ORLANDO (CityofOrlando.net) – Commuter rail has arrived in Central Florida. SunRail’s arrival in the region was celebrated Wednesday, April 30 with a grand opening tour that made stops at each station, including four in the City of Orlando.
The festivities culminated on Sand Lake Road with Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Commissioners, representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration, local elected officials and community leaders celebrating SunRail in advance of passenger service, which begins on Thursday, May 1.
Mayor Dyer welcomed SunRail to the region along with District 2 City Commissioner Tony Ortiz and District 3 City Commissioner Robert F. Stuart at the Florida Hospital Health Village Station. District 1 City Commissioner Jim Gray and District 5 Commissioner Daisy W. Lynum celebrated at LYNX Central Station, District 6 City Commissioner Samuel B. Ings welcomed the train at Church Street Station and District 4 City Commissioner Patty Sheehan took part in the event at the Orlando Health/Amtrak station. The group then boarded the train and continued on to Sand Lake Road.
“What a great day for Central Florida,” Mayor Dyer said. “It has been a long time coming, but it has been worth the (wait). We now have an alternate means of transportation; a new commuter rail system which is just the first leg of what will be a very robust system in the future.”
SunRail is providing free rides for passengers for two weeks, beginning with the first day of service on Thursday.