation
Secretary Ananth Prasad announced that Scott had finally approved the project.[24] Construction[edit] The Phase 1 construction contract was awarded to two primary general contractors; RailWorks Track Systems, Inc. of New York City, who would be responsible for right-of-way and track improvements, and Atlanta-based Archer Western Contractors Ltd., who would be responsible for building the stations.[25] Work would include double tracking the existing line; the installation of new wayside signals; improvements to existing grade crossings; construction of the station platforms, canopies and adjacent parking areas; as well as building of the Operations Control Center and Vehicle Storage & Maintenance Facility at CSX's Rand Yard in Sanford. Ground was broken at the future Altamonte Springs station site on January 27, 2012, marking the official beginning of construction for Phase 1 of the SunRail
SunRail
project.[26] The first load of steel rail for double tracking the route between Sanford and Longwood was delivered not long after in early 2012. A second set of rails for double tracking the route between North Street in Longwood and Gore Street south of Downtown Orlando
Downtown Orlando
was delivered at the end of March 2012, and a third set, which supplemented various locations between Sanford and Orlando, was delivered at the end of July 2012.[27][28] The sections of standard 115-pounds-per-yard rail were 1650 feet long, weighing 31 tons each.[28] On September 28, 2012, the St. Johns River
St. Johns River
drawbridge in Sanford was closed for 54 hours while construction crews demolished and replaced the bridge approach spans.[29] By the time Phase 1 construction was completed in early 2014, nearly 32 miles of main line single track were double-tracked, three existing CSX
CSX
freight yards were reconfigured, wayside signal and grade crossing signal improvements were made along the corridor, a total of 12 stations were built, and a new Operations Control Center and Vehicle Storage & Maintenance Facility were constructed. Service[edit] Route[edit] The route is made up of the following stations, from north to south:

Town Station Phase Connections Notes

DeLand DeLand Amtrak
Amtrak
Station 2 North Amtrak
Amtrak
Silver Service, Thruway Motorcoach, Proposed VOTRAN Park-and-ride

DeBary DeBary Station 1 VOTRAN Routes 31, 32, 33 Park-and-ride

Sanford Sanford Station 1 Link 34, Link 46E, Link 46W, NeighborLink 651 Park-and-ride

Lake Mary Lake Mary Station 1 Link 45 Park-and-ride

Longwood Longwood Station 1 Link 434 Park-and-ride

Altamonte Springs Altamonte Springs Station 1 Link 436N Park-and-ride

Maitland Maitland Station 1 Link 102, Neighborlink 652 Park-and-ride

Winter Park Winter Park Station 1 Amtrak
Amtrak
Silver Service,Link 1, Link 9, Link 14, Link 23, Link 102, Link 443

Orlando Florida
Florida
Hospital Health Village Station 1 Link 102, Link 125 Florida
Florida
Hospital

Lynx Central Station 1 Link 3, 7, 8, 11, 13,15, 18, 20, 21, 25, 28, 29, 36, 38, 40, 48, 49, 50, 51, 54, 102, 104, 105, 106, 107, 125,300, 304, 313, 319, FastLink 406, FastLink 441, Lymmo
Lymmo
Orange Line-Downtown, Lymmo
Lymmo
Lime Line

Church Street Station 1 Lymmo
Lymmo
- Orange Line-Downtown and Grapefruit Line near Amway Center

Orlando Health/ Amtrak
Amtrak
Station 1 Amtrak
Amtrak
Silver Service, Link 40, Thruway Motorcoach Orlando Regional Medical Center

Orlando International Airport
Orlando International Airport
Station 3 Automated People Mover (APM) to airport terminal, Brightline, Orlando Maglev, Link 11, 42, 51, 111, 436S, FastLink 407 South Airport Intermodal Terminal

Pine Castle Sand Lake Road Station 1 Link 11, 18, 42, 111,Xpress Link 208,FastLink 418 Park-and-ride

