Sunrail: Redefining Orlando

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New rail transit systems historically have offered communities a host of new growth management opportunities - from creating pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented housing near station stops to redeveloping struggling commercial and retail areas. Scheduled to begin operation in 2014, Central Florida's SunRail is no different. With Jacksonville's train still sitting in the station, Metro Jacksonville shares the community vision of redevelopment around Sunrail's phase one stations.

From DeLand to Poinciana, local communities and local elected officials have a tremendous opportunity to redefine their growth destinies by offering residents a new transportation alternative to the automobile. In 2011, the Florida Department of Transportation facilitated an update of the 2007 TOD Sketchbook, which provided a community vision of redevelopment around SunRail station stops.

Sunrail System Map

Sunrail Educational Video



Lake Mary


Altamonte Springs


Winter Park

Florida Hospital

Lynx Central Station

Church Street Station

Orlando Amtrak Station

Sand Lake Road

About Commuter Rail

Commuter rail transit (CRT) uses steel-wheeled technology similar to a traditional train and is generally powered by a diesel locomotive. Existing CSXT railroad tracks will be utilized for SunRail's planned route. SunRail trains will consist of 1-3 cars, in addition to a locomotive, and can carry about 150 seated passengers per car. Maximum operating speed is generally between 65-79 mph.

Sunrail passenger car under construction

About Sunrail

SunRail proposes to use existing railroad tracks as its main artery. This route would consist of 61 miles of service to DeLand, through Orlando and downtown Kissimmee to Poinciana. Phase 1 is 31-miles and will connect DeBary to Sand Lake Road in Orange County. SunRail trains will operate every 30-minutes during "peak" morning (5:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.) and afternoon (3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.) rush hours; and at two-hour intervals during non-peak hours.

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