SunRail begins running service on a new schedule beginning Monday, July 23.
The new schedule features more mid-day time slots, as well as running later at night. Service is increasing from the current 18 round trips per day to 20 round trips per day. SunRail currently runs 32-mile daily service, stopping at 12 stations, Monday through Friday, from the DeBary Station in Volusia County to the Sand Lake Road Station south of Orlando. The new schedule is posted at www.sunrail.com.
One-way tickets on SunRail are $2, with $1 additional for every county line you cross.
The new schedule comes in advance of the new southern expansion which begins passenger service on July 30. The expansion adds 17 more miles and four new stations: Meadow Woods in Orange County, as well as stations at Tupperware, downtown Kissimmee and Poinciana in Osceola County. SunRail started service in May 2014.
Trains will travel to the new additional stations next week as part of the break-in period, but no passengers are going to be on board during that portion of the route.
Three Democratic members of Congress representing Central Florida–Darren Soto, Stephanie Murphy and Val Demings– announced today that SunRail is receiving a $16 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to complete the Phase 2 South Project. Funding was included in the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Act, enacted into law in May 2017.
“Since arriving in Congress, we’ve been laser-focused on delivering results for our central Florida community, including funding for Sunrail Phase 2 South,” Murphy said. “Orlando is a world-class city and it deserves a world-class transportation system, and commuter rail is a critical component of this. I’m proud of everything our delegation did to help secure this funding and of our work to provide central Florida residents and visitors with efficient, safe, and reliable transit options.”
As always, SunRail cautions: Be careful around trains, railroad crossings, and while at station platforms. Be smart. Be safe. There’s also this:
Railroad tracks are not photo studios. For your own safety, keep at least 25 feet from the tracks. Remember, trains can approach at anytime from either direction. Be smart. Be safe. #SunRailSafety pic.twitter.com/CsgRrodht0
— SunRail (@RideSunRail) July 5, 2018
Keep Flagler Beautiful says
I wish Sunrail service could extend to Flagler or even the neighboring portion of Volusia County. There’s nothing much in the way of shopping in Flagler, other than WalMart, Target and stores for cheap clothing. It would be great to spend a day shopping at a big Orlando mall that has higher-quality clothing stores. It’s not worth the drive. I tried it once. Never again.
The Town Center in Jacksonville is an hour away, Volusia Mall and the new Outlets are closer than that. This is the price you pay for low property taxes and home values. Nordstom also ships clothing, and there is always Amazon for brands you are comfortable with.
Bob Pickering says
I hear the Sunrail to Daytona thing a lot however the challenge is there are no railway tracks from there to Daytona or from Sunrail to Flagler County. The line through Bunnell etc runs from Jacksonville to Miami but has no direct connection to Sunrail at this point in time. The only way this could be done would be to lay track from Debary or Deland to the northeast. What could happen way down the line is Brightline. Brightline is running from West Palm Beach to Miami and plans to expand to Orlando. Further expansions to Tampa and Jacksonville could come to pass but these would be years away…but that could bring rail passenger transport closer to Flagler County in the long run, with connections to Orlando.