Meadow Woods Meadow Woods Station 2 South Link 18, FastLink 418 Park-and-ride

Hunter's Creek Tupperware
Tupperware
Station 2 South Link 18, Neighborlink 631 Park-and-ride

Kissimmee Kissimmee Amtrak
Amtrak
Station 2 South Amtrak
Amtrak
Silver Service, Link 10,18,26,55,56.57,108,Xpress Link 208,FastLink 407, FastLink 441,and Neighborlink 632 at Lynx Kissimmee Multimodal Center, Greyhound Park-and-ride

Poinciana Poinciana Station 2 South Link 306 Park-and-ride

Schedule[edit] SunRail
SunRail
runs on weekdays excluding holidays in the daytime and on weekends if a sponsor pays to keep the service open, for instance sports or festival organisers.[30] SunRail
SunRail
says it would cost $19 million to obtain the additional trains and $10 million in additional operating costs to expand into weekend services, and increase the number of daily rides from 34 to 40.[31] SunRail
SunRail
curtailed late night train service on 21st December 2015 citing ridership. A mid-day train to service leisure riders was introduced.[32]

This section needs to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (February 2017)

SunRail
SunRail
has tested a few Saturday train operations. The test was from November 2016 to January 2017 but it did not happen every Saturday. Train service has been run on a Saturday after the supposed end date of January with the latest being on March 18th. This day set a ridership record with 12,842 passengers and is attributed to several events running in Orlando, specifically the Winter Park Sidewalk Arts Festival and an Orlando City Soccer Club soccer match. This headcount far outpaces the daily weekday ridership record of 8,842.[33] Several major businesses including the Downtown Orlando
Downtown Orlando
Partnership and Downtown Development Board are donating funds to pay for Saturday service. It's estimated the cost is $20,000+ each Saturday. Each company involved gives money towards the operating expenses in exchange for on-train advertising, logo placement on stations and billboards, and social media promotions. [34] [35] Weekend trains will run between afternoon and evenings and are adjusted to serve specific events. The cost of running trains on Saturday is about $20,000. [36] This service was to start in November 5th.[37] Fare system and ticketing[edit] Riders on the SunRail
SunRail
system use a Stored-value card, in the form of a disposable Limited Use Ticket or a Reloadable SunCard, to pay fares. The cost of SunRail
SunRail
tickets is based on the number of counties (zones) through which the rider will be travelling. As of 2014, the system passes through three counties: Volusia; Seminole; and Orange. In Phase 2, the system will also enter Osceola.[38][39] SunRail
SunRail
uses a "tap on/tap off" system for ticketing. Riders must "tap on" at a validator unit at the station prior to boarding the train by tapping their ticket on the screen and waiting for the beep. Riders must again "tap off" at a validator unit with their ticket after disembarking at their destination before exiting the station. Reduced Fares are available for Disabled, Seniors (65+), and Students (7-17).[40] Limited Use Tickets[edit] Every station on the line is equipped with ticket vending machines. These machines sell Limited Use Tickets for one-way trips and round-trips. They are also used by riders making a transfer from a Lynx or Votran
Votran
feeder buses to swipe a transfer card and to obtain a SunRail
SunRail
ticket.[40] Reloadable SunCards[edit] Reloadable SunCards are also available at station vending machines. These cards can hold a travel plan and be used as a prepaid debit card. Travel plans are available in 7 day, 30 day, and 1 year timeframes.[40] Technical[edit]

An MPI MP32PH-Q
MPI MP32PH-Q
locomotive in SunRail
SunRail
livery in September 2013.

