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Get money for full-time SunRail train

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SunRail is struggling because its service hours are limited to Monday through Friday. There are 2 ½-hour gaps between trains during the off-peak period after the morning rush hour and no regularly scheduled weekend service.

Studies show there are at least 10,000 people along the SunRail track corridor who could use the train daily. However, SunRail -- built at a cost of $1 billion -- carries fewer than 2,000 riders daily.

Privately funded trains for special events on a few Saturdays are not enough.

The lack of weekend and late-night service means hundreds of caregivers at Florida Hospital and Orlando Regional Medical Center – two of the region’s largest employers – cannot use the train.

Many others who work non-traditional hours in the service industry want to use the train but they can’t because of the limited schedule.

Riders have been begging for more service since SunRail launched more than 2 year ago. Some stopped riding SunRail because the limited schedule makes it too difficult to use.

Florida Department of Transportation officials said there’s no money in the SunRail budget to expand service. Trains idling in the rail yard at night and on weekends waste the public investment in SunRail.

We’re petitioning the local elected officials on the SunRail Commission -- led by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer -- to ask the Central Florida Legislative Delegation for money to make SunRail a full-time passenger-rail system.

In addition to paying salaries, fuel and maintenance for full-time SunRail, the request should include money for additional Lynx and Votran bus service to support expanded SunRail operating hours.

Full-time SunRail is good for the local economy; working families; large and small businesses; local arts, culture and recreation. SunRail provides a valuable transportation option that can reduce the frustrating traffic congestion and air pollution.

With more than 30 members, the Central Florida Legislative Delegation -- senators and representatives -- holds considerable influence in Tallahassee.

Now is the time for the SunRail Commission to make the ask before the annual legislative session begins early next year.



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