Operations and maintenance[edit] In addition to SunRail
SunRail
commuter trains, the line is used by three daily round trip Amtrak
Amtrak
trains (the Silver Meteor, the Silver Star and Auto Train), as well as by a handful of CSX
CSX
freight trains. It was also used by Amtrak's tri-weekly Sunset Limited
Sunset Limited
which ran between Orlando and Los Angeles. However, service has been suspended indefinitely between Orlando and New Orleans since 2005 due to damage caused to the line by Hurricane Katrina. The Florida Department of Transportation
Florida Department of Transportation
announced on April 16, 2013 that it had awarded Bombardier Technology a $195 million contract to provide operation and maintenance services for SunRail, which includes train operations, dispatching, track and equipment maintenance, customer service, station platform & facility maintenance, and materials supply. Bombardier assumed the operations and maintenance responsibilities in the spring of 2014.[2] On Monday, July 29, 2013 at 3:30 AM, the Florida
Florida
Department of Transportation assumed all train dispatching duties along the SunRail corridor from CSX. This event officially marked the end of CSX's involvement with the operations of the line, transferring total operational control of the corridor to the State of Florida. Since the hand off from CSX, all train dispatching has been handled by the CFRC Dispatcher out of the Operations Control Center at Rand Yard in Sanford, Florida. Operational testing of the SunRail
SunRail
equipment began on October 26, 2013 along the corridor between the DeBary and Maitland stations. The test train, which consisted of a locomotive and two cab cars, was part of a 2,500 mile "burn-in" period that is required prior to the start of revenue service. Over 100 similar test runs took place over the following months to ensure that the new trains, wayside signals and grade crossing signals operated correctly, as well as to verify that the trains properly aligned with each station platform.[41] On Friday, January 31, 2014, the Florida
Florida
Department of Transportation announced that SunRail
SunRail
would begin service on May 1, 2014.[42] SunRail initially offered a series of free test runs in April,[43] but canceled them and instead decided to open for free for the first two weeks of service in May. This enabled remaining work to be completed in time. SunRail
SunRail
warned passengers who already purchased fare cards not to use their fare cards during the free run, or they may be deducted fares.[44] The SunRail
SunRail
grand opening was held at the Sand Lake Station at 11:00am EDT on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. This was preceded by a series of openings at the other stations, starting at the DeBary Station at 8:15am EDT, and progressing south down the line through the other stations at 15 minute intervals.[45] Passenger operations officially commenced on Thursday, May 1, 2014 with the first revenue service train departing south out of the Sanford Station at 5:06am EDT.[46] Sunrail trains operate at speeds between 30 and 79 miles per hour (48 and 127 km/h), with an average speed of 33 miles per hour (53 km/h), including stops.[47] All SunRail
SunRail
operations and maintenance personnel are employees of Bombardier Transportation. Approximately 24 engineers and conductors are on the operating roster at any given time. SunRail
SunRail
train crews (engineers & conductors) are represented by the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers labor union (formerly known as the United Transportation Union (UTU).) Rolling stock[edit] Sunrail trains operate at speeds between 30 and 79 miles per hour (48 and 127 km/h), with an average speed of 33 miles per hour (53 km/h), including stops.[47] Each car is fully wheelchair accessible and equipped with a restroom, space for bicycles, electrical outlets for laptops and phone chargers, and free Wi-Fi.[48] In 2011 the Florida Department of Transportation
Florida Department of Transportation
ordered fourteen BiLevel coaches from Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation
for $41 million, with an option for 46 additional cars.[49] This order was later expanded to twenty, with the first cars arriving in Florida
Florida
on July 20, 2013.[50] MotivePower Industries
MotivePower Industries
supplied eleven MPI MP32PH-Q
MPI MP32PH-Q
diesel locomotives. These were ordered on September 12, 2011.[51] The first locomotive, #100, arrived on October 1, 2013 via CSX
CSX
freight train at the SunRail
SunRail
Operations Control Center in Sanford, FL from the MotivePower plant in Boise, Idaho. In December 2017, the eleventh Locomotive was delivered, carrying Road Number 110[52]

Photo Year Make Model Numbers Total Horsepower Weight Seats Notes

2013-17 MPI MP32PH-Q 100-110 11 units 3,200 285,000 to 295,000 lb (129,000 to 134,000 kg) (3 crew)

Order placed on September 12, 2011.[51] 100 was the first unit to be arrive, it was delivered on October 1, 2013 by CSX
CSX
to the SunRail
SunRail
Operations Control Center in Sanford, FL. The 110 was delivered in December, 2017

2012–13 Bombardier BiLevel 2000–2012 (13 cab cars) 3000–3006 (7 trailer cars) 20 units N/A 110,000 lb (50,000 kg) 136 (3 crew)(cab cars) 142 (trailer cars)

Order placed in 2011 First units Delivered on July 20, 2013.[50] 14 units were initially ordered, with an option for 46 additional units, order later expanded to 20 units.[49] All units are wheelchair accessible and equipped with restrooms, space for bicycles, electrical outlets, and free Wi-Fi.[48]

Paint scheme[edit] On September 10, 2010, the Central Florida
Florida
Commuter Rail Commission chose a paint scheme for the trains.[53] The design featured a sun along with renderings of green for wildlife and blue for skies.[53] According to the designer, Jim Bockstall, the scheme was based on public input and was intended to include both movement and traditional imagery.[53] Safety and security[edit]

Safety features at stations include bells, gates, and LED displays

In the months leading up to SunRail
SunRail
going operational, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) ran an aggressive public-safety campaign to warn drivers and passengers about railroad safety[54] using pamphlets, puppet shows for children, YouTube[55] and even a Safety Mascot Squirrel named Tie.[56] Despite this effort, SunRail
SunRail
has experienced several accidents with both motorists and pedestrians. Nearly a year into service, officials began installing dial-up grade crossing systems at grade crossings that are located closest to the stations. This system allows train crews to manually activate grade crossing warning devices (i.e. crossing gates, lights and bells) from the locomotive cab via key-coded radio transmission, thus eliminating the confusion of the grade crossing warning devices automatically activating, deactivating and reactivating whenever trains approach, stop at and depart the stations.[57] Security on the train and at stations is the responsibility of FDOT. The FDOT does not employ a security force and relies solely on surveillance cameras and emergency call boxes.[58] Uniformed police officers are permitted to ride SunRail
SunRail
free of charge.[59] Grade crossing accidents[edit] Because of the flat terrain and high water table of the Orlando area, the entire route of SunRail
SunRail
is at grade. Most road crossings except for expressways are not grade-separated; even major arterials like Route 17/92 have level crossings in populated areas. There are 96 grade crossings along the Phase 1 route, with an additional 30 on Phase 2.[60][61] SunRail
SunRail
dramatically increased frequencies on the line, with 34 daily trips. Six daily Amtrak
Amtrak
trains (three round trips) continue to operate, while 20 daily freights have largely been moved to the CSX
CSX
"S" Line to the west.[62] Within the first five months of regular operations, SunRail
SunRail
trains were involved in four grade crossing accidents, all caused by driver error. Florida
Florida
Highway Patrol officials blamed the crashes on drivers who were too impatient to wait for trains to pass and did not understand that trains cannot stop quickly.[62] Tri-Rail, which operates in a very similar densely populated area with many grade crossings, had 93 crashes during its first 15 years, though other systems saw their rates decrease after the initial months.[62] After two more driver-caused accidents in early 2013, police increased enforcement of drivers bypassing crossing gates in an attempt to prevent additional crashes.[63] Due to an accident on October 8, 2015, where a dump truck was parked too close to the tracks and was side-swiped by a train, the Florida Highway Patrol has begun monitoring crossings and station areas. Billboards and mailers about train safety will also be put out to raise awareness. As of this accident, all incidents involving vehicles and SunRail
SunRail
trains have been the fault of the vehicle driver.[64] Positive train control technology[edit] With the southern extension nearing completion, Sunrail has begun installing positive train control technology. This system keeps trains alerted to other trains ahead to prevent collisions. This system was mandated by the government. The deadline was for the end of 2018, but if Sunrail meets certain criteria they can extend the deadline for full implementation to 2020. Wabtec, a Wilmerding, Pennsylvania company, was awarded a $62 million contract to design, install, test, and implement the safety technology. SunRail
SunRail
Executive Director Nicola Liquori believes full implementation on the 61-mile system will be in place by December 2019.[65]

Plans and expansions[edit] SunRail
SunRail
divided their startup operations into two phases. Phase 1 opened on May 1, 2014 between DeBary and Sand Lake Road. Due to budgetary constrains, Phase 2 was further divided in two separate segments; Phase 2 South and Phase 2 North. Phase 2 South[edit] This segment will extend the system 17 miles south from Sand Lake Road into Osceola County with a stop at the existing Kissimmee Amtrak station as well as new stations being built in Meadow Woods, Hunter's Creek and Poinciana. Because federal funding in the amount of $93 million[66] was secured for Phase 2 South, construction on this segment began first. On August 14, 2015, the State of Florida
Florida
received the full funding grant agreement from the Federal Transit Administration
Federal Transit Administration
that moved forward completion of SunRail
SunRail
Phase 2 South. Congressman John Mica stated that because of the expedited agreement, full funding for the additional 17-mile extension was expected to be approved by the end of September.[67] On September 28, 2015, the $93 million grant was formally approved at a ceremony at the Kissimmee Amtrak
Amtrak
station.[68] With matching state and local funding already in place providing an additional $93 million, construction on Phase 2 South was expected to begin in December 2015, but the Florida
Florida
Department of Transportation delayed the selection of a design/build team until October 26, 2015, thus pushing back the start date by approximately a month.[69] Despite the delay in starting construction on Phase 2 South, the City of Kissimmee broke ground at the end of October 2015 on a parking structure next to the proposed Kissimmee SunRail
SunRail
Station and existing Multimodal Center, which is used by the Lynx and Greyhound bus services. The parking structure was officially opened on May 10th, 2017 and is 4 stories tall, accommodates 398 cars, and offers EV charging stations and LED lighting that dims when the garage is empty. The cost was $9 million.[70][71] It was also announced that Tupperware Brands Corporation added an extra $120,000 for upgrades to the Hunter's Creek Station, which will be built on land near their headquarters. This was done in exchange for naming rights to the station, which is now called the Tupperware
Tupperware
Station. This funding will be used for additional landscaping and lighting along with cosmetic upgrades to the station design so that it will mimic the Tupperware headquarters building.[72] Congressman John Mica
John Mica
announced on November 25th, 2015 that $63 million in federal dollars were on the way to assist the completion of Phase 2 South.[73] On March 28th, 2016, the Florida
Florida
Department of Transportation gave notice that Phase 2 South construction would begin on April 1st, 2016 with service expected to begin by February 2018. A construction commencement ceremony took place on April 25, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the site of the future Tupperware
Tupperware
Station, which officially kicked off construction.[74] The Dana B. Kenyon Company based in Jacksonville, FL, has been awarded the $31.7 million contract for the Phase 2 southern extension project. This includes many aspects at each of the 4 new stations, as well as new vehicle storage and maintenance facilities. [75] Train testing on the new southern line has been happening in February 2018 and is expected to open mid-summer.[76] Phase 2 North[edit]

Looking north from the DeBary station; SunRail
SunRail
plans to expand north to DeLand from here

Phase 2 North plans to extend the system 13 miles north from DeBary to the existing DeLand Amtrak
Amtrak
station. However, on October 29, 2015, SunRail
SunRail
officials were denied a $35 million federal grant for the 13 mile Phase 2 North extension to Deland in Volusia County
Volusia County
due to low ridership projections. County and SunRail
SunRail
officials were counting on this money to help pay for half of the $70 million cost to build this extension.[77] In wake of not receiving federal funding, an additional station in Orange City is now being considered to boost ridership projections along the Phase 2 North extension.[78] The Florida Department of Transportation
Florida Department of Transportation
said on May 3rd, 2016, that the northern extension of SunRail
SunRail
to DeLand has been halted due to the inability to obtain the necessary funds. The cost of this extension is estimated at $77 million, with half paid by grants and the other half by the FDOT. They have said they will continue to look for funding for the Phase 2 northern extension. [79] Phase 3 (airport connection)[edit] SunRail
SunRail
officials in the mid 2010s began investigating a Phase 3 expansion, which would include a connection to Orlando International Airport.[80][81] Currently this connection requires transferring to a shuttle bus at Sand Lake Road Station. The 5.5 mile route under consideration would travel 3.5 miles along an existing Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) rail spur, which runs along the southern boundary of the airport's property and is used exclusively by coal trains to serve the Curtis H. Stanton Energy Center in eastern Orange County. From there, two options were considered; one plan would have SunRail
SunRail
trains branch north off of the existing OUC line and onto a new 2-mile spur that would terminate at the planned South Airport Intermodal Terminal. The second option explored would be to build a transfer station along the OUC line where passengers would transfer from SunRail
SunRail
trains onto light rail trains that would run along a dedicated 2-mile line between the transfer and airport stations.[80][82] Once at the South Airport Intermodal Terminal, passengers would transfer onto an Automated People Mover (APM) that would take them the 1.5 mile distance north to the existing airport terminal. Passengers would also be able to transfer directly to Brightline trains, a planned privately funded higher speed rail passenger service of the Florida
Florida
East Coast Railway, which would offer sixteen daily roundtrips to Miami[83] starting in 2017.[80][84][85] Direct transfers would also be available to one of two proposed alternatives; either a Maglev train or a light rail train, both of which are planned to run between the South Airport Intermodal Terminal and International Drive.[86][87] The cost of the Phase 3 expansion was originally estimated at $100 million.[88] In September 2015, SunRail
SunRail
officials submitted a request to the Federal Transit Administration
Federal Transit Administration
(FTA) to move the project from the initial planning phase into the project development phase, which it approved on October 26, 2015.[89] In April 2017, a state study of constructing trackage to the airport found that it would cost about $250 million, and with no funding sources identified the project was left with no timetable for execution.[88] Daytona Beach extension[edit] On April 17, 2014, Volusia County
Volusia County
and FDOT funded a $2.5 million study to investigate the cost, preliminary design and ridership of a SunRail extension to Daytona Beach. As part of this effort, Volusia County wants to see the Interstate 4
Interstate 4
median width maintained as a possible future rail corridor.[90] See also[edit]

Tri-Rail Transportation in Florida South Florida
Florida
Railroad Jacksonville, Tampa and Key West Railroad

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Other stations

DeLand

Amtrak
Amtrak
only - Phase 2 North

Meadow Woods

Under construction - Phase 2 South

Tupperware

Under construction - Phase 2 South

Kissimmee

Amtrak
Amtrak
only - Phase 2 South

Poinciana

Under construction - Phase 2 South

Orlando International Airport

Planned - Phase 3

Rolling Stock

MotivePower Industries
MotivePower Industries
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Locomotives

Bombardier BiLevel VI Coach

Coach & cab cars

Communities served

Counties

Volusia Seminole Orange Osceola

Cities

DeBary

Northern Terminus Phase 1

Orlando

Primary Hub

Pine Castle

Southern Terminus Phase 1

DeLand Sanford Lake Mary Longwood Altamonte Springs Maitland Winter Park Meadow Woods Hunter's Creek Kissimmee

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Public transportation systems in Florida

Bus

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California

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Colorado

RTD

Connecticut

Shore Line East

Florida

SunRail Tri-Rail

Illinois/Wisconsin

Metra

Indiana/Illinois

South Shore Line

Massachusetts/Rhode Island

MBTA Commuter Rail

Maryland/West Virginia/Washington, DC

MARC

Minnesota

Northstar Line

New Jersey/New York/Pennsylvania

NJ Transit

New York

Long Island Rail Road

New York/Connecticut

Metro-North Railroad

New Mexico

Rail Runner Express

Oregon

WES Commuter Rail

Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Delaware

SEPTA Regional Rail

Tennessee

Music City Star

Texas

A-train Capital MetroRail Trinity Railway Express

Utah

FrontRunner

Virginia/Washington, DC

Virginia Railway Express

Washin

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